A businessman has given $175,000 to the Conservative Party, and intends to donate more – partly because he is infuriated by Kim Dotcom’s attempt to buy political influence.
Laurence Day, a former National Party supporter and donor, is the only substantial donor to the Conservatives apart from party leader Colin Craig. Craig has donated nearly $2.5m to the party since 2011.
Kim Dotcom’s political activities “really got up my nose,” Day told The Dominion Post this week.
“There’s a guy who has a single axe to grind because he tried to, I feel, bribe his way into New Zealand by buying politicians and that didn’t work, they went doggo on him.
“And now he’s all-out to get rid of [John] Banks and [John] Key and he’s prepared to throw $3 million at it . . .”
A very perceptive man.
Internet leader Laila Harre has, however, defended Dotcom’s $3.25m donation to the Internet Party, saying the German tycoon was giving a gift to progressive politics.
I can’t work out if Laila actually believes what she says. He’s a former donor to John Banks, is a convicted criminal, a multi-millionairre who faced claims from staff he didn’t even pay minimum wage – and she really thinks that the reasons he is donating so much money is because he believes in progressive politics and taxing the rich more???
No one can be that naive, can they?
No Internet Party MP would take part in a future government’s decision on Dotcom’s extradition to the United States, she said.
Yet the party disappears if he is extradited, and they’ll be propping up a Labour-led Government. Pretty obvious that the consequences of extradition will be to remove a support party for Labour, so of course that will place pressure on the Government.
Can one really imagine the Internet Party MPs sitting their in Parliament, doing nothing, as their funder is extradited?
Most of all, does anyone thing Dotcom would be donating all this money, if he wasn’t facing extradition?