Winston Peters knows that people dislike MMP. He also knows that they generally dislike MPs….except him of course.
That makes his latest suggestion to cut costs of parliament a very cunning move.
NZ First leader Winston Peters has come up with a cost-saving solution to Parliament’s looming space problem: cut the number of MPs to 100 instead of spending millions on a new office block.
Parliament’s Speaker David Carter has proposed building a new office block on Parliament’s grounds to house MPs and staff after the lease on Bowen House ends at the end of 2018.
Carter told Fairfax Media he believed Parliament should own its buildings rather than continue to lease Bowen House at a cost of about $6 million a year.
The Government has been consulting opposition parties on the proposal and Peters said it did not have his backing.
“At a time when there are well over 40,000 Kiwis homeless and young Kiwis struggling to buy a home, it ill behoves parliamentarians to consider their own comforts.
“The fact is we don’t need Parliamentarians, 100 would be sufficient, at which time we would have plenty of room.”
Peters said the public of New Zealand had voted to reduce the number of MPs to 99 in a referendum in 1999 but it was never acted on.
After New Zealand adopted MMP it went from 99 electorate MPs in 1993 to 120 electorate and list MPs.
NZ First believed numbers should be cut, given 81.5 per cent had supported the reduction in the referendum.
A plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel.
– NZ Herald