Justice Minister Judith Collins resisted claims she’s on the right of the party, despite commentators calling her the darling of National’s right-leaning faction.
On The Nation, Ms Collins described her views as “principle and pragmatic”, which she said sometimes placed her on the left, right or centre of the party.
Ms Collins said she modelled herself on her mother, who she said could “give Margaret Thatcher a run for her money”.
Earlier in the interview, Ms Collins said she wanted to make justice more transparent by publishing decisions from the District Court online, where most criminal cases are heard.
The Justice Minister dodged questions on whether National would be prepared to go into a coalition with NZ First or Colin Craig's Conservative Party after the 2014 election, saying "Well that’s actually a matter for the Prime Minister, but my view is very clear is that I will not serve in any cabinet with Russel Norman as the Minister of Finance, and that’s not something that David Shearer can say."