Why do MMP supporters demean cross dressers?

Today on Q+A (video, chapters 4 and 5) both Lianne Dalziel and Ron Mark along with political scientist Jon Johanssen all called the Supplementary Member (SM) voting system “First Past the Post in Drag”, even Guyon Espiner used a lipstick analogy.

Why do MMP supporters feel they need to belittle an electoral system by also belittling cross dressers and trans-gender people. I’ve blogged on this before.

Let’s not” pretend that anyone on the right could get away with discriminating against drag queens without the left going mental. Being well known and well practiced hypocrites they can attack an electoral system by saying it is like a drag queen, as if being a drag queen is bad, rather than a legitimate lifestyle choice.

The left seem hell bent on making this the nastiest, most negative campaign in the history of New Zealand, where they will do anything to avoid engaging on the issue. They will attack the messenger, they will name call, they will persecute transgender people, and they will refuse to talk about the electoral system.

MMP supporters should learn to be more tolerant. Using a derogatory term to slander an alternative viewpoint is demeaning.


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