Colin Craig: My soulmate’s sacrifice

It could be quite some sacrifice. When high profile people make serious errors of judgement the fall can be hard. And it can especially hard on those closely associated with the fallen, their close family members.

A Woman’s Weekly article in April last year – Colin Craig: My soulmate’s sacrifice

He’s one of the more controversial figures in New Zealand politics, often maligned for his traditional views and provocative statements.

But throughout his turbulent journey into the political sphere, which included a battle against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act that passed into law last year, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has managed to weather the storm with the help of his biggest supporter and wife of 23 years.

I’m editing out Craig’s wife’s name.

“It’s hard to see someone you love being criticised unfairly,” says stay-at-home mum [his wife]. “But I’m with him all the way. We need someone who has a different point of view to represent us, and I think he does it really well.”

Some of that may have now changed.

Colin’s journey into politics has shaken up the Craig family since he formed the Conservative Party in 2011 – [his wife]’s initial reaction was, “Do you have to?” before deciding, “Actually, someone’s got to do it, so it may as well be you!”

It may have shaken up the family somewhat more.

Colin says it’s still family first, and he knows how much Colin says it’s still family first, and he knows how much Helen has sacrificed in order for his political dreams to be realised.h

His political dreams weren’t realised and may have turned into a family nightmare.

Craig seems to have been somewhat distracted from both his family and his party during the campaign. The party secretary resigned two days before the election.

“I wouldn’t want to live and breathe politics every moment of my life,” he says. “I want to make sure I’m not exposing my family to the more corrosive elements.”

it looks like he wasn’t living and breathing poiitics.

What carries the pair through, they say, is a strong foundation and unbreakable bond.

This was published five months before the election and the resignation of the party secretary.

Throughout their relationship [his wife] has been the rock for Colin’s pursuits…

While she stayed at home it appears as if he was pursuing.

“He’s action man,” she says fondly. “That’s one of the things that attracted me to him. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk.”

Or in some cases gets tripped up.

And though Colin’s new role sees him travelling the length of the country, he always tries his best to be home for breakfast and bedtime – “and to catch up with [his wife]!”

“She’s the most generous person I know,” Colin smiles. “She’ll go to the supermarket and shout someone their groceries. It’s those random acts of kindness [I admire].

“She’s a great mum. I know how lucky I am!”

She doesn’t seem to have ended up being so lucky.

Colin Craig: My soulmate’s sacrifice

Slater versus English and family

Cameron Slater has posted an attack on Bill English ate Whale Oil: SCUM LIST MP SAYS HE WILL VOTE FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING

Bill English has declared he will vote against any euthanasia bill put before the parliament. no debate, no reading the legislation, he is just going to let his Catholic dogma dictate how he will vote.

This is a typical Slater-type attack – Slater has been very critical of English in the past so this is not out of the ordinary. So far.

And now we see one of the problems with MMP and scum list MPs. They don’t have an electorate to listen to or canvas.

They are representative of no one but themselves and the party.Electorate MPs like Nick Smith always survey their electorate and debate the issues with voters.

Much and all as I dislike Nick Smith’s politics, in person he is a top bloke, he keeps getting elected with massive majorities because he listens to his constituents.

Slater also campaigned against MMP so it’s no surprise to see him slamming list MPs.

Until English retired from his Clutha-Southland electorate and went onto the list only last year he kept getting elected with massive majorities. In 2011 with a majority of 16,168 he got 21,375 votes,  over twice as many as all other candidates combined.

Bill English has to listen to no one but his stroppy missus.

This is a low blow from Slater, Bringing English’s wife into is a low blow. Again this isn’t out of the ordinary for Slater, he was particularly nasty during National’s Northland candidate selection slinging dirt involving the family of one candidate.

Some comments supported Slater but there more supporting English and criticising Slater managed to survive the censor’s filter and getting significant support. For example:

That’s a bit harsh. Bill is entitled to his opinion as you are of your opinion.

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Yes he is but I don’t want his personal religious beliefs to dictate what I wish to happen if the occasion arises. I would like to make my own decision and have it written down for when I am too ill to fight for that right.

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And:

Right, you’ve now lost me. When you call Bill English a”scum list MP”, that shows you to be in the same loony class as those you keep referring to as the Green Taliban and I have laughed with you at their silly antics. I happen to think, also that the Greens are loony. But I also think that there are some areas where people are entitled to exercise their consciences, and the sanctity of life is one such area.

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And:

Would you prefer him to say one thing and do another (as so many people do)? At least we know where he stands. While I might not agree with his views, I respect his right to have them.

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Compared to:

Catholic or not, this is the sort of arrogance we saw from Cullen. Please remind me who got National down to the miraculous 20% threshold?

English’s expertise lies within financial management. I for one am happy he is no where near social policy. He doesn’t have a clue and doesn’t gauge with the public very well.

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I disagree with English on euthanasia but respect his right to have his own stance on what would be a conscience issue if this was voted on in Parliament. This is the report Slater was criticising:

His deputy, Mr English, a Catholic, said today he would vote against any law change.

“The law says that if the doctor helps them die that would be breaking the law and that’s what the judgment said pretty clearly,” Mr English said on TVNZ‘s Q&A programme.

Mr English, whose wife is a GP, said he personally did not believe the law needed to change.

“My personal view is that the law is where it should be,” he said.

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While polls show a sizeable majority of people support euthanasia there are still many who oppose it, and they have as much right to be represented in Parliament as anyone.

This was also raised on Kiwiblog, and Slater is criticised by several including someone who has been a fairly loyal supporter of Slater:

Nookin

Mr Slater seems intent on re-creating himself as a man of unlovely disposition. I used to enjoy some of his more outrageous observations but, really, he has descended to a level of almost perpetual ad hominism ( if that is a word). The site very rarely contains anything of any interest other than his own insatiable desire to be heard.

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Keeping Stock

@ Nookin – WO makes his distaste of English pretty obvious. But to attack English’s wife, who to the best of my knowledge has never tried to impose her personal views on the electorate is poor form indeed.

Slater is entitled to his own view, and calling MPs ‘scum’ is typical of his critical approach, but using family members in political criticism crosses a line for most people.