Something in the air at Waitangi has addled Andrew Little’s brain.
Or perhaps he has been infected with the cravenness bug that afflicts the Mayor of New Plymouth.
Whatever got the better of him, he has declared himself in favour of giving Maori greater self-governance, possibly including the ability to make some of their own laws.
Little declared his readiness to take this further step towards creating a Maori New Zealand and the other New Zealand yesterday, apparently influenced by a Waitangi Tribunal finding last year that Northland Maori did not cede their sovereignty when signing the Treaty.
This posturing would have won him lots of brownie points among Maori elders at Waitangi.
They had criticised The Boss when he stated the obvious – obvious, at least, except to people without a normal cluster of brain cells or to some indigenous persons who lust for greater governing powers to show they are “special” in this country.