It was good to hear Mike Williams as the voice of the left on Nine to Noon yesterday. It is high time that someone from the broad left had the mike, to coin a phrase. Mike “spat on the altar” and had a friendly go at his mate Matt McCarten’s strategy for a by-election in Te Tai Tokerau, a kind of joust of the gurus. He thinks Matt made a mistake there, and I agree. Mike said he was glad he wasn’t part of the decision as to whether Labour’s Kelvin Davis should run, but I am sure he would agree with the decision that has now been made.
Kelvin is an outstanding candidate, and will give Hone the run of his life whether it’s in the by-election or the general election. Kelvin represents the future for Maoridom. Hone and the Maori Party represent the past.
Kelvin’s focus is on education, in his case based on real experience as a successful school principal. Education represents the future for Maori just as it did for my Irish clann relations. I’ve been back to see the Galway bog my family came from five generations ago. It’s a lot like Northland. Our family owes a lot to the Catholic schools.
Matt and Hone may yet back down on their plan for an early run. And we should not forget that it was a Labour government that in 1985 passed the Treaty of Waitangi Amendment Act that made redress for grievance applicable back to 1840.