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Monday, March 22, 2010

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.


At 22/3/10 2:33 pm, Blogger JonL said...

Sorry - "wily old fox" or not, Pita Sharples has come across as a weak,pathetic supporter of National and Act, regardless of what his intentions may be. He has effectively stabbed the majority of Maoridom in the back and he's going to have to do something radical to get himself out of the situation he's in, to have any hope of retaining the mana he had to start with.
In their current form - I can't see myself or my friends voting for them again!

At 22/3/10 6:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who expects great things from Sharples would have to be even more braindead than he is.

At 22/3/10 7:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean 'runs on the board'?

Maybe all they need is a few white motherfucker comments which will placate their electoral base.

ANd where are the MP going to jump ship too? Labour who betrayed them and took the maori vote for granted while enacting a racist law. Don't make me laugh.

At 24/3/10 12:31 am, Anonymous Mrs Hawes said...

I hope Bomber's right about Peter's reasons for his speech. The Maori Party made a ghastly mistake ever going near the Nats and are now paying the price of getting into bed with their natural enemy. National have made them look like a bunch of Uncle Toms, which actually they aren't, but they have put themselves in an impossible position. Best they get out pronto and recover their independence and dignity.

At 24/3/10 1:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No being an uncle tom would be siding with a party who gave you nothing but smack - Labour.

MP have gotten excellent milage outa the nats so far such as amending the FSA, carbon credits for their rich prick Iwi backers not to mention a cool billion in autonomous non-accountable welfare spending in the form of that ora programme.

So what did Labour give Maori?


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