Sep 30, 2008

Sharples Agrees With Hooton

Ben Thomas has a scoop up on the NBR site. Details of tonight's interview with Pita Sharples on Alt.TV.

Our own view has been that the National policy on Maori seats is all about negotiating leverage post election, as about real policy intentions.

This is what Sharples says:

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says his party receives signals “privately” that the National Party is not too committed on its position of abolishing the Maori electorate seats.

Host Martyn Bradbury put to Dr Sharples right wing commentator Matthew Hooton's view that "the desire to dump the Maori seats was simply window dressing for the more meat-eating National fringe than genuine policy," and asked whether the announced policy suggested National were more serious about abolishing the seats.
Mr Sharples replied: “No, I think Mr Hooton is pretty close. That’s the same message we’ve been getting privately, that in fact it’s well off.”