The problems with an MMP-tweaking referendum
MMP badly needs reform – especially the iniquitous five per cent threshold – and the Government’s idea of holding a referendum on it has a lot of merit. But Bryce Edwards argues that there are many reasons to be wary of the proposed 2020 electoral reform referendum.
The suggestion of MMP reform was rightly labelled as “marvellous” by deputy prime minister Winston Peters a few weeks ago in an interview on Q+A. The electoral system certainly needs some de