Why Judith Collins should be sacked
In my previous blogpost, Why Hekia Parata should not be sacked, I outlined three reasons why Minister Parata should not be sacked from her role as Minister of Education.
In essence, though her policy of increasing class size and cutting teacher numbers was unpopular with the country, she had done nothing inappropriate (that we know of) or underhand. Unpopularity, by itself, is a poor reason to sack any elected representative – or else we’d be having elections to fill vacancies on a weekly basis.
The same, however, cannot be said of ACC Minister, Judith Collins.
There has been some very dodgy dealings going on at the very highest levels and Minister Collins has been implicated in events that have yet to be adequately explained,
- Who leaked Bronwyn Pullar’s name to the NZ Herald?
- Who leaked Ms Pullar’s information to a certain right-wing blogger?
- What was right-wing activist, and National Party apparatchik, Simon Lusk’s involvement in this issue?
- Did Collins know that the report from ACC contained falsehoods?
- If the answer to #4 is in the affirmative, when did she become aware of the falsehoods?
- Why has Minister Collins not called for an investigation into the authors of the report?
Instead of acting decisively to get to the bottom of this extraordinary matter, Collins’ reaction has been to… issue demation lawsuits against Labour MPs Andrew Little and Trevor Mallard!? How does suing MPs, who are asking hard questions, help clear up this murky affair?
It is clear to even the most partisan National supporter that ACC’s management was out of control and engaging in dubious activities. At the very least, the Police complaint laid by ACC against Bronwyn Pullar appears to constitute an offence of wasting Police time.
Minister Collins appears not only to have done nothing to resolve this unmitigated mess – but appears to have some form degree of involvement, yet to be determined.
John Key has no option. He must stand down Judith Collins immediatly and ensure than any and all investigations include her office as well.
What we are seeing is the tip of the iceberg – and god knows what lies beneath the surface.
Judith Collins must go.
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