I am delighted to report that 'Crusher' Collins will be joining No Minister as a guest commentator. When I extended the invitation I expected a reply along the lines of 'thanks but no thanks, the Cabinet Manual/time and space/etc prevents me from doing so'. Well, I got the first word right.
Judith and I go back a little way. Along with all other Kiwi Vietnam veterans I owe her a debt of gratitude for the work she did in exposing the lie perpetuated by successive governments that "ANZAC forces generally served in Phouc Tuy Province where there was no aerial spraying" (Reeves and McLeod Reports 1999 & 2001). She persuaded the Health Select Committee to conduct the Inquiry and the rest is history. That a first term Opposition MP was prepared to devote her time and energy and political capital to help right a huge wrong when many others had failed is something I will never forget.
Judith Collins, love her or hate her, I'm sure her posts will attract measure of both. You will certainly be left in no doubt where she stands on a particular issue. Whale Oil and Kiwiblog ... eat your hearts out.
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