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Green hypocrisy lobbying for Cadbury to stay open

The Green taliban have always been hypocrites, but you can’t find a starker example than their advocacy over trying to keep Cadbury open in Dunedin.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is rebutting claims her party has a double standard over the closure of Dunedin’s Cadbury factory.

Ms Turei said yesterday the closure of the factory was “a tragedy for Dunedin and local manufacturing.”

Taxpayers’ Union executive director Jordan Williams says her comments “seem a bit hollow,” given the Greens are also advocating for a sugar tax, which would reduce spending on Cadbury chocolate.

“With not the slightest acknowledgement of irony, Ms Turei blames the government for the job losses because of apparent ‘inaction’ on manufacturing,” Mr Williams says.

“If by ‘action,’ Ms Turei means imposing the sorts of anti-consumer, anti-business, taxes like ones the Greens want to impose, then thank goodness the government isn’t following their advice.”  Read more »

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.

Dopey Colin Craig decides to appeal his District Court shellacking

Colin Craig has decided to appeal the shellacking he received in the District Court.

Kelly Dunnett from Fairfax has the details:

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has served notice of his intent to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit he took against a blogger for publishing a poem he wrote to his former secretary.

At a December hearing at the Auckland District Court Judge Mary Beth Sharp threw out Craig’s efforts to seek damages for “unauthorised infringement” of alleged copyright interests in a poem he wrote entitled Two of Me.

It was said to be part of an 11-page letter he wrote to ex-secretary Rachel MacGregor, containing several poems.

Judge Sharp made an oral judgment at the December hearing and has now released a formal decision, canvassing her reasons for the dismissal. That included her ruling that Craig’s proceeding was “vexatious” and that he had an “ulterior purpose”.

Craig sought $5000 in damages plus $3000 for every month Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater had a copy of the poem on his blog, and also sought damages from Taxpayers Union director Jordan Williams for giving a copy of the poem to Slater in the first place.

Craig also asked for an injunction preventing further publication of the ode. He represented himself in the proceeding.

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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.

Would you donate to the Clinton Foundation?

You’ll recall that the Taxpayers’ Union revealed the millions of taxpayers’ dollars NZ Aid is shuffling into an off-shoot of the Hillary Clinton Foundation.

They’ve been out over the weekend fundraising asking people to part with their own cash and join the Government in donating to the Clinton Foundation.  It didn’t go well…   Read more »

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.

The judgement arrives: Colin Craig cops another one in the chook

Colin Craig contemplating yet another loss

Regular readers will remember that we attended court on December the 6th last year to strike out Colin Craig’s vexatious claim of copyright against us and Jordan Williams. The judgement has finally arrived and Judge Sharp has recorded all of her comments that were made at the time which we reported.

The judge summarises the history in the first nine pages before getting into the arguments. The judge found Craig’s argument that his poem was worth a lot of money to be “specious.” This can be found at the top highlighted in red on page ten. This was the start of what became a march against Colin Craig.

At paragraph 43 the Judge states ” There is no evidence before me of any sort that there is any value in this work or that either of the defendants derived any income at all from it, from publishing it.” She also stated that it was obvious to her ” that the plaintiff would fail at substantive trial in establishing that in fact, either of the defendants had monetarily profited from their publications of this work. ”

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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.

Colin Craig commits to the long game of beating Williams, Stringer and me in court

Colin Craig is digging in for the long haul:

“We put 10 years of savings into it, we gave it all our heart and soul, it was our number one priority and we lived it for three years – we absolutely care about it, it’s a passion for us.

“Whether there’s an opportunity to be involved in the future, there’s a lot of water that’s got to go under the bridge before we can answer that question.”

He got “very uninvolved” in his business affairs while running for election, and says that’s also on the backburner.

Instead, his number one priority is dealing with his legal disputes, as well as spending more time with his children and wife Helen, who stood by his side throughout the defamation trial.

“I have an amazing wife, children that I love and who love me, and a strong family network, that’s very valuable at times like this.”

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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.

Colin Craig becomes Nigel No Mates

The media asked John Key about the possibility of any accommodation with the Conservative party next year, or indeed anything at all involving Creepy Colin.

John Key believes it would be unlikely for the National Party to make any deal with Colin Craig or the Conservative Party for a seat in Parliament following the defamation case against Mr Craig.

“He might have a few more bills to pay first,” said Mr Key.

Mr Craig was found guilty of defamation last week and ordered to pay Jordan Williams $1.27m, and just this week it was revealed the Human Rights Tribunal ordered Mr Craig to pay Rachel MacGregor $128,780 earlier this year for breaching a confidential agreement between the two.   Read more »

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.

So who was the spy?

If you didn’t think the Colin Craig shenanigans could get any murkier..now there is spy in the mix.

A suspicious man wearing dark sunglasses and a black jacket spotted lurking around Jordan Williams’ lawyers’ chambers during the Colin Craig defamation trial worried his team that he was a spy.

It turned out to be a witness who was later subpoenaed but Williams’ legal team tried to link the “so called lurking incident” to Craig.

In judicial minutes released to media today, Justice Sarah Katz detailed the drama which happened at the end of the first week of the trial heard at the Auckland High Court.

Justice Katz said on Monday, September 12 she received an email from Williams’ lawyer Peter McKnight about an “incident of concern” the previous Friday evening.

When they were leaving the lawyer’s chambers, they saw “a man with black square glasses ([t dusk] and a black jacket, peering into the foyer, seemingly attempting to read the tenant information”.   Read more »

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.

Someone needs to learn to STFU

Fresh from a weekend slapping after losing a major defamation suit, Colin Craig has gotten slammed by the Human Rights Review Tribunal with another record sum.

You couldn’t read a more damning report with line after line essentially describing Colin Craig as a creep and one who was extremely self-serving and very economical with the truth.

The stories he has told for the past 18 months have been laid bare finally.

You’d think he would shut his gob.

Mr Craig, responding to the release of the ruling, said he respected the decision, but believed there were mitigating factors to his breaching of the confidentiality agreement.

“Either I stayed silent, no matter what people said about me and watched as my silence was interpreted as guilt, or I broke my confidentiality agreement with Rachel MacGregor in the course of defending myself,” he said in a statement.

“I accepted that I was in breach of my confidentiality obligations both publicly and when the breach was considered by the HRRT.

“However, I thought there were very strong mitigating circumstances.   Read more »

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.

Dancing on the head of a legal pin

Colin Craig’s lawyer, Stephen Mills QC, says they will appeal on the basis that the jury did not consider the argument of qualified privilege.

That is simply dancing on the head of a legal pin.

Here is the problem. The jury was given what is called a Question Trail. That is a trail of questions they need to answer in a logical manner to step them through the legal complexity of defamation law. The judge spent two hours summing up and directing the jury on how to use this Question trail to come to their decisions.

The Question Trail was drafted by Craig’s lawyer, then approved by Jordan’s lawyer and then finally by the Judge. Mills drafted the Question Trail to start with the defence of Qualified Privilege, then move to truth when that failed and then to honest opinion after that.

The Question Trail contained 14 questions, and there were two counts, so the jury had to step through 28 questions and write up their reasoning beside each one and hand that to the judge after the verdict was given.

The first few questions stepped through qualified privilege. They would not have been required to step through any more questions if the jury had considered qualified privilege and decided it applied. They clearly passed through those questions after quite some time…they deliberated for 10 hours.   Read more »

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.

Williams v Craig: and now we wait…

The 11-person jury in the trial retired to begin deliberating on whether Mr Craig had defamed Mr Williams and, if he did, how much the payout should be.

The case is the first jury trial for defamation at the High Court in Auckland since 2002 and the transcript of the four weeks of evidence is more than 1000 pages.

The number of questions the jurors have to answer is possibly the most of any defamation trial ever in New Zealand.

Summing up the case for the jurors, Justice Sarah Katz told them to disregard how they felt about the parties.

“This is not a popularity contest. This is a court of law.”

Mr Williams has told the court he went to senior Conservative Party officials after Ms MacGregor confided in him about alleged sexual harassment by Mr Craig, including touching, comments, and romantic letters and poems. Read more »

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.