John Key has tried to use the mess that is the ACT fiasco to take a clumsy swing at MMP:
I think it will increase the likelihood that people will vote MMP out,” he said.
I’m wondering whether the public might say ‘look, very small parties are consuming quite a lot of time’ and maybe they will take the view that MMP fundamentally isn’t working so well.
As Danyl points out at the Dim Post:
The death of ACT will make it a lot harder for National to form governments under an MMP system. Sooner or later Dunne will retire or be voted out; that’ll leave them with only the Maori Party as a potential coalition partner which is not where National wants to be. So it would make sense for National to encourage voters to ditch MMP and adopt a less democratic, less representative electoral system.
And I have to say I agree. As Muldoon and the last National government made it clear, it’s a lot easier to enact policies that hurt voters if you don’t have to face a party vote.
In the meantime let’s take a few minutes to remember who it was that tried to stop us getting MMP the last time: