Alf supposes the Maori Party’s MPs avidly read this blog for a steer on what they should do.
Moreover, he supposes they read his post here yesterday and saw the great good sense in what Alf was saying:
Principles be buggered, it’s winning power and holding it that matters
Alf has done this supposing while munching his breakfast on learning that the Maori Party is signalling it will stay in Government.
Yep, the buggers have had a taste of power and the trappings that go with it.
Ministerial cars and what-have-you for two of them, and the buzz one gets from exercising political influence for all of them.
That influence is reflected in several decisions over the past year or so – flags flying on the Auckland harbour bridge, Tainui’s co-management of the Waikato River, the indigenous rights thing at the United Nations, whanau ora and so on.
The Maori Party MPs will want to keep flexing their muscle, despite a cooling of relations (a momentary cooling, Alf suggests) with Prime Minister John Key.