Politician of the Week – Judith Collins

She is itching to see the first car crushed under the Government’s boy-racer legislation that has been in effect since December 2009.

“I have been to a demolition yard in Onehunga, Auckland, where they asked me to push a button. And it was awfully good fun,” Mrs Collins told the Herald.

“What we said when we brought in the legislation is that, ideally, no cars would be crushed … But it would be quite nice if we could get one crushed. I would quite happily do that.

“I think I would auction off the rights on Trade Me and give the proceeds to child-cancer research.”

She may soon get her wish as one person in Christchurch has two out of three strikes to his name already.

Judith Collins understands a whole lot of issues as a politician. She understands that laws must be effective, she understands that the public wants results and she understands that criminals are scum.

That is a massive drop in offenses with just one simple law. The truly brilliant part of her statement though, which gives her this weeks award, is her understanding of the theatre of politics and suggesting that the rights to crush the first car be auctioned on Trademe for charity. That just shows she is a brilliant politician who undertands the electorate.


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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.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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