Rodney - wrong again

Rodney Hide states that:

"MMP was supposed to make politics more open and accountable"

No, it wasn't. That was a false hope for the system. MMP was about making an electoral system provide for fair elections in which % of votes roughly equals % of seats. It was about ensuring that there is fair representation of New Zealanders within the House of Representatives. There was no suggestion (by anyone in the know) that it could make politics more open or accountable.

He gives three examples:
"1. We have Helen Clark playing fast and loose with the election date – setting off false rumours to try and wrong-foot the opposition" - not MMP, but the Westminster style of government. A constitution will change that Rodney, not MMP

"2. National’s campaigning on tax cuts – but won’t tell us what they are" - blame Don. In theory MMP manifestos should be a collection of core values and bottom lines, not direct policy announcements (it means that people can't claim that parties broke promises due to the coalition deal).

"3. Winston’s campaigning to be kingmaker but won’t tell us who he will crown." - that is his right, he does have to see how the election falls. While he should let people know, he doesn't have to. If he is truly a centrist party then he will be able to go with both depending on who is stronger.

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Anonymous Anonymous at 26/4/07 3:39 AM said

Best regards from NY! » » »    



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