While the pale twitching rump of the National Front got another well-deserved spanking in Wellington last weekend, a group of ex-members including deposed Fuhrer Kyle Chapman were apparently busy carrying out manoeuvres in the foothills of the Southern Alps.
The Australasian anti-racist website Fight Dem Back has posted some photos of this little army (two of the photos are reproduced above, in case you haven't guessed), along with a sort of garbled mission statement from Kyle:
we have an org for training and setting up suplies in the mountains etc...recruiting guys who are keen to support each other its for any survival situation...if there is a disaster we will claim the mountain area as our own state...we are noiw looking for hilicopter pilates
I e mailed my mate Adrian Price - live roleplayer and Warhammer 40,000 wargamer extraordinaire, and not-quite-amateur military enthusiast - and asked him what he made of Kyle's commandoes. The man they nicknamed 'the Brigadier' at Papakura Normal Primary School isn't too impressed:
The 'militia' photos are funny - especially the fake SMGs [that's sub machine guns, to you folk out there on civvy street - Maps]. First off, no one would believe they have access to those kind of weapons, secondly they look fake. Who do you think the intended audience for those photos are? Not very up on it 13 year old boys?
Pretty porky looking for a rough life in a mountain hideaway too - I think the shock would be enough to drive them back out again.
Back to Boy Scouts and learning to tie a granny knot, Kyle...