Fran O’Sullivan tries to put a positive light on Judith ‘Crusher’ Collins’ (see attached chart) role in the ACC-Nick Smith fiasco:
Any Cabinet minister sitting in “The Crusher’s” shoes – particularly a politician with as strong an instinct for self-preservation as Collins has – would quickly have worked out the impact of Boag’s email was they were also likely to be dragged into the same mud-pool which subsequently swallowed Nick Smith.
The ACC Minister would quickly have reached the conclusion that all Boag’s email did was to compromise her.
Hence she sent it to the ACC.
And if she’d checked with Smith – the previous Minister – before she did so, National would still have one of its top performing Cabinet Ministers.
There’s a nice element of fate here. This government (and Labour before it) have a tendency to counter-attack when any member of the public steps forward to make a complaint, be it valid or not. The standard response from most Ministers to a criticism in the media is to anonymously leak material to the media to embarrass the complainant. (Paula Bennett is in trouble with the privacy commission because she was a new Minister when she tried this and didn’t realise media outlets would happily publish her smears without attribution.) It’s nice to see this practise blow-up in the government’s face.