After reading the email John Key has kicked her to touch with no promises of returning to a National Cabinet even if they return to power in September. When you're back on your goal line with the opposition on full attack and gaining ground you need to relieve the pressure the safest way... or is this desperation?
The reason given for her dismissal is that the email implicates the "Joker" in a possible attempt to undermine the position of the head of NZ's Serious Fraud Office when Judith was his Boss - not a good look for the National campaign at this time.
There is a lot more juice to squeeze from this story - like who obtained and delivered the email to John Key's Office and how did they obtain it if not hacked illegally?
Why is John Key acting on this unproven and anonymously provided email and not the numerous other damning emails revealed in Nicky Hagar's book "Dirty Politics"?
Who is the "Mark" recipient in the email whose last name was blacked?
Some in the Media have mentioned that this "Mark" could be tied to the SFO investigation into the now collapsed Hannover Finance Company where thousands of New Zealanders lost huge investments.
Also iPredict stock is mentioned at the bottom of the email and on the iPredict website you can create real money trades on political events - which could potentially give rise to insider trading - not just money but could Public Official's positions be traded for cash if you had inside knowledge?
Not a whole lot of money is traded usually but some Political Parties use the iPredict numbers when announcing polls. So this too could potentially be manipulated with cash injections.
At the end of the day Judith was gone and this story - a lot juicier!