All weekend on my blog people have been telling me that Colin Craig is a stand up guy, that he will deliver for them that his cult also known as the Conservative party will be the one for them at the next election, all presumably because they are in tolerant and support Colin Craig’s intolerance and that he is going to stand against marriage equality.
Never mind that some of them may have had several marriages…never mind that Colin Craig can’t actually deliver on his promises.
In fact a close look at what he has said shows he is no better than any other self-interested political leader and is in fact dog whistling up the intolerant and the bigoted. The pity is he may actually succeed.
However he simply cannot deliver what he is pretending to promise to deliver. For a start his party is not in parliament, and so the Conservatives have not a single bit of influence over the law. They, and Colin Craig are simply by-standers. The law will likely pass. No amount of education or debate is going to persuade reasonable people that this law is required to correct the wrongs that the flawed Civil Unions Act created when Helen Clark’s government didn’t have the courage to confront the issue when in government.
And So the law will pass. For Colin Craig, the man who have his followers and other New Zealanders believe is a true conviction politician is opposed to this law. But will he show true conviction and campaign on repealing the law?
Based on his current utterances I’d say the change of him campaigning on repealing the law is low…instead he has given an indication that this conviction politicians actually has no convictions at all, instead preferring to have referenda when the going gets tough. This “principled” politician in fact has no principles ave that he is willing to throw millions at endless referenda for tough decisions.
Politicians who can’t make hard decisions do not deserve to be in parliament. Worse politicians who dog-whistle up intolerance based on supposed beliefs that we have established he doesn’t actually have also do not deserve to be in parliament.
Colin Craig and his Conservative party are not the promised land for the various angry minorities that exist out there. He has two major planks…smacking and now marriage equality, both of which he simply cannot deliver on. Those angry minorities will simply lurch again from one party to the next trying to find their next single issue party to push their narrow-minded agenda.
The simple fact is Colin Craig cannot deliver a repeal, nor will he have the courage to deliver a repeal and so deserves support only on policies that make sense. To pretend otherwise is to believe an electoral lie.
But then again Colin Craig has been believing electoral lies for a long time. During the last election he commissioned dodgy polls, shopped his dodgy and false results to an unsuspecting media and then lost in Rodney when he was claiming a decent lead. I’m sorry but his stance on marriage equality has all the same hallmarks, intellectual and political dishonesty. The pity is there are a number of fools who think he will deliver for them.
My challenge to Colin Craig is to come out and say that a repeal of Louisa Wall’s bill is a bottom line for any coalition post the 2014 election. Bet he won’t do it.