I think much of the derision and mocking of Colin Craig is terribly misplaced.
I would love to write Colin off as a clown, but I think that is lazy and dangerous.
Outside the hallowed echo chambers of the media elites there is a NZ that is seething in polarized religious rage at Marriage Equality that Colin speaks to.
I think Craig is smarter than our mocking allows for. He is gaining support at the fringes of society, the horizon point where public education has failed and religious dogma takes over.
Look at the language Craig uses, it’s all old testament. Colin is speaking to a religious audience via the vehicle of the mainstream media.
Take his ludicrous crusade against the very funny Civilian satire site. Craig’s argument is one of falsehood, that The Civilian has put words into his mouth. For the culturally sophisticated amongst us, we howl with glee at his seeming lack of capacity to laugh at himself, for those on the sidelines of reason in the grandstand with the Holy Ghost, his is a righteous stand.
Everytime the media mock and crucify Colin Craig, the more disciples he gains.
Imagine election 2014, National are neck and neck with the left and the Conservative Party is just sub 5%. It is not impossible to see National Party strategists throwing Colin Craig a bone in the form of a cup of tea in Epsom, alongside ACT to cement a right block that could counter any political leverage NZ First may have as the Maori Party lose their ability to offer National that political machination.
Colin Craig needs to be taken seriously so he can be taken to task.
A National-ACT-Conservative Party is no laughing matter.