Maori Party rumblings
Working with Nats is tough, says Sharples
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says working with the National Party in government is proving at times to be "very difficult and stressful". His comments - in a hard-hitting speech last night marking Race Relations Day - are the first time the Maori Party leadership has openly expressed such frustration and dissatisfaction with what Dr Sharples described as "tensions" in his party's relations with National.
Sharples is a shrewd old fox, he is firing a shot across the bow of the Government to remind them of the delicate position they are in if the Maori Party decided to walk. Leaving National to play with ACT would have as much public appeal as wanting to having infants babysat by rottweilers, John Key HAS to look much more broadbased and 'moderate' than his Government really is which is the camouflage reason Key went into a mana enhancing relationship with the Moari Party in the first place.
Peter is reminding John he gets the political equation as well.
The Maori Party NEED runs on the board and if the Government's real agenda to privatize and deregulate are enforced then that always hits Maoridom hardest. If the quiet policy Juggernaut of Rodney Hide and Steven Joyce continues to rumble along, the Maori Party may need to jump ship as a matter of principle if they wish to have any credibility come the 2011 election.