It was pretty clear listening to John Key’s press conference today that Collin’s has been told she’s on her own with her defamation suit.
Not so much because she’s having to fund it herself. Although I doubt very much that she made this decision without someone having a quiet word about how she won’t be getting taxpayer dollars for this misadventure, the reason could have simply have been how politically difficult that would be.
What was more telling was Key’s comment on whether she had a chance. To quote the man himself:
you’re really asking the wrong person as… I’m not… um… legally educated, if you like
Aside from the fact that the words Key was looking for was “a lawyer”, there’s no way he wouldn’t have sought an opinion on the unprecedented and high-profile defamation case his Justice Minister is taking against two opposition MPs and a state-owned broadcaster.
Which means he’s either been told she’s got no chance or he’s hanging her out to dry.
Either way this is looking more and more like Collins’ last stand. However it may offer just the sideshow the nats need to take the focus off the increasingly apparent fact they govern for their mates and the rest of us can go to hell.