The letter above was written by Colin Craig, not Angela Storr as stated, and distributed by his private PA last Saturday (27/6) four hours after he had been suspended from the Party. That’s right, a non-member of the Party using the Party database to write to every Party member spinning his angles and defaming a Board member and the de facto Interim Chair.
The private business PA, also a past Members Manager, was acting for her Boss when she knew he had been suspended from the Party. But of course if Colin Craig says he’s not “suspended,” or there was no “inappropriate behaviour,” or it wasn’t “sexual harassment,” and there are no more sexual harassment claims coming, then I guess that’s correct, isn’t it? It is with some, who simply don’t want to believe their messiah figure can be so flawed. It would end a dream. They’ll soon be living a nightmare.
This letter was sent to Whaleoil by other party members (not me) concerned at its contents and tone. It was even sent to us (this copy above). Several friends received it as well. WO published their copy earlier in the week, so it’s nothing new. See here: http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2015/06/colin-cockroach-craig-tries-to-hang-in-party-in-complete-disarray/
It was written by Colin himself (we can prove that). Widespread party members have expressed concern about this letter. I understand from a senior party official, that the grassroots of the Party do not like it and it has backfired on CC. That person has conveyed that to Colin and Helen Craig directly. I’ve also had several phone calls and emails from senior members of the Party concerned at what it has been used for, and its content. As one member said on a regional Party Facebook page,
I think the letter is disturbing in several ways, not the least of which the claim it comes also from CC’s wife, Helen Craig. Helen has no status in the party. So, is this dynastic?
I’ve already discussed the illegitimacy of doing it in the first place, and how it breaches members’ privacy re the use of the database. It was an act contemptuous of the Party, the members and the Board in several ways. But let’s look at the contents.
Colin and The Leadership
Last Friday in agreement with the Board Chairman, Colin stepped down as the leader.
This of course is not the complete truth. Colin had been summoned, as had all Board members, to a special full Board meeting on Friday 19 June to answer questions about his mis-behaviour. He panicked, when he presumed there would be a vote against him (no vote was necessarily organised; although if there’d been one, he would have lost it and been thrown out of the party, as he has been). Brian Dobbs and Laurence Day had summoned Colin the day before to a private meeting in Hamilton. They’d been shown the written documents, poems and letters CC had written by “the source” who had specifically flown up to them. They wished to discuss what they’d seen with Colin. But Colin refused to drive down and meet with them. After viewing the evidence, Laurence Day, a very loyal supporter of Colin’s and the other principal Party donor, persuaded him to resign.
CC then organised his ridiculous “resignation” press conference. Brian drove up from the Waikato for the Board meeting in Auckland, was diverted by CC to a hotel, had some “leadership review” contrivance thrust at him at the last minute, was completely ignorant of what was really going on, and signed a rushed note coupled together by Colin. The bizarre press conference then went ahead at 3.30pm. Colin makes its sound like some ordered Board planned process, which it never was. Most of the Board, if not all, didn’t even know the resignation was coming; we watched it live on TV. Colin then “cancelled” the Board meeting (which he never had the authority to do. Brian did nothing as Chair). I and another Board member excoriated Brian. Christine Rankin resigned in disgust.
Unfortunately the Board began to fracture and there have been a few disappointing moments as some (now ex) Board Members went public with their opinions. This began a series of resignations from the Board. As at 5pm on Friday 26th June 2015, the Board was vacant with no elected members.
This is untrue. The Board fractured, and had been toxic for several months, because of Colin Craig. He never takes responsibility or ownership. Even now, after all the admissions and documented accusations, and the resignation of 11 of his 11-person Board, he has still not admitted to doing anything much wrong. Board members resigned because of his inappropriate behaviour and his numerous public untruths. They also knew the media had all the information, and it was starting to come out. Whaleoil published the first of CC’s love poems at 3.15pm, 15 minutes before CC resigned. [This information has been delayed the public, due to the new legal wrangles over confidentiality]. The Board fracturing and the resignations were NEVER BECAUSE Laurence Day (1), followed by Christine Rankin (2), Brian Dobbs (3) and then myself (as the fourth Board member to speak out) “went public with their opinions.”
It is also completely untrue that the Board was “vacant.” Both Brian, Laurence and I were still Board members. This was a deliberate misleading of the Party members, in their thousands.
One Board member (Mr Stringer) was suspended from membership of the Party on Thursday afternoon after several serious breaches of his obligations. If you are contacted by Mr Stringer please understand that he is suspended and has no standing in any way.
I have never been suspended. This was a complete contrivance by CC in collusion with Brian Dobbs. These matters are well documented and explained in detail here and here. The media are now digging in to these matters in some detail. In essence, Brian was the only other Board member at that stage, alongside me, and he “suspended” me without a quorum, without informing me, without tabling any evidence, without any documentation, and in breach of every and any Robert’s Rules’ process. He tried to utilise a proxy of a Board member who had already resigned, and was overseas, and use it in an unlawful way.
When defaming me to thousands of members for “several [so-called] serious breaches of his obligations” Colin simply means I “spoke to the media.” For this crime, Colin, like he did to co-founder Larry Baldock, wants me hung, drawn and quartered. Sonny Tau having smuggled dead kereru under his jacket, still remains on his Board. Perhaps I should have done that instead. Colin appears to be pathologically unable to share the limelight with anyone. He cannot bare anyone else speaking other than himself; he needs to control this utterly. That is the real motive for the fake suspension. It is also why:
a) at the East Coast Bays launch, he did not allow at the last minute, the List candidates to sit on the stage in the chairs provided, despite having spent all day preparing their speeches which were never delivered.
East Coast Bays launch and the empty seats never filled.
b) why he steadfastly resisted and delayed ALL attempts to discuss the election of a President and a Deputy Leader as demanded by our Constitution.
c) Why he delayed ANY discussion of the election campaign for five months, because he knew there were several criticisms on the Board, of his management and performance, and why he maintains even today, it was a “fantastic result.” Yeah, right.
d) Why he delayed announcing the List candidates until only a few days before the election (and then only the other top 4) and why he delayed this for months on end beforehand despite frequent protestations and written deadlines from the Board.
e) It’s also why he uses litigation and legal confidentiality agreements to silence people.
What happens next
The officers of the Party (Membership Manager, Administration Manager, and Party Secretary) will confer and agree the best way forward. It is likely this will involve the election of a new Board. The Constitution requires that an election of the Board be by postal ballot. We are currently taking further advice on this matter.
These officers have never had the Constitutional authority to do any of these things. Many of them are personally employed by Colin in his business. He fails to disclose that to the media. And there was also a legitimate Board in place, so this was a deliberate attempt to circumvent and undermine that proper Board in the minds of the members.
“In the press statements last Friday with Colin Craig and now ex-Chairman Brian Dobbs, it was made clear that the way forward would be decided by the members.”
So two men, one of whom had already resigned, and is about to be suspended (Craig), and another about to resign (Dobbs) arbitrarily dictate this action on behalf of the duly elected Board and the whole Party? This is the same as CC arbitrarily “canceling” the special Board meeting (19/6) duly-called by the same Chairman Dobbs. Colin thinks he is the law, and he is still acting as “the Leader” despite resigning a week earlier and being kicked out of the Party for gross betrayals. He is out of control and a law unto himself. It has become farcical. He acts like an Ottoman Sultan.
“If you do have questions, please feel free to raise them. I will update you again shortly so you continue to have the latest information.”
In what capacity? A self-resigned Leader and Board member and then a suspended member? And what give CC the right, or the authority, for he and his wife, who has no official status, to hijack the Conservative Party’s database and membership list, and update anyone, or spin false one-sided narratives? 1) “There were never any concerns on the Board,” 2) “There was no inappropriate behaviour,” 3) “John was suspended,” 4) “The Board is vacant,” 5) “It was not sexual harassment,” 6) “Larry Baldock was not sacked from the Board,” 7) “Leighton Baker has not resigned from the Party,” 8) “a duly constituted meeting of the board headed by then-board chairman Brian Dobbs,” blah blah blah.
Of more concern, is the active blocking of anyone with a different view, removal of their comments, banning of their spouses, so Colin can control everything on any party Facebook page or website. That is creepy. New Zealand is not China or North Korea.
And we thought ‘Helengrad‘ was bad. “One Law For All” and all that.