Judith Collins

Mike Williams on leadership of Labour and of National

Mike,”Fat Tony” Williams was Labour’s best fundraiser. He was also the president of Labour under Helen Clark and resigned shortly after the 2008 election loss.

He writes in the “Hawkes Bay Today” about Labour’s leadership problems:

THE week in politics graphically underlined the knife-edge result of the 2014 general election.

A parliamentary majority was recently assembled by the Labour Party to extend paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks, and Finance Minister Bill English was forced into the rare use of a “financial veto” to defeat a measure that would have otherwise passed into law.

This demonstrates just how close the National-led government came to defeat in 2014, and caused me to contemplate our political parties’ succession plans and to speculate on who will be National leader in a few years’ time.

One of the few weaknesses of the Helen Clark government was that no such plan was developed and this meant that Phil Goff, her successor, got off to a weak start from which he arguably didn’t recover.

We acted as though Helen would be there forever, even though we all knew that anything more than three terms was historically unlikely.

Goff was effectively selected over the heads of the party and the caucus as a whole by the outgoing cabinet, which delivered a fait accompli via cabinet solidarity.

He would have won a contested ballot, but the contest would have engaged the media and given him a three-dimensional profile which he never really achieved.

As he contests the Auckland mayoralty, people are getting to know him in ways that simply didn’t happen when he was Labour Party leader. He’s interesting, he’s funny and he’s grounded.

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Andrew Little’s stupidity in parliament

Andrew Little is a complete fool.

You might say that is harsh but, following on from getting himself sued for basically calling a couple corrupt, he went to the House where he thought he would play Mr Clever and ended up walking away looking more like Mr Retard.

On a day when he could have lined up all his questions to prosecute Paula Bennett, who is the most vulnerable minister right now, he sent in Phil Twyford to ask dopey questions and Carmel Sepuloni to ask even dopier ones unrelated to Paula Bennett, and Stuart Nash to ask questions of Judith Collins completely unrelated to Paula Bennett.

Then he put himself down to ask questions of John Key…which is really dopey…because he isn’t going to get Paula Bennett by asking dopey questions of John Key.

It was a set of questions that ended with this one:

Andrew Little: Does anyone in his Government take responsibility for anything anymore, or is it just an endless exercise in passing the buck?  Read more »

Let’s look at non-technical solutions for home detention

I imagine that Judith Collins has already called in the head of Corrections for a wee chat after this debacle:

Corrections was left red-faced after Story once again demonstrated how easy it was to cut through the new “uncuttable” home detention anklets — and all it took was a pair of scissors.

The department introduced the new electronic monitoring bracelets on Wednesday, which Corrections Minister Judith Collins called “almost impossible” to remove without “taking off your leg”.

But when put to the test by Story, our strong cameraman, Billy Weepu, made it look quite easy.

While Ms Collins said the new ones were unlikely to be able to be cut off without the help of a chainsaw, all it took was a few snips.

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Everybody knows you don’t go full retard, you went full retard, Stu, never go full retard

I did warn Stuart Nash not to go full retard, but he went ahead went full retard anyway.

Strict speed limits won’t lower the road toll because drivers glued to the speedometer will be distracted from watching the road in front of them, says Police Minister Judith Collins.

Queen’s Birthday weekend finished with the highest road toll in 27 years after eight crashes led to eleven people dying on New Zealand roads.

Only Labour would try and politick over road deaths.

Is Stuart Nash seriously suggesting that more Police driving around ticketing people going 1km over the speed limit is going to stop road deaths…seriously?  Read more »

Stuart Nash is better than this; he shouldn’t be phoning it in

Typical Labour answer to anything:  spend more money on it.

Stuart Nash is better than this…he really should stop using the prepared press releases the leader’s office hands out for him to issue.

The worst Queen’s Birthday road toll in 27 years underlines the need for more road safety and police funding, Labour says.

Eleven people had died by last night over a harrowing Queen’s Birthday weekend. There have been 152 road deaths this year.

Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash said the weekend’s crashes coincided with a funding cut for road safety, and fewer police officers on the road.

“Between 2013 and 2015 the road toll has increased by 68, making us one of the only countries where road deaths are rising.

“Funding pressures from the Budget have forced police to remove 100 police officers from road patrols. That will lead to more deaths on the road.”   Read more »

Dear Judith writes Kelvin Davis as he goes full retard

Kelvin Davis goes full retard.  Never go full retard

Your reaction to your humiliation of hearing through the media that some corrupt guard is smuggling tobacco in to Wiri Prison has been to embark on a witch hunt to find the whistleblower.

This shows that you’re the one whose running scared simply because you’re afraid of the truth.

Instead of being grateful for this being brought to your attention, and you then being able to take steps to address the problem, you have set out to persecute the whistleblower.

You torment the little people because it’s easier than catching the big fish.

You sit in your ivory tower and pass judgement on people who have little ability to challenge the system or the tyranny of the state.

So they come to a Member of Parliament who shares their concern about the systemic rot that infects the department you manage.

I understand that saving face is more important to you than doing what is right. This is why your department stonewalls information, delays OIA releases, loses CCTV footage, and rarely is anyone held to account for bad decisions that severely impact on inmates, guards and their families.

This is why people can be beaten up with near impunity while your department ‘investigates’ with minimal results and no wrong doing found. Read more »

Davis fails to front with evidence, what a surprise

Yesterday Kelvin Davis performed yet another hit job on Serco, alleging that there were corrupt prison officers delivering contraband to the scumbags in jail.

Paul Henry challenged him to front, so did Judith Collins…but he has failed to deliver up evidence and now the problem is in the hands of Police.

Kelvin Davis “is playing a game” and risks attracting the attention of “violent” criminals, Corrections Minister Judith Collins has warned.

The Labour MP on Thursday alleged a small number of Corrections officers in Auckland are taking bribes and sneaking cigarettes to inmates. He provided Newshub with a recording of a conversation between himself and a family member on the outside, explaining how the smuggling operation runs.

Mr Davis promised to give all the evidence he had to Ms Collins.

“About six o’clock last night he sent through what he said was a transcript,” Ms Collins told Paul Henry on Friday morning.

“Yesterday I spoke to the Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, and Ray and I talked about this, and Ray decided to send this straight away to police because it’s evidence of bribery and corruption — well, it’s an allegation of it.”

Ms Collins appears to not have read the transcript Mr Davis gave her, saying she didn’t know what was in it.

She says Mr Davis hasn’t given her any names, nor the recording of the conversation he had with the whistleblower.   Read more »

Clearly Operation Resolve needs to be rolled out nationwide

Operation Resolve appears to have been a success:

Every house in Masterton would have been burgled in the past 10 months if the national increase was confined to one town, the latest crime figures show.

The number of burglaries in New Zealand from July to April increased by 10,301 from the same period last year, according to Statistics New Zealand data released today.

Although the increase was only 3.2 per cent, comparing the numbers to the estimated 10,000 households in Masterton puts the figures into perspective.

Police Minister Judith Collins said drops in burglaries in the Auckland City and Wellington police districts showed commitments to solving burglaries were working.

The other 10 districts recorded increases.   Read more »

Judith Collins has zero tolerance for zero tolerance campaigns

Flat Bike after accident with Truck

Flat Bike after accident with Truck

Apparently our Police minister wants more criminals caught, and fewer people fined for going 1 km/h over the speed limit.

Judith Collins said today that she’s not a big fan of zero tolerance speeding campaigns.

“never been a big fan of the absolute restrictions on speed and I think you’ll find there will be fewer police officers on the road.”

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Labour’s problem at Question Time is because they are playing the political equivalent of Kiwi Cricket

I was listening to Question Time yesterday while driving and was left with the distinct impression that Labour has no strategy when it comes to Question Time.

Have a look at this question from Stuart Nash to Judith Collins.

Why on earth is Labour targeting Judith Collins? She is just playing with Nash, like a cat plays with a mouse. He knows it, she knows it and the fools in Labour sit there and watch Nashy take one for the team.   Read more »