Dear John - Waitangi Clan ain't nuthing ta f' wit
Perhaps someone at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage should've slipped the 1993 "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' Ta F' Wit" onto John's iPod shuffle before he went all over town mouthing off at the Waitangi Tribunal, cause look at who just got bitch slapped...
Maori claim first blood in fight over asset sales
The Maori Council has claimed a limited victory over a Waitangi Tribunal request for the Government not to proceed with asset sales until at least September - but the council's lawyer says the real test for the Crown will be after the tribunal's final findings are released.
OUCH - that gotta hurt. Add 200 000 signatures to the petition calling for a referendum on asset sales and a September launch looks more aspirational than reality. If Key bulldozes through he risks Court action pushing that launch date out even further or impacting negatively on the value and price.
Key is frantically running around trying to cut a deal with the newly created Tuku Morgan/Michael Cullen Fresh Water Iwi group, but a divide and rule tactic here will splinter Maoridom and cause the Maori Party to implode. National could already be eyeing up a 4% threshold Conservative Party and see the MP as surplus to needs now making Pita and Tariana's sitting at the table rational look even less appealing if Key has already sold the table and invited over a new date.
Nice to see Maori showing Pakeha how to resist neo liberal policy that is detrimental to us all. Key may have created a new political space for Maori nationalists and economic sovereignty proponents to come together as one force. Once Pakeha start seeing their interests covered by the Treaty, watch how quickly Nationalism can unite in a way neither deemed possible.
Key needs this sale for the cash. His Government have amputated the ability of the State to raise revenue by lowering taxes and needs asset sale cash to fund the basics that tax revenue are supposed to cover. Key will push ahead as this gets uglier and the fighting more bitter.
Key's desperate need for the cash will sow a seed of righteous grievance that he will find difficult to contain by 2014.