Need a problem sorted give it to Crusher

Judith Collins has come to the rescue, yet again, of hopeless ministers who seem to have little grip on their own portfolios.

Supreme Court judge Bill Wilson’s first offer to resign to halt misconduct proceedings against him was rejected by the Government because the terms he wanted were too great.

Acting Attorney-General Judith Collins accepted Justice Wilson’s revised offer of resignation yesterday at a cost of more than $1 million to the taxpayer. The judge will leave on November 5 with a year’s salary – $410,000 – as well as significant leave entitlements and almost $500,000 to cover his legal costs.

Ms Collins said Justice Wilson had first tendered his resignation some weeks ago but it was rejected because “it was on terms not acceptable to me”.

Negotiating with the Crusher wouldn’t be the easiest thing to do, in fact quite scary for most I would imagine. Justice Wilson obviously tried the strong arm and got the slap around.

The pity is that Attorney-General Chris Finlayson and Justice Minister Simon “FIGJAM” Power lacked the intestinal fortitude and the cajones to stare down a broken-arsed judge in no position to bargain.

Judith Collins has probably saved the taxpayer millions of dollars in ongoing payments if Bill Wilson had dug in. Given the rumours of his parlous financial affairs floating around the legal fraternity that could well have been for quite some time. The actions by Judith Collins have cauterized this festering wound in the justice system.

It seems now that when a tricky problem presents itself for the government and ministers are failing, then John Key sends the problem to Judith Collins to make it go away. Bill English and FIGJAM should be very wary of the time that John Key starts to think that they are a problem that needs to be made to go away.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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