October 03, 2016
Deceit behind Hobson’s Brash message
Hobson’s deceit is what Labour MP Kelvin Davis is calling Don Brash’s latest attack on Maori rights.
The former National Party and ACT leader is fronting a group called Hobson’s Choice which is calling for the end to Maori seats, the Waitangi Tribunal and anything else that amounts to what he calls favouritism towards Maori.
The name is based on the phrase Governor William Hobson supposedly said to each chief after they had signed the Treaty of Waitangi, he iwi kotahi, we are one people.
Mr Davis says it’s a nice saying, but it’s not part of the treaty and it was never lived up to.
"He iwi kotahi tatou, that's fine but it was never going to be he iwi on Maori terms, it was always going to be about he iwi on Pakeha terms. For Don Brash to forget about the main event of the day on February 6, 1840 and remember just the after-match comments is deceitful in itself. That's why I'm calling it Hobson's deceit, Don Brash's deceit. He's just picking and choosing the parts of history that suit his narrative," he says.
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