Getting the basics wrong

It is hard enough to run a party, let alone try and establish a new on in election year. The last thing you need is to get the basics wrong.

His party  is less than a month old but multimillionaire businessman Colin Craig’s Conservative Party could already be in violation of the electoral rules.

The former Auckland mayoral candidate launched the party this month to contest the general election, saying it would campaign on tougher sentences for criminals, cutting social welfare payments if beneficiaries were not prepared to work, and a review of smacking laws.

But neither the party’s website nor a billboard outside its Auckland headquarters carries an authorisation statement – as required by law.

That is just dumb. It shows the lack of political professionals in Craig’s setup, it is something that will hurt him long term.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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