Rather than add my two cents to the debate about whether she’s up to the job or not (she’s clearly not), I’d like to point out that this is essentially Judith Collins telling liberal New Zealand it can go f**k itself.
Given this fact, the question to ask isn’t so much why put such an unqualified person in such a sensitive position so much as why does Collins feel the need to yell “look at me” so loudly right now?
Is it because her main opponent, Steven Joyce, has been rebuilding his image off the back of the novopay debacle? Or is it that she’s been shut out by Key who, as I understand it, has privately voiced concern about a potential Collins leadership of the party (once he’s finished of course).
Whatever the reason, the smug vindictiveness of this move will ultimately damage Collins in her attempts to appear more leader-like despite how much her faction will enjoy the bloody red-meat being thrown their way.