Via Newsroom [offline], Pita Sharples has confirmed reports of an internal revolt within the Maori Party over its support for National’s ETS.
The Maori Party will honour its deal to back National’s emissions trading scheme despite many in the party being opposed to much of the ETS bill, co-leader Pita Sharples has said in a startling admission.
Under pressure from reports of a looming revolt within the party’s governing body over the ETS deal, Dr Sharples admits he does not know if there is widespread support in the party for the re-designed scheme.
However, he said the party would continue to vote for the legislation because it had made a commitment to do so and its integrity was on the line…
Pressed by journalists in Parliament, where the legislation is being debated under urgency, Dr Sharples could give only limited assurances about the level of support within Maoridom for the scheme.
Sharples sure has a strange view of what integrity means, but I guess it shows where his true loyalties lie. The Newsroom report goes on:
Parliament’s rules permit the party to cast only four of its five votes while co-leader Tariana Turia is in hospital and embattled Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira remains absent.
Mr Harawira is under instructions from his leadership to stay away while his future within the party is sorted out following his email outburst following revelations he had skipped out of an official overseas visit to go sightseeing in Paris.
There has been speculation Mr Harawira would have crossed the floor to vote against the ETS had he been in the House today.
That last piece of information certainly puts the Maori Party’s strange handling of the Harawira issue in a whole new light.
This was never about Paris or the white motherf*ckers, it was about Turia and Sharples avoiding the embarrassment of a renegade MP crossing the floor and showing them up for the sell-outs they are.