No “compromise” over Maori Seats for Auckland Supercity
It doesn’t matter how the subject is spun by those Maori (and there isn’t a consensus) who want a different and separate form of ‘democracy’ based on race. Separatly elected seats for a group based on some ethnic or racial system is quite simply undemocratic and racist.
ACT and Rodney Hide are quite right to hang tough on this one, not only because it goes against the parties basic principals, but also because the whole local government reform process is a major plant of ACT’s agreement with National.
It’s a bit rich for Pita Sharples to say that it would be a pity for Rodney to resign over this small issue, Pita’s party already got the stuff they wanted from National, like the foreshore, and it now looks like in typical fashion, they are coming back for seconds. I would imagine there would be large amounts of toy throwing from the Maori Party if National had decided to fudge the issue on the Foreshore.
Anyway, isn’t it about time Maori learned to stand on their own two feet? Are they that lacking in confidence that they think Aucklanders wouldn’t vote for a Maori who stood for election and who happened to have good policies?
One wonders whether the real issue is that many things people like Pita really want are so unpalatable to the majority and undemocratic, that the only way for them to achieve this is by having an undemocratic system of them getting power in government, both local and nationally.
At some point Key need to stop being like Tony Blair and compromising with everyone who objects to anything he is trying to do. If they go ahead and compromise on Maori seats, then you have to wonder whether Kay’s government is being held ransom by every noisy minority with an agenda contrary to both National’s and ACT’s core values.
The Maori seats have to go at some point, and Maori who have an undemocratic agenda need to start to get their heads around this issue. Auckland Supercity would be a good place to turn a new page… so let’s just get on with it!