Some people are worried that not enough people voted, others worry that too many did.
I wouldn’t go so far as Lindsay Perigo who wants to protect freedom from democracy and makes a call to decretinise the vote:
. . . “When, pre-election, I saw pubescent zombies being interviewed about why they intended not to vote, I was simultaneously relieved that they wouldn’t be adding to the Labour or Green tally … and aghast that more energetic cretinswouldbe.
“I call upon the Justice and Electoral Committee to address the issue of too many airheads voting and thus boosting Labour’s and the Greens’ representation artificially. Only humans should be allowed to vote—and only humans who pass literacy tests, linguistic and political.
“Longterm, individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness must be enshrined as absolute in a constitution—and thus placed beyond the grasp of half-wits. Freedom must be protected from democracy.
“Disenfranchising cretins, then de-cretinising the franchise: this ought to be a priority for any new freedom party such as is now being widely mooted to emerge from the ruins of ACT,” Perigo concludes.
But when I read Kerre Woodham’s column vote for Winston and you get other NZ First members? Really? yesterday, I could understand where Perigo was coming from:
. . . The number of people who called to say they didn’t realise that voting for Winston would mean other people would get in has been teeth-grindingly extraordinary.
“Sooooo,” I’ve been asking, “when you ticked New Zealand First as your party of choice, what did you want to happen?”
“I just wanted Winston to get in to keep the Government honest,” they reply.
“And what about the other members of New Zealand First? Did you know who was on the party list?”
“No,” they replied as one. “We just thought we’d be getting Winston.”
“I was very surprised to see Andrew Williams get in,” one exclaimed. “What’s he doing there?” she asked.
I’m sure there are New Zealand First voters who knew exactly what they were doing and what they would be getting but an alarming number think of New Zealand First as a one-man, Winston Peters band.
We’ve had MMP for 15 years and this was the seventh election to use it yet people still don’t understand how it works.
I’m loathe to add anything to an already over crowded curriculum but there is a case for civics to be taught in school.
I suspect most of those who voted for New Zealand First would be far too old to benefit from the lessons, but maybe their grandchildren or great-grandchildren would learn enough to stop them repeating the mistakes of their elders.