Give ‘em an inch and they want the full bloody mile.
That’s how Alf sees things after a bunch of elderly Maori sovereignty campaigners declared their intention to extend their civil disobedience campaign from targeting judges’ homes to Prime Minister John Key’s Auckland home.
The group, led by Ngapuhi elder Tass Davis, plans to start the month-long campaign within two weeks. It will include “occupation-style sit-ins” at Auckland courthouses and private homes of judges.
Mr Davis, a 75-year-old former Auckland police constable, said there would be no attempt to force entry to Mr Key’s property they would wait until he was at home before acting. “We are non-violent. We will not use any force.”
Age does not seem to have mellowed the bugger.
And the PM’s decisions to promote Maori interests by – for example – throwing them a few buckets of your money and mine to talk about such lofty matters as a Maori flag obviously has simply driven Davis and his mob to push for more.
Mr Key was now a target because he paid “lip service” to Maori issues.
“Mr Key obviously thinks a few seats at the Cabinet table are enough to keep Maori off his back. I’m here to tell him he is sadly mistaken. Perhaps if we are camped outside his front door he might listen a little more to our concerns.”
The action’s aim was to force the Government into serious discussions over demands for Maori self-determination.
Disarming the mob, fair to say, won’t be too challenging for the forces of law and order. Taking away their walking sticks should do the trick.