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.
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.