Saturday, January 26, 2008

FPP still alive at the Herald

From the Herald this morning: minor parties disrupt two-horse race:

The election picture is becoming complicated, with a Herald-DigiPoll survey showing the gap between National and Labour narrowing - and the Greens and the Maori Party wielding influence over who will form the next government.
How dare they!

But of course this is how the system is supposed to work - parties wield influence over government formation in proportion to their share of the vote, and the result may more depend on post-election coalition negotiations and a party's ability to make friends more than its direct share of the vote. It hasn't been a "two-horse race" for twelve years; you'd think the news would have sunk in at our self-proclaimed newspaper of record by now.