Yes you were, and I’m sorry

I have privately apologised to Judith Collins some time ago.

But Judith Collins has come out today to say she was let down.

She was, by me…and as she knows I am sorry about all that transpired.

But I now say publicly what I have said to her privately.

National MP Judith Collins says she is “very pleased” by what she described as a thorough inquiry, after a report into Dirty Politics allegations found no evidence the former justice minister acted inappropriately.

But says she’s been “let down”.

Ms Collins resigned her ministerial portfolios in the lead-up to this year’s election after an email emerged that appeared to link her to a blog campaign to undermine former Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley.

Prime Minister John Key initiated a government inquiry into the matter, headed by High Court judge Justice Lester Chisholm.

The inquiry found that while Ms Collins had provided information about Mr Feeley to WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater, “there was nothing improper about the provision of this information”.

Ms Collins said it was up to the Prime Minister whether she was ever reinstated as a Minister.  

“I feel this chapter of having to deal with these allegations is now closed. I feel very firmly that I acted appropriately and within my ministerial responsibilities.”

Asked about her relationship with Mr Slater now, she said Mr Slater had made some big mistakes. She did not believe he had intended to do her harm “and he has apologised”.

“I have been let down….That’s where I’ll leave it.”

The report said that in her interview with the inquiry, Ms Collins claimed Slater had made up his comments about her “gunning” for Mr Feeley.

Justice Chisholm noted that Ms Collins believed Slater had misinterpreted her “really bad mood” as being aimed at Mr Feeley when it was actually frustration with Mr Slater’s blog posts.

I have always said Judith Collins did nothing wrong.

Judith Collins volunteered up all her electronic devices and despite a full forensic investigation nothing was found to prove the allegations.

She was and always has been innocent of the claims.

The media still refuses to focus on the fact that this email, though forwarded to the PM, was also part of the hacked emails sent to journalists who were going to run it at the time. All of this occurred as a result of a criminal conspiracy to bring down the government and now those involved are sitting there claiming they had nothing to do with it all.

It will all come out in the end, in the Police investigation and then in our book.

 

– NZ Herald


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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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