It seems that everyone’s commenting right now on Tony Veitch. The various slants by the different commentators, on the same sordid matter seem largely to come down to which â€˜camp’ you started from, although not exclusively I presume that Mathew Ridge regarded Veitch as a mate before the saga emerged.
There are of course those who are outraged, and rightly so. But then there are the apologists those who readily point to Veitch’s contrition and celebrity status as being a factor for sympathy.
Michelle Boag is one such person, as seen on Close-up last week. As a former National Party president and Public Relations practitioner, Michelle reckons it’ll blow over fairly quickly for Veitch and New Zealanders will forgive when someone expresses regret, as Veitch has done.
Here’s a little question for Michelle and those who have rushed to his defense. Are these not the same people who often talk about Law & Order in the terms of the inappropriately named â€˜Sensible Sentencing Trust’ ‘violent offenders should be locked up and the key thrown away’?
Oh yes, we live in a world of double-standards. I suspect that â€˜Law & Order’ issues, as ranted about by the likes of Michelle Boag and the National Party should only apply to non-celebrity types. That’s why Tony Veitch will be given every opportunity to rehabilitate himself by people like Michelle Boag and her ilk without ever seeing the inside of a prison.
Of course it can never be the same for those who can’t afford the good advice of Michelle Boag and who have to face our justice system.
See also the Spare Room comment.