|John Key's cabinet has been the most scandal ridden in recent political history|
From Richard Worth, Pansy Wong, Nick Smith, Phillip Heatley, John Banks, Hekia Parata, Judith Collins and, now, Maurice Williamson the scandals are clear demonstrations of John Key's inability to act as a responsible and ethical PM. The questionable behaviour by the rank and file MPs like Garrett (ACT) and Aaron Gilmore add more to the public concern about the National-ACT government.
In the light of these scandals it should become obvious, even to the usually deaf John Key, that Judith Collins is, like so many of his cabinet, a liability not just to the National Party but to the reputation of the country and as such she must go and go quickly. (When Fran O'Sullivan, who usually shills loudly for the Key owned National Party, declares that Collins is a liability to the National Party & Government then one knows that the skids are truly under the PR created government of John "Smile, wave, scuttle and run" Key.
Despite Bill English's protestations at this weekend's National Party regiona conference it would be hard to find anyone who would believe in the competence of Key or his corporate crony hugging ministers especially as rumours of discontent, fueled by National blogger, Matthew Hooton, with Key within the National Party have begun to swirl in the blogosphere.
The disarray and sense of panicked lack of direction in the National Party was in clear evidence in the Judith Collins- John Key linked blogger's attempts to muddy the waters around the scandal of Maurice Williamson's ties with the $22000 Chinese donor to the National Party and, after being told that her complaint to TVNZ about the reporting of her Oravida dealings had been rejected
(Television New Zealand's rejection of a complaint from Justice Minister Judith Collins is another blow to the Justice Minister's battle with the media.
The complaint relates to a TVNZ Press Gallery report on One News in March, looking at revelations in Parliament about Oravida, but the state broadcaster has rejected her complaint following an investigation.
TVNZ declined to spell out the findings of its investigations, or the date of the rejection letter.
But it has been confirmed the minister was told well before her altercation in the weekend, when she accused TVNZ political journalist Katie Bradford of seeking intervention in a personal matter in 2010.), Collins' own vicious outburst attacking a TVNZ journalist by name followed up by trying to accuse the NZ First Deputy Leader of actions similar to that engaged in by Williamson and the messages of impending defeat on September 20th delivered by English at the Waipuna Lodge this weekend may have been supported by the substantial earthquake in Wellington which would have shaken Key's belief that he is truly a national treasure.