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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in which Mr Craig disclosed that 75% of 2,000 responses were supportive of him, was dated July 2015 – so is hopelessly out of date.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.

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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 »

Someone needs to learn to STFU

Fresh from a weekend slapping after losing a major defamation suit, Colin Craig has gotten slammed by the Human Rights Review Tribunal with another record sum.

You couldn’t read a more damning report with line after line essentially describing Colin Craig as a creep and one who was extremely self-serving and very economical with the truth.

The stories he has told for the past 18 months have been laid bare finally.

You’d think he would shut his gob.

Mr Craig, responding to the release of the ruling, said he respected the decision, but believed there were mitigating factors to his breaching of the confidentiality agreement.

“Either I stayed silent, no matter what people said about me and watched as my silence was interpreted as guilt, or I broke my confidentiality agreement with Rachel MacGregor in the course of defending myself,” he said in a statement.

“I accepted that I was in breach of my confidentiality obligations both publicly and when the breach was considered by the HRRT.

“However, I thought there were very strong mitigating circumstances.   Read more »

Conservative Party keeping door open to allow Colin Craig to return

Leighton Baker, via The Press

Leighton Baker, via The Press

As reported by Newstalk ZB earlier today

Conservative Party spokesperson Leighton Baker said the door is still open to Craig coming back, but they don’t know what his plans are yet.

“If I was in his shoes I probably wouldn’t want to,” Baker said. Read more »

Stand for something – the resurrection of the Conservative Party

 

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The Conservative Party of New Zealand released a press release earlier today. It isn’t unfair to presume this was intended to be a preemptive hit at what happened at 5 pm today.  Here it is in full:

PRESS RELEASE

3 Oct 2016

Williams vs Craig

Colin Craig founded the Conservative Party 5 years ago. His voice on democracy and accountability resonated with thousands of people, with the Conservative Party gaining more votes than Act, Future NZ and the Maori Party at the last election. He has invested hugely, into the Party since it began. Many people support the values and beliefs of the Party, which is why it remains relevant.

Whilst the Conservative Party is indeed surprised by the jury’s finding against Colin Craig, we remind people that although he stepped down from leadership 15 months ago the new board continues to support the principles the party was founded on. Read more »

How do our political parties’ immigration policies compare?

Immigration policies from all conservative political parties are listed below with links to their policy details at the end. I have also included non-conservative parties so that you can compare.

To help with this process I have summarised their policies. It is interesting to me that the Green party have much harsher guidelines and rules for migrants who bring money to New Zealand than they do for migrants who bring nothing but themselves. ACT on the other hand want to encourage migrant investors as do National. Surprisingly though, National have no policy details regarding NZ values/culture, citizenship, residency or NZ laws with regard to migrants.

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Boris Johnson and Michael Gove set about each other with knives

Michael Gove announced that contrary to his previous position he was going to run for leader, effectively stabbing Boris Johnson in the back. Boris, for his part, then said he wouldn’t stand either, effectively stabbing Michael Gove as well.

Boris Johnson’s allies warned there is a ‘deep pit in Hell’ waiting for Michael Gove tonight after the Justice Secretary stabbed his fellow Brexit champion in the back saying he was not up to being Prime Minister.

Mr Gove delivered a brutal verdict on Mr Johnson’s capabilities and questioned whether his ‘heart and soul’ were in taking us out of the EU, effectively ending his hopes of succeeding David Cameron, as he announced his own bid for Downing Street.

Damning his friend with faint praise, Mr Gove said he had ‘enjoyed working with him’ during the referendum campaign. But he said: ‘I realised in the last few days that Boris isn’t capable of building that team and providing that unity.

‘And so I came reluctantly but firmly to the conclusion that as someone who had argued from the beginning that we should leave the European Union and as someone who wanted ensure that a bold, positive vision for our future was implemented, that I had to stand for leadership of the Conservative party.’

He added: ‘I thought it was right that following the decision that the people took last week that we should have someone leading the Conservative party and leading the country who believed in their heart and soul that Britain was better off outside the European Union.’

As the blows rained down on Mr Johnson this morning, key backers Nick Boles and Dominic Raab defected to Mr Gove’s campaign and arch-rival Theresa May won support from Leader of the House Chris Grayling – another Brexit champion.

Within hours Mr Johnson, who had been the hot favourite, was using an event that had been intended as his campaign launch to rule himself out.  Read more »

Crazy Colin rides again

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Colin Craig really doesn’t like having the truth told about him. He has decided to sue me for publishing an excerpt of his poemThe Two of Me” that he sent to Rachel MacGregor.

Colin Craig has tabled legal papers seeking more than $13,000 from blogger Cameron Slater for publishing the former politician’s romantic poetry on his blog.

Craig, who identifies himself as a secret songwriter, poet and fiction author, says he wants to set the record straight after suffering humiliation when his poem The Two Of Me was published on the Whaleoil site last year.

In a statement of claim provided by Slater, the former Conservative Party leader states only two copies existed of the poem. One Craig kept stored in his “personal literary archive”, the other was owned by his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor.

Jordan Williams, the executive director of the Taxpayers Union, is named as a second defendant.

“Mr Craig has elected to forego publishing his creative writing for consumption by the public in order to, amongst other reasons, preserve his privacy,” the document states.

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Winston wins in court, another of Colin Craig’s pamphlets found to be dodgy

Richard Harman at Politik reports on the news of Winston’s court win:

Winston Peters has won a claim against the Electoral Commission over anti-NZ First advertising from the last election.

And in the process he has persuaded the High Court to tighten up the limitations on advertising in the lead up to an election.

Mr Peters complained about two advertisements – one from ACT which was a video recorded in Mandarin for Kenneth Wang, the Deputy Leader of the Party.

It commented on a speech which Mr Peters had made about the opening of a brothel in Auckland owned by the Chow brothers.

The commentary in the video was to the effect that Mr Peters was “anti-Chinese” and believed that Chinese people had turned Auckland “evil” and into “the Capital of Sin”.

The second was about a Conservative Party pamphlet which Mr Peters claimed wrongly reported his attitude on alcohol reform.

The New Zealand First Leader’s complaint was that both ads breached a section of the Electoral Act which prohibits anybody publishing “a statement of fact that he or she knows is false, with the intention of influencing the vote of any elector”  at any time on polling day or the two days immediately preceding polling day.    Read more »

Good money after bad

Colin Craig continues to tip cash into his pet project.

Colin Craig has poured more money into the Conservative Party, including a loan worth $94,000 which he has written off as a donation.

The party declared $130,000 in donations from Mr Craig to the Electoral Commission earlier this month, most of which came from a forgiven loan for election campaign costs in 2014.

The latest donations meant the party’s founder has given nearly $180,000 to the party since resigning as leader in June.

Mr Craig denied that his ongoing contributions were a way of maintaining some influence over the party now that he was no longer leader. He said he forgave the large loan so the party was not “beholden to him” at a time when it was searching for a new leader.

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