Metro interviews Colin Craig

March 27th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Steve Braunias at Metro interviews Colin Craig. Some interesting aspects:

  • Recently lost 30 kgs
  • Ran an accountancy firm when he was 23
  • Daughter is home schooled
  • Met his wife in the Auckland University quad
  • Shops for specials at Pak N Save and $2 shop
  • As a kid negotiated with his father for pocket money to be increased from $1 to $1.50 a week
  • Wrote poetry at school
  • Likes scifi and fantasy books such as Prince of Thorns
  • Once took part in the Diplomacy (board game) world championships
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50 Responses to “Metro interviews Colin Craig”

  1. ShawnLH (4,609 comments) says:

    Well, he has good taste. ‘Prince of Thorns’ was an outstanding novel.

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  2. Redbaiter (8,558 comments) says:

    Steve Braunias interviewing Colin Craig is like Homer Simpson interviewing Albert Einstein.

    In fact the MSM idiot Steve Braunias interviewing anyone would be like Homer Simpson interviewing Albert Einstein.

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  3. EAD (1,002 comments) says:

    Shock, horror, a self made intelligent man who has run his own business gets into the dirty world of politics!

    Give me a life long professional political hack any day. They’ve done a great job so far. /sarc

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  4. NK (1,232 comments) says:

    Completely amazing disclosures. Allow me:

    Steve Braunias at Metro interviews NK. Some interesting aspects:

    Has completed three Ironman triathlons and has gone from 96kgs to 85kgs
    Held down 3 jobs while in 7th form and was a restaurant manager at the age of 19
    Daughter is talented jazz saxophonist
    Met his wife at a BBQ
    Shops for specials wherever he can and is especially savvy at picking them up at the local Sushi shop
    As a kid negotiated with his father for pocket money to get a new tennis racquet so he could compete better
    Wrote poetry at school also

    This is true of me. Absolutely hand-on-heart true.

    It makes Craig no more special than me, and I certainly don’t consider myself special or worthy of a Metro column, even if I was hoping to be a politician this year (which I’m not).

    My point is this: So what!!!!!!

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  5. lazza (381 comments) says:

    Yep … Got the bio … QED:”Total Screwball” … next!

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  6. stephieboy (2,801 comments) says:

    What appears to be missing from Braunias is more details about Crag’s Moon Hoax and other conspiracy theories

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  7. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    My point is this: So what!!!!!!

    The point is, the Left are shitting themselves about Craig :-)

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  8. EAD (1,002 comments) says:

    There are 3 things in life you can’t avoid:

    – death
    – taxes
    – being labelled an extremist or conspiracy theorist if you hold a different opinion to Stephie from Kiwiblog.

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  9. Manolo (13,590 comments) says:

    Small correction:

    The point is, the Left and Peter George are shitting themselves about Craig

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  10. Bob R (1,363 comments) says:

    ***MacGregor is a former producer at TVNZ, working on shows such as Breakfast and Good Morning. She said, “There’ve been people who have deleted me off Facebook. Tamati Coffey, who I worked with for many years. There’s actually been a number of people in the media who’ve gone, ‘Oh, you’re working for Colin Craig? I can’t talk to you anymore.’ Steve Gray at Good Morning is a lovely guy, we got on really well, but now I’m the devil, apparently.”***

    Some people really can’t handle diversity of opinion! Hearing this makes me want to vote for Craig.

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  11. Bob R (1,363 comments) says:

    @ NK,

    I’m not sure if you’re new to following politics, but people running for political office tend to have aspects of their background reported so voters can get an idea about them.

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  12. NK (1,232 comments) says:

    Thanks Bob. I’m very new. My first campaign was in 1996, and this year will be my tenth (including local body). In these campaigns, when I look at who to support, my first criteria is this: “Did this candidate write poetry at school, and did s/he shop for bargains at the supermarket”.

    After that, everything else becomes superfluous.

    I mean seriously, this stuff is garbage.

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  13. GoldTeam (5 comments) says:

    The point is, the Left are shitting themselves about Craig

    Can you explain why the Left fear Craig? Seems like he’s right of National and his rise will come at their expense. The same way the Greens grew at the expense of Labour.

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  14. stephieboy (2,801 comments) says:

    EAD, I take it you are a Conspiracy Theorist nutter in the same league as Ugly Truth, Reid, wiri etc, etc.?

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  15. Jim (397 comments) says:

    Home schooled kids => parents are usually cranks or nutjobs of some flavour.

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  16. EAD (1,002 comments) says:

    Quick, Stephie, back your statement up with a copy/paste and a link from a google search to prove your point or we might not believe you….

    “Nutter” – I should make a t-shirt out of that ad hominem!!

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  17. Lance (2,635 comments) says:

    @Jim
    You got some facts for what you just said about home schooling or are you just talking out your arse?

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  18. Bob R (1,363 comments) says:

    ***I mean seriously, this stuff is garbage.***

    @ NK,

    Well, yes ultimately we want to hear specific views on different policy issues. My point was simply that these kind of background interviews and the answers given are pretty standard. I actually don’t mind them, I mean employers ask about peoples hobbies & activities to get an idea of what the person is like. Obviously you have to take the presented image with a grain of salt.

    ***Home schooled kids => parents are usually cranks***

    @ Jim,

    Maybe although it probably also suggests a degree of independent thought which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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  19. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    Other interesting attributes

    Wingnut belief in the moon landing hoax and the global conspiracy of scientists.

    Ideal way avenue for New Zealand public and politics to side line sick Wingnuts from main stream politics.

    Give him a whinnyest portfolio such as minister in charge of godwhacking .

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  20. big bruv (13,734 comments) says:

    This election campaign looks like one that might be a bit of fun given that Colin Craig is part of it. It seems that Craig will be our very own male version of Sarah Palin, at least he will give us something to laugh at during the campaign.

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  21. Than (463 comments) says:

    The point is, the Left are shitting themselves about Craig

    Hardly.

    Colin Craig’s habit of putting his foot firmly in his mouth is a gift that just keeps on giving for the Left. And whenever National attacks the Greens or Mana as being extreme the go-to response is some variation of “they’re less nutty than Colin Craig”. The Left want the possibility of Craig getting into parliament to stay open as long as possible.

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  22. RRM (9,841 comments) says:

    Don’t care.

    What are his policies??

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  23. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    “……It seems that Craig will be our very own male version of Sarah Palin, at least he will give us something to laugh at during the campaign…..”

    Yeah…..Mr Craig will give us the nutcase Jamie Whyte to laugh at:

    This clown advocates for social liberalism – and has to explain to all his hyper-sexual voters that they will soon have to pay for their irresponsable healthcare costs such as diseases, lacerations, operations, unessecery pre-natal abortion care ect – just like irresponsable drinkers and smokers currently do via higher taxes.

    The health system CANNOT afford CONTINUALY IRRESPONSABLE FREELOADERS!

    ACT can’t be seen to be irresponsable with taxpayers money – so Jamie has a choice: back social liberalism and ‘pay as you go’ sexual healthcare[like dentistry] – or look like someone who ‘pork barrels his irresponsable voter base with CONTINUOUS free healthcare’ – at the expense of others who use ‘limited health funding’.

    Whyte is your joke Big Bruv! :cool:

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  24. stephieboy (2,801 comments) says:

    EAD,

    Answer my question., are you a Conspiracy theorist “nutter” or otherwise.?

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  25. RRM (9,841 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (6,445 comments) says:
    March 27th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Steve Braunias interviewing Colin Craig is like Homer Simpson interviewing Albert Einstein.

    :lol: Yeah, just like Albert Einstein.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I’ve missed your insanity chump. Knew you’d never be able to stay away.

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  26. lazza (381 comments) says:

    Errr Heads Up folks.

    This blog has, (as expected) been blitzed by Craigite Moonies.

    Who else, but his bewildered starry-eyed froot loops, could take him/HIS party seriously?

    And this is the same guy who has put up his own moderated/devisedelectoral poll to show … “I am ahead in Rodney”.

    Run: Tui Ad

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  27. iMP (2,366 comments) says:

    Lazza, you’re out of touch. Looking at the data, Craig’s new party has been the 5th most popular in all polls and actual vote results since 2011, so something must be going on. I think he’s carving out a legitimate constituency here, that all the other parties have abandoned.

    That he reads sci fi novels, plays board games (I’m a Risk man myself), and has achieved so much on his own merit in the hurly burly of Auckland (where he apparently has a solid reputation amongst the business elites) suggests the reality of Colin Craig is far removed from the fairytales the Left contrive. But Braunias was hilarious, almost as funny as him working so hard, but failing, to dislike Craig.

    The Moon landing thing – all Marcus Lush. Colin Craig believes we landed on the Moon, but hey, don’t dispel a great liberal media meme, a bit like the Internet being a “party”. Yeah Right.

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  28. KevinH (1,221 comments) says:

    Headline from the Herald:

    Tempers boiling over at Gulf Harbour

    The focus of discord this year is $173,000 split into two parts – a pot of money for maintenance of Cap d’Amarres berths and a $53,000 legal bill for a case aimed at keeping the community exclusive by banning non-residents who had rented berths.

    The solution to at least one argument is politician Colin Craig, whose property management company Centurion handled Gulf Harbour’s contracts for about seven years.

    Under Centurion’s management, fees for Cap d’Amarres berth maintenance were paid to the Gulf Harbour association – then paid back to Cap d’Amarres on the understanding it did its own maintenance.

    The money sat in the Cap d’Amarres account while the Gulf Harbour association became frustrated at a perceived lack of berth maintenance. It is now seeking the money back while a number of the Cap d’Amarres residents want to hold on to it, citing the agreement managed by Centurion which, so far, no one can find – and might not exist.

    Incidentally, says Mr Craig, it doesn’t exist. It was an arrangement which worked at the time but was never formal. Of Gulf Harbour, he says: “You’ve got an environment where there are some pretty determined individuals.”

    Personally I would not buy a copy of Metro on the strength of an interview with Colin Craig because no doubt the interview would be one of those light hearted personality snapshots that doesn’t ask the hard questions as reflected in the Herald article by David Fisher.

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  29. dime (9,869 comments) says:

    30 kegs is a good effort.

    If his daughter is home schooled, how do we know she is being taught guilt? has she memorized the treaty? does she think cars are evil? Dime is concerned.

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  30. kowtow (8,326 comments) says:

    Haahahaha

    I love these Colin Craig posts.

    Guaranteed to bring out the obsessed anti conservative fringe……you know who you are!

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  31. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    You’re back to making things up Manolo.

    My preference is for there to be no MMP threshold, and that would mean the Conservatives would get whatever proportion of seats they deserve. That’s good democracy – do you think the threshold should be dropped?

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  32. Jim (397 comments) says:

    @Jim
    You got some facts for what you just said about home schooling or are you just talking out your arse?

    Crank and nutjob are subjective terms by their nature, so I wouldn’t claim any factual basis for my opinion.
    My view has formed from experiences with my peers over the years as a student and now a parent. I haven’t met many home-schoolers (students or parents) but enough to form an opinion.

    Notice that I said “usually cranks”. I’m prepared to accept that not all are cranks but I haven’t met any that haven’t had an extreme view not shared by many or some form of personality disorder.

    And I’m also a strong critic of the watered down, ‘everyone is entitled to pass’ education system in NZ. Being critical of overall education quality is one thing, keeping your kids at home is something else.

    @Bob R “Maybe although it probably also suggests a degree of independent thought which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.”

    I get that. The capacity for independent thought is critically important and sadly lacking in many, but then so is viewing your own thoughts with a wider perspective. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater comes to mind.

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  33. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    “….If his daughter is home schooled, how do we know she is being taught guilt? has she memorized the treaty? does she think cars are evil?…”

    Has Mr Craig installed a ‘gender neutral toilet’ where boys can perve at her?

    Does he tell her to hate him for being a ‘rich white prick’?

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  34. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    “……I’m prepared to accept that not all are cranks but I haven’t met any that haven’t had an extreme view not shared by many or some form of personality disorder….”

    When 92% of kids in NZ are educated by the state – then any counter view at all would look extreme!

    From what I’ve heard from talking to NZ parents – ‘Mediocre’ is how I would describe the views of nearly all parents who have their kids educated by the state.

    NZ is more like a nursery than a Nation State!

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  35. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Jim: Home schooling is yet another way to keep children away from decadent unionised deviants that call themselves teachers.
    Thank God we now have charter schools to keep our young ones away from the evil doctrine of aforementioned scum.

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  36. lazza (381 comments) says:

    iMP *** I sort of rest my case.

    *** The bit about cheerleaders for CC … if the cap fits Ehhh?

    iMP says … Lazza, you’re out of touch **** NOT see below.

    Looking at the data, Craig’s new party has been the 5th most popular in all polls and actual vote results since 2011, so something must be going on. I think he’s carving out a legitimate constituency here, that all the other parties have abandoned.
    *** Fair Comment … My comments were/are confined to the man himself

    That he reads sci fi novels, plays board games (I’m a Risk man myself), and has achieved so much on his own merit in the hurly burly of Auckland (where he apparently has a solid reputation amongst the business elites) suggests the reality of Colin Craig is far removed from the fairytales the Left contrive.
    *** Yep as long as he sticks to business Church and board games OK … as a Pollie IMHO he has NO creds … based on close observations … Rodney campaign 2011

    But Braunias was hilarious, almost as funny as him working so hard, but failing, to dislike Craig.
    *** Nothing personal.

    The Moon landing thing – all Marcus Lush. Colin Craig believes we landed on the Moon, but hey, don’t dispel a great liberal media meme, a bit like the Internet being a “party”. Yeah Right.
    *** Huh?

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  37. David Garrett (7,112 comments) says:

    Is it a full moon tonight? Last night?

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  38. gravedodger (1,552 comments) says:

    @ jim whenever, Some very intelligent people home school their children
    (a) because they have the time, ability and
    (b) they have a very erudite assessment of the ability of an average teacher, and
    (c) actually do something to avoid the brainwashing politically indoctrinating garbage some teachers spend a life time spewing out.

    Oh and Jim whenever I guess every single child living in a remote area and forced to use the Correspondence school was just another nutcase spawn of incompetent nutcase parents, they fucking home schooled their children because they had no options except Boarding school or break up the family and they were not attractive options, cnut.

    When I look back on the education my children received it was bullet dodging awesome luck in too many cases and we should have sought counseling for gambling with their education.

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  39. Sean (300 comments) says:

    Diplomacy – great game. If he got to world champs, he must be a persuasive person.

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  40. iMP (2,366 comments) says:

    Lazza, Craig belives in the moon landing. He was asked by Lush about the conspiracy theorists who don’t believe it. Craig said he didn’t know, hadn’t read up their theories. That got turned into “No Moon landing.” It’s a great one liner and just keeps being reiterated. Like the ‘O’ for Awesome thing, which was a mis-hear.

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  41. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    The point is, the Left are shitting themselves about Craig

    Can you explain why the Left fear Craig? Seems like he’s right of National and his rise will come at their expense. The same way the Greens grew at the expense of Labour.

    Te Left fear Craig for a couple of quite valid reasons.

    He has nothing to lose, he is rich , he is not looking for a paycheck and its all up from here.
    He loathes Russel Norman and is happy to expose the Gweens bullshit lies.
    The Cons Party is a natural place for a lot of WinstonFirst voters to go when Winston chucks in the towel (IMHO)
    The Cons Party will pull in some Labour voters, South Auckland churchgoers.
    The Cons Party is a natural ally to the Nats.

    hmmmm…. any others?

    Edit. Oh and Craig is good at stealing oxygen from others. The MSM love him!

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  42. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    The man is attempting to ride the wave of Conservative Constipation into parliament.

    hopefully he goes though national ::: Like taking a whole bar of chocy laxative in the dark…

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  43. Jim (397 comments) says:

    @gravedodger – I can agree with what you wrote on the subject and still hold the view that homeschoolers I have met are generally nutjobs. The two views are not mutually exclusive.

    I don’t think the average teacher is smart, otherwise I guess they would not be a teacher. Probably most of their students are more capable than the teacher. Fortunately smart students have a pretty good ability to sort the shit from the clay, so to speak. My kids aren’t yet 10 but still have some pretty sharp observations about what is important and what is not and as parents we are a big influence over that. They also have lots of friends that they otherwise would not have.

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  44. ChardonnayGuy (1,199 comments) says:

    Uh, no, the Left doesn’t exactly ‘fear’ Colin Craig. It’s more like it regards him and his entourage as a ticking time bomb on the right hand side of politics which is counting down to the grunty end of the election news cycle and rubs its hands in collective glee every time he makes another silly statement, much to the apparent despair of Rachel McGregor, according to Braunias’ article. And anyway, we’re not the only ones. I know a lot of classical lib Tories who feel exactly the same way about him.

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  45. stephieboy (2,801 comments) says:

    Conservative Party supporters are indisputably a bunch a wowser inclined killjoys and cabbage heads.
    This also is beyond question,

    http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

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  46. stephieboy (2,801 comments) says:

    This also is very useful for the debate,

    “..What this study and those before it suggest is not necessarily that all liberals are geniuses and all conservatives are ignorant. Rather, it makes conclusions based off of averages of groups. The idea is that for those who lack a cognitive ability to grasp complexities of our world, strict-right wing ideologies may be more appealing. Dr. Brian Nosek explained it for the Huffington Post as follows, “ideologies get rid of the messiness and impose a simple solution. So, it may not be surprising that people with less cognitive capacity will be attracted to simplifying ideologies.” For an excellent continuation of this discussion and past studies, please see this article from LiveScience.”

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201304/do-racism-conservatism-and-low-iq-go-hand-in-hand

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  47. deadrightkev (441 comments) says:

    Today I listened to Craig talk to some guy Ken at Hawkes Bay radio. He made a very good basic account of himself standing up for common sense and the taxpayer. Jamie Whyte has been chiming in with some good logical fundamental writing lately as well.

    It doesnt happen very often that we get to hear straight basic logic without spin and certainly it never happens listening to Labour or National.

    He touched on the Kohanga Reo cover-up and how that is a whitewash by National. I wondered why the media was quiet on it but then they are quiet on anything Maori unless its a positive spin then its all over the news. This should be front page news and the government should be ripping that organisation apart. Its taxpayers money.

    I wonder if Craig will start to unravel the treaty claim scams that National has been ramming through since 2008? That will get him well over the 5% right there. I can see Craig and Whyte working well together if they get into government.

    They are both straight and that is a rarity in NZ politics.

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  48. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    deadrightkev#

    Liberal hyper-sexuals like chardonayguy think that ACT under Whyte is the bees knees, but the reality however is that ACT has to treat people who have IRRESPONSABLE sexual matters the same as they treat drinkers and smokers. By taxing them.

    Far too many hyper-sexuals use and re-use public healthcare for their irresponsable sexual behaviours which takes away funding from other groups – such as those who need expensive medicines.

    The conservatives may well suggest long before the election that sexual healthcare should be treated like dentistry – pay as you go. Fiscal ACT voters will support that – but social liberal voters in ACT such as Chardonyguy don’t.

    That then puts ACT’s leader Whyte in a corner – be seen to be responsable with taxpayers money – or be seen not to be.

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  49. deadrightkev (441 comments) says:

    Harriet

    Jamie Whyte is a very personable bloke and I do not see him making the mistakes of previous Act leaders. He is a far more Kiwi normal, open minded and pragmatic individual than is being pigeon holed by the media. Colin Craig is also engaging in reality, not light years away from Jamie Whyte in his thinking either on most issues because at the end of the day logic is logical. Jamie does need to press the flesh and be heard a lot more so his real persona can be discovered.

    Both are inexperienced in the public eye and suffer from honesty syndrome. We certainly cannot accuse most Labour and National politicians of that. Spin and evasion is tiring, it is not smart, it is dishonest.

    Craig has a much slicker administration and strategy group, it will tell in the end I think.

    There is an uncanny similarity between Act policy and Conservative policy in the main and that is not a coincidence. No party has a perfect policy platform so its a matter of living with the odd dead rat.

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  50. ChardonnayGuy (1,199 comments) says:

    For the record, I am not an ACT supporter, although I do think Jamie Whyte needs a fair and balanced hearing about his stance on certain issues. Here’s a blog I recently did on the subject:

    http://www.gaynz.com/blogs/redqueen/?p=5776

    In this context, I should also mention euthanasia law reform. This issue is one that might seem tangential to us, due to the evolution of the HIV/AIDS debate and ancillary medical treatments for gay men in that particular context. Given the life-prolonging effects of protease inhibitors and other palliative medication in this context, the focus of HIV/AIDS political debate has switched to issues like securing access to new medications and combination therapies, as well as issues involved with post-exposure prophylaxis and prevention concerns like the appropriate response to “bareback” gay porn or P/crystal meth and its role in facilitation of unsafe sex. For that reason, it has devolved onto individual instances of lesbians and gay men (to date) who have other terminal medical conditions, and their narratives. In the case of Ian Cutkelvin (United Kingdom), it was pancreatic cancer, while in the case of Michele Causse (France), it seems to have been inoperable metastasised cancer, compressed vertebrae, osteoporosis, kidney loss, and asthma, perhaps as a result of bone cancer. However, as a result of their stories, we can empathise with their situations. As for the context for such legislative reform, I have suggested that climate change will be accompanied by the spread of new pandemic diseases and may be forced on an initially resistant medical profession through logistical circumstances, although that may take ten to fifteen years.

    Drug policy reform is a more intractable question. Given New Zealand’s difficulty in even organising medicinal cannabis reform, I am pessimistic about its immediate prospects. It may well be advisable in the context of palliative medical needs in the context of HIV/AIDS, and the consequences of cannabis prohibition may be disproportionately severe compared to the effects of that Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981, but the cannabis reform lobby itself is too disorganised. Why does a single-issue ideological purist party like the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party even exist? And if the objective is wider drug policy reform, then why hasn’t a lobby and advocacy group emerged to advocate for sensible, sequential and incremental legislative reform, in response to the questionable claims from antidrug populist groups? ACT Leader Jamie Whyte might well be correct about the need for such reforms, but the way to such legislative reform is through evidence-based medical and scientific corroboration, which I am not sure that he appreciates. In any case, substance abusers are difficult to empathise with, compared to shared communal experiences like dealing with chronic or terminal disease and impending mortality. This even applies to pot smokers, given their annoying behaviour when high and the social nuisance factor that would increase due to decriminalisation. However, we don’t ban alcohol for that reason, and its consequences are far more severe. This does lead to questions about the scope of drug policy liberalisation and regulation. To me, the Netherlands solution seems to be the most advisable- decriminalisation of small amounts of recreational drugs, except perhaps in the case of Class A drugs such as P/crystal meth, crack cocaine and heroin. Of these three, only P/crystal meth is a serious problem in New Zealand. I accept that there is a continuing case for the interdiction of such drugs, given their greater severity, toxicity and contingent consequences. However, any such campaign should target producers and distributors. However, as I’ve noted, such reforms are still probably some time away, given the disorganisation of this particular cause and its lobby groups.

    Finally, there’s the question of postgay relationship reform. I am firmly opposed to any relaxation of criminal penalties around “consensual adult” incest and polygamy, given that current European and Canadian court cases such as Stuebing vs Germany (European Court of Human Rights) disclose the risk of severely genetically impaired offspring in the context of heterosexual CAI and spousal violence and child sexual abuse (British Columbia Supreme Court, Bountiful reference case: November 2011). For those reasons, I disagree with Jamie Whyte. Judged by the above, I think that the most prudent course of action that ACT could take if it wants to go down the road of social liberalism and individual autonomy in this context is to centre its actions on euthanasia law reform. Unfortunately, that might collide with the party’s earlier, foolish flirtation with climate change denial, which one hopes will now be discarded.

    Recommended:

    Ian Leuw and I. Hean Marshall: Between prohibition and legalisation: the Dutch experiment in drug policy: New York: Kugler: 1994.

    Stuart Younger and Gerrit Kinsma (eds) Physician-assisted death in perspective: Assessing the Dutch experience: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2012

    Bountiful (Polygamy) reference case (British Columbia, 2011): http://canlii.ca/t/fnzqf

    Stuebing versus Germany (European Court of Human Rights, 2012):http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-110314

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