Our PM seems determined to insult Maori at every turn at the moment. What to make of this odd little outburst last night?
Maori claims ‘opportunistic’ – Prime Minister
The Prime Minister has hit back at the Maori Council, describing its Waitangi Tribunal claim for water ownership as “opportunistic”.
I don’t know which is stranger, a currency-trading capitalist denigrating people for maximising their economic opportunities, or claims dating back to The Treaty being passed off as somehow superficial.
He added he doesn’t think the Maori Council acts for all Maori.
Probably not, but neither does the government act for all New Zealanders. Especially on this issue.
But John Key’s comments appear to be inflaming the row.
Which, sadly, is probably his intention. At this point I don’t see any other way to read it.