Remember – March against National’s undemocratic supercity today 25th, noon, Queen St [More info]
Today in the Herald John Key is talking tough, dismissing the Super City hikoi before it’s even begun:
Today’s hikoi against the proposed Auckland Super City is unlikely to make a difference, is premature and the wrong forum to raise concerns, Prime Minister John Key says.
This is a strong Prime Minister, we’re supposed to think. He won’t let a bunch of scruffy protesters tell him how to run his government. You can scream and shout and protest all you like, it won’t make a blind bit of difference.
Meanwhile, in the very same paper, his Minister of Maori Affairs is saying exactly the opposite:
Iwi have put a proposal to the Government pushing for Maori representation on the Auckland Council…
[Sharples] was optimistic about the proposal’s success.
“I guess it’s got to go through the hoops. I think the hikoi will promote the whole urgency of it.”
Another strange day in the life of John Key’s government.
[Of course, National were always going to back down on the Maori seats to try and take the punch out of opposition to the Super City. But they’re about to find out that the discontent runs much wider and much deeper than that.]