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Is Judith Collins fit to be Minister of Corrections? I think not.



Just listened to an appalling performance by Judith Collins with John Campbell on Checkpoint re Ngapari Nui, a gang member doing wonderful work for Maori prisoners. Unthinking, irrational, blindly bigoted, closed-minded, just plain stupid. With these attitudes Ms Collins is not fit to be Minister of any portfolio requiring forward thinking or social understanding. Least of all Minister of Corrections.

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  1. You’ve only just noticed?

  2. I would include the appalling Paula Bennett and other dead wood ministers Anne Tolley, Maggie Barry and louise Upston.

    • I don’t have a brief of any sort for Collins but it rather suggests from your list that only female ministers are incompetent.

      Kinda like a bit of sexism isn’t it?

      • Ok, you would you like comment on the male ministers, no problems at all.

        Not one current male minister from John Key up is worth commenting on.

    • 2.2

      You missed Hekia Parata but then, she is easy to miss.
      I suppose I’ll be accused of racism, now.

      • No, I won’t, but apparently, according to Grant Robertson, it is sexist to criticise Jacinda Ardern.

        Back to the point at issue. I seem to remember a generation ago we had an increasing debate about an evil system called apartheid. As a result many wanted a zero-tolerance policy on sporting contacts with South Africa…even though there were examples of the subtle undermining of apartheid by continuing to engage, e.g., sport in the Republic began a process of integration courtesy of the 1970 All Blacks, South African non-whites were inspired by the individual efforts of Maori and Pacific Island rugby players such as Sid Going and Bryan Williams competing brilliantly against their supposed white superiors.

        But in the end it was decided that apartheid had to be shunned, as the “message” of our abhorrence and rejection of it was compromised by continued engagement, and the apartheid regime was in some ways reinforced and entrenched. So individuals had to miss out…for the greater good.

        As inappropriate an analogy as it may be, Black Power is an evil organisation. Not all its members are thoroughly evil, indeed like white South Africans of the apartheid era, some have good qualities. But no matter how well-intentioned or justifiable, any exceptions to the policy of ‘no contact’ lent legitimacy to evil.

        Therefore I support Judith Collins’ decision, which I say demonstrates her competence, character, and courage to stick to a good principle.

  3. Prohibition,guilt by association ,its a slippery slope Collins takes us down.

  4. I hope Judith Collins heard the interview with Dennis O’Reilly urging people to judge on the basis of individual performance not on affiliation. I’ve always been especially leery of condemning people because of who they hang out with not because they’ve personally done anything ‘wrong’. This is not least because there used to be this bloke called Hitler except with him it was the Communists, the Socialists and the Jews. Not that our Judith is a Nazi by any stretch of the imagination. Someone needs to point the finger at the real culprits and bigots here – the Vindictive Sentencing Trust who rushed off to tell tales and who got the whole issue completely wrong as usual

  5. Judith would have been wiser to judge on individual performance.
    I suspect that she was speaking to lots of ignorant people
    who are members of the party she represents and members of the sentencing trust.
    Calling out such ignorance helps us strive for a better society, thanks Brian.

  6. I recently met a wonderful woman who works WITH the under-privileged.Her empathy and compassion were obviously exactly what those folk need. From what little I saw of him on TV, Ngapari Nui seems to be of a similar ilk, working WITH the prisoners – unlike Ms Collins who seems to just want to keep putting the boot in. Sad.

  7. “Judith has been a competent minister, and will quickly be able to pick up the Police and Corrections portfolios that she has successfully held before.”