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More Sabotage

Many people in New Zealand are getting really sick of the continual claims from Maori on just about everything that most ordinary New Zealanders think rightly belong to everyone equally (or to nobody in particular). The latest is the claim to fresh water. Apparently some Maori groups think they own the fresh water used by the hydro-electric power plants the government is trying to sell.

Many people would say that these Maori groups are a bunch of worthless parasites who are out to get whatever they can while contributing little to the country as a whole. Many others would say the special privileges Maori are given in this country are a form of racism. And others would say that the historic events which have been unfair to Maori are greatly exaggerated and probably of no real relevance today anyway.

But even if you do believe these statements – and I think there is a lot of truth in them even if I don’t quite take them as being completely true – you do have to gain a certain amount of satisfaction in how claims by Maori are delaying, and potentially even sabotaging permanently, the government’s asset sales program.

There’s an old saying that an enemy of my enemy is my friend. So even though I disagree with most Maori claims and I think this one is totally ridiculous I still support it because in this case the silly, unfair, greedy claim by Maori might cancel out the even more abhorrent action of the government trying to sell of our assets to the rich.

And the cracks are really beginning to show now in this right-wing government. Even John Key has made hasty comments on the issue of Maori ownership of water which are likely to make things worse. He must know that many people just want to delay the sales until the next election because he’ll be gone then and won’t be back for a while. And I doubt whether he’ll be so keen on stealing our assets again next time!

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