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September 7, 2016

Where the bee sucks there suck I

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 3:13 pm

Via RNZ:

Colin Craig contemplated buying his press secretary jewellery and told her she had “healing hands”, a jury has been told

The former Conservative Party leader is being sued for defamation by Taxpayers’ Union executive director Jordan Williams over comments he made at a news conference and in a widely distributed leaflet in July last year.

Mr Williams has told the High Court in Auckland that the comments suggested Mr Williams been dishonest and had made up allegations about why Mr Craig’s press secretary Rachel MacGregor had left her job.

Yesterday he detailed accusations that Mr Craig had sexually harassed Ms MacGregor, forcing her to leave.

Mr Williams also read a number of poems he said Mr Craig had written for Ms MacGregor.

In one poem, Mr Craig implied that he wished he was two men and could be in a relationship with Ms MacGregor, Mr Williams said.

In a section of the poem titled ‘beautiful’, which the letter said Ms MacGregor could skip if she thought it was inappropriate, Mr Craig allegedly wrote: “You look unbelievably good in your new dress. Your lips are so amazing to kiss. Your skin is so soft. You are wonderful because you have the most beautiful … (lol).”

Full disclosure: I am vaguely, peripherally involved in this court case, somehow. Someone in the Conservative Party emailed me a copy of Craig’s pamphlet when it came out, and I guess Jordan Williams found that out during the discovery phase and so I had to sign a deposition about it all.

There’s an ‘Iran vs Iraq’ quality to all of this, but back when this trainwreck happened, Colin Craig signed a confidentiality agreement with MacGregor which he almost immediately broke, making all sorts of allegations against her in the media, secure in the knowledge that if she responded he could sue her for breach of agreement, but that she didn’t have the money to do the same to him. So watching him suffer another intense round of humiliation as karmic punishment for that is pretty sweet.

32 Comments »

  1. You just couldn’t make this stuff up. Pass the pop corn.

    Comment by Joe-90 — September 7, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

  2. Defamation trials don’t usually have a jury, do they? What we need is some fearless guardian of taxpayers’ money to tell us how much this whole show is costing us.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — September 7, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

  3. You just couldn’t make this stuff up. Pass the pop corn.

    I’m fully expect to hear that Craig’s chest erupts in a scarlet “A” shaped stigmata.

    Comment by Gregor W — September 7, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

  4. You got to pay for a jury in civil trials yourself.

    Comment by Trouble Man — September 7, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

  5. We’re lucky in NZ that most of the religion-based parties end up like this.

    Comment by Owen — September 7, 2016 @ 5:09 pm

  6. I got it in my letterbox and no one asked me for a deposition. That’s what being a famous author gets you. Was your opinion asked on his prose?

    Martyn Bradbury is giving evidence in court. I’m not sure for what side and I suspect the lawyers aren’t either…he’s got his nickname for a reason

    Comment by insider — September 7, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

  7. Any defamation proceeding in the High Court can be heard by a jury, and they usually are unless both parties agree to have the trial before a Judge alone. But defamation trials are relatively uncommon – most defamation cases settle well before they get to a hearing. Jury fees are paid by the plaintiff to the Ministry of Justice at first instance – if you win you can claim them from the defendant as part of the costs award. Can’t remember the cost but it is thousands of dollars per week. That’s on top of the ordinary hearing fee (also thousands per week). And your lawyer’s fees. Defamation is a very expensive hobby.

    Comment by Nick R — September 7, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

  8. So, he loved her “like a sister…”

    If the Catholic priesthood has queerest domestic ideas, I guess Colin can think God is OK with pashing your sister.

    Comment by Sanctuary — September 7, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

  9. “You look unbelievably good in your new dress. Your lips are so amazing to kiss. Your skin is so soft. You are wonderful because you have the most beautiful … (lol).”

    I consider myself a pretty worldly guy, but I am at a COMPLETE LOSS in figuring out what the final rhyming word would be, and why it is so laugh out loud funny.

    Is it supposed to be ‘breasts’, and Colin is just a crap poet? Someone help me out with this?

    Comment by Phil — September 7, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

  10. Colin Craig always seemed somewhat creepy, but we never could have imagined how creepy he really is

    Comment by eszett — September 7, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

  11. I’m enjoying Craig’s humiliation too, but his wife and Ms MacGregor are going through hell for it. I think it’s important to remember that.

    Comment by RHT — September 7, 2016 @ 7:59 pm

  12. I really don’t care about Colin Craig at all, and I am only very slightly not-totally-uninterested in how banal Craig’s idea of an erotic text-message is. But I am very interested in Middle Eastern history, and I’m really intrigued to know what it means to say that “there’s an Iran vs Iraq quality to all of this.” Is Colin Craig a revolutionary Islamic Republic in Danyl’s mind, or is he a a Baathist autocracy? Does Rachel MacGregor more closely resemble Saddam Hussein or Ruhollah Khomeini? And at what point in Colin Craig’s self-immolation were over a million people killed? I’m sure there must be some deep symbolism in Danyl’s inscrutable comparison between an eight-year bloodbath and perhaps the least titillating sex-scandal in history, but I’m quite sure I can’t see what it is. Suggestions on a postcard please.

    Comment by Higgs Boatswain — September 7, 2016 @ 8:28 pm

  13. Is it supposed to be ‘breasts’, and Colin is just a crap poet? Someone help me out with this?

    Sounds to me like it should rhyme with “kiss.” I think we can rule out “piss” immediately, on the basis that a) no-one’s looks any more beautiful than anyone else’s, b) that seems like a lot of steps too far for someone like him and c) it’s not funny. “Wrists,” maybe? Not seeing a lol in there either, though.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — September 7, 2016 @ 8:52 pm

  14. Tits. The most beautiful tits.

    This guy makes David Cunliffe look like Hera Lindsay Bird.

    Comment by Jake — September 7, 2016 @ 10:09 pm

  15. Jordan Williams own words (to Wail Oil) have made him look like far more of a twit that Colin Craig’s shitty pamphlet, can’t see how any actual damage could be done here.

    Comment by Michael — September 7, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

  16. Surely it is to rhyme with ‘soft’?

    Comment by Antoine — September 8, 2016 @ 12:51 am

  17. Loft. It must be loft. That makes sense for a property developer doesn’t it?

    Comment by Adrian — September 8, 2016 @ 5:38 am

  18. Yes, I thought ‘croft’ perhaps as in ‘thatch’.

    Or something.

    Comment by leeharmanclark — September 8, 2016 @ 6:51 am

  19. Depends on the rhyming scheme don’t it? Maybe he’s into Creative Verse in which case the first stanza can be ABCD and nothing has to rhyme. I was tempted into wondering how he might have proceeded if his lolling hadn’t got the better of him. Maybe a little song in AABA like;

    I know I’m only a little runt
    but I’d love to take you out in a punt
    then on to a gentle grassy bank
    where you could show me your lovely ..

    Comment by Grant — September 8, 2016 @ 8:56 am

  20. To continue the Shakespearean theme; So if Williams is Cassio, (“Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial,”) who is playing Othello in this little farce?

    Comment by Conrad — September 8, 2016 @ 9:11 am

  21. Speaking of the humour to be derived from bad verse, I reckon Arlo Guthrie nailed it with his self parodying ‘motorcycle song’ .

    I don’t want a pickle
    I just wanna ride on my motor(sickle)
    And I don’t want a tickle
    I’d rather ride on my motor(sickle)
    And I don’t wanna die
    I just wanna ride on my motorcy…cle

    Comment by Grant — September 8, 2016 @ 9:12 am

  22. @higgs boatswain Iraq vs Iran means two opposing sides, neither of which is particularly favourable.

    Comment by The Ruminator — September 8, 2016 @ 9:36 am

  23. @5 Owen it’s not down to luck – repression catches up with you sooner or later

    Comment by mag rodaigh — September 8, 2016 @ 9:37 am

  24. I’m enjoying Craig’s humiliation too, but his wife and Ms MacGregor are going through hell for it. I think it’s important to remember that.

    Yes, and he also has a 10 year old daughter who could be getting teased unmercifully about this.

    Comment by Ross — September 8, 2016 @ 10:51 am

  25. Ross: “but his wife and Ms MacGregor are going through hell for it. I think it’s important to remember that.

    Yes, and he also has a 10 year old daughter who could be getting teased unmercifully about this.”

    I completely agree. I look at photos taken by the media of Craig’s wife, and I can’t help seeing that closed-mouth smile of hers as more like a grimace. She, her daughter and Ms MacGregor, have my sympathy.

    Comment by D'Esterre — September 8, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

  26. But it wasn’t Colin Craig who took the case to court, it was Jordan Williams.

    Comment by mjpledger — September 8, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

  27. But it wasn’t Colin Craig who took the case to court, it was Jordan Williams.

    After, it appears from the evidence in court today, also taking his concerns about Ms MacGregor’s treatment to members of the Conservative Party Board despite her asking him not to do so. Because he thought that was in her best interests.

    What a guy.

    Comment by Flashing Light — September 8, 2016 @ 7:37 pm

  28. Yeah, Williams is coming across as a real piece of work. It would be nice if various media outlets adjusted their booking priorities from “yes, because he’s available” to “no, because he’s a shit”.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — September 8, 2016 @ 9:34 pm

  29. I wonder if Jordan Williams or Colin Craig is the terrorist according to David Bennett?

    Comment by Sanctuary — September 8, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

  30. mjpledger: “But it wasn’t Colin Craig who took the case to court, it was Jordan Williams.”

    Doesn’t matter who took the case. It’s all that stuff – which was originally intended to be private – being trotted out in public for the rest of us to laugh at. And Craig’s wife has to wear the humiliation of it. It’d only be luck if the daughter isn’t being teased about it: we all know what children are like. Then there’s Ms MacGregor: whatever her role, she’s also having to endure the humiliation of all that publicity and loss of privacy. Ugh…

    Comment by D'Esterre — September 8, 2016 @ 10:51 pm

  31. …beautiful Caress

    Comment by Simon nighy — September 9, 2016 @ 8:58 am

  32. Whatever happens, I hope they both sue each other all the way to the bankruptcy office. If this was America, they might even settle it with .357’s.

    Comment by Kumara Republic (@kumararepublic) — September 9, 2016 @ 8:29 pm


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