Referendum on Q+A

Yesterday on Q+A they had a few politicians on and quite apart from demeaning cross-dressers they also told some outright fibs.

Lianne Dalziel had a shocker. Sure she was on message but anyone with a remote interest in facts and truthiness would have spotted the problems with her message.

Lianne seems to be ignoring the position that Labour have committed to a review of MMP no matter the result of the referendum. She went out of her way say the exact opposite. She (correctly, in so far as the law stands) said that the independent review only occurs if there is a vote to retain MMP. Phil Goff has specifically said that a review will happen anyway if Labour is elected.

Dalziel also bizarrely said MMP was predominant through out Europe. It is not. Only Germany uses it for nationwide elections and Scotland, Wales for their assemblies. I think you could stand Dalziel accused of a deliberate lie with that statement.

Near the end of her slot she also banged on about marginal seats saying that they controlled FPP. Her point was, strangely, that people in marginal seats had disproportionate power with their vote and people in safe Labour and national seats votes were largely irrelevant. Clearly she is unaware of the current shenangins in Epsom and Ohariu and forgets Wigram and Tauranga int he past. Voters in those seats were and are still given a hugley powerful vote in determining whether or not a party survices in the parliament or indeed of a government can be formed.

It seems we have transferred the tyranny of the marginal seat to the tyranny of the minor party.


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