Hey, remember when John Key accused Labour of protecting rapists, and a bunch of their MPs were so offended, they walked out of Parliament? Fun times.

Of course, John Key also failed to act against someone in his party accused of sexual misconduct, at least not until after the 2014 election had been safely won. Had that been made public, he would not have survived the scandal. He is fortunate that the issue was resolved in a way that was helpful to him, and remains sub judice.

In the present, the jumped up Youth MP pretending to be the New Zealand Prime Minister has done the exact same thing – protecting one of her staffers despite multiple serious complaints against him. We all know she knew. It’s obvious that she has lied and misled the New Zealand public, and let down her own activists, of whom she claims to be a feminist champion.

Her position is absolutely untenable. She must resign.

I was going to name the accused man here on my blog. I haven’t chickened out on that, but the information I’ve received has been conflicting, and I can’t verify it yet. Not least because I got two different names supplied to me when I solicited information. It became immediately apparent that these two men shared an almost identical attribute which could see them easily confused with one another. Because of that, I’ve been unable to definitely rule out, or confirm, either man.

The identity of the person, however, is not the important thing, not least because all we have are accusations, and this person cannot be assumed to be guilty. The point is what revealing the name would in turn reveal about Ardern: that this man’s value to the party and its reputation trumped all other concerns, including #metoo in her very own organization. And because of this, she conspired with her staff and colleagues to protect this man at the expense of young women who complained about his behaviour. A complete betrayal.

She must be hounded from office for this. She should not be allowed to survive.

7 thoughts on “#NotMe

  1. Alan says:

    A lot of similarities with a case in Britain involving the rape of a UK Labour activist at a Labour Party event:

  2. burt says:

    You could just profile both parties as important people to the party. 🙂

    • There is a senior guy and a junior guy. The junior guy fits in with a lot more of the facts than the senior guy. The key factors are that I can’t confirm who senior is related to, but I know his job – he is a key confidante of the party leadership, and fits some of the profile. I can confirm junior’s relationship to a prominent party grandee, but can’t even confirm he worked/works in the Leader’s office. And I’m not sure he’s valuable enough to Labour, except perhaps that they couldn’t afford the scandal, given his prominence in the party structure.

      I’m stuck unless readers can help me out.

  3. good oil says:

    Well we know the guy is mid 20s, so rules the senior guy out, surely? Plenty in the press, photo’s even, why not post those up? Anyone in Welly with political connections knows, have you no such connections Blair?I am amazed none of the blogs have named him.

    • I tend to agree with you. I just need a bit more info on the guy, especially his actual job. Context will be everything.

      I do have Wellington contacts and I may hit them up.

      • good oil says:

        Jeepers, may hit them up? Ask yourself why a certain **** has more google hits than anyone else, in the world? If that is not a hint,,,

      • Yeah, thanks for putting that up for three hours while I was asleep. Google actually tells me jack shit about him, other than his former position in Young Labour, and some brief gobbets in Salient. Quite useless to me. What did he do for Ardern? That’s the “good oil”

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