Sep 26, 2008

Sharples: Clark Near The End Of Her Time

We will quote from respected Maori Party leader Pita Sharples:

Party co-leader Pita Sharples said he was no longer sure if he trusted Prime Minister Helen Clark, and said she was nearing the end of her time.
"She has been a great leader; she has done great things for the country," Dr Sharples said in an interview recorded yesterday for TVNZ 7. "But maybe she is nearing the end of her time."
Recent events in Parliament showed Miss Clark was clinging to power, he said.

"She is appearing quite desperate ... she is behaving like someone who is really, really desperate to get back into Parliament at any cost."

As the Dominion Post's Dan Eaton notes

Dr Sharples' outburst was his second attack on Labour in as many days. On Wednesday, he inflamed the row over Parliament's censure of NZ First leader Winston Peters by accusing Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia of trying to bully the Maori Party into supporting Mr Peters.
The Maori Party is regarded as a possible kingmaker in the government-building negotiations that are expected to follow the election, with neither Labour nor National likely to gain enough votes to be able to govern alone.