Stringer fighting back – press conference today

Ex Conservative Party board member John Stringer has announced a press conference today. He claims there are “documented new accusations against Colin Craig that now involve a Police investigation” and “serious offences”.

Now launching into investigation by media?

UPDATE: It seems to boil down to this:

New allegations from John Stringer against Colin Craig – lots of them, but basically boils down to filing false info for electoral return.

.@ColinCraigNZ falsified info in at least five electorates and falsified his own return, John Stringer alleges Electoral Act breaches

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  1. kittycatkin

     /  10th August 2015

    What a busy and unprofessional looking notice. Too many pointless capitals (we’re not in the 18th century now, Mr Stringer), too many changes of font sizes,too many pointless quote marks, too fussy a look altogether. It’s a surprisingly illiterate piece of work.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  10th August 2015

      Agreed. It’s absurd. But then this is the Conservative Party in flames.

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      • Mike C

         /  10th August 2015

        @AlanW

        Yeap … The Conservative Party is going down like a Lead Zeppelin

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    • Missy

       /  10th August 2015

      “Too many pointless capitals….”

      He has obviously been taking advice from Penny Bright 😉

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    • jaspa

       /  11th August 2015

      It certainly conveys a feeling of instability. 🙂 What a mess. Not just the notice, the whole party, or whatever it is now.

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  2. 'Junk Mail ONLY'

     /  10th August 2015

    Have just been out and changed the sign on my letterbox.

    Can hardly wait for this one to arrive 🙂

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  3. traveller

     /  10th August 2015

    Is there a link at all?

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  4. Merv the Perv

     /  10th August 2015

    Thanks for the latest ‘UPDATE’ there Pete, but it’s the PHOTOS we all want to see. 🙂

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  5. Mike C

     /  10th August 2015

    Does being found guilty of falsifying info on an electoral return carry a prison sentence?

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    • Dave

       /  10th August 2015

      From memory, it carries no sentance, even the police fail to investigate most complaints.

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      • Mike C

         /  10th August 2015

        @Dave

        So what the fuck is Stringer rabbiting on about “Craigs Crimes” being so serious then? LOL.

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  6. Pete Kane

     /  10th August 2015

    Even if he then used the launch signs in the electorate later he would still only have to declare half the value. So still under the overall cap. Probably wet bus ticket fine even if it did go against Craig for omitting the 50% cost from the electorate return. Actually, if this is the best Stringer can manage (after “months” of investigation) from a multi-million spend then there’s not much in this.

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    • Mike C

       /  10th August 2015

      @PeteK

      My initial gut reaction to this “news” from Stringer, is that he is feeling desperate, and is starting to clutch at straws.

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      • Pete Kane

         /  10th August 2015

        Mike at face value it’s pretty limited stuff. I guess for Colin the only real danger would be reputational because you can bet that the next allegation will be that Colin coerced/encouraged candidates to play fast and loose with rules (which would be b………. hard to ever prove). Of course declarations are strictly the responsibility of the candidates locally and secretary together with the auditor nationally. Stringer seems a bit of an odd chap to me. Mind you he’s got company.

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        • Mike C

           /  10th August 2015

          @PeteK

          LOL. Pete Belt will be absolutely delighted that you just said that Stringer is “an Odd Chap” … because they are good mates.

          PS:- You are allowed to use words like “bloody” in here without being banned 🙂

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    • I agree. Looks to me lime Stringer has oversold and under delivered significantly.

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      • Mike C

         /  10th August 2015

        @George

        Did the Whale write any posts today about Stringers press release?

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        • I’ve just had a look and couldn’t see any. I suspect he would be disappointed in Stringer’s effort, he may have even declined to go with it.

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  7. Mike C

     /  10th August 2015

    @George

    Slaters lack of post comment on this subject would lead me to believe that BlubberBoy and Belt appear to be distancing themselves from Stringer.

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  8. GregM

     /  10th August 2015

    All smoke and no hangi I reckon. Greg Presland summed it up pretty well over at TS.
    http://thestandard.org.nz/colin-craigs-electoral-return/

    Oh bugger I just agreed with Presland, I need a lie down…

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    • Mike C

       /  10th August 2015

      @GregM

      It could have been so much worse 🙂

      You could have agreed with lprent. LOL.

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  9. Brown

     /  10th August 2015

    Stringer appears pretty misguided. Craig did build an empire briefly but Stringer seems snarky because his moment in the sun went “poof” before he had a tan. Its annoying as it leads to a conservative bent becoming increasingly ridiculed. There’s a time to simply shut up and move on but neither Craig nor Stringer seem capable of discerning when that time arrived. Stringer is, in my view, the worse of the two because he’s been blowing on the embers.

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    • Mike C

       /  10th August 2015

      @Brown

      I think it is sad what has happened to the Conservatives, because I believe that if Rachel McGregor hadn’t done the dirty on Colin Craig just days prior to the Election, then he would be in Parliament right now.

      It’s debatable whether Rachel McGregor did the National Party or the Labour Party or NZFirst the biggest favour 🙂

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      • Pete Kane

         /  10th August 2015

        Andrew Little, for one, wouldn’t be there without the redistributed Conservative vote.

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  10. Maureen W

     /  10th August 2015

    This communication is rather sad and pathetic, full of personal emotion and vendetta. Not something that has been set out to portray reason or stability. Looks like an emotional blackmailer’s message to me.

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    • Budgieboy

       /  10th August 2015

      Fail John, this is not going to help any of your personal, political or legal aspirations and will ultimately do you more harm than good.

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  11. Brown

     /  10th August 2015

    @ Mike C, I think you are right but I’m not sure its a bad thing. Colin wasn’t really a conservative and may have done the cause more harm than good by being a one term wonder. I’m not sure “Christians” are meant for politics because they seem to lack the mongrel required. Hard buggers like the Machine Gun Preacher don’t run for office.

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