Thursday, August 9, 2007
Assessing the Mixed Member Proportional Websites
Well, the yes and no sides of the mixed member proportional (MMP) debate have now both launched their websites. Here is my early analysis:
A very well designed and professional looking site. They hit their key selling points well. Sometimes it can be a bit over the top, though. They had a poll recently, which has since been removed, that basically asked if you have ever had an Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) that did not represent your views. In that is an implication that the new system will change that when in fact the changes that will be brought about by MMP have nothing to do with that. Although they will struggle with financing, the yes side is going to be better financed with many special interests groups providing support since the MMP will give them a better voice. That will mean a more prominent marketing presence from the yes side.
This site has already been criticized by the yes side for presenting the negatives of MMP. It seems a bit obvious that this site would do that, so that criticism should not be taken seriously. In the same context they have been criticized for not presenting the positives of the first-past-the-post system. This criticism is also unfair. The no side, as I have been calling it, is not necessarily saying the first-past-the-post system is the best or even that good. The no side is saying that the MMP system is not a change we should be making. The site makes some valid criticisms but it is no where near as good as it should be. The no side is not going to be financed any where near as well as the yes side but they can at least have a better website than they currently do.
The winner in the website war is currently: