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.