Why the double standard?

John Key had this to say about letting Mike Tyson into the country and his views on domestic violence and honours:

“It’s a marginal call and there are always issues that have to be reflected.”

A “fairly liberal” view was taken if the crime was a long time ago and there had been no further offending, he said.

“I don’t have anything personally against Mike Tyson. But I have something deeply personal against people rape other people and commit crimes against women.”

Key said he turned down “numerous” people for New Years or Queens Birthday honours because they had convictions for violence against women.

“I will not allow them to have that honour. I don’t think that should be bestowed on someone. So it is not specific against Mike Tyson, I’m just not fond of what he’s done.”

One has to ask then why the double standard? If violence against women precludes receiving honours then why is it ok for senior officials in the National party?

Will Mr B. now be hoping for a change of government so he can get an honour?


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