Now that’s a resignation letter

February 2nd, 2013 at 10:45 am by David Farrar

NBR reported:

will not be publishing its weekly Law News magazine this week after the double-whammy resignation of its editor and main writer.

Colin Taylor resigned as Law News editor on Monday after 16 years in the job.

So why did he quit? Well he is not shy in saying so.

A letter from Mr Taylor, informing his colleagues of his resignation, cites a “sea change” in relation to editorial production of Law News early last year after Ms Keppel’s appointment.

“It was characteristically tainted by almost weekly altercations with this new chief executive due to her instructing the cutting, censoring or changing of editorial content based purely on her personal,  petulant, schoolgirl-styled grudges and fits of pique directed against both authors and subjects of editorial items [including serving council members]; and also reflecting her breathtaking ignorance of editorial, news media and publishing processes and the laws relating to defamation and libel,” he wrote.

“I also received management directives for the inclusion within Law News of editorial’ material that comprised an unjustifiable propensity of rather sickening ‘social’ content that was clearly intended to ingratiate the chief executive with high-profile’ figures in the profession and judiciary; and which blatantly exhibited a sycophantic desire to ‘suck up to’ the profession’s luminaries.”

Hmmmn, I don’t think he liked her.

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33 Responses to “Now that’s a resignation letter”

  1. pq (728 comments) says:

    hard girls

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  2. Reid (16,224 comments) says:

    So one assumes with that record this CEO will soon be in line for appointment to the Supreme Court? She seems to be eminently well qualified.

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  3. toms (301 comments) says:

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  4. Nookin (3,266 comments) says:

    I get tired of people beating about the bush. Why can’t he just says it as he thinks?

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  5. Alan Wilkinson (1,867 comments) says:

    How often do women make really lousy managers? And then complain about glass ceilings?

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  6. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Dead right Alan Wilkinson.

    The feminist movement has turned a lot of women into complete hard arses. And a nasty women is way worse than a nasty male. These fiminized females feel that they have to exert their influence and they feel that they have to kick people around, etc.

    The only consolation is that they will finish up as lonely old wizened up bitches in some arsehole of a nursing home where they wont get any visitors. And with any luck theyll hang on for years being lonely and hated.

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  7. bc (1,365 comments) says:

    Typical lawyers – it takes a whole paragraph to write one sentence!

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  8. Viking2 (11,367 comments) says:

    No doubt she will now be about to be appointed as The Chief Justices Chief advisor.
    Only question left.
    Is she a Maori as well?

    Or perhaps related to that other fruit cake in Wellington that thinks she’s Maori.

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  9. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Here is the rest of it, It gets better.

    http://www.lawfuel.co.nz/news/622/the-goodbye-and-good-luck-letter-to-adlsi

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  10. tvb (4,324 comments) says:

    The Law Profession is full of very pompous self important people. I find it hilarious when sanity comes out and people get down in the gutter like all normal people. I do not see a long career for the CEO of the ADLS.

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  11. Reid (16,224 comments) says:

    Alan and barry, feminism attacks women by teaching them to get ahead they need to forget about children and think and act like men. So over several generations, 50 years in total, they’ve gradually shifted into the women we see in the CBDs today. I’m not saying most women do that lots of them are mothers, but over the years more and more of them become like that with every passing decade.

    Women aren’t born to authority they’re born to nurture, but they are good at organising and directing because that’s what mothers need to do well.

    They’re also not born to aggression but they see that in men so some of them mistakenly IMO conclude they have to possess it to “get ahead.”

    They’re also not born to having casual one-night stands either but that’s what the latest generations in the UK and the US are almost all now doing. Because they have to act like boys you see, to “get ahead.”

    Personally I think it’s an interesting but not beneficial thing, that feminism is doing more and more damage to each passing generation.

    And it’s all carefully packaged and disguised as “human wights.” Just like gay marriage is.

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  12. tvb (4,324 comments) says:

    I do not know Ms Keppel but her type is well known. I am surprised they pop up as managers. Oh well she will not last.

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  13. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Women aren’t born to authority they’re born to nurture, but they are good at organising and directing because that’s what mothers need to do well.

    Reid,

    Welcome to the 19th century. You will be pleased to see improvements in industry and our advancement in machinery techniques are transforming the Empire from its agrarian roots into an industrial powerhouse, cementing the place of the Empire over the world.

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  14. Reid (16,224 comments) says:

    cementing the place of the Empire over the world.

    God save the Queen.

    Tallyho.

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  15. Harriet (4,777 comments) says:

    Only in the paid workforce can the modern NZ woman find meaning, freedom and dignity! :cool:

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  16. orewa1 (428 comments) says:

    Maybe Colin and Sue deserve each other?

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  17. transmogrifier (522 comments) says:

    Strange that a couple of commentators blame the problem on the fact that the CEO is a woman, when if you read the full letter, Taylor has nothing but praise for the two previous CEOs who were, you guessed it, both women.

    Perhaps Keppel is just incompetent, rather than being a stereotype? Just a theory.

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  18. Letterman (184 comments) says:

    Writer for the ADLS magazine, Catriona MacClennan is no great asset, either:

    http://familycourtstories.com/2011/10/20/op-ed-reply-to-catriona-maclennan-barrister-legal-commentator/

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  19. Viking2 (11,367 comments) says:

    Been a few like this departed from the top of govt. departments’s lately as well.

    Poor employee selection. Failure to actually do indepth research into the character. Probably appointed by a committee on the advice of a phsyco symetric test.

    Doesn’t find the workplace phsyco’s unfortunately.

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  20. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    V2

    Been a few like this departed from the top of govt. departments’s lately as well.

    But they have been on courses, visited a marae and have tits so they are qualified to do anything, doncha know, jesus.!!!!!!

    the problem is these types fuck it up for the talented women who are out there, who are they by their thousands.

    frankdb ‘s link with the full thing on it is gold, a ‘branding’ expert with limited English – mint- but you’d think the last thing the law society needs is branding, FFS

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  21. Reid (16,224 comments) says:

    Perhaps Keppel is just incompetent, rather than being a stereotype? Just a theory.

    No it really does sound as if she’s your average stereotype transmog.

    After all, if no people ever fit a stereotype, it wouldn’t be a stereotype in the first place, would it.

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  22. David Garrett (6,977 comments) says:

    Haw haw haw….but I have to agree with Letterman….in Ms McClennan’s world all the poor are deserving; women all have the right to continue producing regardless of their own history of mothering and the ability their partner du jour to pay for smae; all criminals had a terrible upbringing so nothing is their fault;…and of course, above all, it’s all the fault of a cold and uncaring Tory gummint!

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  23. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Oh God. It’s very similar to the dynamic to the dynamic between last year’s second grade teacher here and the overly active “naughty” boys who refused to do their homework because they were getting on with more normal activities like inventing and shit. Just as wealth creators and scientists have done down through the ages.
    I’m always buying a fight with tits like this (both male and female) and fortunately they don’t represent all of womankind but they are over represented in bureaucracy.

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  24. berend (1,699 comments) says:

    It would be nice never to link to a paywalled article.

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  25. tvb (4,324 comments) says:

    There are some extremely competent managers who happen to be women. I would happily be managed by them. And there are some dickhead managers who happen to be men and they are mothered and cosseted, good old boys who deserve a shove. Because of the prejudice against women managers as shown on this blog I would say that any women who makes it is likely to he extremely competent. However Ms Keppel may not be.

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  26. Harriet (4,777 comments) says:

    The feminist worldview and related ideologies have a lot to answer for. They have convinced an entire generation of women that their main, if not only, purpose in life is to have a career. Everything else must play second fiddle to getting into, and succeeding in, the paid workplace.

    Thus family life is put on hold, if not rejected altogether. The very strong maternal instinct found in women is suppressed, and the normal desire to form a family is squashed on the altar of feminist ideology. And of course a leading sacrament of this secular religion is abortion.

    If – heaven forbid – a woman should fall pregnant in her pursuit of the successful career life, then there is always abortion to take care of things. Everything must be sacrificed in that corporate ladder climb – even unborn babies. And if the career in the end does not turn out to be all it was meant to be, one can always turn to IVF and the like and family life can again be put back on the agenda.

    Of course these women are simply kidding themselves. Their biological clock has been ticking away all this time, and if they wait too long, even the various assisted reproductive technologies will not be able to bail them out of their predicament. Putting off childbirth is simply risky business.

    Indeed, a majority of IVF treatments are for women over the age of 35. Having deliberately put off having children in order to reap the financial rewards of a career, many of these women now expect the taxpayer to subsidise their choices by paying for their IVF treatment. This is simply unacceptable from a moral point of view. Women who choose to make their own fertility difficult or impossible should not expect society to pick up the bill for their bad choices.

    Recently some Monash academics echoed these concerns and said that women are using IVF as a “Band-Aid” for so-called social infertility. By delaying child-bearing because of social pressures, these women were creating a financial burden for the community and fuelling an entire medical industry.

    But the burden to the rest of society may not match the burdens they place on themselves. Having bought the lie that a career will solve all their problems and provide them complete contentment and fulfilment, they eventually realise it has all been a sham and an empty promise.

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  27. gump (1,617 comments) says:

    Let me get this straight – A single women manages a organisation poorly and this somehow proves that all women are unsuited to management?

    Some of you guys don’t seem to have a good grasp of logic.

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  28. cha (3,933 comments) says:

    Harry-it steals shit, again.

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  29. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Where’s FESter? :)

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  30. Reid (16,224 comments) says:

    Very well said Harriet.

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  31. Jack5 (5,007 comments) says:

    While we are on the gender war, this tops the row between Colin Taylor and Ms Keppel:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/31/poisoned-vagina-brazilian-woman

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  32. Alan Wilkinson (1,867 comments) says:

    @gump, I don’t think you have much of a grasp of logic if you managed to twist what I wrote into that nonsense.

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  33. Ryan Sproull (7,093 comments) says:

    Indeed, a majority of IVF treatments are for women over the age of 35. Having deliberately put off having children in order to reap the financial rewards of a career, many of these women now expect the taxpayer to subsidise their choices by paying for their IVF treatment. This is simply unacceptable from a moral point of view. Women who choose to make their own fertility difficult or impossible should not expect society to pick up the bill for their bad choices.

    Ignoring that by doing so, they’ve contributed to the productivity of the economy and been paying taxes on that career right through ’til they decide to have children.

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