How much nicer might have been:
After Power's announcement, I think now MMP in some form will survive.
Adolf agrees with the thrust of his analysis however.
I can't help laughing though, at the deeply ingrained hatred of the right which seeps through in everything this redder than red unionist says. McCarten seems surprised that a National politician can act evenhandedly. He's been around the Left too long. Have a look at this:
"However, Power has gone out of his way to consult all the Parliamentary parties and, amazingly, did not include many things Labour and the Greens objected to, even though he had the votes to get his way."and this:
".........rammed through Parliament the present laws to advantage itself.McCarten has not yet realised that Labour was tossed out because they were and are a gang of corrupt self centred crooks, masquerading as a political party. By contrast, NACTationalMP are governing for the good of the nation. Simon Power's actions here are a prime example.
To his credit, Power did not use the same tactic."
Then he just can't bring himself to face the current reality, so indulges in some IPCC like juxtaposition of truth with hope.
"After the next election it is likely the only third parties left will be the Greens, the Maori Party and possibly Act."He got the words right but the positioning wrong. After the next election it is likely the only third parties left will be Act, the Maori Party and possibly the Greens.
Like most commentators, McCarten has never truly understood MMP. (Mind you, neither has Adolf.)
"MMP can actually be fixed easily. Possibly maintain 120 MPs but increase the number of electorate seats, which consequently reduces the number of list MPs."He should consult HomePaddock who could have told him that the number of electorate MPs has increased considerably and continues to increase as the population grows - with consequent reduction in the number and ratio of list MPs. No changes are needed.
"Don't allow list MPs to contest by-elections."How silly! McCarten wants to restrict democracy and disenfranchise those who would seek a mandate from the voters rather than the party? That sounds like something from Brezhnev's politburo.
"It's hard to get around party list rankings but we could allow voters to rearrange a party's list. If the parties had to let all their members vote to rank their list, as the Green Party does, it would make list MPs accountable to more than just a few party hacks in a back room."
Not surprisingly, McCarten considers political parties to be evil or he would not have made such a condescending and foolish suggestion. There is nothing bad about a party selecting a few of its best and brightest who might not possess the gift of the gab. (Steven Joyce is a stand out example, as was Dr Brash.) Look what a disaster McCarten's pet system has been for the Greens.