National risks alienating public - ready to fall flat on its ass...
Political commentator Graeme Hunt says the National Party is in a honeymoon period at the moment but risks alienating voters
The National Party is being warned it risks alienating the public. It comes in response to accusations from Phil Goff that political deals the party's doing with the Maori Party, are jeopardising good race relations. Mr Goff made his comments in TVNZ's Q&A programme this morning.
Political commentator Graeme Hunt says the National Party is in a honeymoon period at the moment, with record popularity. He says John Key is using MMP to his advantage, even though he is not a fan of it.
Mr Hunt says that is all very well to achieve harmony, but wonders at what cost, long-term, to public policy. He says issues of tax and fairness are what New Zealanders will weigh up down the track.
Mr Hunt also says the National Party is merely continuing a trend started by Labour, and Mr Goff's claims are "a bit rich". Mr Hunt says if we look at the sweetheart deals Labour entered into in the past 50-odd years to woo the Maori vote, what National is doing is simply continuing that trend.
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