The hoo hah continues over John Key’s “brilliant” Steven Joyce engineered election victory.
Left out of the equation is the dismal defeat of the proposition to review the MMP voting system. Failure to change this system will have dire consequences for future governments, the Nationals in particular.
Key and the Nats should have campaigned more visibly and enthusiastically for change. That they did not must have been a strategy decision by the Nats’ tactical team. Primarily I would guess Steven Joyce and John Key.
They obviously thought that pushing any viewpoint on MMP would distract from the election campaign.
IMHO, a stupid and short sighted decision. MMP is a senseless and destructive voting system and will bog NZ’s governments down in unworkable coalitions for decades. It should have been replaced and almost any of the proffered systems would have been better, even FPP.
In fact National will be hard pressed to find any coalition partner at the next election.
Joyce and Key’s poorly chosen strategy has locked NZ into decades of political uncertainty and will hamper the survival of the National government. Key might have changed that if he had had the nerve to push the issue during the campaign.
Not clever. Just real dumb I reckon.
(Note: This appraisal based on current voting. I don’t expect any big changes in the final tally.)