David Benson-Pope now abusing Dads


Some people really should stay out of public office. Disgraced former MP David Benson-Pope is back at it again (and his wowser mates in Council).

This time it’s over the Dunedin City Council’s decision to reject Elmgrove School’s efforts to have a tent at their school fair where dads can have a quiet drink with other the other dads.

Oh the horror of horrors. Thanks to the obnoxiously puritanical views of South Dunedin Medical Officer of Health Keith Reid, well known and liked Elmgrove School Principal Jenny McDonald has had to tell her pupils’ parents that they can’t be treated as sensible adults.  

Keith Reid must have been watching Once Were Warriors the night before the Council hearing, and imagined a big booze fight would erupt at the school if they were allowed to sell a couple of beers.

Hell, even the Dunedin Police didn’t object to the school having a tent where dads could enjoy a catch up. But Dunedin Councillors went and got all PC.

You would have thought having dads turn up to a school fair and actually treating them as adults would have been recognised as a positive for the school and local community.

But no. Instead they’ve opened themselves up to be a bunch of complete wowsers who believe that shoving a tennis ball into a pupil’s mouth and taping their hands to a desk is quite all right.

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