Damien Grant’s evaluation of Judith Collins in today’s Stuff column is devastating intellectually…
The most telling anecdote was her meeting Milton Friedman, at the invitation of Don Brash, who was having the Nobel Laureate over to dinner. Star-struck to be meeting this icon of the free market, Collins made the effort to read Friedman’s most famous book, Free to Choose. Great, you might think, but Free to Choose is the 1980s version of Capitalism for Dummies.
If she hadn’t previously taken the time to even skim read this short discourse on the merits of the free market, it is a safe bet she thinks Hobbes is a cartoon tiger and Hayek is a Mexican actress.
…but most importantly ethically…
Lees-Galloway is guilty of nothing more than being human. Of seeking an intimate connection with someone who was doing the same. We do not know his personal circumstance, nor hers, nor do we have any right to inquire.
This is a private matter. Absent credible allegations of wrong-doing beyond infidelity, this matter does not belong in the public domain.
Collins certainly had no evidence of anything beyond this. Yet in the aftermath of the Andrew Falloon affair, Collins would have known that blurting out this made-up scandal would force the prime minister to act.
The National Party leader destroyed a man’s career, humiliated his family and brought unnecessary pain and stress to those affected. And she did this to briefly set the agenda.
It was an appalling way to behave. It was the politics of personal destruction to gain a tiny electoral advantage in a hectic news cycle.
…this is the true issue with the way Collins effortlessly executed Iain on Breakfast TV. The base desire to simply move the news cycle along is in now way justification for what Judith did. The willingness to destroy his career for nothing more than breathing space between headlines is horrific and Damien has the courage as a right winger to point it out for what it is…
This country faces incredible challenges. The opposition has a narrow window to demonstrate why the electorate should look past the scandals, missteps, and failures that the party has experienced in recent months and entrust them with our nation’s future. This isn’t the way to do it.
…and that’s ultimately what is at stake here. We face the largest challenge in modern NZ politics and what is National doing under Judith? Assassinating careers with the ease of a tinder swipe.
In one column, Damien Grant has shown more ethical righteousness than the entire National Party combined.
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