As the assorted rich, white old men behind Peter Shirtcliffe start their campaign to dump MMP, it’s worth remembering that the diversity we see in Parliament today hasn’t always been the case.
The graph above, which comes via No Right Turn, was released today in the Social Report 2009. It shows a major increase in representation of ethnic minorities, and when you take into account the huge improvements in women’s representation (rising from 21% to 41% under MMP) the picture becomes clear.
While there’s still progress to be made, under MMP our democracy is being strengthened by the fact we have a Parliament that increasingly looks like New Zealand. The engine of that change is the party list.
Any move back to FPP or to its bastard half-brother SM can only mean a reversion to the old boys’ club run by the likes of Peter Shitcliffe. Remember that when he spends all that money trying to convince you to dump MMP.