Who would’ve be­lieved it?

Central Leader - - News -

“Iwi or Kiwi,” they said. “Maori are over-priv­i­leged and the Maori Party is racist.”

Does any­one re­mem­ber the Na­tional Party’s 2005 elec­tion cam­paign?

Who will ever for­get Don Brash’s in­fa­mous Orewa speech or the sup­port he got from thou­sands of sup­pos­edly good Ki­wis af­ter it?

The speech was great, ac­cord­ing to many, who thought it was about time a politi­cian stood up and spoke the truth without fear of be­ing la­belled a racist.

The trou­ble was it was racist, and the Nats’ cam­paign was the most racist in our po­lit­i­cal his­tory.

Un­for­tu­nately far too many thought Brash’s racist rant was neces- sary to halt the Maori takeover. But the re­al­ity was Brash and Na­tional knew the only way to get up in the polls was to bash Maori and take ad­van­tage of para­noia, ig­no­rance and racism.

Thank God they were un­suc­cess­ful be­cause if they had suc­ceeded there’s no way in the world the Maori Party would con­sider join­ing forces with Na­tional.

And who would have be­lieved they are on the verge of do­ing that? My ad­vice to the Maori Party is if there’s a deal on the ta­ble then take it.

Hope­fully the deal be­ing of­fered by Prime Min­is­ter elect John Key will be more than just the Maori Af­fairs port­fo­lio be­cause to achieve real progress the Maori Party has to be in­volved in key port­fo­lios like so­cial wel­fare, health and ed­u­ca­tion.

Left wing com­men­ta­tor Chris Trotter said it will be the beginning of the end for the Maori Party if they do a deal with Na­tional. But a coali­tion be­tween Labour and the Maori Party in gov­ern­ment is now not an op­tion.

What Chris has for­got­ten is that the Maori Party came about af­ter Labour’s be­trayal over the fore­shore and seabed. He’s also for­got­ten Maori lead the way in all ar­eas with neg­a­tive statis­tics. The Maori Party doesn’t have time to worry about his agenda be­cause a Maori agenda comes first, and that in­volves find­ing so­lu­tions that span the whole po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.

They have no choice. This is an op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance Maori de­vel­op­ment with a Na­tional that is hope­fully a dif­fer­ent party than it was in 2005.

Lis­ten to Wil­lie Jack­son on Mon­day at 10am on Ra­dio Waatea 603AM

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.