Double standards on resignation calls

Alasdair Thompson dug a hole with his tongue when he said women are paid less than men because they have “sick problems” and he kept on digging.

But those from the left are demonstrating double standards in asking for his resignation.

If an employee was encouraged to resign for saying something stupid with no evidence of past problems the left would be up in arms.

Thompson’s initial comments were stupid. He compounded the original offence in subsequent interviews in which he appeared inarticulate and boorish.

That might be a disciplinary offence but demanding the resignation of a worker for one slip, albeit a very public and messy one which reflects poorly on the man and his organisation, is very dangerous grounds and in other circumstances the left would be the first to criticise anyone for doing so.

As Cactus Kate says:

Alasdair Thompson is a halfwit for even bringing up the topic. He’s worse because he attempted to defend his comments on television in a remarkable performance.

But it is not a sackable offence.  . .  Too often New Zealand has become a nation of “sack ’em” whingers. Every time a white male (and they always are that hit the news) opens their mouth and upsets someone New Zealanders want them sacked.

9 Responses to Double standards on resignation calls

  1. Deborah says:

    I suspect his threatening manner towards tv reporters, and his inability to handle the media, might point to issues of whether or not the EMA want him to continue to represent them. I don’t think that the initial misspeaking would have been an issue if he had managed the subsequent processes well.

  2. KG says:

    “I don’t think that the initial misspeaking would have been an issue if he had managed the subsequent processes well.”
    You mean, if he had grovelled sufficiently for daring to touch the third rail of NZ politics– ie women?

  3. Richard says:

    Agree with Deborah particularly
    –“might point to issues of whether or not the EMA want him to continue to represent them” This is what the EMA needs to decide.
    But the TV3 are not altogether blameless- he was set up, and he could not handle it. Campbell was like a more excited puppy than he normally is.

  4. robertguyton says:

    Do people want a ‘half-wit’ in that position?
    Seems not.

  5. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    You can be sure his TV interview would have been edited to show him in the worst light possible. That’s the way they do things.

  6. KG says:

    “Do people want a ‘half-wit’ in that position?
    Seems not.”
    Why not? They tolerate enough halfwits in politics.
    The sad fact is, people will behave like Pavlov’s dogs and react which ever way the media points them.

  7. Andrei says:

    Alasdair Thompson dug a hole with his tongue when he said women are paid less than men because they have “sick problems” and he kept on digging.

    Funnily enough he didn’t actually say that – his words have been taken out of context and twisted in a most deceitful manner.

    Still what does it matter if it suits the purposes of the left to destroy a persons reputation to further their own ends.

  8. robertguyton says:

    ‘The Left’ – yeah Right!
    He did it himself, gracelessly. They’ll have edited for sure, to suit the sensation-starved public, but Alasdair provided them with more than enough juicy material to work with.
    His looming, pacing presence told the audience more than the words he used revealed.
    Why defend him?
    He’s a big ugly lad.
    Give your support ti Mihingarangi – she’s the one who got stood-over.

  9. Scott says:

    It wasn’t one “slip”, but a series of incidents during one long day.

    Thompson would probably survive if he hadn’t behaved like a bully and boor in subsequent media interviews. There is no double standard here. The EMA head will be earning big dollars because he’s expected to be halfway competent. He’s clearly failed miserably in his role and has subjected his organisation to ridicule and condemnation. I don’t see how that could not be a sackable offence for the head of an organisation.

    Blaming this on the left is kind of lazy. I thought the right believed in self-responsibility. Thompson is entirely responsible for what came out of his mouth, and will be the only one to blame if he loses his job.

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