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Priorities – according to the ‘gospel’ of Colin Craig

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This came through our letter box today,

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Frankly Speaking - Colin Craig - conservative party - 15 february 2013 - do you agree - marriage equality

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It came with other advertising junk-mail (despite the “No Junk Mail” clearly visible on our letterbox), so it was obviously delivered by a commercial leafletting company and not by Party volunteers.

The front page instantly commanded attention with the wording, “Do you agree?”  followed by “Find out what 34% of people surveyed didn’t know!”.

Stirring stuff!

What was taxing the mind of Conservative Party leader, Colin Craig?

What pressing issues were dominating his thoughts?

Was it the loss of 40,000 jobs in the last four years as the manufacturing and export sector are hit by a higher and higher New Zealand Dollar?

Was it 85,000+ young people not in employment, education of training?

Was it the 175,000 unemployed?

Was it 250,000 children living in poverty?

Was it National’s intention to partially flog of  five state assets, worth billions to taxpayers in this country?

Time to open the pamplet and find out…

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Frankly Speaking - Colin Craig - conservative party - 15 february 2013 - do you agree - marriage equality

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Marriage equality?!

Craig has spent tens of thousands of dollars on a piece of colour-printed, glossy paper to complain about gays and lesbians being given marriage equality???

Where is this man’s head at?

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Frankly Speaking - Colin Craig - conservative party - 15 february 2013 - do you agree - marriage equality

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Craig’s comments are not even logical.

For one thing, he states that “this is not about equality”.

Rubbish.

It is all about equality.

He even admits it,

The Civil Union Act in fact copied the operating provisions of the Marriage Act so both have the same legal equality (except deliberately in the case of adoption and parentingof children.)”

Oh… so there’s ‘equality’ – except in cases of blah, blah, blah.

Um… *scratches head*… then it’s not equality, is it, Mr Craig?

Saying that “…both have the same legal equality except deliberately in the case of adoption and parentingof children” is like saying that Blacks in the Southern States of America were equal to Whites in the 1950s… except for blah, blah, blah…

Or Blacks in South Africa were equal to Whites in South Africa during the Apartheid Era. Oh, except that Blacks couldn’t vote. And weren’t allowed on certain beaches. Or blah, blah, blah…

Message to Mr Craig’s remaining functioning brain cells: you can’t have equality where exceptions undermine that equality. Because then it’s not equality. It’s something else.

Which, by the way, is one of the strange points that Craig attempts to make in his weirdly surreal propaganda.

On the page below, Craig states,

This country has become a dangerous place to be a child. If nothing else we must fight and speak for the children. We must seek their absolute best [?] and give of ourselves to protect them, blah, blah, blah…”

So what is it that Colin Craig is trying to say? That two people in love and wanting to marry is going to make “this country …  a dangerous place to be a child “?! How the f**k does that work?

Poverty is dangerous for children.

Lack of nutritious food is dangerous for children.

Damp houses are dangerous for children.

Drugs and alcohol dangerous for children.

Abusive households are dangerous for children.

Government policies to do with low wages; poor housing; and lack of opportunities is dangerous for children.

But two people in love wanting to get married?

The workings of Colin Craig’s mind is even more unfathomable than I had previously believed possible. No wonder John Key rolled his eyes and muttered “it’s going to be a long two and a half years” when presented with the possibility of the bizarre Conservative Party as a potential coalition partner (see:  John Key’s midterm blues?).

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Frankly Speaking - Colin Craig - conservative party - 15 february 2013 - do you agree - marriage equality

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Reading this trash, I laughed even harder when I spotted another incongruency at Craig’s disjointed thinking.

On page 2,

… Mr Key is now ignoring his electorate and says he will support same-sex marriage and adoption. He will not be voting as directed by his electorate. This is simply wrong. If Mr Key will not vote on behalf of his electorate, then who will? He is their paid representative; he is the one person sent to Parliament on their behalf.

On page 3,

Good leadership requires listening to both sides of the debate  and then deciding  what is best for our country.”

So on the one hand… Craig sez that it “is simply wrong” for Key not to vote according to his electorate (not that we actually know what his electorate “thinks”.

But on the other hand, “good leadership ” is about “ listening to both sides of the debate  and then deciding  what is best for our country“.

Hmmm, a bit contradictory there, Colin. You should proof-read your writing a bit more closely.

Last bit,

I believe the evidence shows that it is ideal  that an adopted child grow up with a great Mum and Dad…”

Two things bother me about that blanket statement.

1. If “evidence” exists to support Mr Craig’s prehistoric views, then it’s not a matter of  “belief”. Evidence either exists to support his views. Or it does not.

Belief does not enter into it.

2. Unfortunately, the evidence that does exist points to one inescapable fact; many homes in our country are dangerous places for young children.

Too many have been neglected, severely injured, beaten, sexually abused, traumatised, and killed – at the hands of their “Dads” and too often, their “Mums”.

Heterosexual, ‘nuclear’-style families.

They are killing the children of our nation.

And not a gay parent to be seen anywhere.

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  1. Athena-Margarita
    16 February 2013 at 2:12 am | #1

    Who funds him?

    • 16 February 2013 at 2:19 am | #2

      He’s a millionaire (property, I think). He can practically outspend National and Labour combined…

      • Athena-Margarita
        16 February 2013 at 2:22 am | #3

        Interesting.

  2. K
    16 February 2013 at 6:59 am | #4

    Anything that follows, “I believe….”, is not a research supported fact.

  3. QoT
    16 February 2013 at 8:55 am | #5

    I also enjoy the fact that “OMG 34% of people don’t realise this impacts adoption!!!!!!” … but they clearly didn’t ask (or won’t publish) how people felt about that. Anecdotally? I’ve spoken to a lot of people who didn’t realise same-sex couples can’t adopt at the moment, and thus changed their attitudes from “but there are already civil unions, so why marriage?” to “hey that’s unfair, same-sex couples should totally be allowed to adopt”.

  4. DR
    16 February 2013 at 9:08 am | #6

    Return each page to the freepost number in a seperate envelope.

  5. Jenny
    16 February 2013 at 10:04 am | #7

    Colin Craig has only ever had one photo taken of himself

  6. 16 February 2013 at 10:16 am | #8

    Where do millionaire property developer Colin Craig and the Conservative Party stand on a CAPITAL GAINS TAX?

    • K
      17 February 2013 at 3:23 pm | #9

      I think Colin may have mentioned he believed research showed that enjoying rubber, glass, or latex, especially if electrically powered permanently damaged children even if they lived next door to such debauchery. Clearly he will want to tax the hell out of anything made of these materials, especially houses with rising values.

      So much for the house made out of recycled tyres – that will be pricey. Straw is ok, wood could be borderline I think.

  7. Alastair
    16 February 2013 at 10:28 am | #10

    There are two problems with the statement that ‘civil unions are sufficient to recognise same sex relationships’. Firstly, the conservative mob actually opposed civil unions, and secondly there is no need for the state to ‘recognise’ any type of personal relationship because it’s none of the state’s business.

  8. John Chapman
    16 February 2013 at 10:38 am | #11

    There will be more pandering to prejudice from the minor parties in the run up to 2014. We’ve already seen what Winston’s gaggle of coat tailers can do..

  9. 16 February 2013 at 10:42 am | #12

    Yeah return it with out the postage with a I DONT WANT YOUR RIGHT WING FUNDAMENTALIST RELIGIOUS RUBBISH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! note included.

    I will be .

  10. 16 February 2013 at 11:21 am | #13

    Nice job Frank

  11. Jane E
    16 February 2013 at 11:29 am | #14

    Yes it is a sorry affair.

  12. Lance McC
    16 February 2013 at 11:34 am | #15

    Colin Craig is an ignorant, bigoted homophobic idiot. I agree with you Frank, the bill is about equality, giving the same rights to all, gay or straight. Always amazes me how much time ‘straight’ bigoted idiots like this spend on attacking anything to do with gays, when it has no impact on them (the idiot) in any way. Maybe we should take away some of the rights of Christions if they want inequality them restrict their movements etc.

  13. 16 February 2013 at 11:48 am | #16

    @ DR, Geoff; I used to do that with junkmail left in my letter box, even though I had “no junkmail” clearly on the front; returned to the companies involved, sans postage.

    Political stuff, I tend to hang on to, as it’s always worth a laugh some years down the track. (I should scan and publish old political leaflets I have filed away.) :-D

    @ K – i ndeed!

    @ QoT – Welcome to my blog. :-)

    Yup, Craig’s “facts” and “research” leave a helluva lot to be desired. But what else can we expect from Right Wingers who distort reality to suit their own narrow world-view? And even contradict themselves at that…

    “hey that’s unfair, same-sex couples should totally be allowed to adopt” – True that. Perhaps the high incidence of child abuse from some supposedly “normal” heterosexual couples is something that weighs on many peoples’ minds when considering the issue of adoption.

    Craig may well have shot himself in both feet on that one?

    By the way, you write incredibly well on your own blog, and I encourage folk to visit and read your writings; http://ideologicallyimpure.wordpress.com/

  14. mcclairy
    16 February 2013 at 11:58 am | #17

    The vagaries of MMP – little did we know this voting system would see some very dodgy characters entering parliament – The Colin Craig’s of this world and the newbie to put foot in mouth, Prosser ! Unbelievable ! Then again we had plenty of dodgy characters under FPP – Douglas, Prebble, Shipley, Richardson et al. As Keith Locke said on Citizen A, we just have to accept that if MMP is supposedly more democratic then we have to acknowledge these people represent a section of NZ society and were democratically voted in to represent their values. Ouch! On the bright side, they’re at least bringing these homophobic, racist, bigoted values out of the closet (pun?) allowing debate with people rethinking their values/opinions thus hopefully becoming more enlightened, more tolerant and accepting of Vive la Difference. If we really want to get serious about homophobia then lets compare it to heterosexuality with its dysfuncionality in far too many areas of human behaviour. The Gay community are obviously far too polite to go down that path.

  15. 16 February 2013 at 12:20 pm | #18

    “thousands of years”???? Really????? Marriage, as a defined law, has only been with us for a few hundred years…

  16. 16 February 2013 at 12:26 pm | #19

    I think you’ve summed it up nicely, McClairy. Indeed, MMP seems to have brought the Colin Craig’s and Richard Prossers out of the shadows, and has forced New Zealanders to confront our latent bigotry and homophobia…

  17. 16 February 2013 at 12:41 pm | #20

    Lance McC :

    Colin Craig is an ignorant, bigoted homophobic idiot. I agree with you Frank, the bill is about equality, giving the same rights to all, gay or straight. Always amazes me how much time ‘straight’ bigoted idiots like this spend on attacking anything to do with gays, when it has no impact on them (the idiot) in any way. Maybe we should take away some of the rights of Christions if they want inequality them restrict their movements etc.

    Considering that the State recognises Christian dates on the calendar (Easter and Christmas), I think they do very well out of the system.

    I’d bet a bucketload of cash that if there was any suggestion of legislating to observe Matariki or other important dates for Maori on our calendar, or to recognise important muslim dates – there’d be one hell of an outcry from Colin Craig’s mob.

    “Equality”? Only on their terms, it appears…

    • Lance McC
      16 February 2013 at 1:07 pm | #21

      Normally when a ‘party’ like this goes on about ‘equality’ you can count on the fact that they mean the opposite.

  18. Hippynz
    16 February 2013 at 2:02 pm | #22

    No evidence of gay couple families causing harm to the children of those families compared to the thousands of kids in heterosexual families being harmed. On statistics alone that says a family with a gay couple as ‘parents’ is safer than anything else. That blows Colin Craigs argument out of the water.

    What I do not get, is that we are talking about creating true equality with the bill. We are not telling the ignorant and bigoted that they have to break up all their heterosexual marriages and marry same sex partners, we are just creating equality. While we are at it we should make discrimination due to your choice of religion illegal, as it is not really illegal right now.

  19. Priss
    17 February 2013 at 2:09 am | #23

    That’s the thing that really pisses me off about religious types. They seem to have this belief that they can interfere in the lives of law-abiding citizens for no good reason. Maybe it’s time we outlawed religion and banned religious-based marriage ceremonies. If Craig feels he can interfere in other peoples lives then we can interfere in his.

  20. Hippynz
    17 February 2013 at 10:00 am | #24

    all we need to do is outlaw religious bigotry.

  21. Shar
    18 February 2013 at 11:30 am | #25

    Wow. Just wow! What planet is he on????

  22. nznative
    18 February 2013 at 3:41 pm | #26

    Collin Craig is a stark raving conservative.

    Conservatives are usually extremists. Why do I say this ?.

    Because conservatives are always the first ones who want to go to war ( where woman and children get murdered ).

    Conservatives don’t believe in climate change or taking proper care of the environment.

    Conservatives oppose equal rights, welfare, free education and other features of developed civilized society’s.

    Conservatives are anything but conservative ……. they are backward thinking extremists

  23. Theodore
    19 February 2013 at 10:49 pm | #27

    Yeah we got one as well, with all the other junk mail garbage. It all went straight into the paper bin.

    It’s creep when characters like Craig take it upon themselves to judge other peoples lives. The same charachters who then complain when christians are mocked. Do they really wonder why they bring it on themselves?

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