Takutai Moana Bill: into the mouth of hell
Pita and Tariana still look set to launch their charge of the caucus light brigade into the valley of electoral death tomorrow afternoon. Half a wit, half a wit onward rode the four...
As Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote of the Crimean fiasco there was never any hope - it was over before it began - it was a tragic folly that should never have been attempted. The suicidal parallels of the Maori Party's caucus commitment to National's foreshore and seabed solution in the political sphere differ from Tennyson's poem only slightly - the caucus knows full well every aspect of the engagement and the damage it will do. It makes their stance all the more incomprehensible.
"Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
- Yes, Hone Harawira for a start: the only one with an independent mind and conscience who turned his horse around when he had figured out what lay up the valley.
Not tho' the soldier knew
Someone had blunder'd:
- Well the soldiers, the caucus and members of the party, know now well enough. The blunder was to set and stick to a flimsy bottom line, eroded away further by National's subsequent amendments. And the caucus response:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
- Every press release and public statement - and private statement as far as I know - keeps them on this path of destruction.
Into the valley of Death
These halfwits actually have to make it through several valleys of death. Their unsightly parade of whoredom to the membership has sparked revolt and dismay at branch level up and down the country. Iwi and hapu organisations have been spurned and are adamantly opposed. With all those battles raging on the rear flank the hikoi will get their chance on the field to directly confront them before debate on the bill is resumed.
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
The only ones to honour any charge they made will be National:
When can their