Colin Craig

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…

Read more »

Why won’t anyone step up to lead the Conservative party?

The Conservative party have approached a number of people to lead it since Colin Craig’s leadership fell under a rain cloud.

Here’s a list, which may not even be complete.

bob-mccoskrie-family-first

Bob McCoskrie

The moral crusader considered the position for a while, but in the end declined.  Just like in court, where he said he had not been part of the production of Colin Craig’s “Dirty Politics” booklet, and then had to be recalled to be given a second chance to explain why he had email correspondence with Colin Craig that proved … his memory was faulty. Quite how a moral crusader justifies giving evidence in support of Colin Craig after the sordid revelations in court and in the Human Rights Tribunal is beyond me. A conservative party with McCoskrie at the helm would be constantly tested against Family First policy and inevitably would be found to be supporting more than one position depending on which organisation he was fronting. Read more »

Reader calls Whaleoil out over Colin Craig’s 2000 postal ballots

Yesterday we covered the Conservative party’s drama with respect to picking a leader.  I suggested that the party may not at all have given up on Colin Craig yet.  As reported in the NZ Herald, Colin claims he sent out a postal ballot to all Conservative party members, and the response was about 75% in favour.  My point was that Colin Craig is clearly still an option for the party to consider.

Whaleoil reader ‘dab’ thinks I draw a long bow

…the original article in which Mr Craig disclosed that 75% of 2,000 responses were supportive of him, was dated July 2015 – so is hopelessly out of date. I struggle to believe such levels of support remain, even among the perpetually faithful.

That’s a fair point.  And in the absence of another postal ballot of the membership, or a resolution by the party board, it is getting stale.  But it’s the best quality information that the Conservative party is operating under.

In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that the 2000 ballots have turned up somewhere else, I would have agreed with ‘dab’.  Just a few days ago, the Judicial Decisions Online web site published a decision in the High Court between Craig v Stringer.

e9fc0a0e9fc0a0e9fc0a0e9fc0a0113550 Read more »

Should Family First be renamed Misogyny First?

Three wives, numerous mistresses, nearly a dozen victims coming forward, but Bob McCoskrie’s Family First re-tweeting in Donald Trump’s defence.

One of the most extraordinary days during the Williams v Craig defamation trial was when Colin Craig was lining up cronies to try to defend the indefensible in his treatment of Rachel MacGregor.  The various witnesses – mostly Conservative Party officials and staff -all coincidently sung off the identical song sheet: “inappropriate” nothing more, nothing less. They even all had the same spelling mistake in their briefs of evidence.

They were forced to read the “You are wonderful” love letter with the “You have the most beautiful…” line.  They all refused to accept that it was ‘sleazy’ or evidence of sexual harassment when questioned by Williams’ lawyers. They merely parroted Colin Craig’s favourite word ‘inappropriate’.   Read more »

What do Angelina Jolie and Colin Craig have in common?

You wouldn’t think that Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and Colin Craig would have anything in common but it turns out that they do share one trait. They share a belief that they can use their wealth to control what famous bloggers write about them.

Angelina Jolie is threatening to sue Perez Hilton.

The lawyers for the 41-year-old actress… have emailed the celebrity blogger to ask him to change certain aspects of his report on her split from Brad Pitt, or face legal action.

Posting a screenshot of his email response on Instagram, the 37-year-old star wrote: “In other news, #AngelinaJolie’s lawyers at Greenberg Glusker have just threatened to sue me for my coverage of her split from #BradPitt. ME!! I have always been one of Angelina Jolie’s loudest and strongest supporters and defenders!!!!! This was my email back to Angelina’s lawyers, #BertFields and#PriyaSapori. Glad I’m not running for president!! [sic]”

Read more »

Lessons for Crazy Colin from David Lange

David Cohen writes at the NBR about some lessons for Colin Craig:

A jury has found that the onetime Conservative Party leader Colin Craig defamed Taxpayers Union founder Jordan Williams. The country has found out a lot more about Mr Craig’s style of office management and questionable poetic skills. So what was in the widely covered case for the media to discover?

Mr Craig’s whopping loss – the jury ordered that he pay a plump $1.27m in total – has been described as a classic defeat for the onetime political aspirant who has spent a significant amount of time in recent years launching his own defamation actions against some critics.

Indeed Mr Craig first came to many people’s attention in 2013 when he threatened a satirical news website with legal action after claiming it published a story designed, as a lawyer’s letter put it, “to make him look ridiculous.”

On the face of it that action only seemed to underscore the proposition being argued against, as well as suggesting Mr Craig had no idea about the purpose of satire.

A year later, of course, he was at it again with another defamation suit, this time against the Green Party’s Russel Norman for having effectively accused the Conservative Party leader of being a conservative in his views on homosexuals and women – at which point the expensive arguments seemed to be getting inexplicably ridiculous.

In life as in law, though, arguments are sometimes not about what they’re about.

Read more »

Who is afraid of being sued by Colin Craig?

man-hiding-behind-desk

Who is afraid of being sued by Colin Craig? If the flurry of articles in the media critical of Colin Craig are anything to go by I would say almost 100% fewer people than the day before Jordan Williams won his defamation case against Colin in court.

Media and individuals had good reason to be afraid. Not many men have the kind of money that allows them to silence critics with merely the threat of a lawsuit. Colin Craig is a very wealthy man with deep pockets. So deep in fact that he thought nothing of spending almost 2 million dollars of his and his wife’s money on a vanity project that they both felt ” passionate ” about.

Before Mr Craig lost to Mr Williams editors were vigilant, telling their journalists to dial it back whenever they strayed into subject matter that might attract Craig’s legal attention. After all, Mr Craig has a history of threatening to sue people whenever they say something he doesn’t like. The satirical site The Civilian, for example, caught his attention and was threatened with legal action. They swiftly backed down but maintained their satirical bent with a carefully crafted apology.

“We retract the statement and apologise to Mr Craig for any harm we have caused to his impeccable reputation. We would like to note that we have also taken the additional measure of bolding the statement in question so that everybody knows which thing it was that Mr Craig did not say.”

-The Civilian

Since Jordan William’s win, however, it seems as if the Editors have turned to their journalists and said, “Go ahead, knock yourselves out, say whatever you like.”

If you think I am exaggerating here are some quotes from satirical site, The Spinoff.

Read more »

Colin Craig commits to the long game of beating Williams, Stringer and me in court

Colin Craig is digging in for the long haul:

“We put 10 years of savings into it, we gave it all our heart and soul, it was our number one priority and we lived it for three years – we absolutely care about it, it’s a passion for us.

“Whether there’s an opportunity to be involved in the future, there’s a lot of water that’s got to go under the bridge before we can answer that question.”

He got “very uninvolved” in his business affairs while running for election, and says that’s also on the backburner.

Instead, his number one priority is dealing with his legal disputes, as well as spending more time with his children and wife Helen, who stood by his side throughout the defamation trial.

“I have an amazing wife, children that I love and who love me, and a strong family network, that’s very valuable at times like this.”

Read more »

Colin Craig becomes Nigel No Mates

The media asked John Key about the possibility of any accommodation with the Conservative party next year, or indeed anything at all involving Creepy Colin.

John Key believes it would be unlikely for the National Party to make any deal with Colin Craig or the Conservative Party for a seat in Parliament following the defamation case against Mr Craig.

“He might have a few more bills to pay first,” said Mr Key.

Mr Craig was found guilty of defamation last week and ordered to pay Jordan Williams $1.27m, and just this week it was revealed the Human Rights Tribunal ordered Mr Craig to pay Rachel MacGregor $128,780 earlier this year for breaching a confidential agreement between the two.   Read more »

So who was the spy?

If you didn’t think the Colin Craig shenanigans could get any murkier..now there is spy in the mix.

A suspicious man wearing dark sunglasses and a black jacket spotted lurking around Jordan Williams’ lawyers’ chambers during the Colin Craig defamation trial worried his team that he was a spy.

It turned out to be a witness who was later subpoenaed but Williams’ legal team tried to link the “so called lurking incident” to Craig.

In judicial minutes released to media today, Justice Sarah Katz detailed the drama which happened at the end of the first week of the trial heard at the Auckland High Court.

Justice Katz said on Monday, September 12 she received an email from Williams’ lawyer Peter McKnight about an “incident of concern” the previous Friday evening.

When they were leaving the lawyer’s chambers, they saw “a man with black square glasses ([t dusk] and a black jacket, peering into the foyer, seemingly attempting to read the tenant information”.   Read more »