I wonder what the total cost of Colin Craig’s political career has been? There was an unsuccessful mayoral campaign, two unsuccessful election campaigns, his referendum to repeal the anti-smacking law, the cost of his ‘Mr X’ pamphlet, the as-yet unknown cost of his settlement with Rachael MacGregor, $128,000 for breaching the confidentiality of that settlement, the $1.3 million to Jordan Williams, and the legal fees for his cases against McGregor, Williams and Russel Norman. My guess is that he’s spent over $10 million. Does that sound right? Does that make him the least successful politician in New Zealand history?
Also, I’ve been reading the Usborne Book of Bible Stories to my daughter. It is incredibly weird: filled with charming little cartoons but the text is quite faithful to the spirit of the Old Testament:
Update: DPF reckons:
I think closer to $9 million than $10 million. I make it $3.5 million donated to Conservatives, $450,000 on anti-anti-smacking march, $570,000 on Mayor, around $400,000 in total on Macgregor case (guestimate includes his legal costs) and up to $3.6 million on the Williams case (guestimate) and $300,000 for his pamphlet. Total $8.8 million.