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Colin Craig’s lawyer got it wrong, writes a first year law student

This one is from the mailbag.  

Year 13 Student got it right, Mr Mills QC got it wrong. As a first year law student, she writes again.

Dear Sir

I believe that Mr Craig should be gracious in defeat as I wrote a letter to you previously that I believed that he had maliciously attacked you, and numerous others, but with him arguing that he had been defamed.

I was not surprised at the outcome with one exception, why the ceiling in damages?

Mr Craig attempting to have another High Court Judge review the findings of the jury is to merely limit the amounts of damages in the Williams matter, given that he faces a counterclaim from you on his defamation proceedings against you.

If I was advising Mr Craig I would try and negotiate a deal of $800k with Mr Williams, and an out of court settlement on costs, not admitting to indemnity payments.

If I was advising you I would argue a dollar per pamphlet as a minimum, and if the jury found exemplary damages were established on a civil threshold of beyond the balance of probabilities, I would seek a graduated scale per 10 thousand pamphlets similar to the Richter Scale, but I would refer to it as the Craig-scale. I would seek, if pushed to trial, a minimum of $10m, and if settled prior to trial $4m, reflecting that the settlement was evidence of his regret, and that the amount would remain confidential. Read more »

Trump exhibited that He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail

Gallup have done some polling around the Hillary/Trump presidential debate, and it has quantified what most of us have picked up instinctively.


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The New Zealand Labour Party was founded by racists

by idbkiwi

I am terribly sorry to bring such bad news, especially being the centenary of the Labour Party ‘n all, and I don’t wish to rain on their parade or to dampen the joyous, nation-wide, celebrations taking place to commemorate that be-specialled anniversary, but: The truth is that the New Zealand Labour Party was founded by racists and their favourite son, Saint Michael Joseph Savage, leader of the first Labour government, founder of the welfare state, who once quipped he may be more popular than God, was the worst racist of all.

I uncovered these lamentable facts following the exact same intellectually rigorous process used by Massey Agricultural College “academic” Stephen Elers recently when he applied his considerable mind to a piercing analysis of all utterances embarrassable to the man after whom the Agricultural College was named, that is to say: I saw it in an old newspaper.

Some of you may take heart from the fact that an Agricultural College “academic” can actually read, and that, therefore, the College is clearly fulfilling it’s function. But the pitfalls of reading are numerous, including the possibility of having one’s illusions shattered; as in discovering the racist and hateful speech of the Labour Party’s founders.   Read more »


Sorry Mr Little, but we’ve discovered more good news


vai RNZ

New Zealand firms had a more positive outlook in September about both their own prospects and the wider economy, with employment intentions and profit expectations rising.

A net 27.9 per cent of firms were optimistic about the general economic outlook over the coming year, up from a net 15.5 per cent in August, according to the ANZ Business Outlook. Read more »

Tweet of the day



I know a jury of eleven have unanimously found Colin Craig guilty of defaming Jordan Williams but I think that Checkpoint goes too far blaming him for laser strikes and expensive pop-up homes for the homeless.

Mental Health Break

The First Muslim refugee

“Muhammad was once a refugee taken in by the Jewish City of Medina. Within 5-years, he had driven out, executed, or enslaved every Jew there.”


Muhammad was the first Muslim refugee. It didn’t turn out too well for the Jewish society that took him in. I think that there is a lesson in that story.

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Map of the Day


Human Migration out of Africa from the Red Sea

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Here’s why Trump’s 2nd debate could be an outright massacre

Trump with a gun

Paul Waldman from the Washington Post writes

If the first step to fixing your problem is acknowledging you have a problem, Donald Trump is in some serious trouble. We’re ten days from his second debate with Hillary Clinton, and while most voters and virtually every sane observer agree that Trump did poorly in the first debate, a spate of reporting suggests that his campaign, and especially Trump himself, are in a state of deep denial about what happened and what he needs to do in order to have a different outcome next time.

But that’s not all. Because of the format of the second debate, Trump stands to do even worse than he did in the first debate, and Clinton could do even better. …

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