Monday, 19 September 2005

Site Poll: Can the Maori Party support Labour

Speaking on Breakfast News, Pita Sharples indicated the unlikelihood of the Maori Party offering support to National, but given their formation was inspired by Labour's Foreshore and Seabed legislation, can they now offer Labour support?

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The result of the last Site Poll, while hardly overwhelming, indicates a fairly even split between those who enjoyed the election ads (10 votes) and all the mudslinging (16 votes), and those who had just had enough of it by Saturday (29 votes). And 6 people didn't give a toss. Thanks for voting.


  1. The slightly more complex answer is:
    1) Of course they can.

    2) Clark will be able to say the F&SB is a no-go area, but don't think any policy concessions the Maori Party will extract from Clark will be any more attractive.

  2. The danger is entrencment of the Maori seats - at the moment a simple majority can get rid of them. Sharples wants the threshold lifted to 75%.

  3. The Maori Party could end up like the Communist Party Italy in the second half of the 20th C: holding votes, but with no-one willing to ally with them.

    The result in Italy was political instability (take 10% of the vote and hand it to a party always in opposition - suddenly keeping a coalition togeths gets really hard).


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