Friday, November 07, 2008


No Right Turn thinks the election is about democracy. It is. He maintains the choice on offer is a party that wants to get rid of MMP and a party that wants to keep it. He’s wrong there, at least in terms of the next parliamentary period.

National will not get rid of MMP in the next parliamentary term, that’s for certain – its not even National’s policy to do that, so a vote for National’s policies in 2008 is not a vote for scrapping MMP – but a vote for National in 2011 may well be. So its not the choice on offer in 2008 and No Right Turn is flat out wrong to claim that it is.

We need to reform our electoral system, not change it - and I don't necessarily mean changing to the Supplementary Member system of PR. No Right Turn knows that full well and he’d be better putting his energies towards promoting reform if he really cares about a democratic electoral system, rather than dissuading voters from voting National due to a policy that will not be implemented in the next parliamentary term.

There are other policies that National can be criticised for that are intended for the next parliamentary term - and that's the period that matters when you cast your vote tomorrow.

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Blogger Steve Withers said...

I don't agree with you. A vote for national today IS a vote that places MMP at risk.

That party want to take my vote away. They also want to take away the votes of their own people in safe Labour seats.

You'd have to be nuts to vote for a party that wants to take your vote away. If they didn't, they would be promising a referendum that their media buddies are ALREADY preparing for. The Herald's "Minor parties don't matter" approach to election coverage this year is a foretaste of what we would see if national's anti-democracy agenda was able to be made real.

Maybe you don't care, but for those of us who live in safe seats for one oo other major party, our MMP party vote is the ONLY one worth casting....and National want to take it away or they would not be promoting a referendum on it.

November 8, 2008 at 6:38 PM  

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