Mr English’s view was not [National’s] official line. As expressed by strategist Murray McCully, it is that the bill is a “charter for blackmail and rent-seeking by Maori interests”.
Let’s be clear. National opposed the Foreshore & Seabed Act because they thought it gave Maori too many rights. This race-baiting strategy suited their electoral interests at the time. Now that it suits their electoral interests to get onside with the Maori Party their tune has changed.
This change of position is to be welcomed, but their current attempts to rewrite history should be met with derision.
[PS, Danyl, good post. I agree with you that the F&S Act may have been the least worst option given the circumstances – I’m not naive about the political realities the Labour Government faced at the time. But I stand by my view that the F&S Act was tainted with betrayal and cowardice, and that it should now be replaced with something better.]