Rallying around the Treaty to save state assets?
a) Private school boy bogans who have accidentally wandered into a treaty minefield due to their thick necked arrogance that defines consultation as 'sign here'
b) Realizing there will be no third term, have decided that now is the time to ram through as many hard right economic policies as possible and if that costs them the political camouflage of the Maori Party, so be it.
The most interesting irony in all of this could be the accidental fusion National seem to have sown the seeds for here because if the Treaty suddenly becomes seen as the sovereignty handbrake to asset sales, Key will have managed to merge Maori nationalism and those espousing economic nationalism in a manner he will find hard to separate.
Treaty rights could make a cross cultural jump as Pakeha's anger at asset sales identify with self determining sovereignty.
Dumping Section 9 of the SoE Act is to National what the Seabed and Foreshore land confiscation was to Labour. National are effectively throwing out one of the hardest won sovereignty victories for Maori which can now act as a rallying point for all NZers demanding no privatization.
'Honour the treaty' means the economic autonomy that guarantees sovereignty by holding on to our assets. Key could have accidentally triggered a response that unifies in a way his strategists haven't considered.
With more damning news about National gutting TPK about to break, this Waitangi Day looks set to be the most important in decades.