It’s a pretty special situation where you get praise just for not cheating but John Armstrong heaps it on Simon Power today.
Power has gone with the only acceptable structure for a vote on MMP. A two-stage decision where we first decide whether we want change and indicate our preferred alternative then, if a majority want change, a run-off between MMP and the most preferred alternative. It’s the same set-up as the referenda that chose MMP in 1992/1993.
So Power’s not screwing the scrum at this level. Well, that’s something I guess.
It’s slightly concerning that it has taken him this long to come up with the obvious structure (how hard is it to say ‘same again, thanks’?) and that he still won’t tell us what alternative electoral systems will be offered . Its not like there is a huge list of viable choices. Just go with the same options as last time with FPP in MMP’s place – SM, STV, FPP, and AV. Of course, SM came dead last that time, which wouldn’t fit the Right’s agenda.
I can see MMP winning at the first stage although there will certainly be a massive campaign from big business and National for FPP’s step-brother SM. It’s going to be up to the Left to remind people of why we chose MMP, and expose the interests of the people who want to get rid of it.