Labour MPs must lift their game to stay in of­fice

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

If Labour is go­ing to keep the Maori Party at bay in this year’s elec­tion, it’ll need more oomph from two of its Maori heavy­weights – Parekura Horo­mia and Shane Jones.

No mat­ter how well they per­form you can still count on Tar­i­ana Turia and her three Par­lia­men­tary team­mates Pita Sharples, Hone Harawira and Te Ururoa Flavell hold­ing on to their seats.

That group of four has been so ef­fec­tive they’re in no dan­ger of let­ting Labour back in.

But Labour does have a chance of hold­ing the Tainui seat be­cause Nanaia Mahuta is en­trenched there – partly be­cause of her whaka­papa and stand­ing within the iwi, and also be­cause she’s been such a solid MP.

Any more Labour suc­cess among the bros, how­ever, will come down to whether Parekura and Shane can lift their games.

Parekura showed, once again, what a bun­gler he can be when he came up with that lame line in Par­lia­ment about kids miss­ing break­fast be­cause they’re watch­ing their weight.

And he has a his­tory of stum­bling around so badly that at times he has been al­most as in­com­pre­hen­si­ble as Win­ston Peters, the reign­ing world cham­pion of dou­ble-speak.

Still, Parekura keeps whack­ing away in his ge­nial man­ner ... pre­pared to cop the blows aimed at him and Labour, and pre­pared to keep on the road sell­ing the good­ies that the Gov­ern­ment has been rolling out to woo the vot­ers.

You’ve got to hand it to him for per­sis­tence, es­pe­cially when some of the good­ies – es­pe­cially the fore­shore leg­is­la­tion – were in­sult­ing.

Shane has had that sales prob­lem too. But he also has the self-im­posed hand­i­cap of be­hav­ing as if he were as wise, elo­quent and im­por­tant as Win­ston Churchill.

Maybe one day he will be. But in the mean­time it’s not the way to win Maori friends and vot­ers.

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