The Herald had an opinion piece from Philip Temple yesterday about MMP. Yes readers, I know you are saying who’s he?
Well he is¬†the¬†beardy weirdy academic who fronted the pro-MMP campaign. Not that you’d know from the disclosure statement provided by the NZ Herald which just calls him a researcher and a writer. It is always best to know where people are coming from don’t you think?
Anyway he says:
Ignoring vast public support for electoral reform would hurt the Government at the next election, writes Philip Temple.
Which is bullshit of course.¬†The public won’t notice much at all.
Just look about, the evidence is before you of the indifference to politicians of public opinion.¬†Increasing¬†penalties for violent crime, this measure passed by 91.78%….ignored. Reduction of parliament from 120 to 99 seats, with 81.47% voting for this proposal…ignored. The referendum opposing Sue Bradfords reforms, 87.4% of votes answered ‘no’ but the politicians ignored it.
There has been no resulting upending of our democracy as a result, nor has any party been punished for ignoring the public will.