One of the criticisms levelled at MMP is that it means the tail wags the dog. But if it wasn’t for the Alliance, the Greens and New Zealand first, we wouldn’t have Kiwibank, home insulation, or the Gold Card. We wouldn’t have a competitive New Zealand-owned bank, healthy homes for families who need it, and opportunities for social interaction for seniors. I say thanks to those parties and to MMP.
Good ideas don’t only come from the major parties, in fact sometimes the best ideas come from those who aren’t swept along in the middle of the stream. One of the great strengths of MMP is that it does require major parties to be open to such good ideas.