Don Brash and SM

by frog

To be clear this is isn’t a blog post about Don Brash’s sexual predilections.

It is about Don Brash’s call for supplementary member electoral system (SM) to replace MMP.

It looks like Don and his rich right wing business buddies have decided that reselling FPP is too hard. So they have gone for supplementary member voting system which is very similar to FPP and is not a proportional system at all

What’s wrong with SM?

The amount of votes a Party gets does not determine the number of seats they have in Parliament –i.e it is not proportional.

If it isn’t proportional then it isn’t representative, and if it isn’t representative – it isn’t really fair or democratic (well not a fair version of democracy anyway).

So how does SM work? 

Under SM you have electorate seats that work under the old FPP system, so the person who gets the most votes wins (and all the other electorate votes don’t count for anything).  You then have a limited number of seats which are decided on a party vote.

So, for example, you could have 90 electorate seats determined under a first past the post model and 30 seats determined on the party vote.

Under this example if a party gets 10% of the vote but doesn’t win any electorate seats then they would get 3 seats (10% of the 30 seats determined on the list). 

That seem fair to you?

We think MMP is the fairest electoral system. It makes our Parliament truly representative of the people and brings with it a more diverse range of political voices – Māori, Pasifika, young, old, male, female – in a stable and effective environment.

If you are interested in more information on what’s happening with the MMP referendum- check out the Campaign for MMP.

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Published in Environment & Resource Management by frog on Thu, May 5th, 2011   

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