So how long before the Parliamentary dog figure out how to bite its tail?
The proponents of MMP have a very good argument. Sections of the community who were marginalised under First Past the Post now have a voice. That’s certainly true of Maori, the Greens, and Winston First’s rapidly dying out blue rinse brigade. To a degree it’s a good thing.
How long before it becomes an anchor around the legislative neck and makes government impossible?
Where will it all end?
Perhaps a Gray Power party to boost my NZ Super. What about a Kate Sheppard Party with a persondate to banish manholes to Personchuria. Can we do without a Jockstrap Party to declare the Rugby World Cup ours as of right? Definitely a need for a Petrolheads’ Party for the promotion of phallic exhaust pipes for the under-endowed and a Wouldn’t Work in an Iron Lung Party for the equitable redistribution of filthy capitalistic gains.
There’s a crying need for a Who Needs a Real Job Party for dumped retired MPs whose only experience of the real world is teaching or practising law or a combination of the two. Hey, I’m not knocking teachers. I just think that they should have 10 years in the general workforce before they get the job. Then I think that we should double the pay pool for those who accept results-based remuneration.
Not knocking lawyers, or real estate sales folk either. They’ll keep.
An RSA Party would be a good idea. We retired servicemen and servicewomen (servicepersons? Aaaarrgghhh!) could have our superannuation payments quadrupled to match the sweetheart deal that MPs have given themselves. Yeah, bears thinking about. Free air travel too. Where’s the phone?
There’s every chance that the Maori Party could decide who forms a government in this country for the foreseeable future. Not too frightening a prospect at present. Their views are quite moderate – even sensible – on most matters. But is it a satisfactory situation to have the two parties of choice for 80 or 90% of voters marginalised in this way by 5% or 6% of voters?
Is it right that Winston First should trout on about the “baubles of office” and then scurry after the Czarina’s breadcrumb bribery like a rat up a drainpipe.
It will be a mess. For years Maori were marginalised because a large proportion of Labour votes were concentrated in their four electorates. FPP was a disaster for Maori. They voted Labour. Labour ignored them. Now they’ll have some muscle. It may be justice, but it’s not a satisfactory situation for the country.
What’s the alternative?
None as long as the Czarina’s around. If less strident and more moderate heads prevail in both major parties there’s always the possibility of a grand coalition.
Don’t scoff. The inevitable convergence of Left and Right wing policies in all democracies means that Labour and national have far more in common with each other than they have with the Greens or New Zealand First or the Maori Party.
Seems to me that Labour and national working together could accomplish something very worthwhile.