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Looks like MMP but works like racism

Looks like MMP but works like racism

‘It looks like MMP but it works like racism,’ said Dr Peter Cleave, Mana, Rangitikei after a candidates meeting in Feilding tonight in reference to John Key’s ‘cup of tea’ with John Banks in Epsom.

‘Here you have a leader of a small party, Don Brash of Act, who rails about race based funding and has done so since his Orewa speeches when he was in the National Party,’ said Dr Cleave.

‘There you have a new member of Act, John Banks who echoes his leader with the twist that Polynesians and Maoris are living off benefits in South Auckland, laying about watching pornography and planning burglaries. And John Key needs these people in Parliament to make his numbers secure. So he sits down with them and cuts a deal where his party goes soft in Epsom so that Act has a better chance of winning the seat. It looks like MMP but it works like racism. Banks and Brash probably will get to be in government, taking their race ideas that have effectively been endorsed by National with them. MMP should stay but we have to make modifications so that this kind of thing does not happen in Aotearoa- New Zealand.’

Dr Cleave said that arrangements like this made New Zealand an international laughing stock.

‘A head of state sitting down with a small group of nutty right wingers using race as campaign tool? This is ridiculous.’

Dr Cleave was looking ahead to taking the Mana campaign for Rangitikei further north, to Kakahi in the King Country, this week.

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