So much for the hypocritical beating from Labour about National doing 'deals' in Epsom and Ohariru (leaving aside the fact that MMP is all about doing deals). It is now clear the Cunliffe and Labour, have done exactly that and conceded Te Tai Tokerau to Hone in a deal that should let the Mana/Internet Party come in with three MPs (based on their current pollling).
What's the evidence for that? Well, the Vet and Mrs Vet took a trip up to Kaitaia on Saturday for a meeting of the Far North Vietnam veterans. On the way up we encountered numerous National Party signs; a sad looking half sign promoting Labour's Northand candidate; two signs from a weird mob called Focus New Zealand (whose leader believes the Reserve Bank is foreign owned ... now where have we heard that before?); a heap of signs from Hone (all replete with the Parliamentary logo), but from Kelvin Davis, the Te Tai Tokerau Labour candidate, zip zero nothing, nothing at all.
And I am told suma suma in the southern part of the electorate.
Many contributors to this blog (and others) had placed some store on Kelvin Davis (good man, wrong Party) giving Hone a decent run for his money. That might have happened if the Maori Party had thought and acted strategically and not put up a candidate to split the anti Hone vote. But now it's clear that Cunliffe and Labour have pulled the rug from Davis as a serious player and prostituted themselves to a bunch of hard left racists and a confused (as in multiple waka jumper) ex MP all financed by and beholden to krim.con in order to cobble together a coalition of the Centre-Left, the Left, the Green Left, the racist Left and the harder Left.
Clearly Labour has supped long and hard from the cup of Groucho Marx when he said "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made".
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