Last night, Sandra Goudie, the big-mouth of the National Party caucus, said the words out loud that the Nats usually keep in their heads. During the debate on the Supercity, one of the Labour MPs was talking about the success of Maori seats in the Bay of Plenty and how other councillors didn’t object. Goudie yelled out: ‘the others earned their seats’
Get it? The Nats think that Maori seats are frauds, and those who win them are undeserving of their office. You can’t deny there’s a streak of racism underlying that view. These are the same Nats that the Maori Party is working with. They don’t respect the Maori Party MPs. They don’t think there’s any mana in winning their seats. They think they are frauds. No wonder they keep exploiting them.
Hey, Maori Party MPs, time to wake up.
You think you’re going to get an increase in benefits in return for giving up your principles on climate change? Get real. They’re going to screw you like they did on the Maori seats.
You think you’re going to get a good deal on the Foreshore and Seabed? Just wait. They’ll screw you on that too.
If you keep bowing down and sacrificing your eloquently stated principles to save your relationship with the Nats, you’ll just confirm in their minds that you’re not worthy of respect.