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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Turia and Maori Party rule out deal with National

"We will do our utmost to ensure that the National Party does not make it to the Government benches," co-leader Tariana Turia said.
"This is electioneering at its worst because it is geared to turning New Zealanders in on each other and we are not going to participate."
Mr Harawira introduced himself to Dr Brash outside the hall and shook his hand, saying he had been a gentleman on last week's TVNZ debate but yesterday was a racist.
Herald article

John Armstrong comments:
What is striking about the speech is the blithe disregard for the potential backlash of taking an axe to the bureaucracy and agencies through which Maori rights are expressed and upheld.

Well, not quite total disregard.

Dr Brash's assurances about "Maori having nothing to fear" and National "not rushing things" suggest wiser counsel that it might be better to proceed slowly rather than completely alienate a major segment of the population before you have even got your feet under the Cabinet table.

However, Maori have taken their cue from what Dr Brash is telling Pakeha voters.

In a case of the devil you know, the Maori electorates have been swinging back to Labour.
I'll be damned if this isn't the highest stakes election we've had in a long time. Long-mooted policies by the centre-right have finally been put on the table and the voter will be given a clear choice.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 8/30/2005 06:01:00 am


Blogger Murray said...

Yes good timing, stamp your foo, take your ball and go home.

Don Brash has already said there are elements of the MP's policies that have already ruled out working with them.

Is this political "you can't fire me, I quit"?

Either way, diligaf.

8/30/2005 08:39:00 am  

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