Good Q+A this morning.
Andrew Little was on with Jessica Mutch. She pushed Little on Charter Schools and Maori Prisons because when Maori suggest anything that might be designed by Maori for Maori we know Western Civilisation itself is in the balance and may just tip over the cliff and smash into a trillion pieces that can never be put back together again.
Little is very svelte in his response. He pulls it back to Labour values. What some of the more shrill critics of Charter Schools may like to consider before beginning their screams of protest is that the NZ State Education system has been failing Maori since the moment the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.
Demanding that Maori must sit on their hands and not try to lift their own people out of poverty and an under performing education system by running their own that fall well within the current Public Teaching standards is so much more damaging when you also consider that the latest research on why Maori and Pasifika students fail is because of the self projected limitations placed upon them by middle class Pakeha teachers.
Perhaps there is more to discuss openly than scream blindly over, because you know, it’s supposed to be for the kids and the current public education system is in fucking free fall. I’m not in support of Charter Schools, I want far more money to go into public schools, that’s the solution to me. But I also think that there are a few examples as to where the Public Education system can learn something from Maori.
Andrew is very good, looks like he’s had a good conference. The sense of gloom that has spread amongst some of the Labour MPs is misplaced and the energy of the Conference seems to have chirped everyone up.
The panel is on, Mike, Josie and Ken. I know, I know, which one is the right wing opinion. Classic stuff.
I think the biggest challenge of this election will be how to explain to the wider electorate how a Labour and NZ First minority Government is going work. Each of the pundits all acknowledge that MMP means the exact make up of the Government post September is actually not clear at all.
Does Winston do as he has in the past and surge ahead on an angry anti-immigration platform to be the kingmaker?
If Winston goes with National the immediate friction will be Housing and Peters would become a target of blame for any ongoing social frictions. Winston’s xenophobia can’t work with National’s close relationship with China.
If Winston goes with Labour it will be a minority Government as Winston will simply push the Greens out again. The payback for the Greens would be some Ministerial Positions, Labour would have to give them that and Winston realises his own cavalcade of political freak shows he brings in off his list can’t be trusted anywhere near power.
Pundits note that maybe the Greens will get hit, but no one is clear how the votes can splinter under MMP.
The moment activists realise Greens + Labour can’t = 51% they are going to freak.
Mike Williams ends the show by attacking Willie Jackson. What a dick move.