But what to do? There are other photos of him touching women and girl's hair. Many National Party men, and friends of National Party men, also seem to have problems with sexual harassment. Is this a big enough deal to seriously undermine John and the National Party?
But phew, rape culture. It's easy. You just blame the victim.
It's been working for years. It will not only discredit this particular woman, but it will make sure any other women are less likely to come forward. Makes the abusing of the power - in all kinds of ways - so much easier.
But how? If he tells the media who the young woman is, says she's just trying to make a name for herself, makes her out to be exaggerating or lying, he might look even more like a bully. Hell, he's already tried pretending it's not a big deal by calling it "horsing around" and no one seems to buy it.
But phew, he's got close friends to do it for him. Time to give Herald reporter Rachel and David a call, and see what they can do. Luckily, he has their numbers on speed dial. Rachel's been a good friend over the years, and a few discreet tips about the pesky waitress should sort this out.
|David Farrar and Rachel Glucina.|
But Ms Bailey doesn't go away. She comes out swinging, dammit, and tells the world, again, her side of things. She says Rachel Glucina lied to get the story. Didn't give her name or her occupation. That, interestingly, breaks the journalist code of ethics, which might just be sackable. Is it just me, or does victim blaming get harder, the more we hear from victims?
Make no mistake, this little attempt to make John Key's creepy harassment go away is just as revolting as any kind of victim blaming, with a huge dose of power thrown in. How many people have their own personal reporter set to do their bidding immediately a negative story about them comes out?
It's going to backfire, because those of us who don't think touching people when they don't want to be touched is a joke are going to keep saying so. It's going to backfire, because the work of Nicky Hager has exposed the way this entitled, abusive National government operates, playing fast and loose with the media.
It's going to backfire, because Amanda Bailey is a legend.