Judith Collins has her back against the wall.
Weeks of intense scrutiny finally took its toll which culminated in her crazy attack of journalists last week.
And the very last thing John Key wants in the lead up to the election is a damaged relationship with the media.
So was Judith’s media-attack an irrational outburst?
The consensus view is this was classic bully behaviour, Collins being more than happy to dish out the punishment but predictably she was unable to handle it herself.
But as I said in my last post, the John Key/Bill English faction is trying to drive Judith out of the National party.
In light of that, Collins’ media attack looks less like an irrational emotional response and more like a message to John Key.
That messages is ‘Screw with me and I will ruin your re-election chances’
And what are her options? If Key is trying to get rid of Collins then she can either:
a) go quietly (yeah right)
b) improve her negotiating position
What better way to do accomplish b) than to show John what she is capable of?
Sure, it looks bad for her but if Key is getting rid of her anyway then she has nothing to lose.
I think Judith’s plan might be that if John plans to destroy her then she is more than willing to take him down with her.