'Being ethical doesn’t only extend to keeping your hand out of the cookie jar'

In two separate interviews on Monday, former US President Bill Clinton was asked a question about whether he’d apologised to Monica Lewinsky nearly 20 years after their affair.

He defended his handling of the scandal and said he had apologised his family, Lewinsky, her family and to the American people before a panel of ministers.

There was however, no private apology.

Here is what Joanne Joseph had to say on the matter.

You may ask, why did he need to apologise, if this affair was consensual? It’s because of the impact his actions had on Lewinsky’s life. Bear in mind, when this happened two decades ago, he was forty-odd year-old man. She was a twenty-two-year-old woman.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

I find it shocking and offensive that 20 years on, a man as revered as a world leader as Bill Clinton, still does not see the need to apologise to a woman who suffered as a result of his lack of control. What did the Lewinsky affair cost Bill Clinton? Did it cost him his job, or his marriage, or his reputation. No. Was he vilified for being unethical? For a time perhaps, yes – but that didn’t last very long. The person who bore the stain in the long term was a young woman who made a terrible miscalculation.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

...if you can show a lack of humanity towards a dis-empowered woman, you’re a questionable leader.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

Being ethical doesn’t only extend to keeping your hand out of the cookie jar. It means that thinking should govern all of your inter-personal relations.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

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