Do you know who “Mr X” is? You might think you do, but you don’t


Even before the Williams v Craig defamation trial, Mr Colin Craig outed himself as the mysterious “Mr X”.  “Mr X” was “interviewed” by an “interviewer”.  And it turns out Mr Craig also played the role of the interviewer.


Colin made up the interview from scraps of conversations he remembered having with other people, some of whom he’s named.  Simon Lusk was one of them – even mentioned in court by Mr Craig as one of the sources of inspiration for this Mr X “literary device” (fancy word for “making stuff up”). Read more »

My inappropriate relationship with Colin Craig

Colin Craig

Colin Craig

There has been another man in our marriage for quite a while now. He casts a shadow over my husband and I and he is a threat to our happiness. He has been the subject of a number of my fantasies. In my favourite one, he slowly turns to me, loosens his tie and in a deep voice says, ” I am so sorry for putting you and your family through all this legal nonsense.” He then he signs a few cheques and rides off into the sunset never to be seen or heard of again.

Like so many inappropriate relationships the reality is never as good as the fantasy and yesterday I met Colin Craig for the very first time. Little was I to know that hours later he would be metaphorically lying in a pool of blood as the Judge (cast in the role of gunslinger) calmly blew the smoke from her six-shooter and then slid it firmly into her judicial holster. Colin had lost his case against us. He had been called a vexatious litigant over and over and over again and he had been told that  he was wasting the courts time. He was also told that in the extremely unlikely event that he won at trial that he would be awarded no damages at all as his poem, like his case had no value at all. It was a legal blood bath.

When I decided to meet the star of my fantasies for the first time it was my intention to stare him down using my evil look. My evil look is famous as it has been known to make grown men cower and even the mighty Cameron Slater has been known to cringe and avoid eye contact when I have aimed it in his direction.

When we arrived I looked around for the man that so callously uses his wealth to threaten those who exposed him and this is what I saw…

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Why do gallery journalists say such stupid things?

The gallery has lost their collective shit with the resignation of John Key.

There are all sorts of idiot prognostications and assessments. It is so bad that it is starting to annoy me.

Do these people, who are supposedly “trained and skilled” actually understand the process of how National selects their leaders?

Or are they trying to insert themselves into the process?

Richard Harman, who usually has sensible things to say, has also lost his shit:

Prime Minister John Key’s resignation has caught his Caucus unprepared.

They have no agreed replacement.

At a telephone conference call with the caucus yesterday, one participant said the MPs greeted his news with a stunned silence.   Read more »

Why is Dotcom still a free man?


As Rangi Kemara told me earlier this year, Whaleoil was no longer a target.  From this I fully expected other National people, MPs, offices, support people to be  under the hammer.

And at this stage, I can’t find much sympathy for them.  If they truly thought I was going to be their last victim, they’re in for a rough ride.

But here’s the fun bit.  The left tried the Dirty Politics/Vote Positive thing last time and increased National’s support among voters. Read more »

Talk about stupid from Fairfax

Fairfax really are seeking relevance with retarded stories like the one about what happens to John Key’s security detail when he resigns.

For the past eight years John Key has been flanked by a team of Diplomatic Protection Service agents who have kept him safe. But come Monday, he may be fending for himself.

Police, along with Key’s office, declined to comment on Tuesday whether or not he would retain any of his security detail once he steps down next week.    Read more »


National contenders: What is their path to victory?

In US politics there is always talk of a path to victory. I have used this term extensively and now we can look at it again with the National party caucus selection for leader and the role of Prime Minister.

The selection is a once in ten-year event for caucus to consider.  National has been that stable under John Key. Caucus members should think very carefully in the way they cast their vote next Monday. There are 59 votes to gather and to win a candidate needs to secure 30 votes.

So far there are three declared contenders, Bill English, Jonathan Coleman and Judith Collins.

So what are their paths to victory?


Bill English

Bill English has a path to victory, but it is perilous and requires some devious skullduggery to implement. Bill has deviousness and skullduggery in spades. His current support base is mostly made up of current ministers. Key supporters are John Key, Nick Smith, Steve Joyce and Gerry Brownlee. He has almost no support amongst the back bench and that is due to his unwillingness to socialise or interact with them. He refuses requests to attend openings and largely spends time with other Wellington-based MPs like Gerry Brownlee.   Read more »

Wednesday morning Mailbag

endorsed whaleoil logoDang.  I’ve finally managed to turn a critic.

From: Caro [redacted]
Date: 6 December 2016 at 16:35
Subject: Whale Oil Contact submission
To: whaleoilbeefhooked

Name: Caro [redacted]

Message: Just a message of support.

I used to think you were among the devils, but having emerged from a dense lefty loony fog over the last two years, I now see you as a truthteller.

Keep it up, and let’s hope Trump gets to do something fine before they impeach him.

Best regards,
no need for a response. Read more »

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Face of the Day


Ben Rachinger is getting to the sharp end of his journey.  Readers may recall Rachinger was part of a police operation with confusing and overlapping goals.  Ostensibly it was to uncover the identity of Rawshark, but in the end it also drifted into trying to entrap Cameron Slater by twisting his words and cherry picking documents to build a narrative.

The public was told Cameron Slater had hired Ben Rachinger to hack The Standard.  The evidence doesn’t back this up.  It was in fact Ben Rachinger and some police laying a number of traps, all of which were avoided, but the last one.

I’ve studied all the transcripts and evidence in detail, and it is clear to me that Cam Slater could have defended himself and won.  So why didn’t he?

At the time, Cam was already embroiled in a number of time wasting, life-force draining and money hungry court cases.  So when he was offered the opportunity for diversion, he took it.

Critics and opponents have been unhappy with Cam saying to the court he was guilty and remorseful and then afterwards saying he didn’t do it.  But it was a means to an end for a man who was facing another very public trial, one where Ben Rachinger, Tim Watkins and Lisa Owen from TV3’s The Nation had made a deal to team up and drive Cam Slater into the ground. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

eximious  (adj) – Select and distinguished; eminent.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : From Latin eximius ‎(“set apart, select”), from eximō ‎(“take out or away; deliver, free”), from ex ‎(“out of, from”) + emō ‎(“buy; acquire, take”).