Politics is often portrayed in black and white terms – if you support this party you oppose that one.
That ignores the common ground most people and parties can find, to a greater or lesser extent.
You do have to look harder to find sensible ideas in some parties than in others but even NZ First has the odd one.
So it is with the suggestion of Asenati Lole-Taylor, an MP I don’t recall hearing about or from before, that we have four-year parliamentary terms.
There are better grounds than this:
She says New Zealand First has only been back in Parliament for eight months, and as a new MP three years is not enough time for her to advocate for the party.
Ms Lole Taylor says a four-year term would give the party, and its MPs time to explore in detail the policies that a Government introduces.
A party member, Denis Taylor, told the conference that over a 20 year period, the need for fewer general elections would save the taxpayer more than $100 million.