Until you bring in National five extra seats, I suggest you avoid labelling Rodney Hide a buffoon.
Also, if the media ask you to respond to tit-for-tat comments, you ought to say nothing, and fob off the comments as saying that it's the responsibility of people with a higher pay grade to comment. You are more interested in taking the fight to Labour.
Says the Stuff article:
Mr Henare questioned why he should sacrifice his career when Dr Sharples wasn't prepared to resign his portfolio over a point of principle.
"Why should I sacrifice my career when other people aren't? That's the question I put to you [and] absolutely I'm not going to. The call has been made by the Minister of Maori Affairs that we should cross the floor. Maybe he should resign."
Uh huh. But why say this publicly? Are you not aware that your destiny in wrapped up in the National Party list? Therefore I suggest you find ways to promote a National led government rather than hinder it.
And if you can't do that, then maybe it is you who should resign. National doesn't need this sort of distraction.
Mr Henare said he would go along with the cabinet decision against Maori seats.Oh good. Maybe he does get it after all. Pity about the outburst up front then.
"They're the cabinet. They make the rules. We have to follow the rules."
further update: Apparently Tau Henare also described Hide as a "jerk-off". There goes the list ranking Tau. Enjoy Parliament for the current term. It will be your last.