Asides from Tony Leon’s crap this is something that really upsets me. Why? Why does floor crossing upset anyone?
Because it destroys the purpose of voting in the first place as far as I am concerned.
Let’s have a look at it this way (this is not the actual law, it’s how it should work in my mind):
An individual should have the freedom of political decision.
In other words any person should be able to follow which ever political party they chose, bar none. This includes the right not to follow any political party, or even confirm to any political idealology. This means that anyone who currently is employed and working for a political party should be allowed to resign from that party and defect to another party.
People make mistakes and change their mind, so if you are currently a DA supporter and decide that you’d rather support the ACDP, then you should be allowed to do so.
While an individual may move parties, their seat may not.
Okay, so what does this mean? It means that if a person, elected into a position by voters moves from one party to another, his elected seat is effectively lost to him, but is retained by the political party.
We vote for the ID, the ID keeps the seat, even if the person moves to another party.
I hope that makes some kind of strange sense.