Judith Collins has re-entered the election campaign. John Key’s little helper is back. Collins now justifies her release of the name and contact details of a public servant to Cameron Slater on the basis that he already had the name and she only released private contact details. So that’s all right then?
Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics reveals that a commenter on the site, a Wellington person named Sinner, had said re the civil servant that he and his wife and kids should be shot. That’s definitely not all right.
Approximately a month after the comment appeared the police visited Slater with an ultimatum that he remove the comment from the site as it was intimidation and could risk legitimising violence. Slater removed the comment. Sinner kept commenting.
In April this year Collins released a statement headed “Time’s up for cyber bullies.” Collins said:’
“I am pleased to have developed a set of measures that aim to stop the growing incidence of cyber bullying and its devastating effects, particularly for young people.
“Many New Zealanders share my serious concerns about this problem as the reach and impact of bullying has increased considerably in the digital age.
“Tormenters are able to harass their targets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever they go, and the trail of abuse lives on in cyberspace, following victims for years.
Having been revealed as a facilitator of cyber-bullying, Collins should take her own advice. Her time is up.
But she doesn’t realise it. National’s #teamkey campaign has become a train wreck, as John Key looks weaker and grubbier by the day.