Derek Fox’s view on Political issues

Derek Fox’s view on Political issues


To share his thoughts
on current issues in politics, we have political commentator
Derek Fox with us. Maori MPs in different parties – is it better that they work together
or not? Although it would be better,
it will not happen but that’s Parliament. If you belong to a party,
then so does your vote. That’s the way it’s always been
and it hasn’t changed, even though there are some
long-standing Maori MPs there. So they must tow the party line? Regardless of what you say
in public or in the House, when it comes time to vote,
they will go with their party. You must follow the party, because
if you don’t then you’re out. Despite what Winston Peters said
about Maori women in Jasmyn Pearson’s report, Maori women seem to be leading
the way in politics – Hekia Parata, Metiria Turei, Tariana Turia.
What do you think? It’s great, but they must
do the right thing. No doubt, Hekia will do
as her National Party says, as will Metiria Turei of the Greens, the Maori Party co-leader Tariana
Turia will do what she wants. Do our Maori males need a shake up? Yes, but the problem with some
of our male MPs is that they are just warming the seat. All they do is cast their vote. When their leader tells them to
vote, they do. That’s the problem. On the topic of our Maori male MPs – Winston Peters
has returned to Parliament. Can we expect some positive changes
from him over the next three years or not? No, I don’t think so. He is in Opposition this term,
so he will be on the attack. The problem is that the
Opposition parties are not united. If they were to unite they
would have almost 60 votes. That’s if they combined their
efforts, but they wont, never. Parekura Horomia seems to
have been put back under the new leadership of David Shearer. Do you think that is an insult to Parliament’s
longest serving Maori MP? Take the National Party,
Hekia has been elevated and so has Paula Bennett,
but the men, like Tau Henare, have been dropped down,
he along with others, including Paul Quinn, who is out now because of his low
standing on the National Party list. So yes perhaps, but maybe
they’re saying Parekura’s time has come to an end,
and he will not advance any further. However, he said himself that
this would be his last term in Parliament. Derek Fox, thank you for your time and I wish you a merry Christmas
in Te Mahia.

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