Willie Jackson won’t stand in Tāmaki Makaurau because he thinks it would result in a Labour win.
“One of the main reasons why I’m not standing is that I’m very clear that my vote will come from Dr. Pita Sharples. If I stand, Dr. Pita Sharples stands and Shane Jones stands, then I am pretty sure that Shane Jones will be delivered to Parliament,” he said at the start of his RadioLIVE programme.
“I don’t want Labour back in the Māori seats.”
That's a bit of a turn-up for the books we reckon. Hone Harawira disliked the Maori Party's deal with the National-led government over the Marine and Coastal Areas Act so much that it caused him to leave the party. But he and his followers dislike Labour even more!
And Willie Jackson, a provacative fellow at the best of times, has fired a salvo across Shane Jones' bows; Homepaddock continues:
He is less than complimentary about Jones, one of Labour’s leadership contenders. At 2:47 he says:
I think Pita Sharples on a bad day is better than Shane Jones on a good day.
A strong candidate for Mana in any of the seats will take votes from the Maori Party and that split could well return them to Labour.
Having endured Shane Jones' rambling speech in yesterday's General Debate where he flayed John Key with a wet bus ticket for failing to greet the world in te reo Maori last Friday night, we're inclined to agree with Willie Jackson.
If it was Jones' audition for the post-election role of Labour leader as alluded to by this week's Listener, Phil Goff has little to fear from that particular member.