And while we’re on the subject of compassion, Murray Deaker is showing some to fellow broadcaster Tony Veitch, and given the man, charged with multiple counts of assault against his ex-partner Kristin Dunne-Powell, a job.
I am not convinced that sacking violent men (and we cannot presume yet, of course, that Mr Veitch is guilty, despite his massive pay-out to Ms Dunne-Powell as hush money) will help them be less violent.
But I am wary of the “rehabilitation of Tony Veitch” which has been going on in the media since the allegations of violence broke.
There are many ways of doing this. Attacking Kristin Dunne-Powell’s credibility. Endless stories from the PR consultant Tony Veitch has hired about how hard this process is for him. Describing him as “embattled“, exclusive to the New Zealand Herald.
I wonder how it feels for Kristin Dunne-Powell, waiting until 2010 while Mr Veitch has Murray Deaker and much of the nation’s sympathy for his “battle”.
Compassion for Kristin, anyone?