Lindsay Mitchell has some reservations on the Maori Party.
The Maori party is racist, socialist, separatist, tribalist and reactionary. A party of “freedom and choice” doesn’t get into bed with a party like that – not on a permanent basis. They sleep with them when it suits. Which is a partnership that speaks ill of both camps and will inevitably end in tears.
Who is actually being critical of the Maori Party world-view at the moment? Nobody. Not one party is prepared to challenge their blatantly racist proclaimations and their schizophrenic attitude to welfare dependence – probably the most pressing issue Maori face.
The Maori Party has shown extraordinary energy since the election. Their MPs are passionate and deservedly high-profile but their ideas are awful. They are still caught up in the victimhood mentality and all the bitterness that entails. Some more than others. It is my sincere belief that they will not advance the social circumstances of the Maori people. Not if they stay on their current course.
And there ought to be a party prepared to point this out.
Lindsay is mostly right. The Maori Party has a lot of socialist baggage, but then so did Donna Awatere. The ACT MPs have actively tried to work with the Maori Party in areas such as education.
Will working with ACT make the Maori Party a more positive force, or will it weaken ACT? I think we should seek common ground where we can, but be very clear on the areas we won’t compromise ie abolishing the Maori seats.