Claiming sole credit

August 18th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The HoS editorial:

It is a small victory but an important one. Parliament’s regulations review committee has upheld our complaint against the secrecy of teachers’ disciplinary proceedings.

Except it wasn’t their complaint. It was ’s. Graeme discovered that one could complain about it to the Regulations Review Committee, write the complaint and filed it. The then jumped on board and asked if they could be joined to the complaint – something Graeme agreed to.

The HoS has run a good campaign on the issue of teacher , and I think it is a good thing they joined the complaint. But would it have hurt them to acknowledge in their editorial the person who actually did the complaint, as the news story did?

The Herald on Sunday challenged the rule because we believe, like the Law Commission among others, it is inconsistent with the principle of open justice necessary for public confidence in judicial proceedings at any level.

Again, Edgeler challenged the rule, and the HoS jumped on board. Again – that was a good thing – but just grates to see no credit given to the person who actually was responsible for the victory.

UPDATE: To clarify, the HoS has run a campaign for some time against name suppression for teachers. They also made a complaint to the Teachers Council about the Council’s own rules. So they are not Johnny come latelys on this issue. However I stand by my point that the editorial should have mentioned that the complaint to Parliament was someone else’s – as their news story did. At the end of the day it was the complaint to Parliament’s RRC which got the successful outcome.  I doubt the complaint to the Council directly was going to lead to any change.

It’s partly a cultural thing. Blogs habitually hat tip, link and credit others. Newspapers tend to do so far less often.

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13 Responses to “Claiming sole credit”

  1. contheneo (18 comments) says:

    They just don’t want to admit that with all of their journalists “trained and skilled” that they weren’t able to find out what they could do about it. It was up to a lawyer in Wellington.

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  2. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    Well done, Graeme – excellent use of your skills for our greater good.

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  3. Scott Chris (5,688 comments) says:

    No doubt Graeme will find out how to file a formal complaint against this outrage.

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  4. hubbers (204 comments) says:

    Well done Graeme

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  5. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,685 comments) says:

    What do you expect from such a despicable and amoral rag?

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  6. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    What scumbags

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  7. Dirty Rat (377 comments) says:

    Well done Greame. Oh any sock puppet referencing that sick obsessive clown can just fuck off.

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  8. Graeme Edgeler (3,222 comments) says:

    The Herald on Sunday includes this story, which states:

    “But on Monday, following complaints from the Herald on Sunday and Wellington lawyer Graeme Edgeler, Parliament’s Regulations Review Select Committee recommended legislation to open Teachers’ Council Disciplinary Tribunal hearings to the public.”

    I am confident, therefore that the Herald on Sunday is not claiming sole credit.

    ref: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10913828

    I would also note that the Herald on Sunday filed a complaint with the Teacher’s Council, which was how (through Kiwiblog, as it happens) I even found out there was a problem. Without their campaign, this wouldn’t have happened.

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  9. flipper (3,277 comments) says:

    GE…
    You are too kind :)

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  10. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,685 comments) says:

    Did they change it after reading Kiwiblog?

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  11. Graeme Edgeler (3,222 comments) says:

    Did they change it after reading Kiwiblog?

    Sorry, should have been more clear. There is a story (my link) and an editorial (DPF’s link). The story always mentioned my role, the editorial does not.

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  12. Dirty Rat (377 comments) says:

    So I suggest Graeme that David publish an update to clarify the fact ?

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  13. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    I also really appreciate your contributions here on Kiwiblog Graeme. They’re always very insightful.

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