Neither Phil Goff nor Annette King turned up the valedictory address of retiring Labour MP Mita Ririnui yesterday. It is very rare for the party leadership to not turn up for an MPs valedictory, but the reason in this case may be what Mita Ririnui said on Te Karere on Tuesday.
I’ve observed that MPs often say things on the Maori press, which they don’t say elsewhere. And what Mita said is a pearler. The translation of the item:
Labour MP Mita Ririnui has come out against Goff saying that he doesn’t relate to Maori and that his time as leader is up.
There are seven Maori caucus members and Ririnui says they all want Goff out.
“Of all the names put forward, Shane Jones is our choice.”
“I don’t know of anyone who disagrees.”
Ririnui is adamant Goff does not relate to Maori and Labour needs the Maori vote to govern again.
“The Maori caucus is concerned as we will be the casualties.
“If Shane Jones won’t be leader we’re in trouble.”
Hard to convince voters to vote for Labour when a retiring Labour MPs talks of the total lack of support for the person being put up as the alternate Prime Minister.
Just seven days left to roll Phil Goff, as Whale points out.