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What damage Maori – National?

{Updated more or less immediately: Sharples admits preference for Labour. One leader is playing Kiss and Catch with Key, while the other listens to his constituents and prefers Labour – fun times for the Maori Party}

Politics is a funny thing, and even more so in this day and age of MMP (don’t get me wrong FPP was just flat out fraud).

But as soon as a minor party is played as the King Maker by the media, they start to believe it and do silly things. First there was Winnie, then Peter Dunne and now the Maori Party.

They have all had their egos massaged and their electoral egos and punch massaged and inflated beyond what is required of them, or defined by the electorate.

Despite the vast vast majority of Maori intending not to vote National (as indicated by most polls), get it they aren’t going to vote National, the Maori Party and John Key have been playing a very public courting game (you can almost hear the hushed voice of Sir David Attenborough, “here we have the Turia bird dancing around the puffy chested Key bird”).

Gordon Campbell has talked about this at length, and it’s worth considering, is the Maori Party courting disaster/retribution at the 2011 election?

I would add to that, with this very public song and dance going on (they’ve even forgiven blatant racism less than 24hrs after the news erupted), is there enough time before polling day for the Maori Party to have already done the damage. I understand Tariana Turia’s intense dislike of Helen Clark and the Labour Party over what it did with the Foreshore and Seabed (to the white’s out there, this is a modern treaty breach of the highest magnitude), and there may be a massive attempt by Tariana Turia to hurt Labour over that. But at what cost?

I don’t know if Maori voters will be turned off with the prospect of their party in bed with the whites, oldest, male centred party we have had a in a long time. I know the folk I’ll be voting for, The Greens, have at least ruled National out – thank god.

But in all honesty can a Maori voter go to the polls knowing that a vote for the Maori Party is a vote for National? Time will tell and there’s a PHD topic in there for some bright spark post election.


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Correct me if I am wrong but…

TV 3’s sensational revelation that John Key is so popular that a visit to Auckland University by the National leader didn’t even draw a protest.

Why would it. National have sucked up to the electorate and decided that it would be easier to go back on ‘socially irresponsible’ policy and keep interest free student loans and take their sucker vote.

But this is the bit that I might need correcting.

“You know you are a popular National Party leader when you can head to Auckland University’s student orientation without a protest – even the guy with the worst mullet imaginable seemed to embrace John Key.”


This piece by Duncan Garner 3News’ political editor was of course full of glory about Mr Key, shaking babies (well they are students after all) with no policy in sight. But if I’m not wrong the so called mullet Key was talking to was a Westpac Bank employee dressed in ‘Westie’ garb as their promotion to grab student clients this year, ‘WestiePac’.

So shock horror John Key is on campus talking to a banker and not looking like a nob.

I might be wrong, but if not, what another piece of disingenuous journalism in NZ.


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This is brillant

This should be done in NZ for the next election, it is so simple it is brilliant.



Candidate match game

About the game
Polls suggest Americans are concerned primarily with a few key issues in the 2008 presidential election. USA TODAY researched candidate positions on those top issues — Iraq, immigration and health care — as well as a few others that may influence the election. We then came up with 11 multiple-choice questions that would help differentiate the candidates and their stances.

As you answer the questions, you can roll over each color bar below the candidates’ heads to find background on their positions. Your answers are matched with the positions of the presidential hopefuls to reveal the candidate (or candidates) closest to your views. The sliders on the right allow you to assign relative weights to match the importance that you place on each issue.

USA TODAY welcomes your feedback. Let us know in the comments below how you fared, which candidate aligns with you and how you liked the game.

This is it on it’s own.

have fun

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