Wayne Mapp on four year terms

Wayne Mapp (National North Shore MP 1996-2011) has posted a comment at Kiwiblog on four year parliamentary terms.

MMP is the main reason for 4 years. Coalition politics means everything is a bit slower than with FPP. A lot of people would say that was a good thing, but it does take longer to action a government programme. Compare how long the MOM is taking compared to the privatisations of 1987 to 1990.

I think the public understands this longer cycle with more political games because of the number of parties under MMP, so might give 4 years a shot, whereas they would not do so with FPP.

It should definitely go to a referendum, simply because it has in the past, just as do changes to the electoral system. These are the big constitutional issues where the public expect to be able to decide, not MP’s.

I expect the usual term of govt would become 8 years, not the current 9. I think two term govts would be better than three term govts. They would be more focused.

The usual third term is a mess, or at least they has been under the three govts that made three terms since 1975. Think of Muldoon 1981 to 1984, Bolger/Shipley 1996 to 1999 and Clark 2005 to 2008. In all cases the third term was the worst.

Valid points.

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