Mandates

There is a huge amount of silly debate over whether or not National has a mandate for asset sales or not.

There is moaning about the million voters who didn’t vote. In a sense they did vote, by staying home they decided that everything was fine how it was. That may be apathetic but by staying home they were voting for the status quo.

In saying that National doesn’t have a mandate for asset sales they are also saying that they don’t have a mandate to govern. Yes that is how stupid the argument really is.

If they continue to go down that line and insist that National doesn’t have a mandate then flip it over and ask if Phil Goff was PM today with 27% of the vote would Labour have a mandate for Capital Gains Tax? Using their logic the answer would surely be no. Would they have a mandate for removing GST from fresh fruit and vegetables, of course not using their logic. And the funny irony is that they wouldn’t have a mandate for their opposition to asset sales.

Of course John Key and National have a mandate.

The funny thing is the very same people who insist John Key doesn’t have a mandate also insist that MMP was retained with a strong mandate. Really?

55% of a 68% turnout is just 37% of the voting population. I’d have to agree on the no mandate claim here. There is no way that important constitutional decisions like our voting system should be decided by just 37% of the voting population.

If John Key doesn’t have a mandate then neither does MMP. Let’s see them defend that proposition.


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