Saturday, 30 August 2014

BREAKING: Minister Judith Collins resigns

BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater.

30 August, 2014
 
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Judith ends up shooting herself

A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater.


Unbelievable!
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She has been forced to resign. Cameron Slater destroys another political career!
Key’s need to sack Collins is driven by expediency not ethics – if it were ethical Ede would be gone too. Ede can’t go because Eagleson must have known what Ede was doing with Slater.

That the Justice Minister was trying to undermine the head of the SFO is just incredible.

National’s rowing boat seems to be headed towards a waterfall.

There must be an immediate inquest into what the hell has been happening here.

National are now in meltdown

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Judith Collins resigns

Ms Collins has confirmed she is resigning as a Minister from Cabinet.


30 August, 2014


She strongly denied the claim and any suggestion of inappropriate behaviour.

"I am restrained in clearing my name while I am still a Minister inside Cabinet and I believe the right thing to do is to resign as a Minister so I am able to clear my name.

"I have asked the Prime Minister for an Inquiry into these serious allegations so that my name can be cleared. I will, of course, cooperate with any Inquiry."

"The Election should be focused on the issues that matter such as law and order, health, education and the economy and I do not want this matter to be a distraction for the Prime Minister or the National Party during the campaign, she said.

"I am a strong advocate for the people of Papakura and I will continue to put the same passion and energy into representing them.

"I am getting on with my job as MP for Papakura and will campaign strongly for re-election this year.

Mr Key said the emails raised questions about Ms Collins' judgement.

"This new information suggests Ms Collins may have been engaged in discussions with a blogger in 2011 aimed at undermining the then Director of the Serious Fraud Office. Ms Collins was the Minister responsible for the SFO at the time."

He said an email had recently been given to his office.

"Ms Collins accepts these are serious allegations and that resigning as a Minister is the honourable step to take in these circumstances."

"This fits in to the category of a very serious statement. The statement could be completely wrong, it could completely misrepresent the situation. But I can't let that rest unresolved," Mr Key told reporters today.

"She certainly has a different version of events ... It's not tenable for me as Prime Minister to be given this email, or be alerted to it last night, and not to act ... It's not tenable for her to carry on as minister until these issues are resolved.

"This blogger has links to a great many people, and there are other people mentioned in this email.

I don't control Cameron Slater. He runs his own ship ... it's been no secret that he talks to Judith Collins.

There are always two sides of every story."

Mr Feeley stayed on in his role after the SSC investigation, but resigned in 2012, three years into his five-year term.

My Key said there was no indication from the SSC at this stage that Judith Collins did anything inappropriate.

He said if National was re-elected, Ms Collins would not be in a Cabinet minister.

"She wont be in cabinet, it doesn't mean she can't be at some point in the future ... but that would rely on her clearing herself of these allegations."

He said the email was given to his chief of staff Wayne Eagleson on an anonymous basis yesterday morning, and he saw it last night.

He said the resignation would have taken place regardless of the Oravida saga or any other incidents involving Ms Collins.

Mr Key would not say if Ms Collins could return to Cabinet immediately if she was cleared.

"She may need to take a little time to reflect as well ... there's been one or two slips in recent times."


Ms Collins had referred former SFO chief executive Adam Feeley to the State Services Commission for celebrating the laying of charges against failed company Bridgecorp with a bottle of champagne recovered from Bridgecorp's former headquarters in 2010.
The commission found that this was ill-advised and poor judgement.
Mr Feeley was also criticised for distributing a biography of deceased failed businessman Allan Hubbard at a staff Christmas party.
In Mr Slater's email, released by Mr Key, Mr Slater says that he was speaking to Ms Collins, who was "gunning for" Mr Feeley.
"I also spoke at length with the Minsiter responsible today (Judith Collins). She is gunning for Feeley," the emails says.
"Any information that we can provide her on his background is appreciated. I have outlined for her a coming blog post about the mass staff turnover and she had added that to the review of the State Services Commissioner. She is using his review of these events to go on a trawl looking for anything else.
"It is my opinion that Feeley's position is untenable."
The email also mentions New Zealand Herald journalists who were running stories on the matter at the time.

The emails is sent to to multiple people including Carrick Graham, a public relations professional who is a central figure in Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics.

If you're interested, this is from Slater's Whaleoil

JUDITH COLLINS RESIGNS

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Tough game, this Dirty Politics.  Especially when you’re in the middle of it.
First using leaks from MFaT over Oravida, and then using my personal and private emails, Judith Collins has been taken down by a 1000 cuts.    As Judith and I are friends, I am gutted for her.  John Key has said it many times:  she’s worked hard, very hard, and been a very good minister.  So good in fact, that she’s been the focus of a sustained 6 month campaign by the left to take her out.  They know the danger she poses.  
At a political level, I admire what they have achieved.  This game, this beautiful game, this Dirty game, it is brutal.   What I didn’t account for is that they would break the law to achieve their aims this election.  Call me naive, but as I do not break the law, I assumed my political opponents of the Dark Arts wouldn’t either.
Lesson learned, I guess.
This isn’t the time for rash decisions or actions.  It’s time to have a think.   As I said the other day, Prime Ministers come and go, and I will still be here.  So too, Judith Collins will be re-elected as MP for Papakura, and she too will be back in parliament.  From that perspective, nothing has changed.   Plans can be made, will be made, and the game of Politics continues.
It is up to the voters to decide if they are going to back a stable government or one that is trying to take it down through burglary, privacy invasion, hacking, and corruption.  Yes, when you buy politicians, it is corruption.
I’m not worried about the election.  I still feel National will be returned, and this, today, although highly sensational for the media and those on the left, will not hit the poll numbers for National in a negative way.   The alternative is simply too extreme for most voters to contemplate.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  And the game never ends.
The true legacy of Dirty Politics?
Our media and politics have reached a new low, where people are being held to account for what otherpeople say in emails.  We have private banter used by media as if it is verified court documents.  Not once has anyone actually asked what the true intent was, if it was correct and unaltered, and they have run off with their own theories as if they were proven fact.
Judith Collins is another victim of a large scale criminal conspiracy.  The media are complicit in that.  They are the willing tools of a criminal hacker, and they should hang their heads in shame.  None of this could ever be used in a court because it’s been obtained illegally, yet they have run it as unchallenged fact.
If New Zealanders don’t wake up and realise what is happening here, then they will get the government they deserve.

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