The left wing likes to accuse the right of misogyny. As they sanctimoniously point their fingers they ignore the latent and often overt misogyny that exists in their own ranks.
Sure they hide behind quotas and other artifices but it is there. One of the worst exponents is Martyn Bradbury. Yesterday he attacked Josie Pagani for no reason other than he doesn’t like where her politics lies…it isn’t far enough left for his liking.
Josie Pagani is no blouse though and she strikes back against his tyranny.
It‚Äôs time for the tolerant, open and compassionate left to stand up to vilification and abuse when it is practised by sections of the left.
The left should not be defined by political aggression, intolerance and bullying; it should be defined by decency, inclusion, ideas and respect for people.
Exhibit A: Martyn Bradbury of the Daily Blog denounced ‚Äėthree broadcasters of the apocalypse‚Äô, after the announcement that Guyon Espiner will host Radio New Zealand‚Äôs Morning Report.¬† He called Guyon ‚Äėa hard right neo-liberal white rich male acolyte‚Äô – and me a ‚ÄėFox News democrat‚Äô.
I‚Äôve had enough of this. This is abuse substituting for argument. Anyway it is absurd to conflate Guyon Espiner, a journalist respected on all sides, with Paul Henry‚Äôs history of raving racism.
Unless abuse is confronted it begins to define others on the left.¬† Read more »