1. Why did you lie to your Board for months about “inappropriate behaviour” with the Party press secretary when asked directly if it took place?
2. Why did you say on Paul Henry 20/6 that no “inappropriate behaviour” took place with Rachel MacGregor, then admit it the next day at a press conference you called?
3. Are you confident you have been honest in your filing of all Electoral Returns in accordance with the Act, and have been totally honest about amounts and invoicing to keep electorate campaigns under cap?
4. Do you categorically deny the new rumours emerging about a second sexual harassment case against you by another of your female employees?
5. Why did you not tell the truth to the media in late 2014 about Larry Baldock and Leighton Baker’s departures from the Board and Party?
6. Why did you overspend the Party budget in late 2014 by approx. $680,000 and not consult your Board about this at the time?
7. Why did you arrange a loan to yourself at 8% interest to cover this amount, and not lay this at the Board, but rather rang around your supporters by phone, and excluded those you knew would question this? Was that a “Board meeting” in your mind?
8. Why did you take the Party’s $220,000 GST rebate for yourself without reference to the Board?
9. Do you still believe that a missile hit the Pentagon and not a plane?
10. When you said publicly that John Stringer had been “suspended” by “a duly constituted meeting of the board headed by then-board chairman Brian Dobbs” (NZHerald) why did you not disclose that it was simply a phone call between Brian Dobbs (who resigned the next day) and Nathaniel Heslop (who had already resigned)? Read more »
The struggle between Craig and the real Board continues for control of… what exactly, I’m not sure.
John Stringer wrote:
“We are a duly appointed Board, appointed in exactly the same way as the original Board. If Colin Craig suggests we are “illegitimate” then his first Board was also “illegitimate.”
“Colin Craig is ‘buying’ the Conservative Party by hijacking it’s websites, removing critical comments, abusing members privacy by using the database to promote his personal arguments, blocking members, – including my wife and myself – from commenting or messaging on them, while himself suspended for multiple aggressive ‘corporate raiding’ offences against the interests of the Conservative Party.”
“The existing Board is made up of senior Party officials and candidates and are acting responsibly.”
“Colin Craig cannot just ‘invent’ a new Board because the other [one] resigned in disgust at his admitted inappropriate behaviour.”
“The contrived Stringer ‘suspension’ of Thursday 25/6 is so farcical as to be ridiculous, but suits Craig’s false narrative.”
Please read here for details and secret documents:
Stringer is making little headway. Read more »
From Rob Hosking at the NBR, about Colin Craig:
There is little doubt Mr Craig is flakier than a roll of filo pastry with psoriasis. Statements about chem trails, doubts about the validity of the moon landings, calls for unused land to be confiscated from the owners, descriptions of Kiwi women as the most promiscuous in the world all caused a lot of side-eye from dubious New Zealanders. The departure of his press secretary days before last year’s general election looked odd: it now emerges the relationship became “inappropriate,” to use Mr Craig’s own words, although the this inappropriate behaviour appears to have been on his side, not hers.
That, plus the decidedly odd shirtless TV interview in a sauna last month has turned the flakiness into a snowstorm.
It was also never clear how much Mr Craig actually believed some of the stuff he was spouting: there was seldom an air of conviction to his comments aimed at enticing morally conservative Christian voters.
He came to politics as if he were someone who had spotted a vacant market niche rather than as a conviction politician.
You could have bet your house on this one coming along. It just needed a good photo.
Colin Craig lives in an upside-down world, where rules are useful to hold other people to account, but don’t apply to him. Where right is wrong and wrong is “inappropriate”.
Check out this article from Cherie Howie in a newspaper today:
Self-inflicted body blows continue to batter the Conservative Party, with a newly appointed board suspending the membership of founder, party benefactor and former leader Colin Craig.
And in a further hit to the divided party’s credibility, Craig last night said the new board – and therefore his suspension – was invalid because neither natural justice nor the party’s constitution had been followed at yesterday’s meeting.
“I think any ordinary person will realise a process when you don’t advise the person that you’re considering something, you don’t let them attend, you don’t even give them a chance to respond to allegations, is no proper process,” Craig told the Herald on Sunday.
“What we’ve seen today is not the Conservative Party, we’ve just seen a few people.
“The party is thousands of supporters around the country [and] we elect our boards through democratic process.”
Wendyl Nissen tries to explain that she would indeed stick around with a cheating husband…
None of us knows whether we would stand by our man until it happens to us.
As Colin Craig paraded his wife Helen in front of the media as evidence he is a very nice man, despite allegations of inappropriate behaviour and rumours of harassment, many women would have watched her strained performance and felt several things.
Pity for the position a man who supposedly loves her has put her in. Admiration for the strength it took her to do it and deep sadness that she is married to Craig and will continue to be.
And then they would have asked themselves the question. Would I stick around if that happened to me?
What we don’t know about women in Helen’s shoes is what has gone on before.
Let’s be realistic. If you’re married to a politician you don’t see a lot of him. It’s all meetings and phone calls, flights to catch, endless nights away, handshakes and beers, time massaging not only his ego but those of his people and party.
You never see him and when you do his head is in the cloud of self-love.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Helen’s appearance in front of the TV cameras was the most time she has spent with Craig in a very long time.
Rodney Hide is bemused.
Colin Craig’s press conference this week with wife Helen was a train wreck. I wanted desperately to look away but such was the carnage I was held rigidly transfixed.
The money shot was Craig declaring: “In hindsight, on some occasions our conduct was inappropriate and we have acknowledged that so that we can both move on.”
Who were the “we” and “our” here? Was that he and former press secretary Rachel MacGregor? Or was it the Royal “We”?
The first recorded use of the Royal “We” was King Henry II in 1169. He used “We” meaning “God and I … ”
I don’t think that’s what Craig meant but I am not sure. I have no idea what he was trying to say. Or what he was trying to do.
He held his press conference to tell the world that, on thinking about it, “my/our” conduct was “inappropriate”, now and again, in a way I won’t disclose but “I/we” have acknowledged it.
It appeared a full-blown sex scandal but without the sex. Only in New Zealand, and only with Colin Craig, is that possible.
Is it news? Should we care? You bet.
Based on the engagement on Whaleoil, people’s eyes have glazed over. A weirdo and an insignificant non-party. The major parts have played out, and the party is in its death throes. Read more »
A newspaper ran a story yesterday about why high profile spouses stand by their man.
In literary terms, it is a hackneyed trope: the political wife, smiling, demure, standing silently by her embattled man. Taking one for the team and presenting a united front.
However you phrase it, standing by your man in cases of infidelity, rumoured or actual, is a political cliche.
The “faithful wife” has found her way into our pop culture canon. She was dissected in American drama The Good Wife and parodied in comedy show Little Britain.
Colin Craig’s press conference on Monday saw “the good wife” make her most recent public appearance.
As he awkwardly skirted around questions of sexual misconduct in his relationship with former press secretary Rachel MacGregor, wife Helen stood beside him, lending support.
Alternately smiling, pursing her lips and tilting her chin she finally declared she “chose to stand with my husband today in full love and support of him whom I believe to have been falsely accused”.
From Len Brown’s wife Shan Inglis to Victoria Beckham and Hillary Clinton, history is littered with such women. And even as the wife’s loyalty to her spouse and his “brand” provides a potent means of damage control, its authenticity is often questioned.
Although some may ask: “If she has forgiven him, shouldn’t I?” the less charitable will take a more cynical view.
Yesterday at 13:55 an email was sent to Conservative party members that was quite bizarre, and also leads to serious concerns over the security of their data and potential Privacy Act breaches by their Members Manager.
It has been leaked to Whaleoil Media:
John Armstrong obviously doesn’t get out much from the cloistered and rarified atmosphere of the press gallery.
He thinks that Colin Craig’s foolishness does not a fool make.
One perverse plus for Craig from what is otherwise a sorry turn of events for him and his party is what might be termed the end of innocence.
That he has turned out to be as much the flawed politician as any other makes it more difficult for his critics to continue to paint him as politics’ version of the village idiot.
Sure, an aura of geekiness still drips off his wiry frame and makes him the perfect modern-day version of the 44kg weakling who many moons ago inhabited the now legendary adverts for Charles Atlas’ “dynamic tension” body-building regime.
His opponents have likewise sought to portray Craig as hopelessly naive by ridiculing his penchant for swallowing some of the world’s most ludicrous conspiracy theories.
The notion that Craig is a political innocent is a misnomer, however.
Some of his thinking might make the Flat Earth Society appear to be the paragon of scientific method.
At the same time, no one becomes a self-made multi-millionaire without treading on more than a few toes.
Craig may have been foolish in seeking MacGregor’s affections. But he is no fool.
Really? Read more »