Hard to say how seriously to take this talk of a Maori Party revolt against the ETS: almost everything this party says and does seems strange and opaque to me. I understand Turia is recovering from a surgical operation today: unfortunate timing. The rhetoric from unnamed sources within the party sounds robust:
“The question needs to be asked, do we want to be remembered as a party that gave future generations a horrendous debt, or do we want to be known as a party that took a principled stand against a terrible scheme?” the party source said.
It would be a bitter blow for Turia if the party tore itself apart before it could consolidate it’s gains on the foreshore and seabed.
UPDATE: Stuff is now reporting that the Maori Party will vote for the bill although my understanding is that one member (Harawira?) is abstaining. The ETS strikes me as the kind of policy that’s going to be an open wound for the government, bleeding them support every time a new announcement or report comes out on how much it’s cost taxpayers, so Labour are probably a bit relieved that it’s gone through (although they’ll have the unenviable task of pricing carbon into the economy when they eventually get back into power).