Monday, July 17, 2017

Maori Seats - Update

I think Winston Peters is onto a political winner with his demand for a binding referendum on the abolition of Maori seats in parliament.

The continuing existence of these seats is a political anachronism which does no favours to NZ and I think he will pull a lot of votes from disaffected Labour and National voters.

It will be very difficult for those who oppose the abolition of these seats to accuse him of racism.  He is probably the only politician in the country who could get away with it and I, for one, could forgive him for some but not all of his many sins if he pulls it off.


I see some wag over at Whaleoil has suggested Winston's 'binding referendum' will be offered only to those on the Maori roll.  Nothing Peters does would surprise me.  Such a move will see growth on the Maori roll surpassing the rate at which the number of Aborigines in Tasmania has increased since honkies could claim to be abos.


Anonymous said...

I never thought I would vote Winston, but this seems to be the year.

National has a huge problem with candidate selection and keeping them past their use by dates - Barclay, Williamson, Nick Smith, the chap from Hanmer and so on. I don't think they realise how much this alienates them from the electorate.

Labour has the same issue, but at least their candidates are open about being useless. Their big problem is they really just represent the unions so are of negative relevance to most.

The Greens have just hijacked the name and are just a group of welfare bludgers with chips on their shoulders.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Maybe not so much the wag. I'm told the official NZ1st policy is for a binding referendum of Maori voters only, however on searching their website I can see no such reference.