Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Andrei The Diversity that MMP brings to Parliament means

that National's gay Wellingtonian lawyer is white while Labour's gay Wellingtonian lawyer is of Pacific Island ancestry.

There is one thing these diverse MP's do have in common though - the hoi poloi never voted them into Parliament, rather both were selected by anonymous committee.

Another thing they have in common is that they know probably diddly about the issues facing Bluff Oystermen or those confronting West Coast miners who might just as well be from Mars to those inhabiting the charming drawing rooms of Khandallah.

4 comment(s):

Jeremy Harris said...

Politicians having no idea about the lives of those they seek to govern is not exactly new, MMP just makes it worse.

I've always wondered why we don't have 80 electorates and those who are elected to represent the electorates are required to form a government from their ranks.

Heine said...

What's being gay got to do with it? We have a Catholic finance minister stuffing up the country too.

Andrei said...

This post gone over your head Mr Heine?

The point is that ticking the boxes of identity politics may give the impression of "diversity" in Parliament whereas what has actually been delivered in this case is two residents of Wellington both of whom were lawyers in a previous incarnation and as I will doubtless continue to demonstrate in future posts contribute to a Parliament that is in fact quite homogeneous.

Heine said...

Then why didn't you just say they were lawyers in a previous incarnation?

Simples!

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