National: They hate democracy
National's proposed referendum on MMP is self-serving. They have made themselves losers (for the most part) under MMP by refusing to either put forward policies voters will support or to persuade voters to support the policies they have.
Arguably, voters have a clearer view of those policies and their effects than National does, having been subjected to them several times already and finding them wanting. It's bizarre for a political party to claim they are aiding democracy by unilaterally seeking to dump MMP and thus deprive the better part of a million voters of a vote that actually counts toward representation. National voters in safe labour seats and labour voters in safe national seats will return to the day when their vote was worthless as far as electing anyone at all was concerned.
The claim there is a public outcry is false. The same arrogant people - like Peter Shirtcliffe and Graeme Hunt - who hold voters in contempt and hate the thought of people they don't like having a vote that actually elects anyone are behind this. Beyond the monied few, any popular referendum attempt using the CIR law has fizzled for lack of interest. Every recent poll shows most people are happy with MMP.
The Supplementary Member system Key says he supports creates two classes of voters and his party gets the boost in seats their share of the vote doesn't justify. A vote for the National Party will be worth "1" while a vote for the Greens or someone other than Labour may be worth "0.5" or less, depending on how many proportional seats there are.
It says something deeply meaningful to me about National's ethics and lack of understanding of democratic equity (all votes of equal value) that they seriously advance a system where all votes are not equal and a vote for the National party earns an unearned bonus.
I can't vote for people who place themselves above democracy for every Kiwi where everyone has a vote of the same value.
National's sense of entitlement is frankly sickening. They seek a democratic subsidy (welfare for the disadvantaged - them) and limits to the political free market for their own benefit.....while claiming to be party who is the enemy of both subsidy and unearned privilege.
Where is the self-reliance they preach to others? It doesn't seem to apply when you're talking about them. They need to cheat to win and will try to tell you its for your own good.
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