Talking about "that" TV debate yesterday I mentioned one of two questions that particularly interested me:
Shane Taurima asked Key to clarify his policy on abolishing the Maori seats, which Pita Sharples maintains Key had indicated privately was up for grabs -- something suggesting some kind of mendacity in the public policy. I found Key's response on this unconvincing, and unclear. Waffle designed to obfuscate.
Apparently Key's response interested Pita Sharples too:
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples maintains John Key told him Maori seats would not be abolished if National went into government with the Maori Party, despite Key's denials on a TVNZ leaders debate last night.
Mr Key was asked yesterday whether he had told Mr Sharples privately he would drop National's policy of abolishing the seats sometime after 2014 as the price of Maori party support, and said Mr Sharples was "wrong."
However Mr Sharples will claim tonight on an Alt TV minor parties debate: "I was not wrong."
Mr Sharples said he had explained his bottom lines to Mr Key, who had agreed with them.
Like I said back when this first came up, , National's Maori Affairs policy suggests "either a few problems for the talked-about deal, or a few problems with the honesty of National's policy commitments...
"...this looks like talking out of both sides of the mouth, doesn't it. Promising something in public to the electorate that [their] electorate wants to hear, while in private promising the Maori Party precisely the opposite in order to keep them on side."
Looks even more like it now, doesn't it. The National Socialists can't even lie straight in bed.