The threatened, whether it is themselves, their Party, or their dream, are increasingly railing against the sanity being openly expressed as the significance of Vote splitting is better understood.
Yes Sanity, even Hatfield and his advisors used the theory of vote splitting when they Promoted a vote for the thug got them both him and Kelvin Davis.
As the strategy of getting Banks as the electorate MP to secure the ACT votes, Peters must have been very upset in 2008 when his 4% was worth nothing while ACTs 4% earned 5 MPs, and the honest tactic of supporting Dunny in Ohariu are being revealed, it is just sanity being employed.
Likewise the "Would be if He could be" Emperor of the Labour Party who was palpably upset when his seemingly stupid effort to create an electorate seat power base seemed to be seriously undermined in New Plymouth, should just accept he may just have indulged in the biggest kirkup since Dunfuck.
Lately I have read an increasing number of comments where Labour Voters, (their description, and with the proclivity of socialists to lie, grain of salt territory), who are claiming they will put a peg on their nose and vote Labour again. Their justification, "they don't want National to win big".
Bollocks, they know their tribal seat warmers are rubbish being led to the cliff by the ranking Lemming and instead of telling the braindead that they should just bugger off and let renewal take root, they will soften the blow and risk making the disaster bigger and more debilitating.
Whatever system is used, however gerrymandered the electorates are, however incompetent the candidates presented by the party are and whatever the issues might be DEMOCRACY demands complete honesty when the VOTE is marked.
If the current system promotes a better outcome for ones vote by splitting then thats the game, so stop crying foul when a stupid system is used to frustrate your dreams.