Matt McCarten appears to have lost his usual political astuteness due to over use of rose tinted glasses.
Here he is predicting that the eviction of Mr John trouble wherever he turns up Hatfield from the Maori Party somehow has in it the makings of a change of gummint.
Nothing could be further from reality. In fact, National will be greatly strengthened.
McCarten seems to believe every word of Harawira's propaganda, particularly his daily assertions of his rock solid hold on the seat of Te Tai Tokerau - just as the world believed Saddam Hussein's propaganda about his military strength. Adolf prefers to look at facts and disregard words.
In particular, two things strike me as instructive and revealing of Harawira's self proclaimed electoral support.
- When Harawira called for a hui at Whakapara (to which Party officials were not invited) only one hundred people turned up and most of them were family members, bused in from the rancid swamps of Awanui. For those who don't know, Whakapara is smack dab in the centre of the electorate, just a few miles north of Whangarei. Wouldn't you have thought the Great Black Hope could have got together more than just a lousy hundred followers?
- Thus far largely ignored is the fact that Harawira negotiated a free run for for himself in the 2011 election. So much for his hold on the seat. He knows damned well that a half decent Maori Party candidate would see him thrown out on his hairy brown arse.
The Maori Party has handled this affair very well. It has abided by the patience and protocol demanded of it and in so doing has retained widespread respect. Not for Maoridom the quick throat cutting and slinging of the carcass out the back door used by the National Party on it's miscreants.
Further, the party has gained itself four years in which to find and groom a formidable candidate to take back the seat in 2014. It has the cash and people resources of a party. Harawira has none.
As far as the National Party is concerned, it can rejoice that one of its coalition partners has exorcised its life threatening cancer and has stabilised itself on a course which continues to attract a large and intelligent cross section of Maoridom - that which agrees with the forward thinking, practical and self help policies set out along the way by Messrs Sharples and Turia.
Not for them the bitter divisiveness, racial hatred, greed and envy of Hone Harawira and his miserable gaggle of racist black dope growers, child molesters and cousin fuckers.