Colin James gives Turia Politician of the Year

December 21st, 2009 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Colin James writes:

The ’s Mr Harawira also spent taxpayers’ money on personal fun, in Paris. Confronted, he reverted to Hone, the abusive teenage protester. For that he earned a grandmother’s fierce disapproval.

That gutsy, determined kuia five years ago held off Labour’s heavy hitters and earned their fury for what they saw – and see in exchanges as late as last week – as duplicity. She went solo and now has four MPs alongside her. The party’s future is far from secure and many National policies are anathema to its voters. But it is in the game and winning points.

In that game it is who anchors the party. Whacking Mr Harawira quarantined a threat to its important third constituency (after two sorts of Maori): an intrigued and respectful white middle-class that ungrudgingly (so far) concedes the points the party wins.

Mrs Turia is my politician of the year.

Kiwiblog readers also voted Tariana the Minor Party MP of the Year. I can recall the days when she was seen as electoral poison. She has achieved something quite remarkable with her establishment of the Maori Party, as I suspect it will be one of the four parties still existing in 2030.

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13 Responses to “Colin James gives Turia Politician of the Year”

  1. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    I suspect it will be one of the four parties still existing in 2030.

    You expecting Act to implode, DPF?

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  2. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    What are the other three parties you think will survive to 2030, DPF? ACT, the Melon Groans and the NatLabs?

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  3. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Shes still poison but Key likes the coolaid.

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  4. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    Our country must be in dire straits when an inarticulate, racist politician like Turia get this sort of award from the “friendly” mainstream media.

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  5. Nigel (514 comments) says:

    Well given National/Labour/Greens will be around, the implication is ACT implodes. Not so sure I agree with that to be honest, I think there are 5 that will survive, National/Labour/Maori/Greens/ACT probably in that order of strength.
    My guess is will be rescued by Don Brash who in return will retire Roger Douglas & Rodney Hide ( Ambassador to a country with a good climate & poor communications back to NZ ).
    I often think ACT are to theoretical in their policies, but NZ needs a right wing party to push more extreme economic policies, they might not get implemented, but hopefully it’ll pull the centre over.

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  6. Chuck Bird (4,883 comments) says:

    Nigel, there are other issues than economic policy. Key’s anti-smacking law for a start. It is Key’s law not Bradford’s. Bradford’s was enough but Key’s law is worse. Law’s meant to be made by Parliament not Prime Ministerial edict.

    Those who are happy with the ban on smacking think you would feel if the Prime Minister of the day said I will tell the police only to prosecute in certain circumstances and i will monitor them.

    ACT is very strong on the rule of law and to have effective rule of law you have to have respect for the law.

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  7. sheath (60 comments) says:

    I would think ACT has far more chance of being around than Green Party. That by 2030 who knows how many parties will be around and what new ones would have popped up. I will put $20 on the Aliens Should Have Reduced Rights Party (ASHRPP) which will be modeled on the NZ First Party from the 1990’s :-)

    PS I mean real aliens.. like the ones that Captain Kirk did the nasty with.. green ones that look very humanoid thou.

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  8. MT_Tinman (3,186 comments) says:

    So “Politician of the year” equates well to Cheap Used Car Salesman of the Year or Journalist of the Year then?

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  9. Chuck Bird (4,883 comments) says:

    The only way the Maori Party will be around in 2030 is if there are still Maori seats. There is no justification for them whatsoever under MMP. If we keep MMP we should certainly get rid of the Maori seats. That would not mean the end of the Maori Party but they would have to represent the majority of Maori to achieve the 5% threadhhold. I have not looked at the latest census but I think those who identity as Maori make up between 12 and 15% of the population.

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  10. Nigel (514 comments) says:

    Chuck, my read is ACT are about as smart to get involved in Social Policy as the Greens, by definition they are niche parties & I think should stick to their knitting for lack of a better term.
    There is an arguement for ACT to get involved in Social Welfare, though I think it’s a minefield, but the Anti-smacking bill ??.
    Basically I figure as a small party you only have so many opportunities to get Public attention, wasting those on policies peripheral to the core tenants of what you are trying to promote is wasted effort I believe & holds as true for the Greens as ACT.

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  11. calendar girl (1,232 comments) says:

    Colin James likes to present a provocatively contrarian view. Perhaps that is why he has become increasingly irrelevant over the last ten years.

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  12. jackp (668 comments) says:

    Turia is a racist. All she has to do now is write a book, plagiarize, and be rewarded 50,000 dollars.

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  13. graham (2,335 comments) says:

    Not too sure about Ms Turia personally, but the fact that she and Mr Sharples are still happy for Hone Harawira to be an active member of the Maori Party discredits them thoroughly in my eyes.

    Hone Harawira, in my opinion, is a racist thug, a bully, and a dangerous man seething with anger against Pakeha. And as far as I am aware, nobody in the Maori Party has said they do not agree with the sentiment expressed by Hone. The way he presented it – yes. The actual message – no. I will NEVER trust the Maori Party while they (a) associate with people such as Hone Harawira, and (b) are unwilling to deny the accusation that they agree whole-heartedly with the sentiment expressed by Hone Harawira.

    And for those people who would disagree with the “racist” tag, the following definitions are from two separate online dictionaries.

    2. racist – discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religion
    3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

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