Jane Clifton's story on Labour's civil war and its rush towards self-destruction also provides today's Quote of the Day.
She cannot resist a reference to Hone Harawira's "house-nigger" jibe, and links him to another Maori politician who's been know to let his mouth run away with him; check this out, with our emphasis added:
All of which made Hone Harawira’s attack on – he says – National MPs as John Key’s “house niggers” a curiously retro experience this week. How old-fashioned and uncomplicated to find an MP on the left unabashedly attacking those on the right.A dubious bonus: watching the agonising of various media outlets, most of whom had been able to bring themselves to report the phrase “Pussy Riot” rather than “a Russian punk band”, wheeling out the asterisks for this most loathsome of terms.A further, even more dubious bonus: Hone again positioned himself smack-bang where he needs to be electorally: unapologetically in the eye of a yet another media storm in which the establishment coughs and splutters, and he exudes more vengeful menace. Re-sult.And the most dubious spin-off bonus of all: a Hone publicity coup like this always guarantees, for reasons of pride, envy and rage, that there will be a Winston Peters one to follow very soon.