I don't have much time for the politics of Willie Jackson.
Anyone who has heard him on his Radio Live show will know he peddles the reactionary views of the Maori Party and invariably dismisses contrary views as 'anti-Maori'.
Professor Elizabeth Rata - why do her views never get any prominence in the media? - has identified what is essentially a new Maori capitalism - what she refers to as a 'neotribal capitalist regime of accumulation.'
'Under neotribal capitalism, this access to what paltry resources have been returned to Maori is effectively exclusively controlled by the new tribal capitalist elite.'
Jackson is a member of that new Maori elite and it comes as no surprise that he has gravitated to the party that represents that elite -the Maori Party.
While Maori like Jackson have done well out of the new Maori capitalism, working class iwi have been much less fortunate.
Jackson though does his bit to obscure this exploitative relationship by encouraging the Maori working class to identify with its culture and community above all else.
Listen to Jackson and you will hear him talking about 'Maori' as if they were all one homogenous social strata. Like the Maori Party, Jackson rarely talks about economic class.
So after TVNZ announced it was axing his interview show Eye To Eye last week he was predictably quick to claim that there was 'no room for opinionated Maori' at TVNZ - despite the fact that his show had been on air for some six years. Kim Hill's show, I think, only got two years or so.
Jackson hasn't been shut out of TVNZ because he is an 'opinionated Maori' - he is simply another casualty of a media organisation that is a public broadcaster in name only.
Eye To Eye was wholly funded by taxpayer money, through TVNZ's charter cash. However that charter money is now contestable and the Key Government has given control over to NZ On Air. It's focus is the prime time schedules and it demands that TVNZ also contributes to the funding of shows.
That means shows have to deliver ratings and the crucial advertising revenue.
Instead of bleating nonsense that he was shown the door because he is an 'opinionated Maori' Jackson should be calling for the transformation of TVNZ, and especially Television One, into a non-commercial public service broadcaster.
That way, programmes like Eye To Eye would still get airtime.
I'd also like to think that a public broadcaster would also give airtime to political opinions other than the reactionary Maori nationalism of Willie Jackson. The New Zealand left has been shut out of state television for more years than I care to remember - we have more reason to feel aggrieved than Mr Jackson.