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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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.



At 5/4/11 8:47 am, Blogger Gosman said...

So you think a politician who ditches political agreements without a second thought and before the ink has dried on them has the potential to become a leader for all NZ do you?

I can't say that I agree with the qualities that you seem to think would make a leader. I usually like my leaders to stick to their word, unless due to exceptional circumstances.

At 5/4/11 8:54 am, Blogger Tiger Mountain said...

Hone has a theoretical left understanding but in practice has been for 30 years a Maori nationalist not much subject to guidence from anyone bar a few people in Te Tai Tokerau. It would be great if it were otherwise and I would be happy to be proven wrong if he can string a small ‘left’ maori party together at short notice. If this happens in the longer term there could be dare I say it, an alliance with other groups.

A new left social democratic party was never going to be a runner if it depended upon Hone’s participation, which I have said at various places around the blogs.

At 5/4/11 9:41 am, Blogger Marty Mars said...

All those who support Hone's new Left Maori Party will have honour and be able to say that they walk their talk - those that don't can continue to support discrimination and inequality. Same old same old.

At 5/4/11 10:43 am, Blogger Tiger Mountain said...

I’ll be supporting Hone’s new left maori party in Te Tai Tokerau Marty, being a local. I was just pointing out the realpolitik regarding a wider new left party as has been discussed with Bradford McCarten etc.

Your staunch attitude reminds me of the ‘Hobitt debacle’ when Lew Stoddard didn’t like the “union right or wrong” stance he felt some of us took in supporting Actors Equity.

At 5/4/11 11:41 am, Blogger Marty Mars said...

The comment was directed at you TM.

My staunchness relates to believing that if the kaupapa is admirable then anyone can support it regardless of colour or ethnicity.

At 5/4/11 3:43 pm, Blogger Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

What Pakeha would want to have anything to do with John Harawira or the so-called Maori party? They are all rascists and traitors anyway.

At 5/4/11 3:44 pm, Blogger Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Do you feel any sympathy for the dickhead?

At 5/4/11 9:21 pm, Blogger Marty Mars said...

Sorry TM I meant "wasn't directed at you" oops :)

At 5/4/11 9:27 pm, Blogger Marty Mars said...

arohamai TM ano

just to reiterate that i respect your views and it really was an honest slip up.


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