Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has been eagerly waiting outside the Beehive for the last several days, following suggestions by Prime Minister John Key that he would allow Craig to win an Auckland electorate seat in order to secure a coalition partner at next year’s election.
But Key may now be regretting signalling such a deal, as it appears to have inspired Craig to awkwardly hang around the Houses of Parliament and other government buildings, waiting to be let inside.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, who has been forced to deal with the situation for days now, says the Conservative Party leader began camping out on Bowen Street on Monday.
“He’s parked his car right over there,” said English, pointing out his office window. “He just sits in there hours at a time, and then drives around the block a few times so he doesn’t get a ticket.”
Witnesses say that, every morning, Craig leaves his vehicle and marches cheerfully up to the entrance of the Beehive, where he attempts to be let inside. Yesterday, he was directly confronted by English, who tried to send him away.
“Go away, Colin!” he yelled from the fourth floor window.
“Can I come in yet?” Craig replied.
“It’s a whole year away, Colin! Go home!”
“Okay,” replied Craig. “I’ll be here when you need me.” With a beaming smile plastered across his face, he confidently returned to his car, before driving it around the block one more time.
Spoken to about the situation, Craig said that he’s “comfortable” where he is, and is sustaining himself on two boxes of Nutri-Grain he bought from the supermarket.
“I got them on special for $3.69,” he said, making a noise that could only be interpreted as laughing. “It’s only got to last until I go inside.”
Craig did not accept that he appeared impatient, and said that his actions this week were an attempt to show New Zealand that he and the Conservative Party are “ready to govern.”
“I think [John Key]’s read the tea leaves,” he said, “and he’s said ‘right, this guy, yeah, he’s serious.’ And I’m serious.”
“Very serious,” he added.