Last week, a woman who works as a waitress at an Auckland café told the left-wing Daily Blog that whenever Prime Minister John Key patronized her place of work he would come up behind her and pull her hair, and he had laughed off her discomfort until her manager backed her up, after which he presented her with two bottles of wine as an apology, apparently under the misapprehension that pulling someones hair when they dont want you to constitutes some kind of relationship. A reporter from the NZ Herald rang her posing as the café companys PR department, and the following day her name was published nationwide without her consent. I guess they were betting that, being young, female, a worker, a Daily Blog follower, and willing to call out harassment by a powerful person, her political views would be significantly leftward of the Prime Ministers. This proved to be the case, and so theyve been able to frame the whole thing as a politically-motivated smear campaign.
I would just like to point out, before we go any further, that theres been a case recently where someone identifiable only as a prominent New Zealander has been caught sexually assaulting underage girls. He the perpetrator, I think this needs emphasis has been granted permanent name suppression, contrary to the wishes of his victims and their families. That means I cant spell out his connection to the Prime Minister here, nor link you to someone who can. But Google around the Australian news sites and you should find him. New Zealand is now a place where sexual perpetrators get more legal protection than their victims, if they happen to have government connections.
Now a friend of a friend wrote a Note on Facebook explaining exactly what the problem is with the Prime Ministers behaviour; its here, with permissions set to Public, so if you have a Facebook account you should be able to read it. I have little to add to what he says in the Note, but I do have a response to make to the person who (at the time I read it) was the most prolific commenter.