Bill just sounds sneaky and furtive as he throws his MP under the bus

Fairfax has released the audio of the Police interview Simon William English gave to Police as they continue to murk up the Todd Barclay issue:

Audio of the police interview with Bill English that sank Todd Barclay’s career has been released.

The April 2016 police statement eventually led to Barclay stepping down from Parliament under police investigation.

Under media pressure English himself released an unredacted transcript of the statement in June, when Newsroom revealed that he had been a witness in the initial police investigation, but the audio has never surfaced.

Stuff obtained the file under the Official Information Act. Some minor redactions remain.

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Whaleoil Sexual Harassment survey

Before we get started

  • Sexual harassment is not ok
  • Sexual assault is much more serious by an order of magnitude
  • This survey is (mostly) NOT about sexual assault

The bar to what constitutes sexual harassment is fairly low.  This, from our legislation

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person (in the course of that person’s involvement in any of the areas to which this subsection is applied by subsection (3)) by the use of language (whether written or spoken) of a sexual nature, or of visual material of a sexual nature, or by physical behaviour of a sexual nature, to subject any other person to behaviour that—

(a) is unwelcome or offensive to that person (whether or not that is conveyed to the first-mentioned person); and

(b) is either repeated, or of such a significant nature, that it has a detrimental effect on that person in respect of any of the areas to which this subsection is applied by subsection (3).

That casts a very wide net.  Any language of a sexual nature that is unwelcome or offensive to the person whether that is conveyed to the offender or not.

In some cases, it’s a bit like “What is Art?”.  And the answer is “I know it when I see it”, but you can’t actually define what art is in terms of language that is clear and precise.

The same goes for sexual harassment.   It either has to be something obvious so that the average human being would “know it when s/he hears it”, or it has to be a sustained problem over time with statements that by themselves could be ignored when the benefit of doubt is applied. Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

That’s all I got.

A political blog after three weeks of no politics is getting just as desperate for relevance as our ‘real’ colleagues in the main media.

ZITs and Kittens.  Needs must.

Word of the day

The word for today is…

patriot (noun) – One who loves, supports, and defends one’s country.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1590s, “compatriot,” from Middle French patriote (15th century) and directly from Late Latin patriota “fellow-countryman” (6th century), from Greek patriotes “fellow countryman,” from patrios “of one’s fathers,” patris “fatherland,” from pater (genitive patros) “father”; with -otes, suffix expressing state or condition. Liddell & Scott write that patriotes was “applied to barbarians who had only a common [patris], [politai] being used of Greeks who had a common [polis] (or free-state).”

Meaning “loyal and disinterested supporter of one’s country” is attested from circa 1600, but became an ironic term of ridicule or abuse from mid-18th century in England, so that Johnson, who at first defined it as “one whose ruling passion is the love of his country,” in his fourth edition added, “It is sometimes used for a factious disturber of the government.”

The name of patriot had become [circa 1744] a by-word of derision. Horace Walpole scarcely exaggerated when he said that … the most popular declaration which a candidate could make on the hustings was that he had never been and never would be a patriot. [Macaulay, “Horace Walpole,” 1833]

Somewhat revived in reference to resistance movements in overrun countries in World War II, it has usually had a positive sense in American English, where the phony and rascally variety has been consigned to the word patrioteer (1928). Oriana Fallaci [“The Rage and the Pride,” 2002] marvels that Americans, so fond of patriotic, patriot, and patriotism, lack the root noun and are content to express the idea of patria by cumbersome compounds such as homeland. (Joyce, Shaw, and H.G. Wells all used patria as an English word early 20c., but it failed to stick.) Patriots’ Day (April 19, anniversary of the 1775 skirmishes at Lexington and Concord Bridge) was observed as a legal holiday in Maine and Massachusetts from 1894.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 18

15 Intelligent people are always ready to learn.
Their ears are open for knowledge.

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