Why only a rort now?

Phil Goff reckons that Act going for the electorate vote in Epsom while National goes after only the party vote is rorting MMP.

If that’s rorting MMP why wasn’t not trying to win Wigram ever since Jim Anderton left Labour a rort?

And why wasn’t Peter Dunne sitting in three successive Labour cabinets after National voters elected him in the seat but ticked National for their party vote a rort?

Maybe acting within the rules of MMP to maximise the chances of governing is only a rort when it doesn’t help his party.

5 Responses to Why only a rort now?

  1. Inventory2 says:

    Bottom line Ele; all the examples you mention are completely legal under MMP. Are they moral? The electorate will be the judge of that.

    But if ever more evidence was needed of the flawed nature of MMP, you’ve provided it.


  2. homepaddock says:

    I2 – yes and given that it’s interesting that so many of those who criticise the system for this reason also want us to keep it.


  3. Tabitha Willows says:

    You are so right, you two!
    What do you think of that fantastic SM?
    Pretty much perfect, eh!!


  4. homepaddock says:

    No electoral system is perfect, Tabitha. But the imperfections of SM aren’t as great as those of MMP.

    It’s as extreme in one direction (representation of parties at cost of representation of people) as FPP is in the other (better representation of people results in less proportional representation of parties).

    Sm gives better representation of people with less power to aprties but still allows the wee parties to have some representation.


  5. pdm says:

    The hypocrisy of the left was further displayed on Q&A this morning when both the Green and Mana candidates in Waitakere both said they were only seeking the Party Vote.

    Neither candidate wants to be the MP for Waitakere – so please tell me the difference between that electorate and Epsom especially when one of the candidates is the very high profile Sue Bradford.


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