There’s been a bit of commentary about Labour’s poor relationship with the Maori Party and the need for them to develop theyselves one of those mana enhancing relationships we keep hearing about. But when I read stories like this I find it hard to imagine that there’s going to be a Maori Party after the next election:
The email said Mr Hide had threatened to end Act’s relationship with National if Maori seats were allowed.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said last night that she was disappointed at Mr Hide’s position but her party’s support for the Government would not change . . .
“But we have no intentions of withdrawing support for the Government and we have no intention of withdrawing our ministerial roles. That’s not what we went into the relationship for.”
I have trouble figuring out if Sharples and Turia are simple-minded fools or political grandmasters playing the long game, thousands of moves ahead of anybody else, but surely the right of Maori to be represented under the Treaty is part of any ‘long game’ and a hell of a lot more important than ‘the relationship'; and in terms of party politics the Maori Party is WAY more important to National than ACT, a party that would disappear overnight if Key decided to take Epsom back or if councils put anti-psychotic drugs in the tap water.