Leak about police error political says Collins
Former Police Minister and Papakura MP Judith Collins was told there might be a problem with how police handled statistics around the same time as police were wrongly recording incidents to make hundreds of burglaries disappear – but she didn’t investigate further.
What is most fascinating to me is the headline, “Leak about police error political says Collins” – ummmmm What? Why isn’t the headline screaming “Collins knew about Police ghost stats but did nothing’, why is the headline leading with Collins defence?
When the media went to town on Cunliffe for a $15 000 book that didn’t exist, a $100 000 bottle of wine that didn’t exist and $150 000 donation that never existed, they didn’t lead with Cunliffe’s position, they hammered him, yet here we have the former Minister of Police knowing about crime stat manipulation but doing nothing and getting such an easy run. What if it was Cunliffe who had known about crime stat manipulation and had done nothing? Seven Sharp and the Dominion Times would be publicising Cunliffe’s home address alongside molotov cocktail recipes.
The double standards are as stark as ever. What did Judith know, when did she know it and why didn’t she inform anyone else? The media can’t seriously let Collins get away with announcing she knew about this and then twist it into an attack on Labour?