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The Prime Nanny

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, November 7th, 2013 - 23 comments
Categories: child abuse, Judith Collins, law, politicans, uncategorized - Tags: ,

Parliament’s  Chief Nanny has been in full flight this week, trying to slap down questions from Jan Logie and Andrew Little about trial processes for sexual abuse cases. You can watch her here and here, or read the transcripts here and here.

Jan Logie’s question focused on the Law Commission’s 2011-12 report on alternative Trial and Pre-Trial Processes. Andrew Little wanted to know if she would implement changes to the law of evidence in sexual offence cases proposed by the Law Commission earlier this year in a different report.

Nanny was very strict. Everyone else had got it wrong, and needed to be corrected. When Nanny got it wrong herself, as she did when answering Andrew Little, she backed off  quickly. When he challenged “so you don’t want to change anything”, she found the mild heckling “abusive”, which certainly does raise the bar, at least for herself.

23 comments on “The Prime Nanny”

  1. felix 1

    That little “zOMG ABUSE!!” crocodile tears stunt she pulled – have they not told her that parliament is filmed and everyone can see her laughing?

    Nasty piece of work and thick to boot. No wonder she gets on with the Slater child.

  2. Tom Gould 2

    Cruella Collins really is a nasty, mean-spirited piece of work.

    The Tory Herald trumpets Tolley has sent it off to the IPCA. No mention of Jacinda who did that yesterday. Which complaint will they deal with first?

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    Former Justice Minister Power was apparently well keen to move to make sexual crime trials less onerous on victims.

    Collins stopped that in its tracks, and now seems to think the balance between defendents and complainants is just right, like the baby bear’s porridge.

    JFTR abusers gloat about it on the net, and victims fear to go the police.

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    yes, four complaints received, including one evidential video interview…

    Wethinks the wicked step-mother doth protest too much fending off questions concerning her obstruction of justice for sexual offence victims. What does McVictim have to say about that! hmm!

  5. AsleepWhileWalking 5

    Could not believe it when I read that Collins was not going to implement the LC’s recommendations, worse still she seemed to think it would give complainants an “unfair” advantage over victims of say, murder.

    This RoastBuster business at least forces the issues which go on the the background to the forefront of the public mind. There is unfortunately nothing surprising about attitudes towards victims, nor is it surprising no charges have been laid.

    – Judith Collins finally implements Law Commissions recommendations which she should have done anyway. Hopefully public outrage finally forces her hand.
    – Sexual abuse support services need proper funding. Are any of these girls being supported properly by people trained in this area? Could that be why they don’t have the courage (for want of a better word) to come forward? If it were me I’d be too scared especially given the comments by Radio hosts et al.
    – Better yet, replace nasty Judith with Jan Logie who fortunately for the community does understand these issues and is committed enough to drive towards a better solution against tremendous ignorance and apathy.

  6. weka 6

    Strict Nanny? Great, just what we need at this point, another sexist, pseudo-violent stereotype used against women for political purposes. Unnecessary and inappropriate in this context.

    And no, I don’t want to hear any shit about how Collins is a bitch and deserves whatever she gets therefore we can do what we want to her.

    • McFlock 6.1


      It might be the work deadlines, exam and general black dog barking at the news over the last week or so, but I really haven’t been able to summon the energy to get involved seriously, Weka. There have been so many comments that I’ve read, hit “reply” and just stared at the screen, but (whether I’ve managed to compose anything or not) you and a couple of others (like Bill and Karol) have been around.

      I admire your strength to type.

      • weka 6.1.1

        Thanks McFlock. Am about to run out of steam and fortunately will be away from the internet overnight.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.2


      Well said Weka.

      People who say we need a national conversation on this issue: there already is one. QoT, Karol, and many others are having it and you’re late.

    • + 1 Kia kaha weka

  7. North 7

    Focus !

  8. adam 8

    What worried me about Collen’s was the aggression she displayed, I know it’s her methodology – but in this case it was wrong and misplaced. She just came across as nasty. I know what your saying Weka – but I think the point is, no one likes a nanny state – and Collen’s has become the representation of that. Indeed this national government has been a “daddy knows best” type government since day one.

    It was just awful viewing, and good on Jan and Andrew for asking the hard questions. Indeed in the last wee while it has been the two main opposition parties working well together has been the only positive of watching parliament TV.

    • ghostrider888 8.1

      “Governing a large nation
      is like cooking little fish.
      When the world is ruled by the Way,
      the ghosts are powerless…”

    • weka 8.2

      Well the irony there adam is that the term ‘nanny state’ is a stick that neoliberalism uses to beat socialism with. Why do you perceive nannies as being bad things? Aren’t nannies women who care for other people’s children? Where does the negative stereotype come from? Why is it in use in NZ?

      Collins is a nasty, nasty piece of work. Comparing her to a created negative female stereotype is unnecessary and just further entrenches confusion about women and power (see women are no better than men!). The Strict Nanny image, along with the implied violence, fails on so many levels, esp in this context which is about sex and violence.

      Or to put it another way, Collins doesn’t act like a woman who cares for other people’s children. She acts like a thug. Or she’s acting exactly how women are supposed to act if they want to play with the big boys at the top table.

    • AmaKiwi 8.3

      The Prime Bully. I can’t imagine a nanny so lacking in empathy as Collins.

  9. Tracey 9

    Weka @ strict nanny


    Some people need to read what they write before hitting submit to avoid looking foolish

    clarification… angry at objectification and abuse of women by roasters but resort to sexit epithets when describing collins…

    • Puckish Rogue 9.1

      Its one of the reasons why the left are called hypocrites, the left like to portray themselves are morally superior to the right so when someone from the right says or does something the left don’t like theres any number of lefties more than willing to get real nasty which is ok because they feel vindicated in their actions because the right are “bad” and therefore deserve everything they get

      • Zorr 9.1.1

        At least the left has the moral fortitude to observe our own failings and attempt to adjust accordingly.

        But yourself Rogue? You’re just a git. A stupid Tory line spinning git.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1.2

        Binary thinking is so right wing.

      • Delia 9.1.3

        Oh shut up. The left this- the left that, you could not even describe to me who the so called left are in NZ. At least the so called left give a stuff for people which I do not note with the mad right (yep we all can use blanket statements) Take workers, getting shafted every five minutes by Bridges and his Tory mates, but you call us hypocrites. Bunch of losers.

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