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September 08th 2018 print

Zeg

The ‘Bully’ Pulpit

The more delicate blossoms in the Coalition's garden have noticed that the business of politics can involve threats and, oh dear, this horrible bullying. From the backbench, a champion roars

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Comments [3]

  1. en passant says:

    My grandson was being bullied at school. I told him that the next time it happened just punch the bully on the nose. He did and has not been bullied since. He told the Principal I told him to do it, so I was told I was banned from the school grounds. Today’s bully, tomorrow’s snowflake.
    I have ignored the ban. Churchill made some remarks that would have him banned today. Better to lose WW2 than offend anyone …

    • Doubting Thomas says:

      EP, have you read Boris Johnson’s biography of Winston Churchill? It’s not an academic or formal biology but it’s a rollicking good, warts and all, comprehensive account of the life of someone who was probaby the greatest man of his era. Highly recommended.

  2. LBLoveday says:

    “Bullying” these days, at least between girls, seems mostly via “social media”.

    My daughter was in year 7 at a Sydney Catholic Girls school, when the separated parents of a girl asked 5 other girls’ parents to a meeting. The one girl’s parents, mothers of 4 and the loopy new husband of one mother, and I attended and the problem was that the 5 would not let the one join their group, and the allegation was that was because the father was a practising homosexual. I just took everything in, including the allegation that my daughter called the one a lesbian and was leading the exclusion push, and stayed silent. In my view you don’t need to justify excluding someone from a small informal group.

    Discussed the lesbian issue with my daughter, rang up the father and met him next morning, pointed out that I’d allowed my daughter to sleepover at his place when he and his boyfriend were there, and said that if he did not like my daughter calling his a lesbian, best he advise her not to write the sort of Instant Message “I love you and I’m going to marry you” that my daughter showed me. I won that one! I also gave some gratuitous advice that if he wanted his daughter to fit in, it would be a good idea to not have her picked up after school in a limo driven by a chauffeur (replete with the cap, and opening the door for her!).

    Year 8, daughter attending school in Adelaide, and I get a call from a Police Senior Sergeant, in Sydney where I was that day, with the sole job of investigating electronic “bullying”, I said I’m not discussing it on the phone, I’ll be at the police station in 10 minutes. He was not allowed to disclose who had made the complaint! So I told him who and his phone number and it was obvious I was right – the loopy stepfather. I asked to log on to the internet, called up my daughter’s Telstra account, and showed the Sergeant that my daughter had not called the stepfather, but vice-versa (he complained to the police about being told to f-off, so had admitted they had a phone discussion) and a flurry of 10 texts from my daughter to the girl she was allegedly bullying via person to person text, 1500km apart, and said that looks like what my daughter calls a “keyboard punch-up”, an electronic argument, and if the other girl wants to try to match wits with my daughter, so be it, don’t whinge when she loses, and Sergeant, I reckon you should advise the stepfather not to ring a 12 year old again, or Father will take issue.

    This one police officer alone would be costing taxpayers $100k a year – does he charge 12 year old girls with a criminal offence for doing what girls have done “forever”, albeit with new technology? If not, what is a police officer doing getting involved?

    Move onto year 11, and FakeBook allows the “bullying” remarks to be widely disseminated, and daughter is targeted as a “half-caste”, but I’d taught her well, and she responds that hybrids get the best of both parents, so end up pretty and clever, whereas in-breeding leads to ugly, dumb specimens like you(se). They are going to get her after school – “Make sure you bring back-up; I may be small but Papa Bear has taught me how to fight”. They call her a sl?t, so she responds “That’s right, no boy takes any notice of you, but they line up to ask me out.” And so on.

    A different way of punching in the nose.