Hone is still looking for relevance, but blows his chance to help his mate Dotcom out by begging for a free trade agreement to be scrapped.
I guess he’s still sore about missing out on the big bonus he was promised if he got the Internet Party into parliament.
In characteristically casual fashion, Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has written an open letter to the President of the United States asking him to drop a major global trade deal.
It starts: “Hey hey, mah bruddah”.
In the statement, Mr Harawira asks Barack Obama to reconsider endorsing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement because of fears from Maori it will mean making claims under the Treaty of Waitangi impossible.
“Maori aren’t even allowed to look at the TPPA before it gets signed off, and from what we hear it’ll compromise our sovereignty as Maori and as New Zealanders,” it reads.
“And we hear this TPPA will take priority over our Treaty, and that we will be denied the rights guaranteed to us by the Treaty and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And that sucks!”
Mr Harawira briefly describes the treaty for Mr Obama and says Maori have been struggling to reclaim their land and rights for 175 years and the deal would only make that harder.
“So how about givin’ us a break?” he asks. Read more »