Colin Craig

Cult Colin: The loser who rewrites history loses twice

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The tipline keeps overflowing with moaners from the Conservative Party wanting to expose Colin Craig’s dumb antics.  I tend to ignore most of them, but here’s one that needs a little sunlight.

Apparently it’s all cucumber sammies and scones with tea inside the Cult Colinservative Compound.  Colin Craig seems to think Election 2014 was a fantastic result for the party.  Money well spent.

He must have early onset dementia about the various campaign post-election audit reports, the current free fall in the polls for the party, the personnel (and personal) meltdowns and resignations, the legal problems surrounding his behaviour around staff, the massive donations spending and a huge personal loan mortgaging the party’s future, as well as the 30 pages or so summary of members survey criticisms of Craig’s leadership and the campaign.

The party’s most recent “news” letter is 9 pages long.  And it contains no less than 8 photos of Cult Colin.  (I’ll spare you the photographic detail, but you can challenge your bile to stay down in your own time if you go here.) Read more »

The story nobody is covering: The failure and death of the Conservative Party


We all know that National is mostly just Helen’s Labour Party policies with a few pet projects on the side.  Smacking is still outlawed.  A few power stations were half sold.  And some gay people can now get married.

This leaves a fair chunk of National support with no real place to go.  Most are devout believers in a Christian God.  They love traditional ideas around family and the moral and value systems that brings with it.

The rise and fall of a number of “right of National” conservative or religious parties over the decades clearly show there is a 3-6% support for a party that is interested in pulling National to the right.  And good grief, doesn’t National need a coalition partner like that now, with both Dunne and the Maori Party having abandoned their support for sensible RMA reform.

Why do conservative parties in New Zealand fail to get off the ground?  Sadly, it’s because of the nutcase factor.   Read more »

Who owns the Conservative Party?

It is no secret that the Conservative Party has been split since before the election as to how it should be run.  And to some degree, that’s not an unusual situation in any kind of party.

If I were to be kind for a moment, and put the “Cult Party” label aside, the criticism that Colin Craig runs the party as if he is the owner refuses to go away.

And from his point of view, why not?  He’s pretty much paid for all of it.  It’s his own vehicle to try and achieve political success and progress from a property manager into a politician.

The problem is that he’s surrounded himself with people who are expecting the Conservative Party to run on principles where everyone’s vote carries equal weight.

After the election, the Conservative Party Board implemented a full and frank review, something that is as valuable as it is necessary.  After all, as a party they were close enough to the 5% threshold to review where they could improve performance next time.

This review came back and primarily pointed the finger at Colin Craig’s autocratic management style as one of the major reasons that a number of issues had not worked well.

To say the Board was split over this would be an understatement.  I’ve seen documents and spoken to party people that indicate that since the election there has been a constant battle between Craig and his supporters, and the rest of the Board.

Craig is no fool and has been working the numbers.  Putting pressure on certain individuals causing them to quit is a very simple way to get majority support and the appearance of a democratic vote becomes moot.

Bluntly put, the Conservative Party is dysfunctional, and has been leaking like a sieve.  Much to the frustration of Craig who has issued gag orders, “do not speak to media” orders, and has most recently implemented strict email security measures. Read more »

Conservative Party insider to Colin Craig and the board: “Stop the infighting it will destroy us”

Things are starting to boil over in the Conservative Party.  I have some stories sitting here that I’ve held back because they would have gotten lost in the by-election debacle, the boxing and Black Caps winning the world cup.

To the Board and Colin Craig.

Debbie Cunliffe one of our Party stalwarts has resigned, Debbie was made of
tough stuff and you brought her to her knees. How many more of us will fall?
Continue to say you are listening and then disregard us see what happens. If
you will not listen to those who have courage to challenge you, who will you
listen to – just yourselves?

It appears that you have filters in place to only listen to those who fit in
with your agenda. Your agenda is hidden to us!

You want to shut down any discussion by email and Yammer. You are telling me
to shut down I will not because I believe that binding referenda and Justice
etc should be practiced within the Party, and if not we are being

Stop the infighting it will destroy us. Get our act together. Read more »

Colin Craig tries to paper over the cracks

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has dismissed rumours of a leadership challenge and the expulsion of a party member as “a storm in a teacup”.

Mr Craig confirmed that his party was taking “disciplinary action” against board member Larry Baldock, but said he did not expect it to result in expulsion.

The Conservative leader said he had also learned of “murmurings” about a leadership challenge, but he did not know where they came from.

“There are a lot of rumours around the traps,” he said.

The party voted on all positions every year and no one had raised the matter of a new leader at a board meeting on Saturday.


Former Napier candidate Garth McVicar was invited to the meeting by a board member, despite resigning from the party after the election.

Mr McVicar – who returned to his job at the Sensible Sentencing Trust in October – said he turned down the invitation and he had no plans to challenge for the leadership.

Mr Craig said he did not know Mr McVicar had been invited to the board meeting but he presumed it was to give advice on future strategy.

“His input to the party would still be welcome,” he said.

Since the election, chief executive Christine Rankin has stood down but remained on the board and Mr McVicar and board member Leighton Baker have resigned.

Mr Craig said it was common to have some turnover after an election.

There has been quite the power struggle in the Conservative Party since the election, mostly to try and get Colin Craig to leave.  The idea was for Laurence Day to start bankrolling the Conservative Party, get rid of the Craig acolytes, put Garth McVicar in the top spot,  and see what the Conservative Party can achieve without the burden of a megalomaniac control freak at the helm. Read more »

Hooton asks “Where is Colin Craig?”

Matthew Hooton in his NBR column asks where is Colin Craig?

The country’s going to hell in a handbasket.

Prime Minister John Key has again been photographed being kissed by drag queens.

Police commissioner Mike Bush has allowed uniformed officers to march in the annual Pride parade.

Same-sex marriage continues with gay abandon.

Schools are teaching students as young as five the correct names of body parts and what kinds of personal interaction is allowed and not allowed, rather than leaving them to work it out in the playground as they did in the good old days.

Parents are still not allowed to smack their kids.

God is displeased, sending drought to the South Island and plague to Auckland’s Sodom and Gomorrah, Grey Lynn.

The conditions are ripe for a conservative backlash.  So where is Colin Craig?

If Matthew Hooton is asking that question it shows how out of the political loop he is these days.

From May 2012, Mr Craig invested an enormous amount of time and at least $3,354,600 in his Conservative Party.  For his efforts, the party scored a credible 95,598 party votes last year, 3.97% of the total.  It was up on the 59,237 votes the party won in its first outing 2011, 2.65% of those cast.

Like all party leaders, Mr Craig had a rough time through the election campaign.  He was mocked mercilessly by the liberal establishment, who considered him a greater threat than he turned out to be. His own party plastered an unflattering mug shot of him on hoardings across the country.  Worst of all, his press secretary resigned mysteriously two days before the election, slamming him as  “manipulative.” Mr Craig denied any “unchristian” or “untoward” behaviour.

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Money doesn’t win elections

Arts, Travel & Lifestyle blogger David “Pinko” Farrar has worked out the cost per vote for all the political parties.

This proves that vast amounts of money do not change the election if it is spent by idiots like Kim Dotcom or Colin Craig.

What is even worse is that the Greens spend so much money on their campaign yet claim money is an evil influence. These hypocrites actually spent more than Labour in total, and more overall.

While this can be partly explained by Labour being deadset useless at a fundraising, the Greens have reefed in a lot of money to promote their world view.   Read more »

How broke was Labour at the election? Very broke, the Greens outspent them

The latest election expenses are out and it is quite revealing.

National spent the most, Labour spent less than half of National, and the Greens out spent Labour.

But the real take out is that money doesn’t buy you results. The Greens show that as does Internet Mana.

Labour spent half as much as National on last year’s election campaign and was outspent by the Greens for the first time.

Parties’ election advertising expenses were released yesterday and show Labour spent $1.27 million – slightly less than the Green Party on $1.29 million and half the National Party’s $2.6 million.

National was the biggest spender, followed by the Conservative Party, which was bankrolled by leader Colin Craig and spent $1.9 million. Funded by $3.5 million from Kim Dotcom, the Internet-Mana alliance spent $660,000 while the Internet Party spent a further $320,000. Of the parties in Parliament, United Future spent the least – just under $2000.

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Will the next MP for Northland please stand up?

Winston Peters’ bid to take over the now vacant Northland seat is gathering momentum.

The by-election was forced by the resignation of Mike Sabin last week.

Police knew about issues affecting the former MP but the Police Minister is refusing to comment about whether he knew and who he told.

It’s not even a week since Mr Sabin resigned, but already fighting for his Northland seat has begun.

It’s a safe National seat, but Mr Peters would fight hard, chipping into National’s lead.

But John Key says Peters is acting as a bit of a tease “[I] wouldn’t bet the marae on it.”

Along with Mr Peters, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is also considering running for the seat. Read more »

Northland by-election


Prime Minister John Key is confident National will hold on to the Northland seat in the by-election triggered by Mike Sabin’s resignation.

Mr Sabin, 46, announced … he was quitting Parliament.

The former policeman said he had decided to resign “due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament”.

Mr Key is taking advice about when a by-election could be held, but he’s not concerned about it.

March 28.   Mark it down.   Read more »