You cannot fix any class issue until the race issue is sorted and that wonâ€™t be sorted while you are still working everything from the class angle.
Until the Marxist left realises that MÄori have their own political identity and generally don’t (won’t and shouldn’t) identify en bloc with non-MÄori political movements which require their MÄori identity to be subsumed by a transnational class identity, it can’t reliably count on MÄori support, and can’t really consider itself an inclusive movement.
Substitute ‘MÄori’ for other political minorities if you like – the internationalist movement will only be successful when it learns to accommodate diversity and turn it to political advantage, rather than trying to squash it.
The Clark Labour government’s fundamental inability to realise this (by passing the Foreshore and Seabed Act, most notably) is why the mÄori party is trying other options. They and their people have had seventeen decades worth of out-of-touch honkeys telling them how to achieve the sort of political and economic progress they want, and at the same time largely denying them the resources with which to achieve such progress. Time for a new strategy, and creating a bidding war between the two main ideological blocs doesn’t look like a bad one, to me.
Hone is right, though – the party is going to have to get a lot more than they have if they want to retain their people’s loyalty and not be seen, come 2011, as the Brown Tories.