‘Treatygate could have huge ramifications’ says commentator Chris Trotter in yesterday’s Dominion Post, Otago Daily Times, Waikato Times, Taranaki Daily News, Timaru Herald, and Greymouth Star.
And on his own blog, where he helpfully includes my eye-patched photo of Che Guevara impersonator and Exaggerator-General Tariana Turia.
Those who read Chris regularly will know that he can be quite schizophrenic in his views.
With Don Brash, he could praise him to the heavens one week, and lash him the next.
But on racial favouritism, I’ve found him to be consistently opposed. He supported the goals of the Coastal Coalition in fighting to keep our coastline in Crown ownership.
He has always treated me respectfully in his columns, despite occasionally damning me as dangerous.
I was impressed that he once had the courage to stand up for ‘Mr Ansell’ on the blog of particularly vicious lefty Scott Hamilton, when I dared to suggest that Maori were now more a religion than a race.
I thought this current article was fair, except for the ending.
I have written to assure Chris that I will not be accepting any money from the current incarnation of the National Party.
(And I think if he checks with Mr Key — and especially with Mr Finlayson! — he’ll find that there’s little appetite in the party to offer me any. :-))
I do agree with Chris that it’s possible the Constitutional Review will assist National — if its biased Constitutional Advisory Panel is left to proceed unchecked.
Unless they are forced to obey their stated aim, they are bound to produce a report claiming that a majority of New Zealanders want a Treaty-based written Constitution, and to retain the Maori seats.
That’ because they intend to break their founding promise and not go anywhere near the majority of New Zealanders.
A lady from their secretariat (located in the Justice Ministry, of all places) told me that they had no plans to hold any public meetings because “some people might cause trouble”.
(As if they’re not causing enough by promoting separatism.)
My spies inform me that the Panel has already conducted dozens of clandestine meetings with groups that share their separatist agenda, and are studiously ignoring those who don’t.
Like, for example, me.
I asked to speak to co-chair Dr John Burrows — the only one I thought we, the people, might be able to trust — and he said he would try to get back to me in a couple of weeks (note the ‘try’).
That was many weeks ago. He doesn’t appear to be trying very hard.
I will therefore soon be exposing him as a Treatygater.
Chris doesn’t agree with me, but I think the currently anonymous leader of the Labour Party might consider taking advantage of the groundswell of support that will be engendered by the Treatygate/Colourblind State campaign.
(If not David Shearer then maybe David Parker, who was very strong in the Marine and Coastal Areas debate.)
Labour since the days of the dangerous Geoffrey Palmer has been the lesser of two evils in the appeasement of Griever Maori.
Their Foreshore and Seabed Act was far less damaging to this country than National’s Marine and Coastal Areas Act will be.
Helen Clark rightly refused to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
John Key, on the other hand, was happy to appease his separatist mate Pita Sharples with an airfare to New York, so he could sign the DRIP before we found out.
The apparition that is David Shearer could actually become visible and popular if he were to stand with 80% of New Zealanders against racial favouritism.
It would differentiate him from Key over an issue that is going to snowball into an avalanche come the next election.
It would be one issue where the public would be solidly behind him.
Chris Trotter thinks he should, but won’t, citing Labour’s hatcheting of Phil Goff after his ‘Nationhood’ speech.
But that was back when race relations was not the hot potato issue that it soon will be again.
If Shearer did stand with the 80% (the number who consistently vote against Maori wards), would Key then be forced to flipflop to match him?
Might John Key ditch the Maori separatists and promote a Colourblind State, even before my referendum at the 2014 election?
What do you think?
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