Of course, it's fair to say that her predecessor has put her in a difficult position. The decision whether to compensate Bain or not for his imprisonment is a political one, ie it's Cabinet's choice. Back in 2010, Cabinet could have made a choice, very easily. It would have taken very little time and involved very little expense for the various lawyers in Cabinet to draft an official response - something along the lines of:
Dear Mr Reed
With reference to the matter of your compensation claim for Mr David Bain on the basis that he is innocent on the balance of probabilities of the murders for which he was imprisoned, Cabinet makes the following responses:
1. Ha ha, pull the other one, it's got bells on.
2. You must be fucking joking.
3. Tell the lanky git to count his blessings.
With best regards
Your faithful servants
But Cabinet didn't do that, and thereby made an unpleasant bed for Judith Collins to lie in. And it's still lacking the bollocks to do it, hence her usual obnoxious bluster and blatant misuse of her position to try and defend the indefensible. I guess it's all wonderful entertainment, but it's not coming cheap for the long-suffering taxpayers.