Convicted blackmailer and tax fraudster seeks council slot

Will wonders never cease? Not content to be flogged by the media for his lies and crookedness, Graham “McCrooked” McCready now seeks to run for political office as a Wellington City Councillor in the Eastern Ward.

I’m sure the voters will be interested to know they could potentially elect a man convicted of tax fraud, blackmail and is a serial nuisance in the courts system.

I’m sure McCready will also be interested to know that he won’t be able to mount defamation proceedings with ease now that he has chosen to become a politician, as Lange vs Atkinson has established the defence that it is not possible to defame a politician as qualified privilege exists when truth telling is necessary about the politician and the possibility of a mistake exists.  

The Lange v Atkinson defamation decision ruled that political commentaries should not be subject to the usual rules of defamation because of the public importance of political debate. Former prime minister David Lange had sued Auckland University political scientist Joe Atkinson and Australian Consolidated Press NZ over a 1995 column criticising his Beehive performance. The article alleged that Lange resigned as prime minister because he found the job “too much like hard work”, and accused him of trying to rewrite history in recollecting his leadership. He took issue with 16 passages allegedly meaning that he was irresponsible, dishonest, insincere, manipulative and lazy. ACP cited an Australian precedent in claiming a defence of qualified privilege for political expression – a defence which was later upheld at appeal.

Of course constant and vexatious litigants like McCready don’t really care about their prospects for success in the courts, they are simply taking their cases to annoy people.

I look forward to the crooked Mr McCready being held accountable in the court of public opinion for his actions as a tax fraudster and blackmailer.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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