It’s not winner take all

by frog

There’s a misconception in some corners of political coverage that this election is ‘winner takes all. For instance yesterday Deborah Coddington writes:

If Key keeps on smiling through personal attacks – and reassuring New Zealanders that, under his watch, this country won’t go belly up – National might win the election.

Which, in these crazy MMP times, is not the same as being the next government.

The election is not about winning and losing.  It’s about ensuring different political views are fairly represented, proportionally in parliament.  And hopefully where those views share commonalities working together to debate issues and develop legislation and policy. That’s not crazy, that’s a strength of MMP.

The Greens have a record working with all parties in parliament where our views coincide with theirs.  If we were to treat parliament as a game of winner takes all  we can head back to the Muldoon-Douglas era where governments could pass policy without building any coalition of consensus around it.

Oh, and while I’m writing about Coddington, what about this bit:

The Nats’ “handmaiden” Act deserves trust because they’re not scared to state unspeakable truths, such as global warming being a hoax. Rodney Hide was uncharacteristically understating when he said we’re overly nanny-bossed – in Taranaki, residents are stockpiling saveloys and condensed milk, fearing the products – like lightbulbs – will be banned.

Pu-lease!  Can anyone name me one person who has had their lightbulbs taken off them, or has been refuse the right to eat the food they want to eat?  Let’s move on from this distortion of the truth.  Expecting schools to stock healthy food is not the same as forcing children not to eat pies.  Phasing out production of inefficient lightbulbs in favour of efficient ones is not a serious breach of the Bill of Rights.  After all it is the Coddington-right who always talk about technology moving on and cars replacing horses and carts because they are more efficient.

And this:

Last week Sir Roger Douglas intimated Act’s bottom line for supporting National is Hide and himself in cabinet, and Key could do worse than give Douglas education. His unfinished business could stare down the strident teacher unions and nasty principals’ federations, and lift standards by giving choice and power to parents and families.

Gotta love Act’s honesty on education policy. It’s like; we’ll have some good schools and some bad schools, and you get to choose which to go to, and it will be first in, first serve.  Sorry, too slow. You missed out on the school you wanted because it’s already full of wealthier, less-melanin rich children, but don’t worry, your voucher is also redeemable at McDonalds.

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Published in Environment & Resource Management | Justice & Democracy | Society & Culture by frog on Mon, September 22nd, 2008   

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