Just because I’m a numbers nerd, here’s a breakdown of a few key factors in the National and Labour top 20.
Gender, identity and bumping uglies
Labour’s lineup is 35% women, 100% cisgendered, 15% queer.
National is 30% women, 100% cisgendered, 5% queer.
Race and origins
Labour is 20% Māori, 5% Pasifika and 75% Pākehā. One MP was born overseas (Su’a William Sio).
National is 15% Māori, including Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges, whose Māori ancestry is mentioned in their Wikipedia articles. One MP was born overseas (Tim Groser).
Labour is 60% electorate MPs, and three were born in their electorate or thereabouts – Damien O’Connor, David Parker (having formerly held Otago), Chris Hipkins.
National is 80% electorate MPs, and six were born in their electorate or thereabouts – Gerry Brownlee, Anne Tolley, Nathan Guy, Chris Tremain, Nikki Kaye, and, technically, Bill English.
As far as I can tell, all 40 are currently able-bodied.
17 out of 20 on Labour’s list and 18 out of 20 on National’s have a university education. Both parties have two members with a stint at Harvard mentioned on their Wikipedia page: David Cunliffe, Shane Jones, John Key and Hekia Parata.
Does that make you think?