David Garrett seems to be pretty good at digging all on his own without the equipment of the oil rig he once worked on.
In trying to excuse his inappropriate behaviour towards an Act staff member, he’s now made an inappropriate comment that reflects on half the population of Tonga – the women of that country.
Garrett “apologised” for his lewd conduct at Paliament by saying:
I’m on a very steep learning curve, I now understand very clearly that the kind of thing that might have been okay in a law firm in Tonga is not in Parliament.
So it is not okay to offend women in your New Zealand Parliamentary office, but it is okay to offend women in your Tongan law office?
Not just a sexist attitude then, but a racist one to boot. Sexual harassment is not okay – anywhere!
UPDATE (25/06/09): It seems that Garrett is now in trouble with the Tongan legal community and one promiment lawyer has already made official complaints with New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Tonga and with Act leader Rodney Hide over thos comment.