Damian - what changed your take on the Libertarians
Damian discovered girls.
Libertarianz Party is running half hour election programmes on Stratos, weekly on Thursday at 8:00pm, starting 3 November.
I suppose the MMP camp in the referendum could attract the redneck vote by highlighting that all MMP alternatives on offer include more Maori seats than under MMP.
In Germany, that shining example for NZ on all matters MMP, has had two CDU/SPD coalitions in the past. They have not always been successful, as they may have spurred the growth of more ‘extreme’ parties on both left and right to compensate for the lack of political choice.
As an aside, in that shiny city on the democratic hill, the USA, I’m always astonished that while you have a zillion burger options at the fast food joint but the burghers can only (realistically) choose between two party options. Land of plenty and the free?
One word: Knesset
One person, one vote of equal value should be the basis of our representative democracy. List votes only (with vote opportunity to vote for candidates on that list) ensure this. 0.8% of the vote should get you a seat.
It's a missed opportunity that the referendum doesn't offer a more proporttional system to run against MMP, only less proportional ones are offered.
One advantage of PPR (Proper Proportional Representation) is that there will be no longer any need for separate Maori seats.
As an illustration, here is the 2008 result under PPR (part vote percentage multiplied by 1.2 to yield seat result - difference with MMP resullt in brackets):
National: 44.93% = 53.92 seats = 54 (-4)
Labour: 33.99% = 40.80 seats = 41 (-2)
Green: 6.72% = 8.06 seats = 8 (-1)
ACT: 3.65% = 4.38 seats = 4 (-1)
Maori Party: 2.39% = 2.87 seats = 3 (-2)
Progressive: 0.91% = 1.09 seats = 1 (-)
NZ First: 4.07% = 4.88 seats = 5 (+5)
United Future: 0.87% = 1.04 seats = 1 (-)
Some people do need a life (even complaints handlers).
Regards the BSA and supernova issue, I was surprised the had to go forward to the BSA. If TVNZ had said: yup, we made that mistake, we accept the complaint, it would have been OK for the viewer, surely?
I deal with official broadcast complaints too. No matter how utterly trivial and boring and vexatious they may be, they have to be procedurally correctly dealt with. It just shows how out-of-date the Broadcasting Act 1989 is - apart from such silliness as no adverts on Sunday morning or public holidays.
I remember having had to deal with a complaint from one Indian group objecting to an item on another Indian group's programme, based on 8 of the 10 codes. What a waste of everybody's time.
They were offered Al Jazeera on very good terms (basically free, I think) and declined, which is how Triangle/Stratos got it.
This is not how we at Stratos TV got Aljazeera. When AJ English launched in November 2006 we immediately applied to have them included in our satellite programme mix and this was readily approved and arranged. As far as I know, Sky TV never approached AJE at the time of launch for inclusion in their pay platform.