Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to the Whaleoil hate machine. Their suspicion of journalists is justified, but in their haste, their interactions have generated more attention than the issues they wanted to discuss.
Georgina Beyer’s silly outburst is further proof of those speed wobbles for a 3 year old political movement. As those inside the MANA machine are stretched to capacity, communication channels are getting stressed. I’m sure Georgina will have had those communication channels well and truly cleared today and we won’t be hearing too many of her concerns for the rest of the campaign.
MANA can move through these speed wobbles, the phenomenal turn out to the Internet MANA tour is proof that they have an ignored momentum building that will surprise on election day.
What is most amusing however is the claim that Te Ururoa Flavell will win Waiariki.
No he won’t.
These landline polls in Maori electorates are more corrupt than in the general seats because the intense poverty in Maoridom means having a landline puts you in the upper classes. Remember the last landline poll for Hone’s by-election? Maori TV claimed then that he only had a 1% lead over Kelvin Davis, what ended up happening? Hone beat Kelvin by 9%.
The 2013 census reports that over 30% of people in Waiariki do not have access to a landline alongside the fact this poll was taken in bloody July – well before the Dirty Politics revelations means it’s a worthless poll. MANAs own internal polling using cellphones as well as landlines paints a completely different picture.
Annette has been tireless in Waiariki. She took Flavell’s 7000 majority and crushed it into 1800 with only 6 weeks worth of campaign. She has been campaigning there now for 3 years.
Annette Sykes is one of the most passionate, brilliant civil rights crusaders we have in NZ and the chance to see her represent Waiariki and be inside Parliament should make every progressive stand tall.
If MANA continue the pressure in Waiariki, Annette Sykes will win.