The headline DCC councillors ‘need a willy to progress’ – Butcher was guaranteed to get media attention, but is she right?
“You have to have a willy to get anywhere in this council.”
That was Dunedin city councillor Fliss Butcher’s reaction this week after she was overlooked for the role of council appointee on the advisory board of the University of Otago’s centre for entrepreneurship council.
She says sexism is behind the decision – a claim hotly denied last night by Mayor Peter Chin.
I don’t know enough about this particular case or the DCC in general to know if her claim of sexism is fair.
But if it is there are better ways to go about countering it than having a public tantrum.