Risks in speaking out
Duncan Garner (Dec 2) says that Golriz Ghahraman learned a tough lesson about truth, honesty and spin. But he missed another lesson that’s just as important.
It is: If you write something that can be mistaken, taken out of context or misinterpreted, then someone somewhere will do it and hammer you with it. Social media makes it easily and quickly distributed.
Small differences and nuances get blown up into major issues, such as whether Shane Jones is saying something different from the prime minister about getting people into work.
How does anyone in public life avoid it? By very clever spin? Or perhaps by saying nothing controversial or complicated? Is that what we really want? DAVID WRIGHT Wellington