Trotter is on the money today:
…[A]ll of you young, confident women of the 21st century urgently need to pause and reflect upon what is happening especially all you young, confident women thinking of voting for the National Party.
Why? Because behind National, hidden by all those glossy placards depicting the handsome John Key, marches a much less appealing army of fanatical right-wing activists, all of whom are impatient to advance the conservative causes that nine years of Labour-led government have held in check..
Five months out from the election, they’re certainly not saying, “Oh bother, New Zealand is about to elect a socially conservative millionaire prime minister and a right-wing majority to the House of Representatives, there goes all hope of getting any of our cherished religious principles recognised by an MMP parliament.”
All that stands between them, and the anti-abortionists’ long- delayed revenge, are the young, confident women of 21st-century New Zealand and their brothers who still believe in a woman’s right to choose.
As you know, the main parties might be relatively close on (some) policy but they are polar opposites in underlying principle. A National government would change the direction of this country, away from social reforms to greater conservatism and even regression on social issues. National opposed civil unions, prostitution reform, paid paternal leave, s59, and every other social reform. You only need look at the massive (ongoing) thread on our abortion post to see that many National supporters would take away a woman’s right to choose given the chance.
A National government might give them that chance.