Following my italicised intro is an excerpt from Bill Ralston’s recent column in the Herald.
I’ve been searching in vain for years for anyone in the media, especially anybody as high profile as Bill, to say stuff like this.
At the same time I have been fuming at the stupidity and hypocrisy of the “blame men” approach which has characterised the “Stop family violence” campaign – and at the male journalists who have lent their notional testicles to forward it.
21-22 September 2008
We headed out from Mt Holdsworth with the cloud coming over the tops bigtime, and decided more or less on the spur of the moment and on the basis of some DoC maps to check out Castlepoint Beach. It’s a nice easy drive out from Masterton, and we just cruised along through clean green New Zealand, all looking pretty awesome. In retrospect, my foot had been extremely light on the accelerator, but it wasn’t until we neared the beach and the road went transverse to some big valleys that we noticed anything untoward, as the steering wheel began to develop a mind of its own.