Colin Craig has escalated his legal battle with Cameron Slater with a new court action, seeking 13,000 for Slater publishing a poem written by Craig.
Slater says this legal action is “very sad and very mad”. It’s hard to disagree with that, Craig is drawing attention to something that appears to be very embarrassing for him regardless of whether he succeeds or fails.
But Slater has re-published the poem, which also seems very silly. It may not be helpful to his defence if Craig turns out to have the law on his side.
Colin Craig has tabled legal papers seeking more than $13,000 from blogger Cameron Slater for publishing the former politician’s romantic poetry on his blog.
Craig, who identifies himself as a secret songwriter, poet and fiction author, says he wants to set the record straight after suffering humiliation when his poem The Two Of Me was published on the Whaleoil site last year.
In a statement of claim provided by Slater, the former Conservative Party leader states only two copies existed of the poem. One Craig kept stored in his “personal literary archive”, the other was owned by his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor.
Jordan Williams, the executive director of the Taxpayers Union, is named as a second defendant.
“Mr Craig has elected to forego publishing his creative writing for consumption by the public in order to, amongst other reasons, preserve his privacy,” the document states.
The legal claim, lodged with the North Shore District Court last week, went on to say Craig did not intend the poem to be seen by the public.
Slater’s company, Social Media Consultants Ltd, had “flagrantly infringed Mr Craig’s copyright in the poem to garner notoriety and/or derive revenue”.
Bizarre, whether legally justified or not.
Slater has posted in response to this article (not linked for legal reasons).
Yes, Colin Craig is a man who doesn’t want anyone to know just precisely what he gets up to. So he uses his wealth to bully and silence people. This is just another forlorn claim, one that won’t stand up in court, but I still have to waste time defending it, and that is his real angle. Soak up time, money and effort in defending against his vexatious claims.
That’s highly hypocritical of Slater, considering his involvement in legal action just like this (that was vexatious and farcical, and thrown out by the judge).
And it’s fair to point out that (I believe) Slater is taking defamation against Craig.
Colin Craig described himself in the papers as “formerly an aspiring politician”.
Slater is a still aspiring political activist, but his politically credibility has been shot in the foot as much as Craig’s.
This whole ongoing saga is sad and self defeating for both of them.