The Herald’s fawn-a-thon continues with a profile of Judith Collins. The Police and Corrections Minister was on Q & A yesterday discussing the new laws around asset confiscation, suspension of the right to silence and expanded search and surveillance powers for an extraordinary range of government departments: Collins seemed awfully vague about the new legislation and I was left with the impression she didn’t know much about any of it (possibly because it was drafted under the previous government) – even though it’s been red-flagged by numerous civil-rights groups, the privacy commissioner and her own Attorney General Chris Finlayson.
Naturally none of this troubles the sunny obsequiousness of the Herald article, although I love these faux-objective grace-notes:
The Corrections portfolio has been a graveyard for many a minister, and at some point Ms Collins will have to start taking responsibility for its problems if she cannot solve them.
Well, duh. There’s a quid-pro-pro here obviously: most of Collins’ policies are leaked exclusively to the Herald so there’s probably a reciprocal relationship between the newspaper’s gallery office and the Minister and her notoriously crafty press secretary. But still . . .