How National should respond to Goff

Phil Goff has said he would deliberately rig the electoral system in Labour’s favour. I’m not seriously advocating that National do this but you can see where it goes if Labour’s plans to politicise the Electoral Act are allowed to stand or go unanswered.

Now that Simon Power is no longer working for Labour in Parliament National could take a tough position on this and gerrymander the system in its favour. Labour couldn’t really complain because as the old sandpit argument goes “they did it first”.

Therefore National could make the following changes:

  1. Only allow parties in parliament if they hold an electorate seat.
  2. Increase the threshold for entry to parliament to 10%.
  3. Only allow parties to receive funding for a leaders budget if they have more than 10 MPs.
They could easily pitch this as solving a number of the problems with MMP as Phil Goff has suggested.

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