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National still does not get MMP

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, August 14th, 2019 - 62 comments
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I appreciate that has only been 23 years since the first MMP election but National is still fixated with the idea that electorates are the most important thing.  If this news about its response to problems with the Census is anything to go by.

From Henry Cooke at Stuff:

The National Party still plans to dispute any new electorate boundaries drawn for the 2020 election based on the 2018 census, despite a review finding the data was sufficient. 

This position could cause a legitimacy crisis for the next election as the largest opposition party could reject the basis of the election itself.

The damning independent review of last year’s Census 2018, released on Tuesday, found multiple failings in the way the census was carried out.

But it also said Statistics NZ “should” be able to cover for its failings enough to meet top-level population goals for the census, which included the numbers used to redraw electorate boundaries.

There are big holes in the data, particularly the iwi response rate, that mean that the data is not useful for some significant purposes.  But for the electoral system the basic data, who lives where, has an estimated 98.6% accuracy and this is more than enough for the purposes of setting electorate boundaries.  

But this has not stopped National from playing politics with the issue.  Again from Stuff:

National’s statistics spokesman Jian Yang said administrative level data was simply not accurate enough to draw such important boundaries with.

“We are not confident that this information from other sources will be accurate enough to draw up the boundaries for the electorates,” Yang said.

“In the past, every census cycle half of families would move. Even if you get the data from other sources, it doesn’t mean the information is accurate.”

“It is unprecedented, I don’t know how we can proceed with this level of data.”

Yang restated the National Party’s desire that the 2020 election be run with electoral boundaries from the 2013 census, and that the census due for 2023 be brought forwards so new boundaries can be drawn for the election that year.

“At this stage if we do not have confidence in this data then we should not go ahead with the redrawing of the electorate boundaries. We might have to wait until next time.”

Electorates are not the exact same size.  There is a 5% tolerance which dwarfs concerns about the Census’s accuracy.  And the basic figure, 98.6%, is actually higher than the target of 98%.  It is also more accurate than the results from the last Census.

And besides this is an MMP environment.  Concerns about some electorates being slightly bigger than others do not matter.  Putting to one side the electoral shenanigans that National has engaged in over the years the Party vote is the vote that determines which parties form the Government.  Every party vote is worth the same.  It does not matter in which electorate it is cast.

Raising false concerns about the validity of the electoral system will do the country a disservice.  And it is so Trumpian it jars.

Of course National is trying to blame the Government for the Census problems.  Given that it was in power when the scheme was designed and the budget set this is more than a little disingenuous.

And this morning Simon Bridges went all hold my beer on us and questioned the validity of Statistics NZ’s GDP data.  I wish he would stop.  Writing almost daily posts about the weird things he is saying is not something that I relish.

Bridges backed up Yiang’s suggestion that the country should stick to the 2013 boundaries.  Shame on him.

It feels like we are descending into American style politics where hard data is questioned for political purposes and the setting of the electoral system is politicised and scrutinised for advantage.  Can calmer heads in National please stop this.

62 comments on “National still does not get MMP ”

  1. Sacha 1

    Of course National is trying to blame the Government for the Census problems.

    Hence the ongoing noise, I agree. They are relying on it being a complex topic and many people mistaking the conviction of their denunciations as leadership.

  2. Barfly 2

    "woof woof…..woof woof woof!"

  3. tc 3

    Look at MOI ! screams simple slimon…..we should be in power wah wah wah.

    Based on Trump/Johnson it's all your going to see from the hollow side of NZ politics till the likes of Luxon does a Shonky IMO.

    Bridges, Collins, Pullya etc all have way too many skeletons and history. It’ll be dog whistle all the way and pray for that legendary kiwi electorate apathy.

  4. Dukeofurl 4

    The real story behind this is that National uses the detailed Census data down to mesh blocks for its version of the US GOP gerrymandering project called RedMap

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REDMAP

    National uses this – Farrer seems to be deeply involved for them- to pre empt the NZ government officials who draw the electorate boundaries. National and Labour both have seats on the committee so can push for their preferred solution.

    Of course a lot of boundaries dont change much, but National still wants the seats.

    We can see in the central North Island plenty of illogical boundaries . Taranaki is split into 3. Whanganui includes part of Coastal Taranaki but excludes the inland areas like Taumaranui , Te Kuiti which historically looked to the port city.

    Waikato area show signs of gerrymandering as the Taupo electorate goes from the Desert Rd to Cambridge. King Country runs from outskirts of Ngaruawahia to outskirts of New Plymouth and includes Inglewood!

    Rotorua excludes the 'timber towns' of Tokoroa and Kawerau which would look to Rotorua, but includes Te Puke which is the outskirts of Mt Maunganui-Papamoa

    In Wellington once recent boundary changes in Hutt Valley excluded Naenae National knew the numbers and a well funded campaign by Beehive staffer Chris Bishop would bring the seat within reach.

    This is why National is beating the drums, no longer can they have census data which they construct a model of mesh blocks who vote national or lean that way. Probably by using individual income data , home owners etc.

    MMP of course gives a total number of seats based on nationwide party vote , not electorates but I see Nationals strategy as to build the party vote by on ground work from its electorate Mps using the money from party donors to fund astro turfing groups aligned to partys electorate office.

    We can see the result in Nationals still high party vote in the polls.

    And Bridges goes around saying things like this-
    “‘you know what, actually National at the last election got 44 per cent, the system was, in a sense, gamed, there was one old rooster who held the country to ransom’.”

    The system wasnt gamed, National lost, as it didnt matter to them in pre MMP days that Labour could get more votes than National and still not be in government.
    In those days ‘less than 200 votes’ in 2 or 3 seats would decide the government’
    Thats Ok for national when it advantages them.

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Thanks interesting … so the data is not sufficient to allow National to continue with its inbuilt advantage …

      • Sacha 4.1.1

        They will be wanting to micro-target for influence like the trump and brexit campaigns did.

        Because our Electoral Commisison does its job well, no NZ political party is able to "gerrymander" boundaries – unlike the US where it's as natural as A,B,C .. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3kx8qn/this-font-is-made-of-ridiculously-gerrymandered-congressional-districts

        • Dukeofurl 4.1.1.1

          Not to the extent that they do in US.

          But a lot a electorates that national hold their boundaries dont make sense, the finger prints of gerrymandering are there.

          Not really micro-targetting anymore , that was in the old days of direct mail …so last century.

          That is done on Facebook now.

          There cant be any real reason for National to break the Census-Boundaries lock unless they need the extra household data from the census.

          Auckland will likely get a new seat , and national wants to make sure its drawn to their advantage..already seats wind all over the place and ignore community interest criteria.

          Pukekohe is banged in with Whitford – because they are national voting areas and in between is Flat Bush !

          Collins seat of Papakura is curved round to grab expensive areas of Manurewa ( The Gardens , Wattle Downs) and the rich enclaves of Karaka and lifestyle belt to cancel out labour voting Papakura central

          • Sacha 4.1.1.1.1

            Not really micro-targetting anymore

            Does the name Cambridge Analytica mean nothing to you?

          • Sacha 4.1.1.1.2

            national wants to make sure its drawn to their advantage

            What advantage? It's not FPP any more.

        • Rapunzel 4.1.1.2

          Just prior the "flag referendum" and the numbers not looking good for change I am pretty sure there was a pamphlet mail-out that only went to suburbs that were National/Key friendly and therefore likely to be influenced to change their option.

    • AB 4.2

      "but I see Nationals strategy as to build the party vote by on ground work from its electorate Mps using the money from party donors to fund astro turfing groups aligned to partys electorate office"

      That looks like a pretty astute assessment. Anyone who knows provincial areas will have run into National's stranglehold on opinion-forming centres of influence in the local community. Of course under MMP, gerrymandering of boundaries has no direct effect on the outcome any single election – but the indirect effect over a long time of having mostly National electorate MPs may be significant.

      One related thought – would a low census turnout by Maori mean an under-counting of the self-identified Maori population that results in no increase, or even a decrease, in the no. of Maori seats? If so, wouldn't putting the census online be a pretty obvious way of achieving that, at least in the short-term?

      • greywarshark 4.2.1

        This is all very interesting. The democracy that you have that is played by a delicate instrument which is an organ of the ruling Party.

        This is the instrument
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5L0SYpjRls (They get up to all sorts of theings in Arizona – interesting place.)

        We need to bark at their heels:

        (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKT0fLgkLmI

      • Dukeofurl 4.2.2

        "mean an under-counting of the self-identified Maori population that results in no increase, or even a decrease, in the no. of Maori seats? "

        That mostly comes from the Maori roll. As a rough estimate the Maori are 60/40 maori general roll. As the Maori roll option recently hasnt increased as much as previous times the seats wont increase. It wont decrease either.

        The undercounting may make the maori seat boundary adjustments more problematic but not the 'quantum' of seats.

    • Anne 4.3

      That is fascinating Duke.

      And of course National have an advantage over Labour in that these provincial areas already house most of National's support base, so they have a better over-view of the population spread within each region.

      Are Labour fully aware of this mesh system being used by National to gerrymander the outcome of boundary changes? If not, why not? If they are, then why does their representative on the committee not protest loudly and consistently to ensure the government officials are well aware of what is going on?

      I recall back in the late 1970s a former senior Labour MP talking about a similar problem and how Labour acquired the services of someone with a photographic memory as their representative who was able to recall sufficient details enabling Labour to counter the machinations.

      • Dukeofurl 4.3.1

        Labour obviously wants to protect its 'safe' seats- which generally follow the community of interest and compactness.

        Without the data of mesh blocks that favour labour over national they really cant do anything. Doubt they have the money to even go there

        • Anne 4.3.1.1

          Doubt they have the money to even go there.

          They haven't.

          National can afford to hire PR firms and the like who do all the hard yards for them. Imagine what a mess they would be in if they couldn't. I doubt they would even be able to run a cake stall properly without assistance.

    • swordfish 4.4

      Dukeofurl

      But surely if this is National's strategy … they could far more easily accomplish it simply by analysing the Booth-by-Booth Party & Candidate Vote results ? Would they really need to delve into all the minutiae of Census data right down to the Mesh Block level ?

      Maybe, just possibly, this sort of very fine-grained analysis … pinpointing micro-areas with such precision … could be appropriate for Electoral Boundaries in Built-Up Urban Areas like, say, the Hutt Valley (for eg if National were looking at a suburb that was Left-leaning in the Party-Vote but equally divided in the Candidate-Vote … & decided to use multidimensional political modelling to identify the specific cluster of streets most likely to Candidate-vote Right … and thus ensure those streets were on the side of the Electorate boundary most advantageous to the Nat candidate) …

      … but surely this kind of nuance would be utterly pointless when it comes to the sort of Rural / Semi-Rural seats you're talking about ? … The Booth-by-Booth Party & Candidate Vote results would more than suffice.

  5. Sanctuary 5

    Right wing populism is a disease that seems to have infected Simon Bridges. His advisors, encouraged by Australian right wing political operatives, seem to think the path to electoral success lies in asymmetric polarisation by the right with incessant attacks on the legitimacy of state institutions, the politicisation of process and the use of a culture war smokescreen to divide the electorate.

    If National persist in this strategy it will prove an interesting test of MMP, which after all was designed to stop exactly this sort of wing nuttery..

    • Robert Guyton 5.1

      Good assessment, Sanctuary.

    • Stuart Munro. 5.2

      It's hardly surprising – his personal take on drumming up popularity – a limo tour of NZ, wasn't an outstanding success. By using professional advice he avoids being in the gun when the wheels fall off in 2020, in the absence of a credible leadership contender. If Luxton gets a lukewarm seat result, and Bennett runs the campaign and gets blamed for it, Simon may survive to help the Gnats shamble towards defeat in 2023.

  6. Stuart Munro. 6

    I wonder that the Gnats haven't worked out yet that Yang's negative associations from state links and possibly bought list places makes it difficult for him to lead any issue, in spite of being manifestly much smarter than Bridges. In a party of embarrassments he is not the least.

  7. alwyn 7

    If, as you say, "And besides this is an MMP environment. Concerns about some electorates being slightly bigger than others do not matter.".

    If you really believe that what is wrong with using the 2013 boundaries? After all you don't seem to think it will make any difference do you?

    Leave the boundaries the way that are is perfectly valid conclusion from your argument, after all. Can you actually show, without destroying your whole argument that there would be any problem in doing so?

    Apart from some thoroughly deserved embarrassment for the failure of the Minister of Statistics, the XY leader of the Green Party.

    • Sacha 7.1

      More than one Minister owns that failure, and moreso the previous 5 the report mentioned, who signed off the census programme plan and approved budget for it.

      • veutoviper 7.1.2

        Give up Sacha. Alwyn and I had that argument re the number of National Ministers involved pre Shaw back in January and February 2019 and nothing will convince Alwyn that the whole 4+ year process preparing for the 2018 Census was basically already set in concrete by the time Shaw became Minister on 26 Oct 2017.

        On 14 February 2019 @ 7.2 on Open Mike14/02/19 I replied to a comment by Sanctuary @ 7 re a post at Kiwiblog about the 2018 Census at this link https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-14-02-2019/#comment-1583143 In it I summarised my earlier response to Alwyn on 8 January 2019 re the various Nat Ministers involved which aligns with the Review report now out (and your photo of page 72 of that report).

        That comment was reasonably short so here is a quote from it:

        In Open Mike 8 January 2019 I called bullshit on a claim by Alwyn @ 7 that James Shaw was to blame for the problems with the 6 March 2018 Census held just 132 days (4 and a half months) after Shaw became Minister of Statistics on 26 Oct 2018. By that time all policies, processes, procedures had been well set in concrete leaving Shaw with very little if any ability to change anything – by no less than five National Ministers, none of them Nick Smith*.

        In my reply at 7.1.1.1 on OM 8 Jan 2019 (won’t attempt to link due to problems with those currently, I summarised the whole process for the 2018 Census which began immediately after the 2013 Census had taken place and the National Ministers of Statistics involved.

        In summary the latter were:
        — Maurice Williamson 2013 – May 2014 (c. 14 months)
        — Nicky Wagner, May 2014 – Oct 2014 (c. 6 months)
        — Craig Foss, Oct 2014 – Nov 2016 (c. 26 months)
        — Mark Mitchell, 01 Dec 2016 – 24 April 2017 (c. 5 months)
        — Scott Simpson, 24 April 2017 – 26 Oct 2017 (c. 6 months)

        So Craig Foss was the National Minister responsible for longest time (2+ years) , followed by Mitchell and Simpson for a matter of five and six months respectively in the latter stages of the 2018 Census processes, procedures etc being finalised, before Shaw became Minister on 26 Oct 2017.

        * [Sanctuary’s comment @7 on OM 14 Feb 2019 suggested that Nick Smith had also been involved. Much as I have no time for Smith, he was not involved as a Minister in the work leading to the March 2018 Census.​​​​]

        And here is the link to my earlier much more detailed comment on Open Mike on 8 Janaury 2019 on the above timeline, Ministers and actions and decisions taken over the four plus years preparation for Census 2018 https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-08-01-2019-2/#comment-1569487 A long thread developed in which Alwyn would not accept that the Nat Ministers were responsible for the vast majority of the decisions etc leading to the problems with the 2018 Census; and again he refused to do so in Feb 2019 despite the long thread that also resulted.

        • Sacha 7.1.2.1

          Thank you. They do seem resistant to facts, but that's the new game I guess. Another year of bullshittery and obfuscation..

        • adam 7.1.2.2

          I thought Shaw did well being handed such a sack of shit.

          Funny story, the 0800 number the nats had put at as the census 0800 number, got you a loan/credit outfit on the other end of the line. It was when a college of mine and I called that we found it. Then when we followed up and talked to Statistics, they didn't even know a number had been published. To there credit, they had the number under their control by the time the forms went out.

          Anyone who thinks you can fix a broken process from the previous 4 years in 3 months is in lala land.

          Maybe that is what we call Alwyn now, LalaAlwyn.

          • Dv 7.1.2.2.1

            just imagine the crap natz would have thrown IF Shaw had cancelled the census

          • Dukeofurl 7.1.2.2.2

            You look at detail in the report and the cost cutting is everywhere.

            After the last census , the staff and systems they had to employ short term census workers was closed up and thought they would just use a recruitment firm.

            Another factor is Statistics , is like most other government departments full of managerial careerists who job hop around the bureaucracy, and tend to not have much real knowledge about what that department is doing.

            I had pointed out to me the new Ministry of Housing 'leadership team'

            below the CEO is about 8 or 9 people with Deputy CEO job titles, which includes the person who runs 'the Office of the CEO' is also a deputy CEO (DCE), a glorified executive assistant.

            https://www.hud.govt.nz/about-hud/leadership-team/

        • greywarshark 7.1.2.3

          One would think that an excellent, detailed and comprehensive comment like that would have laid that matter to rest. But it has long been apparent to the regulars here, I would think, that the RW dilettantes who come here are really just time-wasters with no intention of conducting an intelligent and illuminating debate about anything. It's just a mouse wheel for them to constantly regurgitate their petty points, not pretty!

    • Dukeofurl 7.2

      Auckland will get another seat , maybe two.

      That changes a lot of other things downstream. It cant be 'undone' just because national still wants to gerrymander where it can

    • mickysavage 7.3

      Auckland Central may be 50% oversized. Why should the redraw be delayed?

      • Sacha 7.3.1

        Makes no difference to the party vote – I do have some sympathy with that view. Biggest harms from the Census undercount will be to funding of social services, especially Māori ones.

        • Dukeofurl 7.3.1.1

          Maybe there is some numbers for marginal electorates which show that the party with the electorate MP boosts the party vote in the electorate.?

          Its muddied a bit as its not a binary situation, National exists on its own on the right but Labour and Greens and the left.

  8. Wayne 8

    A major part of the issue is that it is now too late in the electoral cycle. The census results are not even finalised.

    Doing electoral boundaries involves consultation, draft boundaries, further consultation, then final boundaries. That puts it into June next year. Way too late.

    Better to go with the current boundaries for 2020, and do the new boundaries in 2021. No-one is advantaged or disadvantaged.

    I know MickyS wants to make every single thing a highly partisan battle (going by his posts over the last few months). But sometimes the issues are simply a matter of pragmatism.

    • observer 8.1

      Or we could just draw a reasonable conclusion from National's bad faith behaviour over the past months.

      The electoral roll is not determined by the census. We provide our details to the Orange Man, not the Minister of Stats. Of course you know that, people who follow politics generally do. Simon Bridges and his MPs know it too.

      But remember 2017? Mike Hosking on Seven Sharp telling viewers they could only vote for the Maori Party if they were on the Maori roll. This was false, but the intended target was probably hit … viewers who are uninterested in the details, but receptive to a lazy "reckon" (= lie). Smear and undermine faith in our democratic process, it doesn't get more "partisan" than that, does it? And it's coming from the leadership, not some obscure blogger.

      "Cindy gonna rort us" is a bare-faced whopper, but people who claim the last election was stolen and the government illegitimate will lap it up. Those are Simon's people now.

      (of course if they believed any of this for one second they would be employing lawyers, go the the courts, appeal to Governor-General, etc. But they won't, because they don't).

  9. Wayne 9

    observer

    You are wrong. Electorate boundaries are set by the population census. But it is not even complete yet. In my view they have run out of time for the 2020 election. By the time electorate boundaries (and the number of electorate seats) is finally determined, the election will be virtually on us.

    Better to sort it out for the 2023 election. At one level MS is right (though in a different way to his argument). MMP is largely about the party vote. Better to wait and do a proper job on the electorate seat issues, rather than rushing it and doing a bad job.

    • observer 9.1

      Not wrong. I said exactly what I meant. "Electoral roll". Not "Electorate boundaries".

      As you say (correctly) it is the party vote that matters. Like Hosking 2017, Simon Bridges is deliberately muddying the waters – in bad faith. The OP is wrong to say "National does not get MMP", because it is not a genuine mistake, it is a cynical falsehood. Preying on ignorance, and undermining

      It is the same misinformation that says "National won on election night", and gains currency through media repetition. In fact, there is only one election result, and it is not election night. National lost TWO further seats on the final – and only – result. Hence "election night" (an irrelevance) being the preferred (and false) measure for National propaganda.

      Please do not treat us like fools. We know how USA Republicans operate. We don't need that here.

      • Wayne 9.1.1

        Observer,

        Like MS, you have become an ultra partisan on this issue. Just because National raises an issue, you automatically think they are wrong. No consideration of the point raised, just an automatic condemnation.

        You don't even try to address the point about lack of time.

        • observer 9.1.1.1

          I'm happy to engage in good faith. There is ample reason to believe that Bridges is not. And I don't matter at all, but the leader of the official opposition surely does.

          Let's cut to the chase: is the National party raising the issue because:

          1) they are genuinely concerned about the validity of the 2020 election?

          or

          2) because they think they can score political points which (and this is the crucial issue) fit the strategy that they have been following under Bridges' leaderhip?

          You would have to be incredibly naive to think National's real concern is for the democratic process. But then, I'm sure you don't believe Ardern is a "part time PM", or "National won the election", or any of the other attack lines Bridges has used (and repeated even today).

          This is not about the policies of the government. It is about the very legitimacy of the government, especially if/when it is re-elected. And you'll have to decide for yourself if that's a card National should be playing … and a price worth paying.

          • Sacha 9.1.1.1.1

            They are barking at every passing car, as oppositions sometimes do. Nothing ultra-cunning going on.

        • New view 9.1.1.2

          Of course you’re right Wayne. National are doing their best to position themselves for the future. Why wouldn’t they. They’re the opposition. All parties will do it where they can. The government isn’t going to support electoral changes it thinks will disadvantage it. Why would they. Many in this forum take any comment that criticises the current Government as a personal insult and can’t imagine how any comment coming from a Nat could be taken seriously. The fact is nearly half the voters in the country voted National and most likely will continue to do so. Most here think MMP is great but I don’t. This current Government is hobbled by tiny NZF. How dumb is that.

          • observer 9.1.1.2.1

            "The government isn’t going to support electoral changes it thinks will disadvantage it."

            Party vote party vote party vote party vote …

            (Apologies to everyone else for the repetition but after 23 years … sheesh).

            As for MMP, it got more votes than National (or Labour) ever have. Twice. That is a genuine majority … unlike National's fantasy one.

            • New view 9.1.1.2.1.1

              I would suggest many who voted for this version of MMP we have are disappointed with what it dishes up. As for the party vote, sheees, the only decision that counted was whether Winston went left or right.

              • observer

                New Zealanders voted for MMP in 1993. It began in 1996.

                After 15 years they had had enough experience to decide how "disappointed" they were.

                And so in 2011 they voted for it again.

                But anybody who is still disappointed is – of course – entirely free to launch a campaign, petition parliament, march on the streets, take any action they wish to advocate for change.

                There is no such group. No such action. Anywhere. That answers your question.

              • Incognito

                He did the right thing.

  10. peterlepaysan 10

    National, Bridges are desperate and talking rubbish. Which the media love, it gives them headlines. I have met criminals I would trust more than media shouters.

    A botched census does not compromise the next election. A botched census was done under National supervision. Bridges and his advisors (if he has any he listens to ) are idiots.

    The Electoral Commission makes the rules. National risks any remaining credibility if they interfere with that.

  11. observer 11

    On Bridges' bad faith (as described above), you have his interview on Morning Report (see OP) and further …

    Simon Bridges, AM Show, today:

    "But what I would say to you is this: I reckon that there is a very strong majority of New Zealanders right now who say, 'you know what, actually National at the last election got 44 per cent, the system was, in a sense, gamed, there was one old rooster who held the country to ransom'."

    That's the line, repeated often – with zero evidence cited – since the government was formed. If you believe this then the government is not legitimate, and so the democratic process is broken.

    But if you DON'T believe it, then you are only using it as a tactic, and that is very dangerous indeed. Here's the (non-partisan) Andrew Geddis, today (SpinOff):

    "The only way that he [Bridges] could try to force the issue risks damaging a set of very important unwritten societal, political and constitutional presumptions. In other words, this is one of those issues where the long-term consequences matter more than the immediate politics of the matter at hand."

    Well said.

    • Stuart Munro. 11.1

      Bridges is actually talking past the media and us, his message is to anyone dumb enough to fall for his no true Scotsman fallacy "a very strong majority". Those who fall for that line are likely to begin to support him because of the bandwagon effect.

      It's clever in that perverse way that Gnat cleverness is generally expressed – he certainly wouldn't win any votes by honestly representing his policies, and he has no intention of honestly representing our citizens.

    • New view 11.2

      Observer. Zero evidence. The capital gains tax wasn’t shot down by Labour, although they did wilt like a dying leaf. There are more instances aren’t there. And what are these “ unwritten societal blah blah presumptions you’re talking about. Your 11 comment pretty much says what I think is the case along with Simon Bridges and thousands of others. This Government is not proportional or representative. It’s one man who decided at the last moment which way he would jump. You and Thousands like you like this Government because it enabled a labour led coalition. My opinion is if you like labour so much why not vote for them on their merits . This Miss Matched Proportional system let’s the tiny parties rule. Negotiated policy is watered down policy in my opinion.

      • Gabby 11.2.1

        What new poo is that? All policy is negotiated policy.

        • New view 11.2.1.1

          Gabby. When policy is generated within a party, in my opinion you have a better chance of a better result that reflects that parties ideas. Often when outside parties are involved they are trying to prove a point of difference sometimes to the detriment of the policy and sometimes just pigheaded and obstructive. If calling my comment new poo makes you feel witty that’s cool but it’s not much of a contribution.

      • Sacha 11.2.2

        The government represents the votes its parties received, which were more than other options could muster. Same will apply after the next election.

        • New view 11.2.2.1

          But it doesn’t represent a proportional accumulation of policy ideas. NZF has a disproportionate amount of power for the number of people that voted for them. Worse than that labour needs to be nice to them. At least with FPP you knew what you were getting and knew what policies would be implemented whether you liked that party or not. I don’t know how MMP can work better but in my view it has to because what we have now is good intentions that are either shelved watered down or implemented so slowly that the problem it’s trying to fix gets worse.

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