Stand for something – the resurrection of the Conservative Party

 

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The Conservative Party of New Zealand released a press release?earlier today. It isn’t unfair to presume this was intended to be a preemptive hit at what happened at 5 pm today. ?Here it is in full:

PRESS RELEASE

3 Oct 2016

Williams vs Craig

Colin Craig founded the Conservative Party 5 years ago. His voice on democracy and accountability resonated with thousands of people, with the Conservative Party gaining more votes than Act, Future NZ and the Maori Party at the last election. He has invested hugely, into the Party since it began. Many people support the values and beliefs of the Party, which is why it remains relevant.

Whilst the Conservative Party is indeed surprised by the jury’s finding against Colin Craig, we remind people that although he stepped down from leadership 15 months ago the new board continues to support the principles the party was founded on.

As Conservatives, we believe in personal responsibility, leading to dignity and reward.
We believe that politicians are servants of the people, not rulers.
We believe in justice for all, and value life at all its stages.
We value the nuclear/ traditional family as the foundation of a healthy society.
We support Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referenda.
We see welfare working as a hand-up to attain well-being, not a hand-out creating dependency.

The Conservative Party is made up of hardworking, committed individuals, who don?t give up or lie down easily, and we thank you for your loyalty and support through the storms. The Conservative Party has taken some hits lately, but it is not out, because New Zealand needs Conservatives.

New Zealand needs people of strong values and character, and it needs people brave enough to stand up for those values. New Zealand needs people who will address issues at the source rather than wait to deal with the results.

New Zealand is a fantastic place to live; our culture is based on Conservative principles. The Conservative Party has many supporters and members and we are planning to provide positive input into next year’s election.

Ends

Somewhat interestingly, the Conservative party web site has been scrubbed of anything related to Colin Craig. ?Not a single mention. ?Not a single photo. ?Indeed, not even the press release that you read above.

Their Facebook page tells another story. ?It even features me!

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The Conservative party are clearly attempting to place some distance between itself and Colin Craig. This is understandable, but is it genuine?

I suggest not.

This from the Companies Office’s record this afternoon shows where Colin and Helen Craig’s company Centurion are located:

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And this, also taken this afternoon, from the Conservative party web site

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Just like NZ First and Winston can not be considered separate entities, the NZ Conservative party have a huge mountain to climb to convince voters that Colin Craig is no longer part of it in any way.

Mr Craig has stepped down as leader of the party. ?He is still a member of the Conservative party. ?Mr John Stringer had his membership revoked.

The Conservative party is also “surprised” about the Williams vs Craig defamation case as it stands today. ?This suggests that they still prefer the events over the years as recounted by Mr Craig and do not believe proof, the witnesses and court system have been able to reflect the truth as they understand it.

To illustrate, this was received by Whaleoil this morning from a Conservative party member

I had some exceedingly small hope that the Conservative Party may be able to resuscitate themselves but the arrival of this from Kevin Stitt this morning rules that possibility totally out. If any one thing says that the team now in charge there are Colin Craig sycophants, this is it.

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Should be quite an event.

 

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