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Resigned from Society

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 2:12 pm Fri 6th April 2018

This is an issue that I’ve been watching for a while but wasn’t decided how to pitch it.

Basically my concern is, that too many men after years of dedication to a career are unceremoniously retired from their position based on bias against men.

In saying that, I also see a cumulative affect where indidividual groups can’t separate their professional responsibility from their personal prejudice, and it rolls from one institution to another.

In looking at our recent male teacher who after a 40 year career is found to be not guilty of malicious and false allegations of a sexual nature intended to vindictively end his career, there is no acknowledgement of what has been achieved and how many people have been helped by this one person.

This is after the investigation escaped the diligence of the education administration and the police if not others in determining the validity of the allegations before any damage was done, not to mention the media in following up the damage.

That might be the lower end of the spectrum, however we have recently seen the resignation of our CDF (Commander Defence Forces)

While Tim Keating has been listed on this site as a participant in the White Ribbon Rort, let’s not look past the fact that this man has made a lifetime commitment to the armed services.

His standard three year appointment was extended by one year and his retirement is not unexpected.

The media who rightly or wrongly are focused on their pursuit of information in relation to Operation Burnham have written up his departure as a running jump to escape responsibility.

I’m finding this lack of acknowledgement pales in significance to the instant glorification of the slightest achievement by often insignificant personalities who have made some random achievement, and this needs to be mentioned because they are female, or is it just because we’re short of news and click-bait.

It doesn’t take much thinking to realise that the shadow of this lack of social acknowledgement will not inspire others to follow in their footsteps.


  1. The day of the officer and the gentleman have gone by the wayside.

    It is noted that Winston Peters refused to either clap or stand when MP Joyce gave his final speech to Parliament.

    This would suggest the etiquette of Parliament no longer exists either or was it just a pretence and its demise long overdue?

    Comment by Evan Myers — Fri 6th April 2018 @ 3:44 pm

  2. The insignificant personalities have got a nice two million fruitless inquiry into Operation Burnham that will waste additional amounts of the military budget along with the productive time of our CDF.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Fri 13th April 2018 @ 10:51 am

  3. Thanks for your appropriately cynical thoughts Evan @2. Here is some more food for thought around this matter:

    9 male and 1 female soldiers have died during their posting in Afghanastan (1). The female was the first New Zealand woman to die on front line duties for NZ military (which women were able to do from 2000) and the first woman to be killed in a military conflict situation since nurse Lesley Estelle Cowper died in Vietnam in 1966 (2) (since which time around 56 NZ male soldiers have died overseas in military conflicts – although the exact figure was difficult to assess from readily available sources).

    While it’s important that journalists and others question and investigate our military and all government activities, in this Operation Burnham criticism there seems to be a lack of respect for those soldiers, primarily men, who lost their lives and the many more who suffered serious injury and disability on behalf of our country.

    It’s fair enough to expend a lot of bluster concerning a few civilians who may have been killed in an operation to eliminate some enemy fighters who had recently killed a NZ soldier (3). However, where is Nicky Hagar’s book and where is any SJW angst about the fact that male deaths in NZ military service are not clearly recorded in a form easily available to the public? Or about the 400 or so male suicides in NZ every year and the state’s role contributing to that, including an increasing rate of male suicides in our military (4)? Oh that’s right, our men don’t matter.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Sat 14th April 2018 @ 10:13 am

  4. Military Suicides as far as I am aware are a rising concern.

    The only recent death I am personally aware of was related to family separation not active duty.

    Comment by Downunder — Sat 14th April 2018 @ 11:21 am

  5. Nicky Hager – ‘investigative journalist’?

    It’s a stretch of the imagination to see him as any more than a political shillaber.

    SJW I assume is ‘Social Justice Warrior’

    Comment by Evan Myers — Sat 14th April 2018 @ 11:35 am

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