John Tamihere writes:
LABOUR Party leader Phil Goff did an absolute somersault on his party’s position in regard to Foreshore and Seabed matters and Maori matters generally. …
Goff and his attack this week reflects not just a desperate man leading a desperate Party but shows the lack of integrity, credibility and leadership.
It is easy to divide a country, it is tough to unite it. Goff has embarked on a cheap, nasty direction for the Labour Party and I’m glad I’m not a member of it anymore.
You have to wonder why Parekura Horomia, Mita Ririnui and Nanaia Mahuta still remain in a Party that they know took the stick to us whenever a poll came out showing there was a difficulty to matters Maori.
The Foreshore and Seabed Legislation that we voted for is unworkable and unfair. It needs to be repealed and Goff knows that.
Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia are pro-Maori but not anti-Pakeha. Goff and his mates have taken the Maori vote for granted and whilst they can be pro-Pakeha, they are definitely now anti-Maori.
That is harsh criticism, considering it is from no Maori radical, but John Tamihere.