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Goff rules out deal with Hone Harawira
Labour leader Phil Goff has ruled out a deal with Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira or any party he leads.
''I don't believe he would be a suitable coalition partner,'' Goff said.
He said Harawira was not reliable and had expressed some extreme policies that Goff found personally offensive.
Hmmm, so racism aimed at Asians is ok, racism aimed at white people unacceptable? Is Labour up to their old 'manage-the-red- necks-rather-than-challenge-the-rednecks' style of political management again? Yes and no. Labour are seizing the opportunity of the civil war now brewing between Hone and the Maori Party as an opportunity to win back the Maori electorates by a split between the two. The truce agreed to between the Maori Party and Hone which Hone now seems to want to renege on because of his seating arrangement in Parliament was aimed to protect Hone and the Maori Party from being outflanked by Labour.
Watch for Labour to ruthlessly exploit this civil war if it erupts between Hone and the MP.
As for Goff's assurance not to cut a deal with Hone, well that will be dependent on Winston managing to get over 5%, Hone will most likely win an extra seat and if NZ First's carefully crafted strategy to seduce National party protest vote runs up against Key's refusal to cut a deal with Winston, then it will be Goff singing a different tune.