That’s “the dog whistle”, because only the anti-abortion militants hear the message. In the U.S., Rove whistled to anti-abortion and anti-gay voters. I am sure that this is Howard’s genuine opinion, not contrived by pollsters, but it’s helpful for him that it will be heard by a highly motivated population segment who will get out the vote.
No its not anything to do with attack dogs (John Reid) or Mongrels (Howard), its the sound being heard by the pro-life lobby. Cosmopolitan magazine, home of the “high heeled” non-voter, asked the party leaders about abortion. “What we have now is tantamount to abortion on demand,” Howard told Cosmo, “in the past, I voted for a reduction in the limit to 22 weeks and I would be prepared to go down to 20.”