Let’s re-imagine, just for a minute, last week’s furore around the alleged sexual assault of ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper by former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley. …
You only need to know the story of Ella Buckland, a former Greens NSW staffer who earlier this year levelled startlingly similar allegations against Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that after a work function, she was sexually assaulted by a drunken politician.
Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that following the alleged assault, she received a phone call from her alleged attacker.
Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland waited a considerable period of time to air those allegations.
Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland was the subject of defamation threats when the issue became public.
Those are the commonalities. The differences, however, are stark.
In Ms Raper’s case, Luke Foley allegedly slipped his hand down her dress and between her underpants, resting his hand on her bare buttocks. In Ms Buckland’s case, Mr Buckingham allegedly approached her from behind, grabbed her “roughly on the vagina” and kissed her neck.
In Ms Raper’s case, she was dragged into the public fray by a Coalition politician seeking to exploit a political advantage. In Ms Buckland’s case, her motivation in coming forward was publicly and falsely ascribed to her being involved in a factional move against Mr Buckingham. Ms Buckland has not been a member of the Greens for several years and has no day-to-day involvement in politics.
In Ms Raper’s case, she received a phone call from her alleged abuser, who apologised and promised to resign. In Ms Buckland’s case, she received a phone call from her alleged abuser who threatened that she should be ‘careful in her job’.
In Ms Raper’s case, she subsequently received threats of defamation when the issue became public, only to have those threats widely shouted down. In Ms Buckland’s case, she received threats of defamation before the issue even became public, and Mr Buckingham has gone on to threaten to sue – and actively sue – multiple people.
In Ms Raper’s case, there was a startlingly swift resolution to the issue. Luke Foley announced his resignation almost immediately. Ms Buckland made her complaint internally through the Greens in April. It took months to progress, but not before a subsequent internal investigation finally turned the blow torch on Ms Buckland herself, investigating the baseless allegations that she was a ‘promiscuous drug user’.
The other glaring differences, of course, included the reactions of media and politicians. …
Read it all for the details. But the hypocrisy is causing heads to explode:
Over the past week, anger at the difference in the treatment of Ms Buckland and Ms Raper has been blowing up on social media, with a growing number of people doing the job of the mainstream media by calling out the obvious hypocrisy between the two approaches.
Square in the gun of that growing public outrage has been the actions of Greens politicians, most of whom stayed silent for months over the Buckland allegations, but wasted no time in coming out to condemn Luke Foley.
Too many of the extreme left behave very poorly when they get near power — principles go out the window. It’s happened so often it’s become a stereotype. (This is, for instance, why Trump has be so “vulgar” to be effective. The rules of dignity and decorum are exploited mercilessly by unprincipled leftists, who apply them to others but not to themselves — like with Bush and Romney.)