Colin Craig

Cold hard reality sinks in for Colin Craig

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

Colin Craig has a bad habit of spending millions coming third

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says he does not intend to ask National to gift him an electorate and is instead aiming to get into Parliament by getting more than 5 per cent of the party vote, saying he did not want to “repeat the adventures” of parties such as Act.

There has been speculation about whether National will do an Epsom-style deal with Mr Craig to increase his chances of getting Conservative MPs into Parliament, but Mr Craig said no such talks have been held. However, he said if National approached the Conservative Party to offer a seat, he would have to take it to the board to consider and it was likely they would accept. Read more »

Colin Craig can’t win, so why is anyone bothering?

Matthew Theunissen reports

Labour deputy leader David Parker said: “…the only way Colin Craig will get elected is if the National Party manipulates MMP and throws him the seat.”

And National will only make a deal with the bad, not the mad.   That hasn’t stopped Craig’s dad from trying his hardest to keep himself  and his neighbours in, what he hopes will be, his son’s electorate.

Colin’s father Ross mounted a successful challenge to the draft boundaries, shifting about 50 neighbouring lifestyle blocks from Rodney electorate into East Coast Bays.

In his objection to the Representation Commission’s original proposed boundaries, Ross Craig said Haigh Access Rd and the adjacent stretch of East Coast Rd had links with the Bays. “This area is within the East Coast Bays area for local body elections,” he said.

Ross Craig sent out flyers and got 72 other signatures on his petition – and this week, the commission agreed to the boundary change, almost certainly giving his son more votes if he confirms his intent to run in East Coast Bays.

The really amusing thing is that his son still doesn’t know what electorate he will stand in, so all that effort may have been for nothing anyway. Read more »

What do Kim Dotcom and Colin Craig have in common?

Is money important in elections? New research suggests it is

In New Zealand, despite no evidence to support the contention that money has a massive influence in politics the Labour party passed the draconian and anti-democratic Electoral Finance Act.

The evidence in NZ is actually contrary to the opinion that money in politics can sway results. The Act party for instance spent a great deal more than any other party for a negligible return, same with Colin Craig. On the other hand the unions pour money into Labour’s coffers and get a good return on their investment.

In Fiji the news electoral laws forbid anyone or organisation other than natural persons from donating to political parties or candidates. This stops corporates and the unions donating.

Meanwhile the left wing continues to push for state funding of political parties, a system that rewards incumbency. They don;t want to have to bother with pesky things like members and sausage sizzles and cake stalls.

And of course there is Kim Dotcom who is making the mistake many wealthy business people make in entering politics, thinking that money can buy you votes.

In the United States however there is building evidence that big money, and by big I mean BIG, can and does make a difference in campaigning. Apparently 91% of the time the better resourced candidate wins.

There are few talking points more beloved by underdog political candidates (and their aides) than to declare that money doesn’t matter. (If it did, Steve Forbes would be the president!)

Well, they’re wrong — at least most of the time.

Take a look at the chart below, created last month by Jasper McChesney, a designer at United Republic, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tries to spread awareness about the influence of money in politics.   Read more »

National’s strategic stupidity, Ctd

Yesterday I blogged about how MMP hands defeat to John Key, yesterday Andrea Vance also wrote about the exact same issue.

Chin up, Labour. So far most of the polls suggest you are doing a rubbish job at winning this election. But there are five reasons why David Cunliffe can cling to hope that he could still be prime minister this year.

1. The electoral system.

Well, duh. Obviously. Under MMP, post- elections negotiations are a bit like a nail- biting penalty shoot-out. Until now, Winston Peters has hammed up the role of kingmaker to dramatic effect. Now we’ve got a whole new crowd of mavericks on the field: who knows which way Colin Craig, Kim Dotcom and his mystery MP will swing. National can’t even rely on its old pals. The Maori Party is a shadow of itself, likely to take a huge hit in September. ACT’s Jamie Whyte is failing to live up to expectations – with no significant lift in polling since he took over as leader. Last week’s Roy Morgan poll is the first of the year where the left-bloc have regained a lead over National.  Read more »

Bill Clinton channels his inner Colin Craig

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Bill Clinton appears to be sharing information with Colin Craig:

Bill Clinton is intrigued by space aliens.

The former United States president appeared on Wednesday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He ended up discussing, among other things, extraterrestrial life.

Clinton admitted that soon after becoming president, he had his aides research Area 51, the Nevada military facility, “to make sure there was no alien down there.” He was also interested in Roswell, N.M., the site of a reputed UFO sighting in 1947, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary during Clinton’s presidency.

“I had all the Roswell papers reviewed – everything,” he told Kimmel.

“If you saw that there were aliens there, would you tell us?” Kimmel asked.

“Yeah,” Clinton said, nodding.   Read more »

Fran O’Sullivan on Kim Dotcom’s political foray

Fran O’Sullivan explores Kim Dotcom’s stable of bought politicians:

Kim Dotcom bought his New Zealand residency with a $10 million cheque; now he wants to buy off Hone Harawira to try to secure the balance of power at the September election.

That’s the most important development relating to the birth of the Internet Party.

It’s certainly not his pledge to bring internet equality to New Zealand. Who’s going fund that, Kim?

Nor the fact that Dotcom owns a signed copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. So what? Mere ownership doesn’t make him a Nazi sympathiser. (I own a Chinese tract signed by the disgraced Bo Xilai and that doesn’t make me a Communist either).

This issue will remain a red herring unless evidence is made public — not merely hinted at — that Dotcom is a closet Nazi and anti-Semitic to boot.

Until then there is no game-changer.  Read more »

Colin Craig’s $550,000 vs Dotcom’s Millions

It will be interesting to see the mandatory Party Return to be submitted to the electoral commission for the Internet Party, and how much money Kim Dotcom is really throwing into his Cult Party.  Colin Graig has stumped up with just over half a mil.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has donated more than half a million dollars towards his party’s war chest this week alone, party returns show.

According to the Electoral Commission website, Craig donated $550,000 to his party on Tuesday – that’s on top of a $36,000 donation made by him on February 28.

The wealthy property developer had also made four donations to the party between October and January, ranging between $10,000 and $50,000.

In October he gave the party $50,000, in November $10,000 and in December a further $20,000.

Craig added another $45,000 to the tally in January, which was used to cover the cost of a billboard campaign.

Other donations were added to cover the cost of new staff.

It was widely reported Craig funded the party’s 2011 election campaign himself.

Let’s face it.  These aren’t political parties, are they?  They are mere play things by people who have the cash to carry it off.   Read more »

Jones unrepentant, keeps on kicking Greens

David Cunliffe probably thought last week was going to be his low point.

Now we are getting a peek behind the curtains on what a Labour/Green government would look like, it’s a constant theme that the Greens are a huge turn off for potential Labour voters which Jones clearly grasps.

For a point of reference you should have a look at what the ousted Labour politicians from Tasmania are saying about their time with Green coalition partner.

in the meantime we get to enjoy Shane Jones kicking the Greens in the cods.

Labour MP Shane Jones says Greens are too thin-skinned after the party laid a complaint about his attack on one its MPs.

Greens’ head of staff Ken Spagnolo said he had raised Mr Jones’ comments with Labour head of staff Matt McCarten.  Read more »

Who is managing Labour’s social media campaign?

Settle down children, I’m about to tell you a story!

Let’s say a political leader, let’s call him Conservative Party leader Colin Craig, says that a woman’s place is in the home.  And to make this more fun, another political leaders, let’s call him Green party co-leader Russel Norman, refers to this in a allegedly derogatory sense in a speech.

Now, Colin doesn’t like it and decides to sue Russel for defamation.

This is all over the media, and it looks like a mess.  The whole concept of women belonging in the home is somewhat ridiculous to most voters.

Apparently, neither Colin nor Russel think the Woman’s place is in the house, but they are going to court to fight over it anyway.  The proper place for a woman is a hot political issue in 2014.

Meanwhile, in a political party, far, far, faaaar, away, some social media genius is thinking: “How shall I make an impact in this election?”

“Oh, I know!” Read more »