Crazy Colin rides again

poem

Colin Craig really doesn’t like having the truth told about him. He has decided to sue me for publishing an excerpt of his poemThe Two of Me” that he sent to Rachel MacGregor.

Colin Craig has tabled legal papers seeking more than $13,000 from blogger Cameron Slater for publishing the former politician’s romantic poetry on his blog.

Craig, who identifies himself as a secret songwriter, poet and fiction author, says he wants to set the record straight after suffering humiliation when his poem The Two Of Me was published on the Whaleoil site last year.

In a statement of claim provided by Slater, the former Conservative Party leader states only two copies existed of the poem. One Craig kept stored in his “personal literary archive”, the other was owned by his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor.

Jordan Williams, the executive director of the Taxpayers Union, is named as a second defendant.

“Mr Craig has elected to forego publishing his creative writing for consumption by the public in order to, amongst other reasons, preserve his privacy,” the document states.

Yes, Colin Craig is a man who doesn’t want anyone to know just precisely what he gets up to. So he uses his wealth to bully and silence people. This is just another forlorn claim, one that won’t stand up in court, but I still have to waste time defending it, and that is his real angle. Soak up time, money and effort in defending against his vexatious claims.

The legal claim, lodged with the North Shore District Court last week, went on to say Craig did not intend the poem to be seen by the public.

Then why did he give it away?

Slater’s company, Social Media Consultants Ltd, had “flagrantly infringed Mr Craig’s copyright in the poem to garner notoriety and/or derive revenue”.

Slater said the legal action was “just farcical”.

“That is only what I can fathom. He clearly doesn’t understand copyright law, he clearly doesn’t understand how media works, he clearly doesn’t understand what fair use is.

“I would hope that if he is using a lawyer that he’s gonna get his money back.

“I imagine this will get dismissed at the first hearing as being without merit. It’s a joke. And it’s pretty sad, really.”

Very sad and very mad.

Craig, who is representing himself, said he had taken the action to set the record straight.

“I do think that people need to know who’s acted in what way and what said was true and what said was false. And so when my wife and I publicly published a book last year, we did say we would be taking legal proceedings so it would be clear who had done what and what was true and what was false.”

In a separate action, Craig is suing Slater for defamation.

Excuse me while I just don’t die laughing at Colin Craig talking about what was true and what was false. This is the man who sent a “book” to every household in New Zealand that compeltely fabricated every quote attributed to me, and also had a contrived interview with a mysterious MrX who turned out to be Colin Craig himself, as well as him being the interviewer. It seems “The Two of Me” might well have highlighted some schizophrenic tendencies especially in light of Colin Craig being himself, Mr X and the Interviewer…all at the same time.

Colin Craig described himself in the papers as “formerly an aspiring politician”. He should stick to that because by the time everything about him is revealed in an open court he won’t be standing for anything, not even the minutes taker at the local literary club.

Meanwhile I shall fight on.

 

– Fairfax


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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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