'Govt not listening' - Craig
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 9:19a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The Conservative Party is hoping for a boost in support after holding its annual conference at the weekend.
The party's opposition to the Marriage Equality Bill's given it a higher profile lately, and a new TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll has them one point behind the Maori Party on 2 percent.
“We as New Zealanders are actually not fully in charge of our country any more. We’ve seen that in the referendum where we voted, we wanted less MPs, we wanted tougher law and order, we didn’t want the anti-smacking law, and yet in all those occasions the Government felt that it could tell us New Zealanders ‘ah, sorry, you guys are wrong’,” Conservative Party leader Colin Craig told Firstline this morning.
Mr Craig says there was a good turnout at the party's weekend conference:
Mr Craig says most people are worried about economic issues, rather than social ones.
The Conservative Party polled at 2.65 percent in last year’s general election, under the 5 percent threshold required in order to receive a seat in Parliament.
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24/10/2012 12:23:55 p.m.
Frank, I don't have any problems with my gayness either. I just want to be treated the same as other Kiwis- which should include the right to get married if I want. And I do want. My parents are in their late seventies and early eighties and want to see me walk down the aisle...even if it's a registry office aisle, as it will be. And I pay my taxes, obey the law and behave responsibly in other areas. I'm even a teetotaller when it comes to drinking! In some ways, I have very conservative values on other issues.
24/10/2012 12:14:33 p.m.
Ngata, my friend, I call you homophobic and silly. And short sighted. Colin Craig is no friend of Maori, look at his stance on our water rights.
12/10/2012 8:19:06 a.m.
Agree with the religious extremism in gay activism. It's all about me me me. And of course anybody who disagree with "pitiful me" is a homophobe. Well call me homophobic and proud.
28/09/2012 8:11:48 p.m.
Malcolm Rollinson wrote:
Don't we allways get the knockers coming out. They can't, and wont, do anything themselves, and can only grizzle and complain when anyone else tries . I've still got an open mind , and can only admire Colin and his band for at least trying to change the mess both National and labour have made . Some of us keep trying , and have already arranged for Lord Christopher Monckton to tour New Zealand in the New Year . Listen to the roar from the knockers !
28/09/2012 4:26:21 p.m.
I can see the Conservatives gaining great popularity over the next year and rocketing home with over a quarter of the votes in the next election due to the vital policies New Zealand needs to get it back on track.
27/09/2012 6:35:43 p.m.
I would like congratulate your mum and dad on their long marriage it is very inspiring .It is sad to hear they were given a hard time because of mixed marriage it is just not on.
My gay friends dont seem to have any problems because of their gayness .they go about their business like everyone else.
I dont think it is religion either,could it be you are trying to find someone to blame.
As for the polls they only ask a small segment of the public not enough to have good result one way or the other
27/09/2012 4:59:45 p.m.
Craig Young wrote:
Er, Frank...the Colmar Brunton poll shows otherwise. About two thirds of the general public do support marriage equality, apart from older age cohorts and religious people. It's especially high amongst younger age cohorts. And you're absolutely right. My own parents have been married for the last fifty six years. However, he and my mother are the only ones of my dad's generation of his siblings who stayed married. And given that they're a Pakeha/Maori couple, they can certainly see the similarities between the grief they encountered from some of Dad's more ratbag relatives and some of the religious extremists opposing marriage equality in my instance.
26/09/2012 4:22:32 p.m.
I have had a look around for the extremist that are been mentioned, and do you know i cannot find any ,except the gay lobby, these people are without doubt the most bitter and twisted people i have come across,it is ME....ME..all the time, feeling sorry for yourself
is depressing,find a hobby and keep away from our marriage
Most newzealanders do not support gay marriage nor do majority of gay people.many of the gays writing in to these site have parents who are married .I see their actions as very disrespectful
25/09/2012 11:11:29 p.m.
(sigh) Vote Libertarian, and you wouldn't have to worry about any of this...
24/09/2012 6:32:38 p.m.
Conservatives are nothing about democracy and all about pushing their extremist agenda through. Most NZers support the marriage equality bill than oppose it Colin, you're just mad because you don't like the gays.
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