MMP celebrated 25 years last week and it felt like no one knew what we were celebrating.
Hooton behind the Paywall at the Herald made some claim that rising house prices was proof positive MMP failed, I didn’t read his argument because the Herald Paywall is where opinion goes to die, but I’m guessing old Hoots was pretending the other liberalization global economic effects had nothing to do with rising property valuations and he’s trying to blame representative politics as the root fault.
Fuck off Hoots.
25 years ago the right and the wealthy fought the NZ people with scaremongering TV adverts threatening the end of Western Civilization as we knew it if we voted MMP.
What the right and the wealthy knew was that if elections became proportional and representative of the people voting, then National would lose the most because while Labour would win the popular vote, the electorate strongholds of the South always ensured National won.
There were several occasions where Labour won the greatest number of votes and yet still lost the election.
That’s why the forces opposing MMP reformed as ACT and started campaigning.
It’s always made me laugh that the very sane corporate filthy rich right wing brown shirt fascists who opposes MMP so vigorously immediately formed into ACT to try and benefit from the very electoral system they attacked.
MMP has allowed a softening of the tyranny of majority democracy but not enough to stop the neoliberal revolution of Douglas & Richardson.
We were promised a democracy but that’s only as good as the people voting. Sure we have a wider range of voices and faces but they are still majority property owners and rich pricks.
New Zealanders have yet to break with the sheep like quality of our tribalism and smaller parties are snuffed out because of the 5% threshold rule meaning only big monolith parties evolve enough to play.
I still think the vast majority of Kiwis don’t know how MMP works.
It hasn’t brought us the representative democracy we had hoped in terms of class but it has promoted more identities within our society.
We need more from the next 25 years!
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