A vexatious complaint

The Dom Post reports:

A 19th Century quote inviting people to a prestigious Wellington dinner has sparked calls of misogyny and a complaint to the Law Society.

That quote  – “the best party has women with a past and young men with a future” –  from 19th century French writer Honoré de Balzac was used by Gregory Thwaite in an invitation to an annual  dinner for the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs at the Wellington Club. …

Former lawyer Olivia Wensley, who has been vocal about sexual harassment in the law industry, was on Monday complaining to the Law Society, which she said needed to investigate.

I’m sorry but this is starting to look like the Spanish Inquisition.

A complaint to the Law Society because of a quote used in an invitation!!!!

Thwaite wasn’t even acting in his capacity as a lawyer. It was an officer of NZIIA. A complaint to them would be justified (and they are not happy with the invite), but to bring the Law Society into it is just idiotic.

If he happened to be a surgeon, would Wensley complain to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons?

I’m not defending the quote. But to suggest this should be a something investigated by the Law Society is massive over-reach.

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