Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member of the Chinese Government.
If that’s true, Judith is toast and that explains her vicious counter when Winston pushed her on it in the House today…
Gloves come off in Parliament
Allegations of corruption flew across the House today as Justice Minister Judith Collins countered NZ First leader Winston Peters’ accusations of a conflict of interest with some of her own.
Collins was again under attack in Parliament today with Peters asking why she would not reveal the name and position of the border official she had dinner with while on an official visit to China.
Collins has admitted having dinner with the official and Oravida chairman Stone Shi, who is a close friend and business associate of her husband.
Opposition MPs have accused her of using her position to benefit her husband’s businesses – accusations she has strenuously denied, saying the dinner was private.
The justice minister today turned the tables on Peters.
“I would say to that member if he is worried about corruption I think he should consider a member of Parliament who asked questions in this House and written questions to help his girlfriend in her position with a major global company,” Collins said.
…if Collins has lied and the person she had dinner with was a member of the Chinese Government, then the dinner takes a far more serious turn and her description of the person as a mere border official is as disingenuous as it gets.
If it’s true, she will have to step down. Whichever Opposition Party gets the details of the mysterious diner confirmed as a Government first will claim Judith’s scalp.