MMP still ‘fairer system’ for NZ
The 1984 elected Labour Government was an example of the failure of the FFP system, he said.
‘‘The problem is that you had the Labour Party passing policy that was not the policy people who were voting Labour were voting for.
‘‘You cannot get that undemocratic effect of bulldozing under MMP,’’ Duncan said.
Meanwhile, it would be hard now for politicians to mount another MMP referendum, he said.
‘‘I do understand why people are feeling a bit pissed off with MMP, but no system is perfect. ‘‘I think we have a more democratic society under MMP.
‘‘MMP leads to a more centrist stability and ultimately, greater stability.’’
While suggesting New Zealand voters needed to grow up under the MMP system, Duncan asked why National and Labour could not enter discussions with each other.
‘‘I mean, look at Germany, you now have the equivalent of Act and Green in talks.
‘‘One of the reasons we ended up with MMP was because people were so angry on both sides.’’
‘‘New Zealand needs to take a more collaborative approach because we are still stuck in the bipolar Labour versus National way of thinking.
‘‘I mean, if National and Green worked together it would reduce Winston’s bargaining power.’’ MMP was ‘‘about finding reason to collaborate and compromise’’, he said.
‘‘One of the reasons we ended up with MMP was because people were so angry on both sides.
‘‘They put a spanner in the works and it worked.’’
Duncan said he believed the current negotiations would see Peters form a Government with the National Party, which won the biggest share of the party vote.
Roger Douglas, architect of Rogernomics, in 1979.