Andrew Little at Ratana today.
Boom, and in rolls Andrew Little with a beat down on Maori that would make the LAPD look liberal.
Bash goes Andrew…
Labour leader Andrew Little has further distanced Labour from the Maori Party while also dismissing Hone Harawira’s Mana Movement as “irrelevant”.
…smash goes Andrew…
Labour leader Andrew Little has hit back at the Maori Party, saying it has done nothing for its people while “shackled to the National Party”.
…all of which is just the height of hypocrisy coming from a Labour leader.
Who confiscated and stole the largest land grab against Maori in NZ history? Why the Labour Party of course.
Who freaked out about closing the gaps because conservative Middle Nu Zilind didn’t like the Maaaaoris? Why the Labour Party of course.
Who left 175 000 mainly Maori children in poverty for the entirety of their last 9 years in power? You guessed it, the Labour Party.
And that was just the Helen Clark Government, I won’t begin with Rodger Douglas.
So why is Andrew Little putting the bash down? Isn’t he concerned about backlash?
No he is not.
Andrew Little is far smarter than the media have given him credit for and he has read the NZ First tea leaves.
NZ First poses an existential threat to an independent Maori political voice. After the shock announcement of making the return of the Pike River Mine dead a ‘bottom line’ you can almost see the writing on the wall for Winston’s next great chess move – what if he made ruling the Maori Party out of any Government he is part of a political bottom line as well?
The Maori Party have settled on a ‘we are of Government, not in Government’ policy. That means that whatever Party is in power, be it Labour or National, and regardless if their numbers are required for the Government majority, they have an expectation to be invited to the Table as the independent political voice of Maori.
This being at the table rather than under the table seems a tad meaningless when John Key and Bill English have privatised the table, but to their credit, when the National Government have relied on their vote for policy, the Maori party have always reaped a high price for co-operation.
Andrew Little however ain’t having any of that, and his attacks on MANA and the Maori Party at Ratana are an advance move before Winston lays eliminating the Maori Party out of any Government as a bottom line.
Imagine the pulling power NZ First would have in the provinces once it made that a bottom line. Does anyone think Bill English would save the Maori Party or throw them under a bus to get the numbers to form a majority?
As I’ve blogged, in 2017 we either change the Government (Labour + NZ First + supply and demand from Greens = 51% ) or force a changed Government (Labour + Greens + Maori Party/MANA Movement = 51%).
We are not going to get both.
If MANA and the Maori Party wish to avoid being crushed by NZ First, they better have their joint strategy worked out by now.