Is there a worse way to launch a new left-wing party than by pissing away $500,000 of the public’s money on a completely unnecessary by-election?
Hone Harawira plans to force a by-election in his Northland Te Tai Tokerau seat before the general election.
At the launch of his new Mana Party today he vowed to have a by-election held within six weeks.
Sometimes I just want to strap the entire spectrum of left-wing politicians into dentists chairs and patiently explain to them – using chisels and barbed wire – that most the state’s wealth comes from ordinary people working hard and then giving a huge chunk of their income to the government, so spending it is a sacred trust not an endless opportunity to squander it all on gimmicks and whims and political stunts.
Anyway . . .
Sue Bradford lent her support but made no mention of whether she would stand as a candidate.
Bradford described the break-away party as a “party of activists” that has the support of unionists and political activists.
“We need a party that can really lead a fight and wouldn’t just fiddle around the edge or cozy up to the Government for crumbs,” the former Green MP said during her speech.
“There’s only one way to ensure our rights and future and that’s to fight for them.”
Political activist John Minto also aligned himself with the Mana Party.
I have no idea what the purpose of this party is. Are they going to contest the party vote in the Maori seats? If so, then why do they need Sue Bradford and John Minto? Are they going to launch a nation-wide campaign aimed at the far-left? If so, won’t most of those votes just come from the Greens, and risk them falling under the 5% threshold?