The same people who have derided National and Act’s deal in Epsom are now ardent supporters of coat-tailing.
Some on the left though have integrity and although this is a feature of MMP that both sides have used it is now part of our electoral lore that these are, rightly or wrongly, dodgy deals.
Just a few weeks ago before the dodgy deal was announced Michael Wood was using John Banks’ appearance in court to political advantage calling for an end to coat-tailing.
With the spectacle of ACT MP for Epsom John Banks standing trial today, the newly selected Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood is vowing to end the ACT Party rort in Epsom.
âThe ACT Party is a political corpse. It survives only through a distasteful manipulation of the electoral system and a sweetheart deal to gift them the parliamentary seat of Epsom. ACT has turned Epsom into New Zealandâs ârotten boroughâ and this needs to endâ says Michael Wood.
I suspect he is now an enthusiastic supporter of the attempted rort in Te Tai Tokerau. It was distasteful when he issued the press release, I bet now he thinks it tastes just fine.
Josie Pagani isn’t so sure that a deal with the Internet Mana party is such a good idea…and she is being castigated for daring to voice her opinion.
If Hone Harawira, the Mana-Internet Party, NZ First, Greens or anyone else want to be in parliament, they need to advocate for themselves. They need to win in their own right, not as the recipients of largesse or dirty deals with other parties. (There is definitely a case for lowering the threshold for parties to get into parliament, so our parliament is more representative. But the lack of that provision doesnât justify keeping the âcoat-tailingâ clause.)
That is how MMP is meant to work. In the old days, each of the two big parties had to contort themselves to accommodate all their side in a single tent. Now if you want to be in the tent you have to win your own place.
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