Spot the difference
Here's a quick table to summarise:
|Opposes the Civil Union Bill because it "undermines marriage" and is destructive of "family values".||Allowed a free vote, but most MPs oppose the bill because it "undermines marriage" and is destructive of "family values".|
|Would require beneficiaries to work 30 hours a week in return for the benefit, and review invalid and sickness beneficiary cases to determine their justification.||Would reintroduce "work-for-the-dole". Think all beneficiaries are dope-smoking layabouts.|
|Would lower taxes and gut the RMA.||Would lower taxes and gut the RMA.|
|Would strengthen ties with traditional allies such as the United States and Australia.||Would strengthen ties with traditional allies such as the United States and Australia, and support them "without reservation".|
|Would hold referendums on letting nuclear-propelled ships back into New Zealand ports, and on nuclear power plants.||Would let nuclear-propelled ships back into New Zealand ports, if they thought they could get away with it. Are talking about a referendum as cover.|
Don Brash isn't Brian Tamaki (or his political stand-in, Richard Lewis) by any stretch of the imagination - he's a social liberal, not a fundamentalist conservative. But many of the core policies pursued by his supposedly mainstream party are indistinguishable from those advocated by a bunch of religious wingnuts. And that is deeply, deeply worrying.