Yeah, funny that. Â That’s the result of doing nothing wrong but being at the receiving end of an 8 month smear campaign that started with Oravida and ended with Dirty Politics. Â The ‘where there is smoke there must be fire’ effect works just as well on National as it does on Labour.
But the overzealous people that decided to call for inquiries (oh how they love to do that) never expected the result to be that nothing was actually done improperly.
When the Prime Minister left Judith Collins off a list of departing ministers who can wear the title Honourable for life, he may have made trouble for himself this term. It suggested he does not intend to bring her back into his Cabinet if she is exonerated by the inquiry into whether she was “gunning” for the head of the former Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley, when Justice Minister.
She expects to be exonerated, and probably will be. She has denied the remark attributed to her by her friend, the blogger Cameron Slater, and she would not be the first to be embarrassed by his phraseology, as John Key well knows.
My phraseology is just fine thanks Jono. Â It’s just that some people are trying to make something out of nothing.
Fine, the inquiry will reveal all.
If she is cleared the title will be restored to her, a spokesman for the Prime Minister says. She must fear that is all that will be restored to her. Otherwise, she would not have stamped her feet so publicly this week over being left off the list. For the first time in the life of this Government there is a crack in its ranks.
Indeed. Â The powersÂ thatÂ decide who is in government and who gets to run it have called time on John Key. Â The Collins/Hon situation just is an event that focuses on this earlier than it needed to be brought out. Â And ironically, only because Key did the dirty work personally and in public. Â For once.
Key’s actually in quite a bit of uncertain waters inside his own caucus. Â Other MPs can see how spiteful and easily Collins was thrown under the bus at the behest of Bill and Steve. Â Read more »