I’ve just watched John Key say on Sky Australia “We don’t need the Maori Party – we have the votes for stable government.” But without the Maori Party, all we’ve got is an Epsom government. It hangs by the thread on the meeting over the teacups between Parnell resident Key and Epsom candidate Banks which sent a message to National voters to vote for Banks in Epsom. Key needed Epsom voters to guarantee National’s “mandate” for asset sales.
Key spoke of partial asset sales, a policy that is supposed to let “mum and dad” investors participate. It’s partial all right, absolutely in favour of the mums and dads of Epsom. They’re the only ones who can participate because they’re the ones who got the big tax cuts. They must have assets with a large dividend stream as returns on bank investment, that many pensioners depend on, aren’t big enough for them.
Key is desperate to keep the Maori Party as a figleaf to cover up the fact that all we have is an Epsom government. His disparaging remark that Clause 9 of the SoE Act was “largely symbolic” has caused great offence in Maoridom and among many pakeha. Tariana Turia has now pulled off the figleaf in an open letter in today’s Herald.
The front page of today’s Herald details how Auckland is a city divided.
“A vast income gap has opened up between the haves and the have-nots, and many people struggle to avoid food.
No struggle for the people of Epsom. Inequality is a huge issue worldwide, as the Herald indicates:
… many economists now see reducing inequality as a prime economic goal – both to harness our full human potential and to dampen boom/bust cycles caused by excessive lending by people who have more than they need to people who need the loans but can’t afford them.
A survey for last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, rated “severe income disparity” as the biggest risk facing the world in the next decade.
Waitangi has provided the first rock in the road for a government whose policies are based on inequality. There is no mandate for asset sales, partial or otherwise.