The Green Party has meekly swung in behind the Labour Government and ruled out any dialogue with the Wellington occupation. Green co-leader Marama Davidson has turned her back on the large number of Maori protesters.
PREDICTABLY, THE Green Party leadership has meekly swung in behind the Labour Government and ruled out any dialogue with the Wellington demonstrators. Despite there being a large number of Maori participating, Green co-leader Marama Davidson has effectively snubbed them. She doesn't want to know.
This is predictable as well. Davidson represents the interests of a Maori elite seeking a position of economic advantage and influence within the status quo. She has always had little real interest in representing the interests of working class Maori if those interests clash with capitalist interests.
As Auckland Associate Professor Elizabeth Rata has observed the emerging Maori elite has employed the ideology of biculturalism and tio rangatiratanga to position itself as an elite within the capitalist state. So Davidson grandstands about economic and political justice for Maori while, at the same time, supporting economic policies that run counter to the interests of working class Maori.
And under the status quo working class Maori have become increasingly economically disadvantaged and politically marginalised. This dire situation has obviously driven many Maori to protest and they have been met with contempt by Maori politicians such as Marama Davidson - who incidentally personally benefits from her loyalty to the status quo with a ministerial salary of well over $200,000.
I imagine that Maori protesters will be drawing their own conclusions about Davidson giving them the cold shoulder. Undoubtedly one conclusion they will draw is that they cannot rely on Maori politicians, of whatever party, to meaningfully represent their economic and political interests.
Interestingly, the latest Curia poll shows that the Green's have dropped five points to 6 percent. Seems that the growing discontent within the Green Party with the performance of James Shaw and Marama Davidson is also now being mirrored in the polls...