Colin Craig is a bully.
He uses the law to try to silence critics, and now he has gone to court to bully TV3, a private company, to force them to have him on their minor party debate show.
Conservatives leader Colin Craig has won an eleventh-hour High Court scrap over his exclusion from a televised political debate.
TV3’s political showÂ The NationÂ did not invite Mr Craig to a minor parties debate tomorrow morning, which will include the Green Party, New Zealand First, the Maori Party, Act, Mana and United Future.
Mr Craig filed urgent legal proceedings with the High Court at Auckland today and his application for an interim injunction to restrict the screening of the debate without him was heard this afternoon.
Justice Murray Gilbert sided with the Conservative Party leader saying any inconvenience to MediaWorks was outweighed by the public interest in having Mr Craig at the debate.
The debate cannot legally go ahead without his inclusion.
MediaWorks confirmed that rather than scrap tomorrow’s debate, they would include Mr Craig.
“We’ll have to somehow squeeze him in,” said director of news Mark Jennings.
ButÂ The Nation’sÂ Tim Watkin said the production values of the show would suffer as a result.
Each political leader will get less than five minutes to speak because of the late inclusion, he said.