Going softly softly on Golly G

Green list MP Golriz Ghahraman

With all of the revelations we’ve seen about Golriz Ghahraman over the last week, I had expected the story to be picked up by the mainstream media.  That’s their job right? To report on facts and raise issues of concern about the current government, particularly when it comes to lies and deception peddled by our Members of Parliament.  Yet it’s been strangely quiet.  There have only been a few items, and they are mostly treading softly, softly on a qualified lawyer who should know better including this opinion piece by Duncan Garner.

Green MP and human rights lawyer Golriz Ghahraman and her party learned a tough lesson this week about truth, honesty and spin.

I don’t see anything from the Greens yet that indicate they have learned a thing. James Shaw leapt to her defence and tried to cover for her and Golly G still hasn’t had the decency to do the right thing and step down.

Be upfront. Tell the truth. Don’t massage and carefully manipulate your image and public reputation when it ain’t entirely true.

Good advice. A little too late, but good advice.

The Greens thought they had stumbled across an angel on the side of good,  sending bad men away. Not quite.[…]

The Greens need to up their candidate screening process.  It hasn’t taken a lot of research to find the true story, some of it freely available on Facebook (at least until people started asking questions) and this should have been done before she was chosen as a candidate.  She may have ticked a few of the diversity boxes, but that seems to have distracted them from doing proper background checks.  It’s as if they are not really serious about who they chose to represent them.

[…] Truth is Ghahraman was happy to let it spread that she was a crusading international prosecutor. Sounded great, looked even better.

Truth is, Ghahraman wrote it herself, in her own words.

[…]With all the ferrets and weasels trying to trip you up in Wellington it pays to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

But, no, she should not resign as an MP.

Yes, she should step down.  She has been caught out blatantly misleading both her party and the New Zealand public.  Not acceptable.

Yes, this is about the truth. And her wrestling match with it.

Sadly she has shown a serious lack of contrition. She should have said sorry rather than been so offended by the expose.

She should resign.

One emailer told me this week I was attacking her because she’s a “woman with lovely brown Persian skin”.[…]

So far, the mainstream media have stayed away from this story in droves.  They seem unwilling to publish anything that might make this Government look bad.  Stories the previous Government would have been castigated about for weeks seem to slip quietly under the rug.  We are long overdue some real balance by the mainstream media.


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