The former leader of the Conservative Party says he was subjected to a modern version of the medieval punishment known as the stocks.
Today Colin Craig opened his defamation case in the High Court in Auckland against Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater and the company that owns Mr Slater’s blog.
He said his reputation was dragged through the mud as a result of Mr Slater’s blog.
In his opening address to the court Mr Craig summed up his case against Mr Slater like this:
‘This is a case about reputations – it’s a defamation case.
It’s going to be particularly relevant I think because one of the key issues that we’re going to have to look at is: What duties are there on bloggers – in terms of what they say and how they report that – firstly – to be accurate but also to address their social responsibility in performing their role as a journalist’.
Mr Craig is suing Mr Slater for 18 separate statements which he says are defamatory.
Many of the statements relate to Mr Craig’s relationship with his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor.