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Little smears, defames and lies and then blames it on relying on a media report

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John Shewan, the tax expert appointed to review New Zealand’s foreign trust laws, has flatly rejected a claim that he advised the Bahamas government on ways to protect that country’s tax haven status.

The claim was made by Labour leader Andrew Little, who is attacking Prime Minister John Key for appointing Mr Shewan.

In parliament on Wednesday, Mr Little asked Mr Key: “Does he not see that there is a fundamental problem with appointing a person to review our foreign trust laws who has advised a government on how to protect its tax haven status?”

Mr Little said Mr Shewan, and former Reserve Bank governor Don Brash, were asked to go to the Bahamas by Mr Key.

At least he got Mr Shewan’s name right.   The truth however, is a totally different matter.   Read more »

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Police overwhelmed by online crime

[UK} Police are being ‘swamped’ by a massive increase in online crime and require new legislation to tackle the problem, a top chief constable has warned.

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex Police is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on Digital Intelligence and Investigation. He has warned the current legislation is hampering the investigation of online crime.

He said: ‘Often victims don’t know how to articulate what happened to them, they aren’t clear what the offence is if there is one. When they then get an ambiguous response from the police, it undermines their confidence about what has happened. It is not just about officers and staff being confident, it is about victims being confident that what has taken place is a crime. So the law needs to be pulled together and the powers consolidated into a single place.’

The Crown Prosecution Service is currently updating its guidelines on tackling cyber crime and abuse over social media.

The CPS has launched a ten-week public consultation on proposals to update Social Media Guidelines.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: ‘Online communication is developing at such a fast pace, new ways of targeting and abusing individuals online are constantly emerging. We are seeing more and more cases where social media is being used as a method to facilitate both existing and new offences.

‘It is vital that prosecutors consider the bigger picture when looking at evidence and examine both the online and offline behaviour pattern of the defendant. Online abuse is cowardly and can be deeply upsetting to the victim.

It’s pretty much open season online.  The authorities are having difficulty coping.  The to- and fro- nature of the exchanges also means that evidence continues to pile up even after the first complaint has been laid.  Read more »

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Trump taps into anti-media sentiment

via Thewrap

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Republican US presidential front-runner Donald Trump says that if elected he will “open up” libel laws to make suing the media easier.

Speaking at a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump on Friday said the change was necessary to combat what he described as the “dishonesty” of major American newspapers.

Trump routinely criticises the press during campaign appearances, complaining about coverage he says is unfair and at times singling out people or news outlets for special insults. Read more »

Bill Cosby takes the Colin Craig route: defamation suits filed as sexual misconduct is denied

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Disgraced TV icon Bill Cosby, who allegedly used his celebrity status over the years to sexually assault more than 50 women, has filed a defamation suit against seven of his accusers.

The comedian, 78, once among America’s biggest television stars, filed the suit in a court in Springfield, Massachusetts, his lawyer Monique Pressley said in a statement.

Cosby’s suit, accusing the women of defamation and “intentional infliction of emotional distress”, staunchly rejects the sex assault allegations that have derailed his career and sullied his once sterling reputation. Read more »

Even if Cairns isn’t guilty, he’s upset someone enough to not let it go

Chris Cairns will be wishing he'd committed perjury in NZ where it is highly unlikely you will ever be charged. via Newstalk ZB

New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns will have to defend a $3.4 million civil lawsuit in London, according to a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

Cairns was acquitted earlier this week of committing perjury and perverting the course of justice during a libel case he won in 2012. Read more »

Uh oh: Mr Craig not cowed by Granny’s response

Just to keep an eye on proceedings, this is what Granny received from Colin Craig

From: Colin Craig <[email protected]>
To: [redacted]
Cc: ‘Helen Craig’ <[email protected]>; ‘Steve Plummer’ <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:42 AM
Subject: NOTICE OF DEFAMATION. (2)

Good Morning [name redacted].

Thank you for responding.

Just to be clear:
1. We do hold evidence that you have been corresponding with Mr Stringer.
2. The allegations have not been taken off the coNZervative blog.
3. I have explained the context in which the allegations are being made public.
4. I have also explained the allegations are now part of legal proceedings that will be covered by media.

Also to be clear we do indeed hold evidence that you have made these statements (and others) and I appreciate the honesty in your response below, in that you have not denied making them. Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: “Grandma” strikes back. Your move, Mr Craig

If you didn’t catch last night’s article where Colin Craig sent a rather impressive letter to someone, you’ll need to catch up first.   Then come back and read this.

Whaleoil has obtained “Grandma”‘s reply to Mr Craig’s letter.

19 November 2015

Mr Craig

Re your email of 18 November 2015.

LEAVE ME ALONE! I consider your post-litigation email between us, which decided in my favour, a re-opening of matters already decided by the court and you harassing me because you did not like that result. This appears to be the case, from your reference too!

“You will recall that you previously made allegations of fraud (or theft) at the ERA hearing between us and you were required to retract these allegations at the hearing after we had independent auditors show you were wrong.” You are silly re-litigating the Court’s decision which was in my favour

I would suggest that you do not contact me in any way, not by phone, txt, email or visit me. In failing this I will have no alternative but to go to the Police. You are therefore on notice from today, being 19 November 2015. Read more »

Analysing Mr X and Colin Craig

Now that we know that Mr X is Colin Craig let’s look at what Mr X/Colin Craig has said.

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Mr X is Colin Craig. He is no longer anonymous and was never going to remain so. Interlocutory questions would have revealed the identity in short order. But there is a lie from the get go. Colin Craig does not “know those involved”. I have only ever met Colin Craig once, ironically to help facilitate the Pasifika community in joining his party…a little inconvenient truth for Colin Craig there…he was willing to work with me back then…but now claims he is pure of dirty politics.

The claims of accuracy and not endorsing his own opinions is now laughable once Colin Craig was revealed as Mr X. It’s hilarious really…he doesn’t stand by or endorse his own statements. This one short paragraph simply shows us just how inherently dishonest and malicious this whole charade was. He called a press conference to announce he was suing three people for being dishonest…and the booklet he justified it all with, which he sent to every household, was filled with this fantasy.

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So Mr X/Colin Craig swears a lot? This will be news to his acolytes in the Conservative Party. It does show again the inherent dishonesty of Colin Craig in making up an interview in which his character Mr X swears a lot.

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The Nation skewers Colin Craig for his subterfuge over Mr X

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Lisa Owen skewers Colin Craig over his lies in his “Dirty Politics” booklet.

Lisa Owen: Now Colin Craig’s pamphlet on Dirty Politics went out nationwide. It claimed to expose the liars out to get him, and featured an interview with a Mr X, someone who knew the dirty secrets.

But who was Mr X? On Friday I spoke to Colin Craig and well, hear for yourself.

Lisa Owen: Are you Mr X Colin?

Colin Craig: I am, that’s right, it’s a non de plume.

Lisa Owen: Why did you conduct an interview in a pamphlet about truth using a false identity?

Colin Craig: Well non-de plumes are a well known literary device. Obviously it’s to make it more interesting, I mean if the whole thing is just text and you know dialogue it’s nowhere near as interesting as if you put something in the form of .an interview.

Lisa Owen: Can you understand why some people might look at that and think that you’ve been deceptive and dishonest?    Read more »

Mr X revealed as Colin Craig himself

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Colin Craig has been outed as the infamous Mr X  in his booklet he mailed to every New Zealand household.

Marika Hill at Fairfax explains:

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has been outed as a foul-mouthed “Mr X” who posed as a party whistleblower.

The anonymous “whistleblower” features in a booklet distributed to mailboxes in July, in which Craig claims he was the victim of a political conspiracy.

Craig has now admitted he was Mr X, who was quoted in the booklet as describing Craig as “freakish under pressure” and said he had a chance of a comeback.

“A lot of expletives have been deleted from this dialogue,” the interview begins.

Craig said he didn’t see any problems with talking about himself in the third person and framing it as an anonymous whistleblower.

It was a common literary tool to get a message out to readers, he said.

“It makes for a more interesting read … I stand by the brochure.”

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