Judith Collins lashes out at political reporter
Justice Minister Judith Collins lashed out TVNZ press gallery reporter Katie Bradford this morning, telling rival channel TV3 in an interview that Bradford had raised with her difficulties her former partner might have getting into Police College because of his family connections.
Collins then took to Twitter, effectively daring TV3 to raise the allegations she made about Bradford.
The reference to family connections is thought to be referring to Bradford’s mother, the former Green MP and frequently arrested protestor Sue Bradford.
Collins’ outburst followed her lashing out at Bradford on Twitter last night as a “liar” after Bradford said in her TV report on National’s northern regional conference that she hadn’t seen Collins at the conference, which was true, although Collins had been there.
…This is Judith Collins on probation is it? This is her on her best behaviour after the Oravida scandal? Bringing up some personal information to attack a journalist is she of the humbled moment is it?
I just don’t even know where to begin with this behaviour. It’s slightly surreal. It reeks of the same tactics Simon Bridges used against John Campbell during their angry interview on deep sea oil drilling. Bridges wasn’t there to debate, he was there to attack John because rump National Party voters hate John Campbell. Collins has targeted Katie for the same raw meat dog whistle.
The problem is so soon after Williamson, Key has to keep Collins, and she knows it. Collins can go as far off the rails as she likes and Key can’t touch her. The co-ordinated attack against her next generation candidates means she has nothing to lose by building her Crusher image and everything to gain if Key loses.
If she doesn’t play her hand now, she will be demoted after the election should National win.
Key may regret not having ended Judith when he had the chance.