Colin Craig cross examined about the interview he had with himself about himself

Readers may remember that Mr Craig published a booklet where he had an interview.  In this interview, he played three roles.  The interviewer, the person being interviewed, and the person the interviewer and interviewee spoke about.

All three of them being Mr Craig, of course.

Craig as Interviewer: “Colin Craig is not in office.”

Craig as Mr X: “Well no but he nearly … got there last time. He gets votes and the media love him so that qualifies him to be a target.”

Craig as Interviewer: “Craig says he has been getting pretty positive feedback from supporters.”

Craig as Mr X: “Yeah well maybe he says that but … don’t forget they are mostly a bunch of bigots, they will dump him, just wait and see. Most media have already written him and the party off.”

Craig as Interviewer: “So there is no way back for Craig after this?”

Craig as Mr X: “No chance … well OK there is a chance but only because he is freakish under pressure and he seems to be largely unphased [sic] by this whole thing.”

Mr Craig has been questioned by QC Peter McKnight today to establish what exactly Mr Craig… the real person sitting on the stand, believes.   We may all be forgiven for finding it somewhat difficult to figure it out when Mr Craig calls his own voters “bigots” if he truly holds that belief or he’s just pretending.   

During cross examination at the High Court at Auckland on Monday, Williams’ lawyer Peter McKnight put to Craig that the interview was “reckless and dishonest”.

Craig disputed that, saying he had paraphrased people like political strategist Simon Lusk and WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater.

“I guess some people would view a nom de plume as dishonest … it’s a literary device,” Craig said.

“I was taking what other people had said to me in conversation, their view points. I didn’t necessarily agree with all of the view points that were being put forward in this interview.

“What I’m trying to do here is express opinions people have about Dirty Politics. Some of them I don’t agree with.”

McKnight asked him about a sentence where “Mr X” says “the media love [Craig]”.

“Do you want to be loved?” McKnight asked him.

“I’d like the media to show me a little more love in their reporting,” Craig replied.

McKnight then asked about “Mr X” describing Craig as being “freakish under pressure”.

Craig said that was a phrase his friend used to describe him.

“Are you freakish?” McKnight asked.

“I don’t know if I’d go that far,” Craig said.


As this is a jury trial, they will be the ultimate decision makers on that.

The trial is in its third week, and Mr Craig is the first defense witness.  Others still to come to defend a man accused of alleged sexual harassment include his wife Helen, blogger Martyn Bradbury and re-publisher of stolen emails, Nicky Hager.


Kelly Dennett, Stuff

  • YankeeManu

    Justice is blind. After following the Delegat assault trial and now Colin Craig it seems the more money you have the fairer justice becomes.

    • First all the prep and then 5 weeks of a QC in court, including other counsel and helpers… even at volume discount that has to come to a serious pile of money.

      • YankeeManu

        For you and I this would be a concern, for Craig and Delegat jnr it is not.

    • Red_NZ

      you have to remember a recent All Black, was let off an assault charge because his future would be affected and he wouldn’t be able to reach his potential…. So young Mr Delegat could have easily used the same argument that potential sporting stars frequently use, as it’d affect his future also.
      But then there’s been little in the way of complaint about that All Black’s past, so it shows we’re only too happy for someone with a sporting background to assault someone as long as they didn’t come from money.
      Before anyone suggests I condone either actions, I don’t. I feel everyone should fall under the same laws, there should be no loopholes and a lot more personal responsibility. If you stuff your future up, that’s on you regardless of your background

      • YankeeManu

        I for one am not happy. If it’s public information which recent All Black are you talking of?

        • Red_NZ

          George Moala, you might even be able to watch the assault video online.

  • Red_NZ

    I’m shocked to find out the CC and Mr X, are indeed the same person…. shock horror 😂😂😂

    • Rick H

      Don’t forget the interviewer was also CC. LOL
      That was 3 of them.

      • PhantomsDoc

        Me, myself and Coleen.

  • Kevin

    “The trial is in its third week, and Mr Craig is the first defense witness. Others still to come to defend a man accused of alleged sexual harassment include his wife Helen, blogger Martyn Bradbury and re-publisher of stolen emails, Nicky Hager.”

    I wonder if they’ll still be defending him if the jury finds he did sexually harass.

    • They have found out. Craig says it wasn’t because MacGregor withdrew the claim as part of a settlement, but I think they are smarter than that. it is real dancing on the head of a pin.

  • Huia

    Are all the Colin’s are going onto the stand or is it just going to be the original one?

  • Mick Ie

    Multi defamation suits = 3?- One for CC, one for Mr X and one for the interviewer?

    • Rebecca


      I posted a parody of a certain poem… but it’s not needed.

  • taurangaruru

    So far left Bradbury & Hager are appearing for the defence of so called christian conservative Colin Craig, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

  • zotaccore

    Has the prosecution, defence or judge called for a psychiatric report on Craig. Seems something is not quite right with the guy. Not saying he is insane however his narcissistic model of behavior has warning bells about it.