|Quoting 777ER (Reply 7):|
How do you know if it has or hasn't?
, I see from your response that we are debating semantics. When you said, "ruin" you probably meant, "negatively effect". I would hope that Wellingtonians don't truly believe that a single incident like this could completely derail it's international standing.
Again, I am not saying that this guy should be let off scot-free. i'm just saying that the reaction is overblown. Imagine the international perception of New Zealander's hospitality if, at the end of this crisis, instead of having the following happen:
The mayor of the city talking about collusion and conspiracies
Our newspapers, supposedly of International standard, calling him a "lying bastard" for the world to see
The investgating policeman making public character judgements well outside the scope of his reponsibility as it relates to this incident
Maybe if all of these people took the Graham Henry approach:
"He's just a young guy making bad decisions and in this case he made a very bad decision and those things happen whether you're a Frenchman or a New Zealander or an Australian from time to time with young people."
The end result would be: The truth would have come out, the player would have been appropriately punsihed, and Wellintonians/kiwis would still be viewed as a reasonably easy going hospitable bunch who can forgive an indiscretion. Instead we look like a paranoid, intolerant bunch that think that the 5% of the world that know about this incident will forever shudder at the sound of the word, "Wellington"