Commenter of the week


Here at Whaleoil, we have a lot of talented people making comments on our posts all of the time.

So, we have introduced a new category. We have decided to shine a light on the person we think has most deserved an accolade in the last 7 days.

Please note this is not about just one comment. We are looking for more than that. We are looking for someone who contributes constructively to our forum and to the messages we are trying to send.

This week, we are going to do something completely different.

We have lots of brilliant, regular commenters who deserve recognition, and we will get back to that over the next few weeks.

This week, we have decided to go for someone who has managed to rattle a few chains.

After all, isn’t Whaleoil a place for vigorous debate?

This week, our Commenter of the Week is…….

Jimmie Rustle

Jimmie appears on the blog from time to time. He is left leaning, but that doesn’t stop him and nor should it – ours is a forum for robust debate, not an echo chamber.

On Plastic bags: let’s revolt:

So he doesn’t agree with everything he finds on here, but then most of us don’t.

On And now they are coming for your speed limits:


His view of?cars in urban environments is not one that will get much support here. His attitude is based on transport experiences in Britain and Europe, and the difference is that most European countries have very good public transport systems, unlike New Zealand.

On Plastic bags: let’s revolt:

Well, our take on this subject on the blog has been more that this is a control issue rather than a plastic bag issue, which Jimmie largely ignores.

Sometimes he is a little inconsistent though. From Now they are coming for the rest of the plastic:

As you can see, no one on the blog shies away from the debate, which is great.

In fact, although we may feature him/her at a future time, I think this reply from mcvac was fantastic:

Nice, mcvac. Respectful and wise. Your avatar suits you well.

But Jimmie responded in kind.

Jimmie has refused to see the plastics debate as a bigger issue, but the exchange was lively and interesting. To me, it proves that Whaleoil attracts people from all political leanings, where they can debate in a respectful way. That is what brought me here. That is what has brought many of you here, I’m sure.

So thank you, Jimmie, for your contributions to the blog this week. Whaleoil is not an echo chamber, as you rightly say and we welcome your constructive comments any time you are passing by.

Thank you to all the commenters of Whaleoil for being respectful towards those whose opinions differ quite radically from their own. That is what this blog is all about.