I’m sure Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples have a strategy in there somewhere, but it’s pretty hard to spot at this stage. Surely they didn’t agree to give the National government their votes on the ETS before working out exactly what they would get in return?
First they claimed they were getting an increase in benefits. Turns out they aren’t. Then Pita Sharples claimed they were getting extra home insulation for 2000 Maori households. Turns out perhaps not.
In fact, from the information we have available it looks like not one single extra home will be insulated. All the National government have agreed to do is bring forward funding from future years so that they can keep up with demand. Hardly a massive victory for the Maori Party.
So what, if anything, did the Maori Party actually get for supporting the ETS?