Laila Harre is the Internet Party Leader

May 28th, 2014 at 3:31 pm by David Farrar

NBR and the Daily Blog both report that is the Leader of the .

I think this is great. Laila is a good politician, but she will attract zero votes from National supporters. She will however attract votes from the Greens – the party she worked for just a few months ago.

I also love the hilarity of a life long unionist getting paid a whopping great salary from the multi-millionaire convicted criminal who was accused by his staff of not even paying them minimum wage.

I also don’t think Laila has ever shown any interest or involvement in Internet issues. She is a staunch unionist and hard left activist. Laila becoming Leader of the Internet Party because she presumably uses the Internet is like me becoming Leader of the Greens because I eat them sometimes.

Next we’ll see Rajen Prasad being announced as the new female co-leader of the Maori Party.

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Heh just had this e-mailed to me.

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90 Responses to “Laila Harre is the Internet Party Leader”

  1. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Fantastic for David Seymour and Act.

    Now we know why Matt McCarten was appointed Cunliffe’s CoS. This is clearly a strategy by the far left to “steal” the election. It’s going to be a great campaign, that’s for sure :)

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  2. dubya (236 comments) says:

    “Laila becoming Leader of the Internet Party because she presumably uses the Internet is like me becoming Leader of the Greens because I eat them sometimes.

    Next we’ll see Rajen Prasad being announced as the new female co-leader of the Maori Party”

    Mr Farrar, are you suggesting Rajen Prasad sometimes eats Tariana Turia?! Just lost my lunch. That’s one boil up I wouldn’t want to be invited to.

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  3. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    You simply couldn’t have made this stuff up !

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  4. Don the Kiwi (1,763 comments) says:

    Everything is for sale – even principles, it seems.

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  5. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Heh … Wussel’s nightmare, Greens and the crim.com/Mana Party fighting for the same constituency. Labour poaching into Winston First territory. Gonna be some gnashing of teeth on the dark side of the political divide.

    Methinks the chance of National governing in its own right just got a hell of a lot better. Happy daze.

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  6. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    I cannot believe that so many people have sold out so quickly. I bet if other criminals from around the world had known this they would have been splashing money around here years ago.

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  7. Newbie (50 comments) says:

    I don’t know if I like politicans (including ex politicans) who flit from party to party, or changing to a new party with different values and policies. Unless they had a good reason to do so. (Or is the [ex] Alliance Party similar to the Internet Party?)

    I’d have thought a politican should be true to their values and those of a party they originally support. But I’m happy to be corrected.

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  8. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    The Internet’s proclaimed policies are a reasonable fit with may leftish aspirations.

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  9. anonymouse (717 comments) says:

    Geez, have I slipped ino Dr Evil’s time machine. It feels like 1999 all over again,

    Unfortunately for the Left David Cunliffe is No Helen Clark, and John Key’s government is nothing like the shaky Shipley-Peters coalition.

    Its gonna be fun watching the greens vote bleed away to the Mana-IP party, and the fighting once the greens discover who won’t make it back into parliament.

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  10. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Now we also know why Russell Norman is so scared of the Internet party and paid KDC a visit. He can see 1-2% going from his vote just like that.

    Ross, surely you Nats are not still thinking you can govern alone under MMP? That’s nothing but fiction and fantasy.

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  11. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Harre: Labour –> New Labour –> Alliance –> Greens –> Internet/Mana. I wonder what party will be paying her after the election?

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  12. lilman (960 comments) says:

    This woman is really a poor example of being harsh and dogged with both actions and the truth,unfortunately her version of the truth and her track record show she’s batshit crazy.

    Should be a good fit.

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  13. georgebolwing (869 comments) says:

    This is only fitting. As I understand it, despite her long and close association with the left, Ms Harre is one of the rich pricks, having inherited a share of the wealth generated by her uncle Anthony Yock and late grandfather Morris Yock, the inventors of the jandle.

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  14. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    That’s not a young fresh face for a new party or for one designed to capture the frivolous youth vote.
    She has a very serious personality with one of those boring, didactic voices.
    And of course, like all lefties, she knows best what’s good for us.
    So Hone, Laila and Fatty Moneybags. A cartoonist’s dream trio.

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  15. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    And… So now we have list seats for sale, what are the odds that Colin Craig buys himself a spot on the NZ First or the ACT list?

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  16. Manolo (13,838 comments) says:

    Another rabid left-winger has swallowed the bait, the dollars, shown by the fat German.
    Shame on Laila Harre for her surrender to the crook’s evil money! So much for her principles.

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  17. chris (647 comments) says:

    As I understand it, despite her long and close association with the left, Ms Harre is one of the rich pricks

    She flits around the world running marathons, too. (My point being that she’s a hypocrite like the rest of them, making as much as she can and living the Life of Riley.)

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  18. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    cunners
    the ginga whinga
    hone
    the drunken dwarf
    … and now Harley harre

    The dream team.

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  19. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    mikenmild

    The Internet’s proclaimed policies are a reasonable fit with may leftish aspirations.

    I’ve not seen it written anywhere that the Internet Party will give you other peoples money and punish high earners and ruin the economy in 3-6 years – This is what you lefties love about Labour isn’t it – it’s what you have got from the last 3 Labour governments …..

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  20. Unity (588 comments) says:

    There can’t be many Parties left for Laila Harre to join. What a slippery dual Party this Mana-Internet Party is turning out to be. The horror is that they will be in a position to benefit themselves. And that won’t be a plus for the rest of us!!

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  21. spanish_tudor (81 comments) says:

    davidp (3,401 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Harre: Labour –> New Labour –> Alliance –> Greens –> Internet/Mana.

    Is she the new Gilbert Myles?

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  22. Than (475 comments) says:

    This was a decision purely made to woo Mana and cement the relationship. It also pigeonholes the Internet Party as just another far-left party. They may have a special focus on privacy issues and the GCSB (just as the Greens focus on environmentalism and Mana focuses on Maori), but that’s not a significant point of distinction.

    Apart from a few Dotcom groupies the Internet Party will be fighting with Labour, the Greens, and Mana for the exact same pool of potential voters, none of whom would ever think of voting National.

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  23. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  24. Cunningham (844 comments) says:

    I think the other important thing to note is what DPF said. Would you not appoint someone tech savy to an internet party? I mean what credentials does she have to lead a party that is supposedly all about technology?? This really is a sad joke. Oh wel at least there will be no more howls from the left about National not campaigning for a seat so one of their support parties can get in. Hypocritical wankers.

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  25. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    NK 4.00 pm … didn’t say that would happen (or even necessarily desirable) … just the chances of that happening got a whole lot better with the shambles now developing on the left. The dark side of politics appear to be turning on themselves while for National. they hold the trump cards in determining whether ACT/Conservatives/UF make it back into Parliament. In that context Prebs 10% of the vote is but a pipedream while the Conservatives appear stalled at 1-2% with no seat on offer at present.

    Meanwhile it’s blood sports time for the left.

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  26. Tauhei Notts (1,724 comments) says:

    Is Laila Harre that woman who talks out of the side of her mouth?
    Spanish Tudor compares her to Giblet Myles. A mate of mine chaired a quango some years ago and had Giblet foisted upon him; all as part of the NZ First alliance with National. That is, give my mates some cushy numbers said Winnie. God Almighty! Giblet was a waste of oxygen.

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  27. Ross12 (1,432 comments) says:

    I heard Steven Joyce predicting this morning that this setup would all end in tears before the election. I hope he is right !!

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  28. tas (625 comments) says:

    Ross12: No please. Keep the farce going.

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  29. stigie (1,220 comments) says:

    Have to agree with you Dime ole chap !~

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

    If this is true another left wing nutter sells her soul for money. When all these people ridicule John Key for being rich, they are ready to lick FatCon’s shoes for money. So much for their integrity.

    I hope the left block’s vote collapses rapidly and creates panic.

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  31. Paulus (2,632 comments) says:

    At least she has some money – in fact she is a wealthy Prickess, so she will not have to bludge off DotCrim too much.
    He must be running out of money – or is he passing promissory notes (IOUs).

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  32. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    A successful return like John Banks?

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  33. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    I never ever thought I would say this. Ever EVER EVER.

    Sue Bradford, I admire you. You are the ONLY one to come out of this with any respect and (oh god, Im going to say it) mana left, whatsoever. You stuck to your principles, and that is a rare and commendable thing.

    As for Minto, oh my, I hope you’re sleeping well. Youve been exposed for the complete charlatan you really are. Silver and power is what drives you, you utter and complete sell out. Did you kiss crim.com’s ring you Marxist twat?

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  34. wat dabney (3,778 comments) says:

    In case you missed Laila’s speech this morning

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9_yEIvixkw&t=0m44s

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  35. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Hmmo: I agree… as I have said before whatever you think of her politics, Bradford knows what she stands for and will walk away from a sellout…and good on her for doing so…

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  36. tvb (4,430 comments) says:

    Yes I believe Ms Harre is a fortunate person who has family money behind her being the beneficiary of a family trust. Even though she despises the wealth of rich people she is happy to live on its proceeds including that of Mr Dotcom who got his wealth from much more arguable means.

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  37. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    DG: Should buy you a beer one night :)

    tvb: Im waiting for Minto to publicly ask crim.com to hand over his fortune to the poor. Waiting….

    Hey Mona, once Kimbo’s chilling in da big house courtesy of Obama, you’re having a big party up at Coatsville, right?

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  38. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t be called Internet Mana party.

    Should be called MegapHoney party to recognise the contribution Minto has made! :)

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  39. duggledog (1,559 comments) says:

    Tragic. Poor old Laila. Long history of failure, the girl from the well-off jandals family who lives in a flash seaside part of Auckland still trying to make her mark.

    Dead eyes. Wants to get the Rich Pricks under her Birkenstocks and grind them to dust! Dreadful woman.

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  40. william blake (109 comments) says:

    Sour grapes dpf? Come on we know you wanted the job.

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  41. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Girl? ……Long time ago duggledog unless you’re even older than me! :)

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  42. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Laila is lovely. If she was running for any other party but the IP, I would be tempted to support her. Unfortunately I do not believe the party has honest foundations, which will make it tumble pretty quickly.

    I do believe the Internet Party will do reasonably well in this election – but only as the default ‘I’m disgusted with the rest’ vote, and the rebel first time voters who just want to shock Mum and Dad.

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  43. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    So Harre was first elected to parliament 18 years ago. 18 years!!! What did the internet look like then? Google hadn’t been invented. FaceBook was still about 10 years away, partly because Mark Zuckerberg was only 12. Geocities was a thing with its ugly web sites. Most people didn’t have the internet at home, and it was dialup for those that did. Web sites looked like this: http://mashable.com/2013/07/13/1996-websites/ . Most people didn’t have mobile phones, but those that did were carrying around something like this: http://tech.ca.msn.com/photogallery.aspx?cp-documentid=22353866&page=1 . The number one ranked web site by visits was aol.com. Netscape was a browser. Browsers had frames. The very first DVD players were just starting to ship in Japan, but it took a while before they started arriving in NZ.

    So Laila Harre is an obvious choice to represent the iGeneration. She clearly represents the future of the internet, and of politics in NZ.

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  44. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    In her day she scrubbed up quite well JB even if she wasn’t quite the full quid. Mind you, there’s been a bit of water under the bridge since then. :)

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  45. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Do you suspect Judith has some lezzie photos from long time ago nasska? :)

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  46. lilman (960 comments) says:

    Put up or shut up Judith!!!

    How well do you think the Internet Party will do this election?

    I purpose a bet,you set a fair target and we wager,come on dont just spout nonsense,back it up?

    This could be fun me thinks.

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  47. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    After her revelation about her membership of “Youth for Christ” in the 70’s I’ve got my doubts JB.

    I’ll do a bit of research & get back to you. :)

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  48. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    Internet/Mana won’t affect the Green vote; their votes will come from the young and the disaffected.

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  49. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Perhaps she is Judith Iscariot nasska?

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  50. MikeG (425 comments) says:

    You can always tell when Farrar is worried about something – he introduces a ‘reductio ad absurdum’ argument. In this case the bit about Rajen Prasad.

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  51. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    jackinoffinabox: “Internet/Mana won’t affect the Green vote; their votes will come from the young and the disaffected.”

    Thank you, I lol’d, needed a good giggle. Cos those who vote gween aren’t young and disaffected…..

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  52. nasska (11,580 comments) says:

    jackinabox

    ….” their votes will come from the young and the disaffected”….

    I’d hazard a guess that about 60% of the current Green support would come from that grouping. Once they realised that they had all of the mad Karori housewives & the last of the hippies on board they threw away pretences & became a defacto replacement for the Socialist Workers Party.

    The parliamentary Greens will be crapping themselves.

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  53. goldnkiwi (1,312 comments) says:

    Laila Harre….the new Mrs Dotcom? ;)

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  54. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Mona replaced by a Moaner goldnkiwi! :)

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  55. niggly (830 comments) says:

    What is it with middle age Lefties who can’t be arsed dying their hair so they look gray, old and grandma-ish?

    Really, is that grandma look going to help Internet Mana gain a whole lot of younger, hip, internet savvy voters?

    Or simply poach voters from the same Green/Labour middle age voter pool?

    As dime said: BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA indeed!

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  56. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    So you don’t think she’s even a shaver then niggly! :)

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  57. niggly (830 comments) says:

    Jeepers Johnboy, pass me the mindbleach, I don’t want to think about Grannies in that way!

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  58. goldnkiwi (1,312 comments) says:

    Since she will know where a few green bodies are buried, Laila might do a Horan.

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  59. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Wait till you’re as old as I am niggly lad and you’ll find your perspective changes a little! :)

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  60. duggledog (1,559 comments) says:

    Judith maybe Laila is lovely (and she is, I know, I’ve met her, very nice) but you don’t want her anywhere near national decision making. Like so many people brought up with silver spoons in their mouths they are all principle and no reality. Is it because she’s Female? Is that why you like her?

    I suspect that’s why you like her. Female, Articulate, Strong etc. They voted Obama basically because he’s Black and Articulate. They voted Lange because he was Articulate and A Bit Of A Card and Real Smart, he got a kick out of getting criminals off because he was smarter than the crown lawyers. He admitted it in his biography if you want to read it. What a turd.

    None of these people had any gumption when it really came down to it. They were all losers, not builders.

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  61. chris (647 comments) says:

    I suppose this could be seen as quite a clever move by the Mana party if they really have managed to sneak Laila in the back door to become the IP party leader, because she’s really one of them.

    But then again, seriously? This once again shows how little KDC knows about NZ politics. She’s more than likely to scare a whole load of people off voting for the InternetManaBeast than might have considered voting for the IP alone.

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  62. goldnkiwi (1,312 comments) says:

    Certainly not the much vaunted missing in action ‘sitting mp’.

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  63. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    mikeG: What does “reducto ab absurdiam” (hope I have the spelling right) mean?? Genuine question…I went to a Marist school in Gisborne…

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  64. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    Depends whose face she’s been sitting on goldnkiwi! :)

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  65. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    “I went to a Marist school in Gisborne…”

    Sanctis benedictus assholus! :)

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  66. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ duggledog (1,193 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I like Laila, because like you I have met her, and actually worked with her briefly on the same project. She was a really nice person, caring, and a little obsession of mine – she looks you in the eye when you are talking to her. Something many of our politicians fail to do to the people talking to them, and even who they are talking to. Laila is a good politician and I don’t think her talents have been fully utilised in the past – unfortunately I doubt this latest appointment will do that either. It is not just because she is female – she is the only one, apart from Jacinda, who I think has talent for the position.

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  67. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ lilman (757 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I think the Internet party will get just under 3%, but I am not sure whether Hone will win a seat or not? I haven’t heard any gossip on how his electorate feel about the amalgamation, however, I think they might be pleased Laila is onboard.

    PS Don’t tell me to put up or shut up again – I’m not your wife! :P

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  68. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    You must have had a long dinner Judith. Watch you don’t creep up to 1.65m diameter! :)

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  69. MikeG (425 comments) says:

    David G: I could say why don’t you google it, but I’ll be kind: “reductio ad absurdum is a tactic in which the logic of an argument is challenged by reducing the concept to its most absurd extreme”.

    Farrar does this quite a lot e.g. “Increases in the minimum wage can destroy jobs. Not automatically in every situation, but certainly in many situations. If this was not the case the minimum wage would be $50 an hour.”

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  70. DJP6-25 (1,388 comments) says:

    Don the Kiwi 3:54. Most leftists think a ‘principle’ is someone who works in a school. They also think ‘ethics’ is a county in England.

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  71. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “The parliamentary Greens will be crapping themselves.”

    No they won’t be.

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  72. lilman (960 comments) says:

    Ill take that ,3% or less for Internet/Mana.
    If they get over you win.

    Now if I win and I will, you have to agree not post for three days after the Election.
    If you win and you wont,I wont post for a month.

    Are you up for it?

    As for Putting up or shutting up?Im married 24 yrs ,lol you think I would try that shit on her? ,youre kidding

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  73. big bruv (13,931 comments) says:

    jackinabox

    They might not be crapping themselves but it sure as hell means that you have no chance of being in the house.

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  74. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ lilman (758 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    A man that knows his place – wow that’s novel for around here.

    Hey, I don’t care if you win or lose, or post for a month or not. I actually don’t mind people having different opinions to mine – and sometimes I even learn from those views – If you win you get skiting rights – okay, if you lose, and the Manips get lots of seats, we’re all in the shyte, and parliamentary TV will be so entertaining that I doubt I’ll have time to post on here! :-) Besides I’ll probably be busy becoming a doomsday prepper because with that lot making decisions – doomsday is bound to be a whole lot closer!

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  75. SPC (5,643 comments) says:

    The Internet Party policy is in relationship to

    1. UFB availability to the public
    2. Internet Policy being consumer not corporate friendly
    3. New Zealand not being subservient to the GCSB/Echelon relationship as per “spying on the public using the internet”

    All of which is standard leftist fare as applied to the internet. So Harre is not unsuited to this role – especially as she has been in both the legislative and executive environment.

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  76. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    Scanning, scanning, scanning but still can’t find any evidence or detail about “getting paid a whopping great salary.”

    In other words it’s made up hokum. At least David Farrar (as far as I know) isn’t claiming to be a journalist.

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  77. lilman (960 comments) says:

    OK you on.

    Go the blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  78. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    She’s a small business owner, don’t we support them ?

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  79. itstricky (1,851 comments) says:

    mikeG: What does “reducto ab absurdiam” (hope I have the spelling right) mean?? Genuine question…I went to a Marist school in Gisborne…

    And yet you were the guy that, not two nights ago, sat on one of the other posts boasting about Latin legal phrases that applied (or not) to Judith. Now, what was it? vino vinto, wiener winer?

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  80. Richard Hurst (859 comments) says:

    Dotcom: Hello mine little left-ving voxy lady. Vhy don’t you join mine little party ya?

    Lh: How much?

    Dotcom: I start you on party leader’s salary as soon as you sign contract promising to protect me from extradition to US if your part of a new govt ya?

    Lh: Your on.

    Dotcom: Vonderbar! Would you like to see mine Nazi memorabilia collection? Hone says it’s very tasteful and not at all indicative of my political views.

    Lh: Uh Oh…..

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  81. itstricky (1,851 comments) says:

    Sounds like the convo. he had with Banksie.

    Except sub the “voxy lady” for “veak veird bespectabled vellow”

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  82. Nostalgia-NZ (5,221 comments) says:

    I’ve noticed lately a lot of praise for Sue Bradford on here – all genuine of course. Perhaps she is no longer considered a bad Maori or fat German. What a makeover.

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  83. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    Is anyone else struck by the irony that John Banks is currently in court because he would not be bought, yet all of this is going on in broad daylight, and no-one has said boo yet?

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  84. SPC (5,643 comments) says:

    Because he did not want to be seen to be bought.

    Legal activity is nothing to hide.

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  85. OneTrack (3,114 comments) says:

    Rwrw – because its ok when the left do it. We don’t expect any better.

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  86. OneTrack (3,114 comments) says:

    Spc – but he obviously wasn’t bought which is why dotcom went feral on him.

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  87. itstricky (1,851 comments) says:

    by the irony that John Banks is currently in court because he would not be bought

    I missed the bit where he gave the donation back straight away?

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  88. itstricky (1,851 comments) says:

    I’ve noticed lately a lot of praise for Sue Bradford on here

    Weird a. Although it is easy to tell why.

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  89. wreck1080 (3,923 comments) says:

    The whole world is one big fat joke when you see stuff like this.

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  90. wf (448 comments) says:

    Manip – better than iti-bro, which I heard today.

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