As a National voter, I'm very disappointed in John Key's decision to
1. Not allow a conscience vote for John Boscawen's bill to legalise light smacking for the purposes of child correction.
2. indicate National will vote against something that National voters and many centrist voters want (and probably left wing voters too, judging by the recent referendum).
It is one thing to be centrist in an appeal to middle NZ, and another thing to be centrist in an appeal to the Greens and left-liberal Labour voters. One works electorally (say for promises on Superannuation or sale of SOEs), while the other is a certain recipe for angering your own supporters.
No doubt social conservatives like Judith Collins, Bill English and Simon Power will be watching Mr Key's handling of this issue quite closely. Families don't like having nanny state stickybeak into how they raise their children - especially when most parents do a damn fine job.
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