Joking or Smoking?

Press Release – Mana Party

“He must’ve been either joking or smoking” said MANA leader Hone Harawira. Harawira was talking about Pita Sharples describing the Maori Party relationship with National as being ‘first class’ and ‘a relationship with integrity’ …Hone Harawira
MANA Leader

6th March 2012

Joking or Smoking?

“He must’ve been either joking or smoking” said MANA leader Hone Harawira.

Harawira was talking about Pita Sharples describing the Maori Party relationship with National as being ‘first class’ and ‘a relationship with integrity’ after National had announced its legislation to sell off shares in government owned electricity companies and Air New Zealand.

“The Maori Party said that Section 9 should apply to everyone and that they’d pull the plug on the coalition if it didn’t happen” said Harawira. “Well National have basically said get stuffed – Section 9 won’t apply to foreign investors at all.”

“Is that what you call ‘integrity’ is it Pete, when your coalition partner offers you another dead rat for breakfast … and then watches you swallow it before he jets off for a champagne breakfast with foreign investors?”

“Is that what you call a ‘first class relationship’?”

Harawira said Maori had been united on the issue of Section 9 staying with the assets because Section 9 guaranteed their Treaty rights but that by agreeing to the words ‘this does not apply to persons other than the Crown’ the Maori Party had sold Maori out again.

ENDS

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