More on Dotcom

March 29th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

has paid back about $400,000 of up to $900,000 he owes to creditors — but one sees the late payment as a public relations ploy.

Which it is. He could have paid them years ago.

Paul Davis supplied uniforms to the staff at the Dotcom mansion and is one of the creditors who spoke publicly to the Herald last month. He was owed $1138 and said yesterday he was paid as promised.

“But I don’t think it’s his conscience. We had absolutely no movement on this for two years until the Herald story and the TV stations following up. It was pressure which was needed, so I think he’s desperately trying to get some good PR.”

He certainly needs some.

Millions of dollars of assets were seized in raids and Mr Dotcom did not have a legal obligation to pay the debts of the limited liability company.

But creditors became more frustrated in recent months as Mr Dotcom started a high-profile marketing campaign for his Good Times album, took helicopter trips to the Rhythm and Vines music festival and a weekend at Huka Lodge and started the campaign for his Internet Party.

A lack of funds was also cited in the departure of Wayne Tempero, Mr Dotcom’s longtime bodyguard, who was being paid half of what he was getting before the raid.

Mr Dotcom has since obtained an injunction to stop Mr Tempero giving a tell-all interview, and four security guards who worked for the tycoon are also believed to be about to file proceedings in the High Court to seek backpay.

That will be interesting, as they claim they were effectively paid under the minimum wage. This court case could happen at the same time as the Mana Party does a deal with them, which will tell us a lot about how deeply Mana cares for low wage workers.

Fran O’Sullivan writes:

Kim Dotcom bought his New Zealand residency with a $10 million cheque; now he wants to buy off Hone Harawira to try to secure the balance of power at the September election.

Hone’s price is much cheaper.

Nor the fact that Dotcom owns a signed copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. So what? Mere ownership doesn’t make him a Nazi sympathiser. (I own a Chinese tract signed by the disgraced Bo Xilia and that doesn’t make me a Communist either).

This issue will remain a red herring unless evidence is made public — not merely hinted at — that Dotcom is a closet Nazi and anti-Semitic to boot.

It’s the combination of the book, the flag, the helmet and the testimony from his former friend.

What Dotcom is offering is a gift. Money and resources for a shared tilt at power.

The big question is whether Harawira sticks to the principles on which he founded the Mana Party, or sells out to Dotcom in a naked dirty deal to get more seats in Parliament.

Of course he will sell out.

also writes:

To help the left remove John Key, the internet mogul has to attract voters that are beyond the reach of Labour and the Greens. Indeed, the best chance for the Internet Party to establish itself as a viable political force and (eventually) get anywhere near the 5 per cent threshold is to position itself in the centre of the political spectrum or slightly to the right, just like New Zealand First, but targeting a much younger catchment of voters.

Instead they’ll mainly take votes of the Greens I’d say.

That he is willing to contemplate a vote-sharing deal with Hone Harawira’s Mana Party is tacit admission that Dotcom knows he will not beat the threshold in September’s ballot. But taking advantage of Harawira’s hold on a threshold-removing electorate seat comes at what may be a heavy, even crippling price.

Harawira made it a precondition of further talks on such a deal that Dotcom commit himself to not working with Key and National post-election.

The immediate impact of that is to drastically cut any leverage — and thus appeal — that the Internet Party might have had if it had taken the same position as New Zealand First and hedged its bets on whether it would back a Labour-led or National-led Government .

Can you imagine a Labour-Green-NZ First-Mana-Dotcom Government!

Even more dangerous in political terms is the suspicion — quickly fuelled by National — that Dotcom’s purpose in setting up the Internet Party is solely to make it a bottom-line of any post-election talks that whoever is Minister of Justice quash any court ruling which would force his extradition. Such a bottom-line would be preposterous and would amount to Dotcom’s party being the sickest joke played on New Zealand voters.

I believe that is the of course the major intent of the party.

Every day that Dotcom deprives Key’s other opponents of the oxygen of media coverage is one day closer to election day on September 20. It is one day less for the real election issues and priorities to take centre stage.

National’s opponents can complain all they like. But the never ending Dotcom saga is a freak show of epic proportions with ever more twists and turns. The media simply finds it impossible to avert its eyes.

Yep, he is starving them of oxygen.

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24 Responses to “More on Dotcom”

  1. Colville (2,269 comments) says:

    Every day that Dotcom deprives Key’s other opponents of the oxygen of media coverage is one day closer to election day on September 20.

    and all the time the public has a growing feeling that Cun*liffe is a liar numpty fool that could not organize a pissup in a brewery let alone run a country and the DotCon saga deprives Team Cun*liffe the opportunity to change that ingrained perception.

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  2. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    >Yep, he is starving them of oxygen.

    Self inflicted too. Nobody forced Norman, Peters, Curran, and Jones to run off to the Coatesvillebunker when Dotcom summoned them. Dotcom is a fraud, a criminal, and a creepy man with a Hitler-fetish. And the Left associated themselves with him. He is their problem.

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  3. queenstfarmer (782 comments) says:

    I love it how some Left-wing people are making comments like “ooh, the Right is running scared of Dotcom!”. Yeah, that was why Russel Norman went to beg Dotcom not to launch his party.

    Dotcom’s sham party is a small blessing for National because the only real things it will achieve is:

    1) Taking and wasting a small but potentially vital amount of anti-Government votes off the Greens & Labour

    2) Starving National’s opponents of political oxygen and causing endless distractions

    3) Permanently tarnishing the reputations of those closely associated with and supporting the convicted fraudster, fugitive, unethical, ignorant, dishonest, manipulative and Nazi-memorabilia collecting Kim Dotcom

    You couldn’t make this up!

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  4. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    I agree. Most interesting thing will be next political poll and what happens to the Green vote. I predict IP up by 1 or 1.5% and Greens down by same amount.

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  5. Pete George (23,570 comments) says:

    Even more dangerous in political terms is the suspicion — quickly fuelled by National — that Dotcom’s purpose in setting up the Internet Party is solely to make it a bottom-line of any post-election talks that whoever is Minister of Justice quash any court ruling which would force his extradition. Such a bottom-line would be preposterous and would amount to Dotcom’s party being the sickest joke played on New Zealand voters.

    Dotcom seemed to rule this out in an interview with TV3’s Brook Sabin.

    I believe in the New Zealand judicial system and I wouldn’t accept any Minister of Justice to overrule what the courts are deciding after a long time evaluating all these legal challenges so I think that would be wrong.

    He doesn’t seem to understand that the Minister of Justice can “decide whether to issue a surrender order, taking into account humanitarian considerations and other factors contained in the Extradition Act” but for this to be a political decision would be wrong.

    Andrew Little has ruled out Labour negotiating:

    Mr Dotcom’s extradition, regardless of the status of the court proceedings at the time, will not be part of any negotiations on Labour’s part.

    Dotcom says Minister would be wrong to overrule courts on his extradition
    Labour will not negotiate on Dotcom’s extradition

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  6. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    I hear Dennis Rodman has also visited Coatesville

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  7. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    I think the media and the right wingers are scrapping the bottom of the barrel with this Nazi scheme. No proof will come out. If something concrete existed, it would have come out loud and clear by now. So move on fellows, you have nothing here to go on. End of story.

    Labour-Green-NZ First-Mana-Dotcom Government! – What is wrong with that? It is high time rich pricks get taxed and poor given free money…..

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  8. CharlieBrown (1,012 comments) says:

    This would be the best scenario for NZ. Dot Com makes a deal with hone, gets a couple seats, forms a grand coalition with labour, greens, maori, nz first and united future which of course means John Key has to eat his words and resign as national leader and the abhorent extradition process is ended. Then within 3 months that grand coalition falls to peaces and a leader with substance in National gets elected for 3 terms with a decent contingent of ACT mp’s.

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  9. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    Sir Cullen’s Sidekick (467 comments) says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I think the media and the right wingers are scrapping the bottom of the barrel with this Nazi scheme. No proof will come out. If something concrete existed, it would have come out loud and clear by now. So move on fellows, you have nothing here to go on. End of story.
    ===========================
    Problem with this statement is that its not right wingers its Labour in drag, you know the centre left that masquerades as the National Govt.

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  10. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    It’s the combination of the book, the flag, the helmet and the testimony from his former friend.

    What “it?” What exactly is the “it” that these snippets of mildly interesting but indisputably malicious gossip are meant to convey? Beyond “Increasing desperation in National’s attempts to smear this troublesome and embarrassing Jerry,” that is…

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  11. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    I’m starting to think that the details about the helmet and even the ‘seig heil’ actually match the pattern of a person who loves role playing WWII and knows that you can’t really do WWII with out Germans.

    But it will be interesting to see the details.

    I do however like the idea of politicians having every single little detail of their lives put in public – good to keep them honest, and the lack of a private life and the guilty until proven innocent is just the price you pay for walking the halls of power (or trying to walk those halls).

    Of course – the trick is ensuring this applies to all of them and not just certain ones.

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  12. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    I’m thinking that by the time the election comes we will be able to discount the possibility of labour winning. I know political parties and media will go on about how it is a tight contest – but probably they will just be lying.

    As a result whether Dotcom’s party gets a few seats or not will just be a matter of the makeup of the opposition benches.

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  13. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I’m thinking that the election will produce quite a finely balanced result, so you will see National pretty eager to deals with Act and the Conservatives.

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  14. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    Hard to say if one or both will make it yet MM

    Lots of cats in trousers for months yet.

    In amongst the yibba yabba and yowling, there may just be something that brings the entire mainstream political edifice down.

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  15. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I’m still picking that it’ll be fairly close, with Winston holding the trump card and using it to install a National government in return for suitables perquisites.

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  16. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    He has to go with national.

    Him, and the greens round a table discussing policy.

    In walks hone……

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  17. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    Griffith is right,
    NZfirst counts as a national vote as long as Key is willing to deal with him.

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  18. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Some good points, but I don’t agree entirely with what you say, DPF.

    Firstly the Nazi thing will gain no traction. New Zealanders have shown time and time again that they don’t like muck-raking politics. Dotcom has admitted owning Mein Kamph. As Fran O’Sullivan says – so what? The rest is all gossip. Key/Collins should have a whisper in Slater’s ear and tell him to tone down the tabloid trash as some of it will stick to National.

    Secondly Green voters are a pretty loyal bunch. While Dotcom will take some votes from the Greens, the biggest vote base for Dotcom will be the people who didn’t vote at the election last time – particularly the disengaged youth vote. Of course they still have to get themselves to a voting booth this year!
    If Dotcom was going it alone, he probably would have also grabbed some Mana voters. Combined Mana/Internet Party does not equal Mana voters + Internet Party voters.

    The party that is suffering the most at the moment is definitely the Labour Party. While this sideshow is going on, they are not getting any headlines. Cunliffe who?

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  19. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    I agree bc. The rhetoric against KDC on WO, is becoming nauseating. I’m a big fan of WO, but the worm will turn if he keeps it up.

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  20. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    I think Kim and Whale should go gut to gut on a fight for life Sumo bout! :)

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  21. goldnkiwi (1,306 comments) says:

    Does he think he has a NaZi party?

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  22. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    The advent of the ‘Internet Party’ has been a boon for the right. Various leftists have been shown up in their true colours.

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  23. Nostalgia-NZ (5,214 comments) says:

    People are losing the plot over the IP. Seasoned journalists are showing their age and stifling conservatism giving the IP oxygen in a week where good economic news is hardly featured. The Nazi ‘attack’ has given the impression of the Nats engaging at a level that doesn’t become a Government with a strong financial record. The idea that the ‘missing’ voters won’t be stirred by this fiasco other than to attract voters to National is missing the whole point of who might be attracted to the IP and why. Similarly, attacking the ‘lazy’ Harawira for being a ‘bad’ boy adds to his mana and support. If there is one NZ MP who won’t be subdued it’s Harawira because he is nobody’s ‘boy.’ He works hard in his electorate and in Maoridom and if he can gain some advantage for his party he will try safe in the knowledge that his support follows him even if the ‘smacking’ princess does not.

    If the ‘sleeping’ vote is awakened, or new younger voters becoming prepared to vote it may well be over a larger picture at odds with the conservative views, or in fact because of a rejection of those views which could easily be observed as an ‘elite’ view against the least powerful. That part of the sleeping vote will not go to National because it is National in charge of the puppet strings, launching the Nazi ‘attack’ for example and if a vote is against them it may go any where, including the Labour Party who have largely stayed out of this whilst also Cunliffe appears to have become seasoned enough to duck his own hay makers, at least temporarily.

    The odds are remarkably against a change of Government, but abuse of power or the sense of it may awaken some lost or new voters to a wider picture in which their own interests or situations may feature as also suffering from some abuse of power, lack of concern, or chasm between themselves and an all powerful Government. That is how these things build, not always a particular single issue, but a gathering of issues in which people align themselves either for or against something, where else they may have remained complacent and subdued in powerlessness.

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  24. goldnkiwi (1,306 comments) says:

    Needs more of a focus on Law and Order especially for murder. Happy for that to be a single issue.

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