(ed:..i recently portrayed the appointment of davis as a ploy to help him defeat harawira (my logic being the extra mana that role would bring into play for davis..plus a reach-out to all the other maori seats..)
i was incorrect in that supposition – (i’ll have to ‘withdraw-and-apologise’ for that howler..)
i didn’t realise that the deputy automatically gets 2nd place on the list..
so in fact this makes the race much easier for harawira..and should guarantee his return to parliament..
his two-for-one arguments have a logic of their own..and must appeal to the maori voters of te tai tokerau…surely..?
having these two (literally) ‘cuzzies’ representing them in parliament –
..and would that be a world-first..?..two cousins representing the same political seat..?
it must be..!..
and..heh..!..wouldn’t it be funny/cool if the numbers fell in such a way that harawira was needed to clinch the deal..?…
..i would prefer a progressive-landslide…but that cliff-hanger outcome would make for some fascinating post-election reading..eh..?..)
In the past Mana Party leader Hone Harawira – who held the seat for nine years – had successfully argued it was possible to get two northern M?ori MPs for the price of one by giving electorate votes to him and party votes to Labour to bring Mr Davis in off the list.
This election however all six sitting Labour M?ori MPs took themselves off the party list – saying they would stand or fall with their electorate.
But becoming deputy leader on Tuesday has put Mr Davis back on the list because the party’s rules dictate that the leader and deputy hold first and second place on the list.