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Monday, June 27, 2011

Why Alasdair Thompson has to go!



What would Kate Sheppard say?

For Alasdair Thompson, the glass ceiling isn't just there to stop women gaining leadership within business, it's a barrier to protect him from menstrual blood splash back.

Alasdair Thompson has to go.

This dinosaur who just kept digging and digging and digging during that brilliant TV3 interview where Mihingarangi Forbes clinically dissected Alasdair's bullshit which ended in him trying stand over bully boy tactics to intimidate her!

Alasdair Thompson has to go.

I would like to say he was yesterday's man, but that would put him in the early 1900's where as the opinion he articulated is more early 1800's and it is no wonder that so few Women get top jobs when the bigot who is

Alasdair Thompson has to go.

Pointing out an intrinsic feature of a person as justification of them getting less is not a justification, it's a statement of bigotry.

Alasdair Thompson has to go.

AND NOW - NOW, damn me, there are these allegations that he confronted the CTU President Helen Kelly at an official fucking function in Washington DC and stated that she may have had sex with the Prime Minister??? Who the fuck does this and is allowed to get away with it???

The Herald on Sunday has learned Thompson was among a large group of influential New Zealanders at a high-level trade meeting at the US-NZ Partnership Forum in the United States from October 6 to 8, 2009.

At a dinner at McCormick & Schmick's restaurant in Washington, Thompson approached Kelly, Street and the business leader.

Thompson is alleged to have made lewd comments at the social event about the relationship Kelly had with Prime Minister John Key, who has been married to wife Bronagh since both were teenagers.

The source said the comments were made without any basis other than Helen Kelly and John Key's "good working relationship".

"He asked her what the relationship was between her and John Key. There was sexual innuendo. Then he said he asked John Key, the last time he saw him. He said he asked if he [Key] fancied Helen."

The source said Kelly was visibly upset by the comments. She said to Thompson: "That's disgusting."

She then walked away, the source said. As she left, Thompson shouted: "It's a joke. You're beautiful, you know." The events were recounted to Kelly, who confirmed the account. She said she would not comment further on the incident.


So let's get this straight, he's the representative of the bosses, he makes outrageously offensive sexist statements that show him up for the bigot he is, he physically attempts to intimidate a journalist during an interview AND he approached the President of the Union movement at an official function in America to make lewd jokes about her sleeping with the Prime Minister - seriously - What The Fuck?

Why are the corporate mainstream media who use EMA so quiet on this?

Kate Sheppard would demand that Alasdair Thompson has to go. We should too.

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5 Comments:

At 27/6/11 9:06 am, Blogger Damian said...

I agree Thompson is a tool, but Mihi Forbes' interview was about as clinical as a cluster bomb. The way she was bleating about getting paid less and working harder than every male in her office was cringe-worthy.

And food for thought, given Thompson is an employee, not an elected official, do you think it's fair for an employee to be fired by his or her employer for making admittedly stupid comments like this? Surely this should be a first written warning at worst, shouldn't it... think about it.

 
At 27/6/11 10:14 am, Blogger Michelle Benson said...

Bomber you are so right!!

 
At 27/6/11 10:15 am, Blogger Michelle Benson said...

Bomber you are so right!!

 
At 27/6/11 2:11 pm, Blogger Sam West said...

Cactus Kate Odgers:

"My advice to men regarding women and sick leave and periods is just STFU, no brainer, you will never win.

Talk about something else, like the weather."

Fair call

 
At 28/6/11 11:39 am, Blogger Frank said...

"And food for thought, given Thompson is an employee, not an elected official, do you think it's fair for an employee to be fired by his or her employer for making admittedly stupid comments like this? Surely this should be a first written warning at worst, shouldn't it... think about it." - Damian

Except, Damian, that Thompson's comments about women are not his first.

His obnoxious, sexist remarks to Helen Kelly were simply unbelievable.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10734588

One of the first things that trainee managers are taught is to be very, very careful about making sexist or other inappropriate comments. For starters, such comments are unprofessional. Secondly, they are unacceptable in a modern workplace. And what you may find "funny" may be offensive to others. The #1 rule in such matters was simply "Don't Do It!".

It seems that Thompson has forgotten (if he ever knew) the most fundamental principles of management.

He needs to stand aside.

 

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