I don’t think you could make this up. The Herald reports:
Labour leader David Cunliffe says he’s sorry that he’s a man because men commit most family violence.
He told a Women’s Refuge forum in Auckland today that Labour would put an extra $15 million a year into refuges and other groups supporting the victims of family violence. But he started his speech with an apology.
“Can I begin by saying I’m sorry,” he said.
“I don’t often say it. I’m sorry for being a man right now, because family and sexual violence is perpetrated overwhelmingly by men against women and children.
I look forward to David Cunliffe also apologising on Waitangi Day for being a European, and apologising on World Poverty day for living in a leafy suburb and being rich …
Mr Key said he was not sorry for being a man, saying “It’s a pretty silly comment from David Cunliffe”.
“The problem isn’t being a man, the problem is if you’re an abusive man. I think it’s a bit insulting to imply that all men are abusive.