Comparing Crusher with Diana is rather like comparing a grizzly bear with a pussy cat

And the resemblance to Crusher is ... what, exactly?

And the resemblance to Crusher is … what, exactly?

If Alf was Judith Collins, he wouldn’t be thanking his older sister for likening the embattled MP to Princess Diana.

Not today, at least, because today readers of British newspapers are learning some discomforting things about the mother to our future king (all going well and assuming).

Hamilton’s Pamela Cassidy is the big sister with a big mouth.

According to the Waikato Times,
she says both Crusher and Diana were both “hounded” by media.

Cassidy, who grew up on the family farm near Morrinsville with Collins, called the Waikato Times to express her anger at how her sister has been treated by her political opponents and the media – going as far as saying Collins was being tormented in the same manner as Princess Diana, shortly before her death.

“I have had people tell me: ‘What the media have done to your sister was exactly the same as what they did to Princess Diana’. I thought about that and it is completely true. It is exactly like that. They are hounding her.

“She is human and the family have to wear it too. People have feelings – or they should have.”

Crusher resigned from her ministerial portfolios just over a week ago, after the swirling of mischievous allegations about her attempting to undermine senior public servants by leaking sensitive information to Right-wing blogger Cameron Slater.

The matter is the subject of an inquiry.

Cassidy, a retired nurse, said she was certain that inquiry would exonerate Collins.

“There are going to be a lot of red-faced people when the results of that investigation are out,” Cassidy said.

“She is clean, I will tell you that now. She has had all this shit going on for two years . . . There is an investigation on, so she has thrown in the hat, because that’s what you have to do if you are being investigated.”

Cassidy is confident Crusher will be found innocent of any wrongdoing because of the strict upbringing they and their siblings received and the strong moral code instilled by their dairy-farmer parents.

“She does not lie. She has never lied.”

Alf must confess he finds this an astonishing thing to be saying of a politician, because in his experience pretty well all politicians tell lies and none should ever be believed.

He regarded himself as a rare exception to this rule but is happy to accept that Crusher is an exemption too.

But the comparison with Diana is somewhat unfortunate.

The Daily Mail today reports on Diana’s unhappy marriage to Prince Charles and says:

Contrary to what Diana believed, there was no campaign to discredit her following the separation. In fact, quite the reverse. Charles had given specific instructions to his staff to say and do nothing to reflect badly upon the Princess.

He made it blindingly clear that no matter what Diana did or said, she would always be the mother of his children and anything that hurt the Princess would hurt them.

For all that, Diana saw conspiracies everywhere and sent anonymous, unnerving and sometimes poisonous messages to a range of people, including her Private Secretary Patrick Jephson and 28-year-old Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who’d been hired by Prince Charles to look after the boys following the separation.

Even Camilla had threatening telephone calls from her. They were always made in the dead of the night, when Camilla was alone in her country house in the middle of nowhere.

I’ve sent someone to kill you,’ Diana would say. ‘They’re outside in the garden. Look out of the window; can you see them?

The Prince is reported to have picked up many of Diana’s cast-off staff — and she drove him to distraction in many ways.

Charles found conversations with her difficult and upsetting. He seemed to provide a focus for her anger; but he did care very much that she should be looked after.

He worried about her and was always there at the end of a telephone, right to the end, when things went wrong with a love affair or the children or even the Press.

She would ring him up in tears and he would do whatever needed to be done to sort out the problem.

The idea of Crusher ringing up anybody in tears, of course, is risible.

But Alf would not be at all surprised if she were to admit to wanting to send someone in the dead of night to bump off a few journalists.

She might not do it – but she could be forgiven for thinking about it.

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