Judith Collins has been vying politically with Rodney Hide to become the NACT’s Minister of Embarrassment (and Comedy). This is creatively portrayed in today’s Mike Moreu cartoon, as he ties her last weirdo play for the kneejerk vote to her current one.
For a background on this current Judith Collins SNAFU, it’s worth having a read of Martin Kay’s “Corrections row looks expensive either way” in today’s the Dominion Post. Suffice it to say that Judith seems to have a personal inability to understand her role and powers as a minister, as I’ve commented on previously.
Now I’m sure that the wingnuts will go ape with this story because it appeals to their syndrome inability to look beyond the excitement of the bloodhunt – like Act and Winston. As Martin Kay says,
Like Ms Collins, the public is likely to demand accountability at the top, but unlike her, it will be less appreciative of the nuances of due process. After years of continuing failures across the Corrections system, voters are probably clamouring for accountability to be laid at the very top, but are unlikely to be happy about having to pay for it.
But as every employer knows, you need to follow the due process of employment law, you don’t just try to bully your way through. Judith should be aware of this given that “after leaving university, she worked as a lawyer, specializing in employment, property, commercial, and tax law.” (emphasis added).
I’m sure that she would not have given advice to her clients to act in the way that she just has; she has given Mr Matthews clear grounds for complaint. Perhaps she should seek her own advice before acting? It would appear that she was just looking for a quick scapegoat. If so, then this is going to be expensive.