Monday, June 15, 2015

ON JUDITH COLLINS

You either love her or hate her.   I am open in my admiration for Judith Collins which had its genesis in her unconditional support for the Vietnam veteran community.   Not sure she will agree with me but I see a certain similarity between her and Helen Clark ... a fearsome intellect; a degree of ruthlessness; an ability to make things happen.

Plenty of differences too.   Unlike H1 she didn't come from a privileged background; unlike H1 she fashioned a successful career outside politics before entering parliament; unlike H1 she has a more traditional experience of marriage and raising a family.

Sure she attracts controversy.   Goes with the territory of being, next to John Key, the politician that those on the 'left' most love to hate ... suspect too she gets up the nostrils of some on the right of the 'blue rinse' variety.

Matters not.   With Labour on the ropes and languishing after their 'leaders' totally inept performance in the budget debate now is the time for the Prime Minister to really put the boot into a dispirited and disunited opposition and bring back one of his best attack weapons.

Come back in Crusher.   Your time on the backbench is up.

14 comments:

gravedodger said...

Good analysis Vet, I am at a complete loss as to why her taking one for the team and subsequent vindication has not seen her reinstatement.
My only plausible explanation it is part of a wider ploy to allow Paula Bennett time to get somewhere near a position to trump Judith in an upcoming leadership change and if that is so it has a potential for serious damage to the National Party.

As with pollies picking winners in commerce, are you listening Stephen, Bill, Simon and John, picking heirs is just as fraught. Machiavelli did indeed guess wrong sometimes.

Ghost Of Greenwood said...

I'm not so sure Mr Slippery is going to be all that keen to reinstate her any time soon. Her re-emergence would probably reinvigorate the Labour Party, especially in light of her teary-eyed Oravida performance.

She has repeatedly demonstrated an appalling lack of judgement - Bronwyn Pullar, the Oravida junket/cronyism, personal attacks on journos via Twitter, leaking information to that vicious, fat malingering adulterous hypocrite Cameron Slater, gunning for SFO Chief Adam Feeley are some of the more egregious examples.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Ghostie,

I don't think she's raped anybody, committed fraud, lied to the judiciary, hidden her 'partner,' falsified her company's books, covered up a child rape which took part in her home or falsified her CV.

All of these things were not matters of judgement. They were matters of deliberate criminal intent. Therein lies the difference between my lot and your useless lot.

I think I prefer the odd lapse of judgement.

The Veteran said...

Ghost ... Methinks you protestith too much. Go on, tell the truth ... she was a very effective Minister and that scares the bejesus out of you and yours. BTW ... really telling your comment about 'reinvigorating'. So you accept that Labour is a dead man walking ... out of the mouths of babes and innocents except I don't think you're innocent and you sure aren't no babe.

Marooned here at Auckland Airport on my way to Canberra. Seems there's a bird in the avionics compartment and they can't get it out. Bird as in flapping and not the bird, bird variety. Not sure Air NZ appreciated my comment when I 'gently' asked whether they owned a big cat.

Howie said...

"I don't think she's raped anybody, committed fraud, lied to the judiciary, hidden her 'partner,' falsified her company's books, covered up a child rape which took part in her home or falsified her CV."

Graham Capill, Donna Awatere, John Banks, Tony Ryall, David Garrett, Graham Capill again. Face it it's a right wing thing.

Howie said...

Oh, and they're just some of the ones who haven't, for some reason, got name suppression, yah?

Psycho Milt said...

Therein lies the difference between my lot and your useless lot.

What's Mike Sabin up to these days, Adolf? What did Richard Worth get sacked for? The "useless" lot in Labour are "useless" mainly at concealing such incidents from voters.

Ghost Of Greenwood said...

It's incredible to me how the triumvirate of senior contributors to this blog still salivate over Judith Collins. Sneakily going after public servants and using a low-life attack blogger (Cameron Slater, unemployed of Botany) as a conduit and lobbying for her husband's company to get is product across the Chinese border when supposedly on official Government business are serious transgressions of Ministerial authority and trust.

As I have said repeatedly, Key is no fool, and he will be very reluctant to trust her judgement again. Collins and Williamson will become the Statler and Waldorf of the National back benches and if they start to act up, they will be told in no uncertain terms to move on. The Nats are going for an almost unprecedented fourth term and they can't afford any of the sloppy distractions that Collins and Williamson wrought in 2014.

The Veteran said...

Ghost .... You see it your way and I'll see it mine. At least you addressed the question without indulging in a tangential frolic of your own. Put simply, Collins is too good to be left on the backbenches. Her reinstatement will help solidify National's chances of a fourth term .... and that is why you argue a contrary view ... because you know that to be true.

Freezing my butt off in Canberra. Attended a graduation parade at the Royal Military College Duntroon where my class of '65 is holding a reunion .. 50 years on. The rain sheeted down and we came away looking like drowned rats ... but the Corps of Cadets did themselves proud. Kudos too to the Aust Minister of Defence who, as reviewing officer, inspected the parade and gave his address in the pouring rain without any protection, raincoat or umbrella. Somewhat different from a certain ex Speaker and High Commissioner in London who refused to get out of his car at Whitehall on Remembrance Day because it was raining and he had forgotten his coat ... Sigh.

Howie said...

"Her reinstatement will help solidify National's chances of a fourth term .... and that is why you argue a contrary view ... because you know that to be true."

Whatevs. Key should bring her back now. She's just what the left needs. What about poor Maurice? Now there's talent. Oh and what's with leaving Todd Barclay on the backbench for so long? It makes you question Key's competence.

Anonymous said...

Howie ... Glad you agree that JK should bring JC back now ... you're improving. As for MW ... go for the Akl Mayoralty old son. The race is wide open with the Labour a dirty word per courtesy of 'pants down' Brown. As for Barclay ... just why you should set out to destroy your credibility by suggesting the PM is a fault for not promoting into Cabinet a newbe backbencher just nine months into the job fair escapes me ... and many others.

Anonymous said...

Guys, there is a power struggle going on inside Labour Lite at present. JK has his next united nations appointment earmarked for the job and guess what its not going to be Jude.

That is why Cam Slater is so anti Key on his blog these days. In fact Slater is anti anyone that isn't Jude. Expect the rhetoric to escalate into a war when the election selection process begins.

Murph.



Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Vet

Your butte is probably not as cold as Bill Shorten's just at the moment.

gravedodger said...

ROTFL Adolf I think I have an understanding why bloody possums are protected in the lucky country.
Shorten being exposed by the Press gallery yesterday was so in the headlights, he will need the same protection as an endangered species??