The Dim-Post

July 29, 2010

‘Pushed beyond her capacity’

Filed under: crime,Politics — danylmc @ 8:31 am

So just to recap, in the last three weeks alone Judith Collins has announced:


  1. Don’t forget the eternal need for us to fear the police:

    Comment by Rob — July 29, 2010 @ 8:39 am

  2. Based on National’s history, she seems like future leadership material to me.

    Comment by Mike — July 29, 2010 @ 9:02 am

  3. Heh, heh, heh!

    Comment by toad — July 29, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  4. BTW it really is true that when accused of breaching human rights she becomes cheerful and animated.

    Comment by lyndon — July 29, 2010 @ 9:16 am

  5. Much of this looks like a lack of coherent advice from the police hierarchy. Broad is distrusted (I think), on his way out and Collins is listening to too many pretenders, including O’Connor.

    Frankly, Key would be better to get rid of Broad now, pay him his gold, appoint Sir John Anderson as temporarily in charge and demand the Minister listen only to him. Something should be done about O’Connor, at the end of the day he’s a unionist, not the public face of the police.


    Comment by JC — July 29, 2010 @ 10:53 am

  6. Couple of revealing points from Collins’ bio on her website … amongst her past roles, she lists: “Casino Control Authority Chairman 1999-2002 – Achievements include: Successfully limiting negative comment on perceived failings of former administration ….” So it seems trying to shut the media up about inconvenient truths is a particular speciality.

    Then at the very end, she tells us:
    “1986-1989 My husband, David, and I owned and operated two restaurants in Auckland. During this time I was working full-time as a lawyer and completing my Masters in Law degree. David was also working full-time as a Police Officer and finishing a University degree at the same time.”
    Given this, Rob’s early comment about “the eternal need for us to fear the police” looks a bit … well, creepy.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — July 29, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  7. Last year Collins also told Q & A that it was ‘fantastic’ that new police powers violated basic civil liberties. But I just wanted to limit the original post to crazy, horrible shit she’d said in the last couple of weeks.

    Comment by danylmc — July 29, 2010 @ 10:59 am

  8. “Pushed beyond her capacity”

    Sir, sir, I got it sir! *waves arm from desk in front row*

    (and say what you like about Bill English, but his ‘Hollow Men’ analysis of his colleagues was spot on. He’s the best political commentator in the country … in private).

    Comment by sammy — July 29, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  9. her line that maori are the reason we have high imprisonment rates – they have stuffed up the nice statistics and made ‘us’ look bad, on Q&A last week, should be added to that ‘crazy, horrible shit’ list too IMO

    Comment by marty mars — July 29, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

  10. Hm. Northland Police Suppress Crime Supporting

    Oh and that Q+A transcript

    Comment by lyndon — July 29, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

  11. – supporting + reporting

    Comment by lyndon — July 29, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  12. BTW it really is true that when accused of breaching human rights she becomes cheerful and animated.

    Comment by lyndon

    Yes, but not in the face. Botox does terrible things to a person.

    Comment by dontsurf — July 29, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

  13. yawn

    Comment by davy crockett — July 29, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

  14. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a credible opposition who were actually able to challenge this garbage?

    And am I the only one who thinks that a Police Minister who opportunistically uses assault on police officers as an excuse to grandstand does nothing to gain respect for the police?

    Comment by Pearce — July 29, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  15. The capacity appears to be very small to start with.
    Using a small capacity urban runabout to tow a truck trailer seems a tad foolish.

    There are a few others like this in the current ministerial fleet.

    Not too sure that there are any replacement models available.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — July 29, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

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