The Maori Party might be miffed – but not enough (it’s a fair bet) to give up their baubles or their Beehive influence

May 12, 2010

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.

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Tuhoe , the treaty and the politics of separatism – principles be buggered, it’s winning power and holding it that matters

May 11, 2010

Good one, Boss.

Yep. Alf approves of Prime Minister John Key drawing a line in the sand – at long bloody last – on iwi treaty demands.

He has ruled out Tuhoe owning the Te Urewera National Park as part of its treaty settlement.

Treaty settlement? The buggers didn’t sign the treaty and were proud of it.

It is astonishing, therefore, that Tuhoe’s outlandish request for negotiations wasn’t laughed out of the Beehive from the outset.

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