Now he is digging his grave

The old saying about when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging was appropriate for Alasdair Thompson. He should?have?stopped digging yesterday, apologised for being a complete unadulterated?dick-head?and his foot in mouth problem may well have passed. It seems Alasdair traded his shovel for a back-hoe.

But oh no he had to go and stir up the hornets nest. TV3 and Campbell Live were very smart to send along a woman repeater, very smart and it paid off.

He suggested that once-a-month “sick problems” were a factor that affected work only for women – a comment that caused outrage on social networking sites and in Parliament.

Later, a?Campbell Live interview with reporter Mihingarangi Forbes began well – in the unedited version, Mr Thompson asked how his hair looked, and the journalist replied, “Perfect”.

But 24 minutes in, Forbes asked: “When someone is sick here, do you ask them why are they sick, and they tell you, because of heavy period pains?”

Mr Thompson walked away in a huff.

“What? I’m asking you a serious question,” Forbes said.

“No you’re not,” Mr Thompson replied.

He said he had already responded to the issue.

“Okay. Maybe you should resign then, because you can’t represent half the population – women,” Forbes responded.

Mr Thompson asked: “Did you come into this meeting thinking that?”

He walked over to Forbes and stood over her.

She said, while taking a step back: “No, I’m just telling you because you don’t really represent me very well as a female … You think I’m less productive …”

Mr Thompson cut her off, saying that he had already told her the opposite. “Don’t put words into my mouth. You’re lying to me…”

He then returned to his seat, and after a short exchange, asked when the interview would start again.

Forbes said the interview had been going the whole time: “You walked away, walked around, came back, stood on my face, yelled at me and sat down again and now you’re saying you’re back on record.”

I said that the hole and digging analogy doesn’t apply to Alasdair Thompson anymore. He is no longer standing in a hole he is standing in his grave and experience tells us that graves are best good and deep so that dogs and other animals won’t dig up the corpse and the stench doesn’t leak out.

So Alasdair Thompson should keep on digging his grave and while he is at it he could pile up the dirt in a nice pile so we can all push it in on top of him a whole lot easier.

In my experience working the best bosses I ever had were women, even duing rag week, way better than any bloke and certainly better than the blokes who were gay.

Resign and go away Alasdair, oh and don’t think about a political career either, fool. You have placed the EMA on a precipice, so it is only right that you go right ahead and jump off it so the EMA can remain a credible and valuable organisation.