When it comes to naked hypocrisy, experience shows that National (and other rightwing) politicians excel.
Take Judith Collins’s comment in the Dominion Post on 9 August,
As Minister of Justice, I take seriously any suggestions that something went wrong in the criminal justice system. I am satisfied that there are appropriate options available to address any concerns about Pora’s case.
In the meantime, it would be constitutionally unsound for me, as a minister of the Crown, to intervene in the court process.
Is this the same woman who, in December last year (2012) publically trashed the report from retired Canadian Judge, Ian Binnie?
Judge Binnie, who had been invited – by the National-led government – to assessing possible compensation for wrongly convicted, David Bain.
She dismissed Judge Binnie’s report as;
“Put simply, it would not be acceptable to make a recommendation to Cabinet based on a report that would not withstand the considerable scrutiny it would attract.
“Let me be very clear that I do not expect unsolicited reports which I have received two of in the last two months to be compensated for.”
I am very concerned that there has been this delay. It would not have been possible for me to have put forward a recommendation based on a report that I believe would not stand up to public scrutiny.”
“The list of errors in Mr Binnie’s report is extensive, and according to Dr Fisher could be vulnerable to judicial review.”
And there was more. Collins’ unprofessional behaviour and outrageous public statements were not only an insult to a respected member of the Canadian judiciary – but in effect she made New Zealand a laughing stock of the international judicial community. It will be a brave member of a foreign judiciary who takes up any future government invitation to impartially assess an issue in our country.
So for Collins to say with a straight face that it would be “constitutionally unsound for me, as a minister of the Crown, to intervene in the court process” – or other aspect of our judicial system for that matter – is breath-taking hypocrisy.
But then, such sanctimonious rubbish has been the hallmark of this unstable, unprincipled, and unpredictable government.
Judith Collins is not fit to clean public toilets much less hold the position of Minister of Justice. The term “justice” is an alien concept to her.
Meanwhile, a man most likely innocent, rots in jail.
laudafinem.com: Judge Judy: Collins slams Binnie’s Bain report
Herald on Sunday: Bain could have an enemy in the Beehive (9 December 2012)
NZ Herald: Bain report based on incorrect facts – minister (11 December 2012)
Scoop Media: Bain report: Justice Ian Binnie response to Judith Collins (12 December 2012)
Fairfax Media: David Bain’s compo report had list of ‘errors‘ (13 December 2012)
NZ Herald: Report recommending Bain compensation is ‘flawed’ (13 December 2012)
NBR: Bain compensation – RAW DATA – Binnie reports – Fisher Report – Judith Collins statement (13 December 2012)
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