Electoral Commission can process application in 4 weeks!
Mana may miss by-election
Hone Harawira's Mana Party might not be registered in time for the Te Tai Tokerau by-election, with the Electoral Commission saying it could take up to eight weeks to process the application. The commission confirmed it received the Mana Party's application today but said it usually takes between six to eight weeks to process an application.
Another mainstream media beat up. This follows the mainstream media focusing on Hone's mother (even though the real story was how less than 30 people turned up to see the Maori Party) and follows the distorted misquote over Osama.
The Electoral Commission has told Mana Chairperson Matt McCarten that the process can be done within 4 weeks and that Hone WILL be standing as a candidate for Mana Party.
Despite 3 outright media distortions and damning Herald editorial after damning Herald editorials, Mana recorded 2.3% support in the Horizon Poll. Mana is aiming for 3.5%. Mainstream Pundits still can't grasp that Mana is a class party that goes beyond race and unites at a level that can produce a result that will change the parliamentary math.
For the first time the Greens and Labour can see a narrative that has them winning rather than losing and should re-energise them as their numbers swell from moderates fleeing National for fear of a Brash-Key Government.
The reality is this recession has produced an electorate of poverty who are angry at being told to do with less while the elites receive tax cuts and corporate welfare. When their aspirations are being decided at the tables of power, they want staunch representatives that won't sell out, and in Hone, Annette Sykes, John Minto and Sue Bradford they have those types of leaders.
Don Brash is right, we face a serious economic situation, but his failed free market dogma is what led to the 2008 financial meltdown, what on earth can replicating failed ideology domestically achieve? We need to make radical changes, but the majority must demand that mandate and the left need to understand the real opportunity of structural change possible if the parliamentary majority swings left.