Film maker Barbara Sumner-Burstyn made the political personal when she used her Facebook page to make harsh criticisms about Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker.
Her words were stupid, insensitive, ugly and wrong.
She made an apology of an apology – in which she mis-spelled Jacinda as Jacinta more than once. And any good would, as Keeping Stock points out, have been undone by the nine paragraphs of justification which followed it.
The value of the apology can also be judged by her telling the Herald on Sunday she does not resile from her comments.
But none of that justifies the response which incited violence against her.
Politics should stay well above the personal and debate should focus on ideas not people.
Hate breeds hate but that doesn’t make it right.