And I’m not talking about Bob McCoskrie’s boner, though I’m sure somehow, somewhere, he is.
The trick is to remember that the Value Your Vote site was built on Opposite Day so the smiley faces are bad things.
Of course, that’s not entirely true, since they’ve got the usual range of “family issues” covered, i.e. a strange mishmash of Christian fundamentalist morality (abortion, euthanasia, prostitution) and God-focused anticapitalism,e.g. voting against Easter trading gets a smiley face because it’s an important Judeo-Christian holiday.
Nevertheless, the podium for voting history is occupied by Dunne, Brash and Peters, and on a candidate survey basis, Peters/Brash/Dunne, with the leaders of the Maori, Mana and Labour Parties rockin’ the low end of the scale.
I suppose one could get antsy about the obvious bias etc, but in all seriousness, chur, Family First; it is actually a democratic good for people to be able to discover candidates’ views on divisive issues like abortion, prostitution, gay marriage, and … whether all billboards should have to be rated G (even if one is immediately reminded of the Jonas Brothers using-purity-rings-to-sll-sex-to-children episode of South Park, and is forced to wonder how precisely sexgear.co.nz’s excellent “All our customers do is scream and moan” would fare, unles the word “sex” itself is deemed un-G).
The McCroskie himself says,
“We are pleased to offer this resource to assist families in making an informed choice at the polling booth this November.”
Taken out of the context of his usual preachy wank, I am compelled to say: that man deserves a DB.