Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Get Some Perspective

I am starting to get the feeling that people on the nets are projecting too many hopes and dreams onto the MMP debate. MMP is not going to stop global warming, or end world hunger. Nor will it turn politicians into angels. It is what it is -- an electoral system that will more clearly reflect the voters' intentions. If you project more onto it than that, you will set yourself up for disappointment. It will also make the opponents of any reform much stronger because they can cynically point out that the proposed system will fail because it won't turn politicians into angels. Everybody, take a deep breath and look at the proposal. It isn't perfect, but it is an improvement over what we currently have because we will no longer have minority government vested with majority power. That's all.

As usual, the Simpsons shows us what can happen when expectations outstrip reality.

As we all know, this ends badly for Homer (as his schemes always do). That's what happens when expectations do not match reality.
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