When asked on Morning Report (MP3 link) today why National was bringing up the issue of MMP now, Key remarked:
“[the public] were promised a referendum on MMP”.
Nigel Robert, Professor of Political Science at Victoria University points out:
“A referendum wasn’t promised previously. The role of Parliament after MMP was introduced was to decide whether another referendum should be held and the select committee set up for that task decided not to.”
Roberts goes on to point out that the result of MMP has been to raise the proportions of Maori and women in Parliament, while giving us more parties in Parliament and stopping single party majority governments – “MMP has delivered”.
The offer of an MMP referendum is nothing more than National playing politics while bending over backwards for the same old business elite who have always opposed broader political representation.