Aug 31, 2008

Propects Of Grand Coalition Disappear

Remember Labour's strategy to stay Government? 38% plus support from Green, NZ First and Maori? Now read this from the Sunday Star Times

Fresh signs have emerged that Labour's prospects of forming a new government after the coming election are narrowing, with a blunt attack from a crucial coalition player.
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira told the Star-Times that the Labour-led government was "stale" and arrogant and it was time for a change of government.
"They're suffering from the arrogance of being in power too long. At the moment they're a coalition corpse. They're gone, and anybody who is associated too closely with them is likely to be gone as well."

Regular readers of The Hive will be aware of the respect we have for the Maori Party and for the leadership shown by Turiana Turia, Hone Harawira and Pita Sharples on several issues - such as climate change. We understand that relations between Labour and the Maori Party have deteriorated to such an extent that a leadership change within Labour is going to be necessary to start the rebuilding process. Maori have great respect for Phil Goff for example.