John Key’s told media they don’t need to talk to him about Judith Collins and her social media choices, they should talk to her as she’s no shrinking violet…
But Radio NZ, The Herald, TV3 and I imagine all other media have been trying to contact her for days.
She’s not answering her phone, there’s no reply from her gated Maraetai mansion, and just the odd press release from a spokeswoman denying she’s resigned or ever going to.
That’s accountability from our ministers right there.
Collins apparently can’t comment on anything as Cameron Slater has complained to the police about his email being hacked. She’s a lawyer, she knows that’s bollocks.
She just doesn’t want to be held accountable for her actions by the media and the New Zealand public.
Indeed other than Key and Slater all the main transgressors seem to have gone to ground. Jason Ede, Simon Lusk, Jordan Williams, Carrick Graham all are suddenly absent. I guess at least we won’t hear from the Taxpayers Onion for a while. The Herald has even gone as far as tracking Ede’s mother to her retirement home and asking her questions there, which seems a bit harsh, but does show how much these folk are hiding from the public eye.
But the Nats can’t hide Key as he’s their only campaigning weapon. They tried to briefly hide him and put up Joyce (as on the opposing faction he’d have no links with Slater), but that couldn’t last long and now Key must face Groundhog Day. The ground slowly slipping under him as allegations are proven/accepted and he’s having to continue to turn up each day and insist ‘it’s a left-wing conspiracy and smear campaign and the allegations are in fact falling apart’. He looks weaker each day Collins remains Justice Minister, and Ede from his office isn’t held accountable.
Meanwhile Collins the newly shrinking violet, continues to duck and weave, instead of accept and resign.
Just a thought on pseudonyms – they provide a much better identity than Cameron Slater – who apparently might be Carrick Graham, Simon Lusk, Jordan Williams, or Cathy Odgers, depending on the post…