The Dim-Post

March 24, 2012

Chart of the day, Eumenides edition

Filed under: media,Politics — danylmc @ 9:23 am

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.


  1. Crusher Ruthless Collins is a good companion to the Smiling Assassin. I imagine that most colleagues would be careful to avoid exposing their backs to neither.

    Comment by xianmac — March 24, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  2. It does suggest that ethical lapses are the norm, not the exception…..

    Comment by Steve (@nza1) — March 24, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  3. There was news coverage of the first car crushing some time ago.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — March 24, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  4. @#3 I think the graph refers to cars that Collins has personally crushed with her bare hands, Graeme.

    Comment by nommopilot — March 24, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  5. Yes nommopilot. I think that Judith practises by crushing careless journalists’ er…um… ball um…ballpoint pens in her teeth.

    Comment by xianmac — March 24, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  6. “I imagine that most colleagues would be careful to avoid exposing their backs to neither.”

    You’re buggered before you even start.

    Comment by Adolf Fiinkensein — March 24, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

  7. I feel so sorry for Michelle, she deserves better. Heh.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — March 25, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  8. Strange graph…how do you achieve 0.1 crushed cars, or 0.5 crushed Ministers?

    Comment by Ross — March 28, 2012 @ 11:40 am

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