Hone's new party
Maori Party to review its non-aggression pact with Harawira
The Maori Party will review the non-aggression pact it made with its former member and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, after continued criticism by him of the party.
Hone should call his new party Aotearoa Mana Party. He's a passionate bloke but I fear his advisors are chequers players trying to play chess. Rather than a broad based pakeha left wing party with Sue Bradford, Hone's new political vehicle is looking like the 'real' Maori Party, which will simply disintergrate into a civil war with the Maori Party.
That's not to say there won't be Pakeha supporters, there will be a couple, but it will be like 'John Minto and Penny Bright' pakeha popular rather than 'Sue Bradford' pakeha popular, the difference? About 150 000 votes.
The thing Hone seems to have lost in the heat of such an emotional battle is that the perfectly negotiated non aggression pact with the Maori Party was in part to protect Hone from being outflanked by Labour, who is the clear Maori electorate seat winners in any civil war within Maoridom.
This is bad news for National. With Dunne possibly rolled by Chauvel and Hide toast in Epsom, John Key is rapidly running out of coalition partners. While National will win the most votes on the night, he may not have a Parliamentary majority.
Which suddenly makes Hone and whomever he can bring with him so important and it's also what makes his current attempts seem so terribly short sighted.
Hone needs to step up and become a leader for all NZ.