John Armstrong goes full noise against the coat-tailing provision of MMP…labelling what is actually law ‘gerrymandering’.
Predictably Labour is also pushing hard to try to get the provision of the Electoral Act reversed showing their naked partisanship.
They all point to the recommendations of the Electoral Commission to remove the coat-tailing provision.
But National’s refusal last year to implement the recommendation of the Electoral Commission to rid MMP of the unnecessary, unfair and deeply unpopular one-seat threshold provision should forever be a large blot on John Key’s Government.
Of course, eradicating this legal loophole, which exempts a party from having to meet the 5 per cent threshold if it wins an electorate seat, would have been to National’s major disadvantage in making it much more difficult for its minor party allies to bring extra MPs into Parliament.
The one-seat threshold survives simply because it could yet be the difference between National staying in power and going into Opposition.
But that does not make it right.
The media and the opposition are trying to paint coat-tailing as anti-democratic, yet it has been part of the law since the day MMP was implemented. Now they are suggesting the law and MMP is anti-democratic. Read more »