Today the Cabinet agenda included deliberation over whether it would fund Judith Collins’ defamation suit against Radio New Zealand and two Labour Party MPs. The outcome of that deliberation is that Collins has ‘chosen’ to fund her defamation suite by herself, presumably because the Cabinet was advised that suing two MPs protected by qualified privilege and a media outlet for broadcasting a live interview would be an incredibly expensive exercise in futility.
Collins is in a tricky position. If she backs down she forgoes her reputation as ‘Crusher’, and becomes a Justice Minister with a reputation for empty legal threats. If she goes ahead and loses then she looks even weaker, and becomes a Justice Minister with a reputation for vexatious litigation.