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Why Judith Collins should be sacked

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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,

  1. Who leaked Bronwyn Pullar’s name to the NZ Herald?
  2. Who leaked Ms Pullar’s information to a certain right-wing blogger?
  3. What was right-wing activist, and National Party apparatchik, Simon Lusk’s involvement in this issue?
  4. Did Collins know that the report from ACC contained falsehoods?
  5. If the answer to #4 is in the affirmative, when did she become aware of the falsehoods?
  6. 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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Additional

Full list of Bronwyn Pullar’s complaints against ACC

Recording reveals public was misled over extortion claims

TV3 60 Minutes:  The Eye of the Storm

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  1. Priss
    16 June 2012 at 3:47 pm

    God I can’t stand her!

  2. reason
    13 August 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I think Frank deserves the ‘crystal ball’ award for this post. This subject has turned up in “Dirty Politics” and apparently Collins had her hands in the shit up to her elbows.

    “Well, I’ve read 50 pages tonight – up to the Bronwyn Pullar business where Judith Collins is implicated as a minister in sharing sensitive information about her department’s business and one of its clients with Cam Slater – and I actually feel sick so I have to stop.

    I hope this is very bad for all of them.”

    P.s slater looks like he’s won another award ………… The ‘ shoe cam’, given in recognition for his great contribution to sleaze ……

    • 14 August 2014 at 2:05 am

      SNAP! Just blogged on it, Reason. It should be on THE DAILY BLOG later today (Thursday).

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