Season’s Greetings from the Conservative Party

craig-defamationSeasons Greetings [member],

Even the Conservative Party doesn’t dare call it Christmas

It has been an “eventful” year for the Conservative Party of New Zealand, a year of mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of disruption.

The media may have announced the death of the Conservative Party, but this is not so. There is a new team at the helm, a new leader to be found, new policies to confront and an ever increasing need for a Conservative voice in Parliament. It is exciting to see some Conservative policies being adopted by the current Government, like binding referenda. Now we just need it applied to significant decisions!

The government hasn’t adopted binding referenda, and actually, the media have not declared the Conservative Party dead.  It’s those other pesky people: the voters!  

Roy Morgan Poll, Party Vote, Dec 2015

Roy Morgan Poll, Party Vote, Dec 2015

There are a few people to be credited for the party still being around. Different people have criticized the process, but I am of the firm belief that without the diligent efforts of Angela Storr, Nathaniel Heslop and Kevin Stitt, this Party would be shelved indefinitely. They have put up with abuse, whilst volunteering massive amounts of time to provide a process by which a new board could be elected, and I salute them for their efforts.

Angela Storr, Nathaniel Heslop and Kevin Stitt would be the same people that are in court over the promotion of the allegedly defamatory booklet by Colin and Helen Craig, as well as the people that masterminded trespassing John Stringer – a genuine fully paid up party member – from their AGM for simply being present.

New Zealand needs a Conservative voice.

Actually, this is true.  New Zealand has been struggling to have a credible and genuine conservative voice in parliament.  So far, every attempt has come to tears due to very poor choices of the people involved.  I’m thinking of Graham Capill and Colin Craig, both of whom were embroiled in deep controversy about inappropriate behaviour (I’m being careful here, for obvious reasons).

Our young men died so that we might have democracy. …

The women clearly didn’t die for democracy, but this is the Conservative Party, so that’s expected.

Whilst enjoying an amazing summer, I would encourage you to think about what part you can play in our party going forward. We do need finances, we do need volunteers, and we do need a committed membership base. Please check out our website (to be updated very soon) and make a donation as a show of support.

They do need finances.  Apart from Laurence Day, their usual golden goose is spending all his cash dealing with about a dozen self inflicted legal problems, including the electoral commission and a number of formal police investigations.

Colin Craig is going to embroiled in these matters well beyond the 2017 election run-up, so the Conservative Party do indeed need a new leader.  But do they need a leader that is being managed by the same people that oversaw Colin Craig’s run at parliament?   Is the brand too damaged?

Man I love New Zealand!

Women, you’ll have to remain in suspense.

Kind regards and best wishes for the festive season,

It’s Christmas and New Year.  You’re talking to conservatives you doofus.

Leighton Baker
Current Board Chair

They mean well.  And they “believe”.  And no longer having Colin Craig is both a blessing and a curse.  They needed his money, but they are better off without his influence.  Which is why they have to eject Colin completely, not just nominally.   They have to build a new party, and throw Colin under the bus.  Blame him, not Stringer, for everything.  And then put together a good team and a genuinely electable leader that isn’t going to find him or herself embroiled in “unchristian” behaviour down the line. oh and move out of “The Castle”.

There remains a theoretical chance that the New Zealand Conservative Party may still get to parliament in 2017.  But what they do in the next 6 months will determine if they are serious or if they are just trying to patch up what they see as a bad side-show.   All signs point to them believing in their cause, Colin being hard done by, and the party’s demise being at the hands of a stroppy press secretary, a disloyal board member or two, and an unforgiving and ruthless media only interested in salacious gossip.


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