Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has been outed as a foul-mouthed “Mr X” who posed as a party whistleblower.
The anonymous “whistleblower” features in a booklet distributed to mailboxes in July, in which Craig claims he was the victim of a political conspiracy.
Craig has now admitted he was Mr X, who was quoted in the booklet as describing Craig as “freakish under pressure” and said he had a chance of a comeback.
“A lot of expletives have been deleted from this dialogue,” the interview begins.
Craig said he didn’t see any problems with talking about himself in the third person and framing it as an anonymous whistleblower.
It was a common literary tool to get a message out to readers, he said.
You couldn’t make this up.
You interview yourself for a brochure you put out, pretending to be an anonymous third party commentator – on yourself. And then you send it to half the households in New Zealand.
Interview with Mr X, as published in the booklet:
Interviewer: Colin Craig is not in office
Mr X: Well no but he nearly … got there last time. He gets votes and the media love him so that qualifies him to be a target.
Interviewer: Craig says he has been getting pretty positive feedback from supporters.
Mr X: Yeah well maybe he says that but … don’t forget they are mostly a bunch of bigots, they will dump him, just wait and see. Most media have already written him and the party off.”
Interviewer: So there is no way back for Craig after this?
Mr X: No chance … well OK there is a chance but only because he is freakish under pressure and he seems to be largely unphased (sic) by this whole thing.”
I really don’t know how he ever thought this was a good idea.