Why Hone needs Sue Bradford for a broader Party
Harawira party Maori-focused
The chances of a broad-based Left-wing party rising from the ashes of Hone Harawira's meltdown with the Maori Party have been dashed after he made it clear that any group he led would have to be Maori-focused.
This Government, if re-elected will unleash a wave of privatization and crippling of the Welfare State that will hurt our whanau and our community.
National will win a majority, but under MMP it is the side who can get the majority and how Hone launches this new political movement may well have the most important impact on that ability to gain a majority.
How are we going to lead the next generation of Aotearoa? In partnership between Maori and Pakeha, the symbolism of starting a party that is in partnership is to lead by example and that sort of political statement would gain Hone the wider left wing electorate and the 5 MP's that could stop National winning.
Hone's The Real Maori Party would be a niche within a niche that will not give him the numbers of a broader electorate. He can represent race and class with a broader mandate and Sue's work on the Alternative welfare policy is what any party focused on countering the damage National intend would want to use.
The economic recession will get much worse this year and the conditions for the splintering of the political spectrum is now impacting on the right wing with the new right party to be announced in Epsom soon.
Hone has a bigger role to play if he would lead.