Alasdair Thompson joins the blogosphere

by Toby Manhire / 10 June, 2013
The former Employers Association leader is the latest scandal-veteran to start his own site – and he's still fighting his sacking.
Alasdair Thompson's new FairPoint site.


Maybe it’s one of the formal stages of reputational recovery – repair your career in the blogosphere.

The other day, recently resigned National MP Aaron Gilmore launched a blog. And now it’s Alasdair Thompson.

In July 2011, Thompson lost his job as chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) following comments about women's pay and menstruation, which he first made in an interview with Mihingarangi Forbes on Campbell Live.

He introduces his new site, FairPoint, like this:

There are many issues facing us personally and society generally. I don’t know how you feel, but I sense that policy makers today blind us with media spin, over-consultation on the one hand and secrecy on the other. The Vision, purpose and hope I have for www.fairpoint.co.nz is that through it I will be able to make fair points on issues that readers can take further in their discussions with others.


And the circumstances of two years have not been forgotten. He's even writing a book about it all.

He explains of himself in the third-person "About me":

In 2011 he was the subject of an international media furore for saying that some women’s productivity and income is affected by difficult menstruation; a truth he was internationally pilloried for speaking about.  It was a Life Changing experience for him, about which he’s written a book due for publication in October 2013.


There's more. In four of the five blog posts that he's published in the site's first four days, Thompson makes reference to the circumstances of his departure from his post at the EMA – in two of them, he talks explicitly about Mihingarangi Forbes and Campbell Live.

In his most recent post, published today, on Peter Dunne’s resignation (“Peter Dunne – what has he done?”), he concludes like this:

Dunne’s demise as a minister was inevitable. But he should not go from parliament unless he knows he’s committed a criminal offence or unless he is convicted of a criminal offence, which seems unlikely, given what we know right now. Peters meantime has indicated that Dunne has been responsible for other leaks too, implying they were ‘classified’!


Caught in a fall from grace myself, I offered my resignation, at which point discussions with my employer, EMA, went into ‘without prejudice and confidential’ mode. During that time my employer notified me and announced I’d been fired. An MP can only be removed from parliament if convicted of a criminal offence. If Peter Dunne did resign from parliament, I for one can certainly understand why he’d do so.


 See also: New Zealand: "the best place in the rich world to be a working woman"
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

Complaints against Ministry for Vulnerable Children double, call for watchdog
76953 2017-07-26 08:02:47Z Social issues

Complaints against Ministry for Vulnerable Childre…

by Phil Pennington

Formal complaint numbers hit 917 last year, a near doubling from 2012, as calls mount for an independent investigation body to monitor them.

Read more
Work visas for New Zealand hit an all-time high
76950 2017-07-26 07:41:55Z Economy

Work visas for New Zealand hit an all-time high

by Mei Heron

The number of work visas issued in New Zealand has hit an all-time high and the number will keep rising, according to the government.

Read more
Why Paula Bennett is trouble for the National Party
76812 2017-07-26 00:00:00Z Politics

Why Paula Bennett is trouble for the National Part…

by Graham Adams

With the solo-mum-to-Cabinet humblebrag getting old, and not enough attention paid to her portfolios, the Deputy PM is now a liability for National.

Read more
Smuggled stories of totalitarianism from North Korea
76852 2017-07-26 00:00:00Z Books

Smuggled stories of totalitarianism from North Kor…

by James Robins

The Accusation has sparse and simple stories of ordinary people caught up in North Korea’s regime.

Read more
Kiwi experts zero in on new possible cause of rheumatic fever
76629 2017-07-26 00:00:00Z Health

Kiwi experts zero in on new possible cause of rheu…

by Catherine Woulfe

Experts are starting to rethink the causes of rheumatic fever.

Read more
A ride-on mower made me the man I've always wanted to be
76810 2017-07-26 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

A ride-on mower made me the man I've always wanted…

by Greg Dixon

Aucklander-gone-countryman Greg Dixon fulfills his lifelong obsession: owning a ride-on mower.

Read more
Media warned over 'carte blanche' use of social media posts
76909 2017-07-25 13:31:44Z Social issues

Media warned over 'carte blanche' use of social me…

by Max Towle

“Just because it’s viral, doesn’t mean it should be broadcast as news.”

Read more
Win a double pass to The Dinner
76907 2017-07-25 12:21:03Z Win

Win a double pass to The Dinner

by The Listener

The Dinner is based on the international best-seller by Herman Koch, which follows two successful couples over one evening.

Read more