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.