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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Turia Talks Sense

I become more and more impressed with the political astuteness of Tariana Turia as each day goes by. She has become a pragmatic negotiator, cleverly getting the very best deal she can for her constituents, irrespective of ideology - unlike her northern sidekick, Hone Harawira. Readers will know I have long thought National and the Maori Party actually have much more in common than do Labour and the Maori Party, once you get your head past the issue of Maori seats in Parliament.

She played Clark on a break when she formed the Maori Party and she'll do it again over the next couple of weeks. The key sound bite from this piece is:
Mrs Turia said she was solely interested in getting the best deal for Maori, no matter who she had to work with.
It is reported Winston is being offered a Ministry. Interesting to reflect on the last time he was a Minister in a coalition. It was no guarantee of stability then. Fascinating that two competing Maori politicians appear to be the key players in deciding the fate of a Pakeha dominated government.
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 10/08/2005 09:38:00 am


Blogger Murray said...

Turia lost me when she said everyone who isn't Maori just go somewhere else.

There's nothing she can ever do or say that will ever get me back.

10/08/2005 01:08:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Murray, she probably doesn't want you back. It is useful though, to look beyond the provocative sound bites aimed at a particular constituency and try to guage the real agenda, whether it be provocative or not. I'm not yet sure what it is but I don't really believe anyone seriously expects there ever to be a separate parliament where a few biological remnants of a long gone polynesian race diluted by Caucasian and Asian spermatazoa dominates a whole polulation.

10/08/2005 01:22:00 pm  
Blogger Paul said...

I've been away for quite a while and have been news deprived in some interesting parts of Eastern Europe with no telephones let alone internet capability, do we not have a Government? Just reading this post it seems that the Maori Party has some influence, dam must read more.

10/09/2005 11:40:00 pm  

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