Party leader funds attack on MPs

NZ Herald 19 Feb 2013
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is using his personal wealth to make a nationwide drop of leaflets which criticise MPs who do not follow their electorate’s wishes. His office has published and distributed 200,000 leaflets at a cost of $55,000 – a figure which Mr Craig expects to double as he ramps up his party’s electioneering. The leaflets have accused MPs of ignoring their electorates in making changes against the wishes of the majority, such as the anti-smacking bill and asset sales. Mr Craig was especially critical of Prime Minister John Key for backing a bill to legalise same-sex marriage – a move he felt was out of tune with Mr Key’s Helensville electorate.

…. The Conservative Party’s survey, which had a margin of error of 5 per cent, also found that a third of respondents did not know the same-sex marriage bill would also permit gay couples to adopt children. At present, gay individuals but not gay couples are able to adopt. Mr Craig felt that if it was widely known that adoption laws would be altered by the bill, public opposition to it would grow. “It’s one thing to be talking about what two people do in the privacy of their own home. It’s another thing when that becomes a discussion about parenting kids who need a family. “From looking at the debate overseas, that is one of the things that makes people more conservative rather than liberal on this issue.”

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