The Maori Party MPs always read from pre-prepared speeches in the House. Here’s one they might like to read on Budget Day:
We refuse to vote for more money to lock up poor Maori and poor Pakeha. We voted against National’s reactionary crime laws, now we will vote against the money to fund them.
We refuse to vote for money to strip Aucklanders of their rights without consent. We oppose the undemocratic ‘Supercity’ of Hide and Key and we will vote against the money to create it.
We refuse to vote for cuts to spending on education and health.
We refuse to vote for more money for roads and less money for our environment.
We refuse to vote supply for a government that doesn’t believe in pay equality.
We refuse to vote money for a government that will gut ACC and the RMA.
We refuse to vote money for a government that is doing nothing to help poor people through the recession.
It was a mistake to vote for tax cuts for the rich. It was a mistake to vote to cut Kiwisaver by half. We will not make such mistakes again.
We refuse to vote for a Budget that is bad for our people. If we lose our ministerial warrants because of it, so be it. There is more mana in keeping your principles and not being a minister than being a minister in a government that acts against your principles.
Now that would be mana enhancing.