In recent days, there’s been a lot of fuss over National supposedly doing something evil by “gifting” Epsom to ACT.
It’s all incredibly idiotic, given… well let’s have Idiot/Savant take up the story.
It doesn’t help that there’s the usual enormous helping of hypocrisy from Labour on this. Despite their claims to have been “principled and consistent” on the issue, they quietly gifted Coromandel to the Greens in 1999; their opposition is more recent, and based entirely on a desire to rob National of potential coalition partners. And in order to do that, they’re willing to make our Parliament less representative and rob their fellow citizens of a democratic voice.
Someone on the left changing the law to put a spoke through their opponent’s vote, even at the expense of their supposed principles? Say it isn’t so!
Oh, and that’s before we have Cunliffe refusing to rule out the internet party as a partner.
But seriously, the entire problem (as Idiot goes on to say) is the 5% threshold. It’s entire purpose was to keep radicals out of parliament. Yet, the entire current debate has been kicked off because of one Hone Harawira, a man who’s so radical that he’s perfectly happy to commit crimes to keep the poor out of houses – while taking their votes of course.
But the silliest thing is that parties do not own votes. Voters do – and they’ll vote for whoever they want to.