I didn’t like the way Cameron Slater conducted a campaign against the Conservative Party and I still don’t. However it appears Slater was right about Craig and all those who defended him were wrong.
Whereas I recognised that Craig had feet of clay, I never thought those weaknesses would extend as far as has been revealed by his admission that he was in fact the Mr. X used in a recent pamphlet to make numerous allegations about his political opponents.
This was an inexcusable exercise in deceit and no one capable of such deceit (and utter inexplicable foolishness) should be in the NZ parliament. Who could ever trust this man again in any matter?
Prior to the election, while recognising at least some of Craig’s weaknesses, I supported the idea of a new party to act as a marker for the future destruction of the two main socialist / progressive parties National and Labour.
Much in the way the UKIP has risen in the UK, and Donald Trump has in the US. While I may see major flaws in both of those options, its worth supporting them initially at least for the reason that they will break the one party monopoly, in the UK between Labour and the Conservatives, and in the US between the Democrats and Republicans.
I still support that option.
However I cannot support any party that allows Colin Craig any political power. If the Conservative Party reforms and runs again, it will have a massive task in recovering from the damage done by Craig. It will be interesting to see if they can do it.