MMP still ‘fairer sys­tem’ for NZ

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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.

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