The Dim-Post

October 3, 2016

Wages of sin

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 8:50 pm

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:20161003_194957

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.


  1. Who can forget the “March for Democracy”?

    Well, almost everyone, as it happens. One positive aspect of this whole story is that there are clearly limits to rich boys’ astroturfing – for Craig, see Boscawen, Tamaki etc. They buy lots of publicity, but few votes – or reactionary policies.

    And isn’t it funny how the leftish protestors are always called rentamob, as opposed to the people on the right who literally DO rent mobs.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — October 3, 2016 @ 9:07 pm

  2. If she can manage that, you might as well just read from the Bible itself (skipping bits here and there).

    The NIV has (1 Samuel 17:51-53): “He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.”

    Fun fact: David later grows to the point where he uses Goliath’s ‘weighty’ sword for preference (1 Samuel 21:9)


    Comment by Antoine — October 3, 2016 @ 9:18 pm

  3. Hmm. The internet party perhaps?

    Comment by PaulL — October 3, 2016 @ 9:21 pm

  4. With people like Colin Craig around, making new series of Yes Minister or The New Statesman would be redundant.

    sammy 2.0: I’ve always believed that the Right prefer spin machines over old-fashioned mobs.

    Comment by Kumara Republic (@kumararepublic) — October 3, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

  5. Interesting joining circles, as disclosed by the Oily Orca
    “Mr Williams also had an obligation to disclose information to someone who was a major financial sponsor of the Taxpayers Union – someone who was Colin Craig’s largest financial supporter, who was being misled by Mr Craig …”

    The largest Conservative party supporter we know about is Laurence and Katrina Day from Hamilton, who are recorded as donating over $0.6M

    Comment by ghostwhowalksnz — October 4, 2016 @ 6:26 am

  6. People like Colin Craig treat the Old Testament as if it is an example to follow and imagine themselves as Davids fighting against their selected Goliath. I remember Larry Baldock and Gordon Copeland comparing their struggle against the anti-smacking legislation to the Wilberforce’s against slavery (I kid you not). They see themselves as a holy nation persecuted at all sides.

    Comment by RHT — October 4, 2016 @ 8:40 am

  7. My guess is that he’s spent over $10 million
    Is this what they meant by trickle-down?

    Comment by teararoawalkers — October 4, 2016 @ 9:30 am

  8. Ps this is not the way to get appointed to be his Bard


    Comment by Antoine — October 4, 2016 @ 10:02 am

  9. “…as opposed to the people on the right who literally DO rent mobs.”

    “… opposed to the people on the right who try and rent mobs but manage at best tiny groups of people who have little or no impact on the wider world.”

    There, quality control.

    Can Colin Craig really be said to have had a political career as opposed to a series of really expensive and comical fuck ups that occurred in a political context?

    The similarities with our very own teutonic magnate are strong. The major difference is that Kim Dotcom has a much stronger sense of reality than Colin Craig, witness Kim’s immediate election night understanding of just what his support had done to Mana.

    Comment by Tinakori — October 4, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

  10. It could be worse, I imagine explaining the story of Lot’s daughters could get a little bit awkward at bedtime.

    Comment by Conrad — October 4, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

  11. Your satirical piece from April 2013 seems more accurate by the day….The Dim-Post interviews Conservative Party leader Colin Craig

    I especially liked the bit where you were grating his nipples with a citrus zester.

    Comment by Tom Hunter — October 4, 2016 @ 12:54 pm

  12. Ah, thank you for that reminder Tom Hunt.🙂

    Comment by Ataahua — October 4, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

  13. How does that kiddies’ version deal with Ecclesiastes or Song of Solomon?

    Comment by Rob Hosking — October 4, 2016 @ 8:26 pm

  14. Danyl, those bible stories even converted into contemporary english, are about as ghoulish as some of the fairy stories that used to be standard fare for pre-schoolers (are they still?) but I’m not warning you off them as kids do need to prepare for real life – which can be just as dire.

    If you want to charm her with fantasy as well I’d recommend the moomin series by Tove Jansson ( if you haven’t already. No nasty stuff at all, just totally whimsical & spell-binding. My daughter enjoyed them at that age in the early ’80s just as much as I did in the mid-’50s. Gordon Campbell took a nostalgic look at them a few years ago too & you can still find that on his website.

    The old testament is full of interesting stuff. God mandates genocide: tells Joshua to lead the chosen folk into the promised land, then kill all the indigenous people there, including women & children. God had already issued the ten commandments – telling his people thou shalt not kill. Must’ve changed his mind, eh? The chosen people abandon him & start worshipping goddesses instead. Then there’s the fact that Genesis includes two different origin stories, mutually incompatible. I especially like the reference to the other sons of God. Adherents of Jesus pretend he was the only one, of course, by ignoring that section. Can’t control people with religion unless you first delude them…

    Comment by Dennis Frank — October 4, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

  15. >Does that make him the least successful politician in New Zealand history?

    The least bang for his buck anyway.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — October 5, 2016 @ 2:23 am

  16. 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.

    Comment by dpf — October 5, 2016 @ 7:29 am

  17. Could there be a 19th century would be politician who did worse, inflation adjusted?


    Comment by Antoine — October 5, 2016 @ 7:34 am

  18. Definition of Schädefreude, this post.
    Best political comedy award for the decade? (To Craig’s delusional efforts, I mean.)

    Comment by anarkaytie — October 5, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

  19. $128,000 for breaching the confidentiality of that settlement

    Is it fair to count that as part of Craig’s political career per se? I would classify it as part of his broader career of being a self-righteous arse.

    Comment by Herr Doktor Bimler — October 5, 2016 @ 11:27 pm

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