But there are a few interesting tidbits to be taken from today's front page articles on Dr Worth's fall from grace:
- The sub-headline says that "Worth speaks out to deny committing any crime". Spoken like a true lawyer. It may well be that that's the case - I'm no expert on the law - but that's hardly the point. Just because Bill Clinton didn't 'seal the deal' with his intern doesn't mean that his defence was anything less than disingenuous. And just because Worth may not have committed a crime in allegedly offering at least two women contacts, jobs and board roles in exchange for sex doesn't mean that he's off the hook - a point that John Key seems to have (finally) accepted. As Phil Goff rightly (for once) pointed out last night, putting aside Worth's seedy antics, offering political roles, including positions on government boards, for anything other than merit is the political scandal here. Worth's claims to not have violated the law, true or not, are a laughable red herring, and aren't worth the newspaper they're printed on.
- There's a Herald exclusive here too:
A whiteboard, you say? Fascinating. What brand of marker did they use?
The Herald met the Auckland businesswoman yesterday, but she was too distressed to discuss the incident.
Her friend, who helped her to go to the police, then to the office of National MP Tau Henare so it could tell Prime Minister John Key, outlined her allegation of a serious sexual nature, using a whiteboard to explain the events around the incident.
- Political reporter Patrick Gower wastes no time in informing us of all the ethnic comings-and-goings of the case. I know that, whenever I hear of a political sex scandal, the first question that pops into my head is 'What race are the people involved? Is there any miscegenation going on?' Fortunately, I didn't have to wait long in this case to find out.
How intriguing! I don't know what interests me more: the mere fact that the complainant is Korean rather than, say, white; the intimations of Asian-on-Asian violence in the second sentence; or the implication that, seeing she has citizenship, she is not, in fact, an appropriate target for sexual advances from a married minister of the crown.
She is a Korean in her 40s who has been in New Zealand for several years. The friend said she had citizenship.
The friend said she had received a threat from a fellow-Korean since making the complaint, and had reported this to police.