Failure to fix mmp could cost Labour

Failure to fix mmp could cost Labour

Gareth Morgan’s failure to crash last Friday’s leaders debate drew attention to the inescapable. His briefly promising political initiative hasn’t come close to breaking the 5%-threshold barrier to tyro parties, and will not make it into Parliament. But nor, possibly,...
Courage for more than a cuppa

Courage for more than a cuppa

It’s 30 years since David Lange belatedly called taihoawait; do not hurry. Lange, in fact, said it was ‘time for a cup of tea’. His Labour Party caucus cohorts had unleashed the neoliberal onslaught that, amongst other tragedies, precipitated New Zealand’s ongoing...
Healing unhealthy health-board ballots

Healing unhealthy health-board ballots

The first requirement of a voting system is to reflect voters’ preferences. First-past-the-postfirst-past-the-post is probably better described as single-round-winner-takes-all, given that the ‘post’ is the close of voting, and not a majority of votes cast does one...

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