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May 4, 2014

Politics as bloodsport

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 7:09 pm

Via Stuff, although I’m not sure Judith Collins’ apologies are now all that rare:

Judith Collins has made a rare apology after she earlier claimed a Press Gallery journalist came to her for help for a family member wanting to join the police.

According to TV3, Collins made the claims about TVNZ journalist Katie Bradford, while the Justice Minister was being interviewed at the National Party northern conference about being asked to contact the police on behalf of Labour MP Ross Robertson.

Collins later challenged a TV3 journalist to do a story about the claims on Twitter, saying that she had not taken the matter further but felt it was unusual.

“I thought it was very odd and wrong.”

A short time ago Collins issued Bradford an apology.

When politicians go after their opponents they’re hoping something like this will happen. The stress of being under sustained scrutiny gets to people. They don’t sleep properly. They can’t think clearly. They make more mistakes, which compounds the stress. Eventually their leader is forced to stand them down – although given recent events Collins might just go ‘on leave’ for a while.

I can’t feel sorry for Judith Collins, who dished out an awful lot of kicks against political opponents who were on the ground when she was an opposition MP, and has blundered and bullied herself into her current doomed position. But it is a nasty business.

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  1. Don’t understand why Jude would go out on a limb for that imbecile Morry Williamson anyway.

    Comment by Redbaiter — May 4, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

  2. If anything, Crusher Collins is getting a taste of her own meds.

    Comment by DeepRed (@DeepRed6502) — May 4, 2014 @ 7:19 pm

  3. She’s certainly ensured that the only news coming out of the conference this week is about accusations of her corruption, or her defence of her colleague interfering in a police investigation to rescue a donor, or her tired and emotional meltdown and attack on a journalist.

    That’s quite the achievement to scuttle the entire conference quite this emphatically. In the last 6 years Labour hasn’t been able to buy this type of negative publicity.

    Comment by Oh Busby — May 4, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

  4. Key to Collins, secret location, some time in 2013;

    “So it’s settled, Judith. You’ll carry on doing your thing, and a good chunk of our base will love it. I’ll look statesmanlike by comparison (who wouldn’t?), slap you down for the cameras, the journos will keep absolving me (that Vance girl’s coming along a treat), I’ll get the third term and the job’s yours after that. Which photo op do you want to kick off your reign, Gallipolli 100 or the next royal baby?”

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — May 4, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

  5. Don’t understand why Jude would go out on a limb for that imbecile Morry Williamson anyway.

    She probably thinks that Williamson has done nothing wrong – just as she thinks she has done nothing wrong.

    Comment by Ross — May 4, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

  6. Williamson has clearly done something wrong and admits it. Collins is merely the target of a completely unsubstantiated smear campaign. The public know this. That’s why the useless beltway media should fail in their mission. (I use “should” in preference to “will” as one is never sure what way the spineless Key will move)

    Comment by Redbaiter — May 4, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

  7. Collins is merely the target of a completely unsubstantiated smear campaign.

    Yeah that’d be why she apologised to the PM, for lying to him and the rest of us. She’s had this coming for quite a while, and let’s not forget her disgraceful accusations re the former chairman of ACC.

    http://laudafinem.com/2012/08/02/national-party-minister-judith-collins-is-a-fucking-lyer-according-to-judge/

    Comment by Ross — May 4, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

  8. Mark of frustration, Wonder what fresh news is due tomorrow?

    Comment by Sacha — May 4, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

  9. I am astonished at how brittle she has turned out to be. She seems to oscillate between on one hand hubris and arrogance and on the other a bullying self pity and insecure hostility.

    Comment by Sanctuary — May 4, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

  10. Not fit to be PM, sadly for her self-image.

    Comment by Sacha — May 5, 2014 @ 7:52 am

  11. This government depends on a free ride from the media and Key knows it; the threat Collins made to dish up dirt on the press gallery must have really pissed him off:

    Before apologising on Twitter to Bradford, Ms Collins hinted in an interview with TV3′s Brook Sabin that she could dish up more dirt on the press gallery.
    “You might just find I get recall on all sorts of things. We’ll just wait and see. I think it is very important when the media want to raise issues about behaviours, they need to understand that they sometimes can be very inappropriate as well.”
    Ms Collins’ parting shot after the interview suggests she blames the media for Mr Williamson’s fate, rather than Mr Williamson himself or the Prime Minister, who asked for his resignation.
    “Let’s see if you hold your own people to account after you’ve done what you’ve done to Maurice,” she said to the TV3 reporter.”

    Comment by MeToo — May 5, 2014 @ 9:49 am

  12. The implications of the press trying to get favour a out of ministers is quite serious and I think it should be raised as it is very close to bribery (or blackmail depending on the situation). Politically not a good move to pick fights with the press I suppose but Collins I assume was acting on principle

    Comment by Swan — May 5, 2014 @ 10:13 am

  13. It strikes me as incredibly undignified for a Cabinet Minister to be mouthing off on Twitter.

    Labour seem to have got this and brought it to a halt, I haven’t seen much from anyone there which wasn’t on message (and the Greens never had a problem).

    Really, Key should make Collins give her twitter password to his chief of staff and ban her from the Internet, but I hope he doesn’t.

    Comment by richdrich — May 5, 2014 @ 10:14 am

  14. Yes Swan, that would be very serious, if that was what had actually happened. But it wasn’t, so nice try at a diversion.

    Comment by MeToo — May 5, 2014 @ 10:32 am

  15. Politically not a good move to pick fights with the press I suppose but Collins I assume was acting on principle.

    Is that you Pete George?

    Classic.

    Comment by Gregor W — May 5, 2014 @ 11:09 am

  16. I saw the footage of her comments to Brook Sabin on TV3. She smiled after each statement, but her smile was one of those that doesn’t reach the eyes: I was reminded of Imelda Staunton’s performance as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies. Perhaps Collins has been taking lessons from her?

    She must have really lost touch with reality if she’s pulling stunts like this. Either that or she knows that Key won’t sack her because of her pulling power with regard to donations to the party, and so feels free to say any damn thing she wants with impunity.

    Comment by D'Esterre — May 5, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

  17. It turns out that while Collins was in China on a state visit to support her husband’s company, she also “popped by” an institution to give a speech.

    Given the stated purpose of her visit, the content is compelling and bizarre. The full text of that speech can be read here:

    http://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/address-china-executive-leadership-academy-pudong-celap-china

    Comment by George — May 5, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

  18. I’d think the money Collins brings in could be replaced by Key out of his own back pocket if he wanted to.

    Suspect the real hold that she has involves some sort of Merrill Lynch related dirt, that will come out if she’s sacked.

    Comment by richdrich — May 5, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

  19. I’d think the money Collins brings in could be replaced by Key out of his own back pocket if he wanted to.

    They’ve got enough in the bank to run two consecutive election campaigns and spend heavily in polling, consulting, and marketing across the cycle. They have considerably more in assets. Money isn’t an issue at this point in time.

    Comment by George — May 5, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

  20. Now we’re getting the familiar insider palaver when a Minister is in trouble – apparently it all comes down to a deathmatch tomorrow in Parliament (see John Armstrong et al).

    This is outdated nonsense. These days, Ministers are far more likely to fall over after a media stand-up, a leak or a silly tweet. The idea that Labour’s leaden questioning and a blatantly partisan Speaker are Collins’ true test … how she wishes.

    Tomorrow’s headlines, today: “Collins survives ordeal by fire in House … “. Yes she will, because it isn’t.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — May 5, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

  21. Suspect the real hold that she has involves some sort of Merrill Lynch related dirt, that will come out if she’s sacked.

    Oh, don’t be silly. Collins is one of the top 5 Ministers in Government, she’s a faction leader within the Party, and the opposition is effectively telling Key he “must” sack her. If he does so, then he’ll face all kinds of fallout without having to hypothesise “dirt”!

    Comment by Flashing Light — May 5, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

  22. @ Flashing Light – I agree there is unlikely to be any dirt coming out from Merrill Lynch, moreover how exactly would Collins have got hold of it?

    Having said that, she’s been powerful for a good long while now, and as a faction leader will have dirt on either Key or whoever he favours to succeed him. I think its a safe assumption that Collins has something big up her sleeve, that could be fed to Cameron Slater, that is making Key afraid of firing her. Collins’s behaviour has been appalling. If any other MP or Minister had fucked up as royally (and repeatedly) as she has then they would be gone by now.

    Comment by Alex Braae — May 5, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

  23. If any other MP or Minister had fucked up as royally (and repeatedly) as she has then they would be gone by now.

    Perhaps. English, Brownlee, Joyce, Ryall. Those are who we have to compare with. It would take something serious to fire any of those.

    Interestingly, Ryall was selected for the Bay of Plenty seat, having been lauded as a success in health (mainly by creating a list of achievable media-friendly targets and ignoring all else), and then quietly de-selected. All after questions were raised by Kevin Hague about his alleged involvement with covering up fraud in the Southland DHB.

    Comment by George — May 5, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

  24. I was thinking she’s in major trouble and then I read the Labour Party in election mode over at PAS and the sort of social gossip that passes for political analysis there.

    Comment by NeiiM — May 5, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

  25. I was thinking she’s in major trouble and then I read the Labour Party in election mode over at PAS and the sort of social gossip that passes for political analysis there.

    Meanwhile, on Dimpost, NeilM continues to dish out gems of insight like this one. Thank God I frequent a classier thread of comments … .

    Comment by Flashing Light — May 5, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

  26. Collins later challenged a TV3 journalist to do a story about the claims on Twitter

    WTF? There were claims on twitter? Journalists should use twitter to do a story? Collins challenged the journalist on twitter? The real scandal here is the inability of journamalists to write a halfway coherent sentence.

    Comment by herr doktor bimler — May 5, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

  27. She’ll go on a break ‘for personal reasons’ and reconsider her options a few articles in the wimmins’ mags and The Herald ‘My personal struggle’ ‘devoted wife and devoted minister’ ‘My near Breakdown’ sort of thing after she stands down from her post ‘for the good of the party’ on the understanding that she can get back in when she is ‘better’. The expect articles like: ‘Judith – A lesson in Humility: I’m a better person now”.

    Comment by Lee C — May 6, 2014 @ 7:14 am

  28. “This government depends on a free ride from the media and Key knows it”

    That explains the almost criminal absence of negative coverage of the Williamson and Oravida affairs! At last, it all makes sense.

    Just testing to see if I can do over caffeinated too.

    Comment by Tinakori — May 6, 2014 @ 10:07 am

  29. Can I say “told you so” (see #20)? If only it wasn’t all so sadly predictable. Like Mallard’s brain saying “Who do Labour want in the headlines today? Me or Collins? Of course it’s ME! Everything is me!”

    Nothing could ever make me vote National, but Trevor Mallard gives it his best shot.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — May 6, 2014 @ 8:33 pm


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