When Colin Craig published his “Dirty Politics” booklet and then slapped a defamation suit on Cameron Slater, the Slater haters were all cock-a-hoop at the possibilities offered by Mr Craig.
Finally, someone with both the funds and the intent to take that Slater guy down. Amusingly, even though Colin Craig was the leader of a right-wing party, the hard left flocked to him to support his fight against Cam.
Readers won’t be surprised that Martin Martyn Bradbury has met with Colin Craig to give Craig advice on evidence and strategy. After all, the world knows that everything that Martin Bradbury touches turns to gold.
Other Slater haters, such as Lyn Prentice and Pete George sided with Colin Craig as the “hard done by” party, and in their enthusiasm managed to allegedly breach court ordered suppression a number of times. No doubt it was all worth it, because whatever it takes to finally get rid of Cameron Slater is time and money well spent.
Ben Rachinger had similar support, for similar reasoning: that to help anyone that can potentially damage Slater is a “good thing”, and it doesn’t matter what other faults that person may present.
The first tactical error is to assume Cam makes stuff ups. If he did, then it would indeed be just a matter of dragging him through the courts. The facts will simply back it up, and that’s that.
It may pay to remind people that Nicky Hager never set out a case that Slater lies. Very much the opposite in fact. He presented the book and didn’t call it a work of fiction.
Additionally, after an extensive security services investigation including a 7 hour interview/interrogation of Cam Slater, nobody could find anything that was illegal. Not even with Cam Slater’s own emails, his own words.
Such is the lust out there to turn Slater into a shadow of his former self, that due diligence is thrown to the wind time and time again.
Colin Craig was like a godsend. A messiah, in fact. A man who could bleed Slater dry through the courts, has the intention, the energy and the motivation to see it through.
People who want Slater out of the picture flocked to Colin Craig and offered their help.
Not once did they actually consider that what Colin Craig allegedly faces in court right now could be true. Nope, a “typical hit job” by Slater and his pals will mean there was very little truth to it.
Or, they knew it was true and considered the cost of being seen as pro-Colin Craig the price of doing business.
What was revealed in court yesterday has until now been under the most suffocating of suppression orders. Orders Mr Craig himself has allegedly breached at will, but Cam Slater has been totally silent on the matter. This has provided a very one-sided picture for Colin’s new “friends”. They were kind of led down the garden path of believing Mr Craig’s account.
All this time, people who don’t think much of Slater have been getting over-excited at the thought that all that he had was a poem and a lot of hype, when in fact he holds hundreds of pieces of evidence that can be used to allegedly confirm the very things Mr Craig claims are allegedly defaming of him.
The Williams court case needs to go through to the end, and Colin Craig still gets his chance to present a defense. There will be many witnesses and cross examination by both sides before it is all over.
Oddly enough, it will play out two more times from the perspective of Colin Craig being a defendant as both Cam Slater and John Stringer will essentially bring the same defamation case to court. After all that, Colin Craig still needs to take Cam Slater and John Stinger to court for cases 4 and 5
But if there is one thing that is starting to become clear to Slater haters, is that they have once again backed the wrong horse. Next time you see someone upset with Cam Slater, before you run over and offer to help, you might just first want to ask: Why?