Dominion Post 17 May 2012
United Future’s Peter Dunne has lashed out at the Conservative Party, branding it “seriously extreme and nutty”. The Conservatives have been touted as a future coalition party for National since ACT leader John Banks’ donations scandal. Leader Colin Craig has risen to prominence lately with controversial views on promiscuity and gay marriage. Now Mr Dunne – who has a confidence and supply deal with National – has launched an attack on the political newcomers. And he says he should know, as two of his former MPs – Larry Baldock and Gordon Copeland – stood for the Conservatives in last year’s elections. “They’re extreme,” he said. “Look at Larry Baldock’s fanaticism over smacking. Copeland, the fact he left UnitedFuture over smacking, for goodness sake, when it was a conscience issue.
…”It’s a real moral jihad; it would be smacking, not just resisting any change to the abortion laws, it’s tightening the abortion law, it’s anti-prostitution, you name it, the whole suite of agenda items.”