The next time the Herald or any other organisation is contemplating a New Zealander of the year award they should have Tania Billingsley at the top of their list. She is the complainant in the Malaysian Diplomat assault with intent to rape case. She has done something extraordinary. She applied to have Court suppression of her name lifted and has then released one of the most damning critiques of rape culture and this Government’s handling of the issues surrounding the Malaysian diplomat that you will ever read.
The political implications surrounding this are undeniable. After reading Tania’s statement you have to question if Murray McCully is fit to be a Minister. John Key’s standing amongst women must have been severely damaged. And after the lashing that some have given David Cunliffe for his recent expression of regret for men’s role in domestic violence you can probably imagine that David may be smiling just a bit on the inside today.
Tania’s comments about McCully are particularly scathing.
Murray McCully – not only has watching and reading his response to my attack been incredibly hurtful and frustrating, I have also felt embarrassed for him. Watching a grown man try to talk his way out of responsibility at what is effectively failure at his own job is a painful thing to see. I can’t believe his incapability to admit a mistake and try to fix it rather than pointing fingers at everyone else.
If he and Mr Key are so intent on pinning incompetence on a ministry official and solving this incompetence with job loss, then I’ll expect to see their resignations handed in any day. Genuinely I would like Mr McCully to take responsibility and resign, not just responsibility at the incompetent handling of the diplomatic immunity aspect, in which it was clear to me that my experience or wishes were not even a factor to consider, but also responsibility for his insensitive and embarrassing public reaction, which for me was so painful to hear.
And get this. As at the time of TV3’s interview with Tania MFAT had still not formally apologised to her. You would think that the first thing McCully could do was pick up the phone and ask Tania how she was and apologise for what is a mind numbingly display of ineptitude.
And McCully’s sins? How about this for a selection:
If you ever wanted proof that McCully and National are out of touch with the desires and expectations of ordinary New Zealanders this is it. Murray McCully must go.