A tale of lies and literary devices

When is a lie not a lie? When it is a literary device ( according to Colin Craig) Does his explanation hold water or is it just another literary device lie?

Being an ex-High School English teacher I am very familiar with literary devices. When my students were working on creative writing I encouraged them to use them and also when they were writing a speech as persuasive language uses them.

Colin Craig has claimed that using a Nom de plume is a literary device. I have searched a long list of literary devices for nom de plume and  it was not included as a literary device.  A nom de plume is a writer’s pseudonym. Other common words with similar meanings are pen name, assumed name, incognito, alias, false name, professional name, sobriquet, stage name and nickname.

What Colin Craig has done is not accurately described by the word nom de plume, as that word is for the writer of a narrative. In this case the false name was used to describe the person interviewed by the writer not the writer himself. The writer of the ‘interview ‘ is still unknown. We do not know their name let alone have a nom de plume for them.



It has been revealed that not only was Colin Craig the mysterious Mr X whose interview was written about but that Colin Craig was also the interviewer. If Colin interviewed himself then who is the writer who wrote down this very one sided conversation? Could the writer possibly be Colin Craig?

I have searched some narrative techniques  to find the right word to describe this incredible situation and I found the perfect one thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien.



Eucatastrophe :

Coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, a climactic event through which the protagonist appears to be facing a catastrophic change. However, this change does not materialize and the protagonist finds himself as the benefactor of such a climactic event;

At the end of The Lord of the Rings, Gollum forcibly takes away the Ring from Frodo, suggesting that Sauron would eventually take over Middle Earth. However, Gollum celebrates too eagerly and clumsily and falls into the lava, whereby the ring is destroyed and with it Sauron’s power. In a way, Gollum does what Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring intended to do through the whole plot of the trilogy, which was to throw the ring into the lake of fire in the heart of Mount Doom.


In the fascinating work of fiction that is Colin Craig’s pamphlet, his intention clearly was to cause a climactic event for three men. However all three turned the tables on him and he found himself counter sued, facing not one but three climactic events.

After the pamphlet was sent to every household in New Zealand Colin celebrated too eagerly calling a press conference. Now with both the interviewer and Mr X’s identity revealed, Colin is currently facing his very own Mount Doom and the golden ring (his pamphlet) is pulling him closer and closer to the lava of political oblivion.

Colin wanted to use the pamphlet to destroy the three men and instead it has destroyed him. What a clustercolin of a colintastophe. His Colonites will no doubt be suffering from an intense probe into the situation right now. One could even call it a  colinoscopy.

I think this guy must be a Conservative Party Board member

I think this guy must be a Conservative Party Board member




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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.