Last night, one of those charged with covering the allegations inside Labour came out and stated that he wasn’t told about the nature of the sex assault allegation and has stated on his reputation that he has had a forensic examination of his computer to back this up.
Rather than just repeating the original allegations – shouldn’t the Journalists who have foamed and screamed for heads to roll in the Labour allegation scandal be forced to actually investigate Simon Mitchell’s claims?
Aren’t there an awful lot of reputations now on the line here? Haven’t some journalists and pundits taken this allegation too far now to back down?
Simon Mitchell is a lawyer with all the obligations that provides, if he is lying then that has massive reputation damage, his version of events is damning to the current narrative and he has claimed he has evidence in the form of this forensic report starting he wasn’t told of the serious sexual assault nature of the complaint. That is all provable – or not, and surely the media who have been crying for heads to roll must now challenge their own narratives here.
Meanwhile, Uncle Winston is back with vengeance…
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has returned to the Beehive and described a sexual assault allegation saga engulfing the Labour Party as a “disgraceful orgy of speculation and innuendo”.
Peters on Monday attended Cabinet for the first time in four weeks after what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last month called time off after a leg operation for an old rugby injury.
In his absence, Labour has been dealing with the fallout of the mishandling of serious accusations about a former staffer.
Asked what he had made watching the issue from the sidelines, the NZ First leader told Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessis-Allan that there had been a lack of presumption of innocence.
…and this is what has been missing during this feeding frenzy, that this is an allegation.
The lesson here is that in the post #MeToo landscape, allegation is the only thing that matters and no one learned anything from Awanui Black.