Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says charter schools are having a positive impact and he’s calling on all Maori MPs to vote against the bill.
“They know in their heart of hearts that actually kura hourua are delivering for our people,” he said.
Charter Schools are getting results and the students who are being helped come from families who vote for a range of political parties. If something works political parties should put people before political point scoring like the Maori Party have.
Would the Labour Party put up a bill to abolish hospitals if they only existed because of a policy of the National Party? Would they ignore the need for hospitals and the demand for them and agitate that they be abolished simply because it wasn’t their good idea in the first place?
Why can’t they take a leaf out of John Key’s book and instead of going against good policy ideas introduced by other parties they instead steal them and make them their own? A number of families who would otherwise vote Labour will not be doing so this election because Labour has promised to destroy the Charter schools where their children are currently doing so well.
My advice to Labour and other opposition parties is that if it works embrace it and make it Party policy. Save your powder for political battles you can win. Attack policies that aren’t getting results if negative politics is all that you know. As Cam has already written, Andrew Little going on about unemployment when unemployment has never been so low is a losing strategy. Threatening to abolish successful charter schools will only bleed voter support.
Why can’t they find an area where National is performing poorly and attack that instead of barking after winning policies?