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Phil Goff mis-speaks and is hypocritical to boot

November 13, 2011

Phil Goff is quoted at Stuff saying, in respect of the Key/Banks cup of tea:

“Frankly, I think the law needs to be changed to stop this kind of gerrymander. You either get in because you’ve got an electorate seat or you get in with list MPs if you get over five per cent.

Yet this is not a gerrymander at all.

gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan, incumbent-protected districts. The resulting district is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.

It is a perfectly valid tactic under MMP. It is not a gerrymander.

Goff is being hypocritical here, as when he was in power he supported the disgrace that was the Electoral Finance Act, a blatant distortion of the electoral rules in favour of Labour. Funny how when he is not in power and losing that he gets all moral.

 

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