Laila gets a salary and a clothing allowance!

June 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Life is pretty gear when you get handpicked to lead a multi-millionaire’s pet political party. reveals:

She looked swish in the Internet Party official pics and I wondered whether she’d also been seeing a stylist but she said, no, she just “did a big shop”. Where did she do her big shop? “At Smith & Caughey’s.” Good heavens. Who paid? Dotcom? “Um, I’m being paid for the work that I’m doing.” I hope she spent a lot of Dotcom’s money. How much did she spend? “Oh, look, I don’t want to go into that. It’s expensive looking nice. You know. I’ve spent very little on clothes over the years.”

I wonder what other perks of the job she gets? Does Uncle Kim also give her a car?

She says Dotcom’s values are “aligned” to her own, but really? I asked if he was left-wing now — he did give 50 grand to the right-winger John Banks’ mayoral campaign — and she said she doesn’t go around asking people whether they’re left or right and he says he’s neither, he’s “up”.

Anyway, his wealth is okay because he made it as an entrepreneur and “I do think there’s a very big difference between the kind of person who’s climbed the corporate ladder to the top of the bank, making several million dollars a year off shareholders and workers … ” She said she wasn’t suggesting Dotcom’s money was made in an honourable way and John Key’s wasn’t. “No. But now that you mention it … “

What twisted values. She suggests that Dotcom made his money honourably despite being a convicted criminal, and facing extradition, while she regards someone who makes money for a corporate as somehow being an exploiter of shareholders and workers.

 was busy biting my tongue at the time. I’d had to put the recorder back on because she’d made me turn them both off and refused to say Another Word until they were. This was over an innocent comment made by the press sec, which I agreed not to mention because it was, honestly, of so little consequence, in my view, that it doesn’t require mentioning.

But, kaboom, a tremendous fuss blew up and I’m buggered if I know how it all came to be my fault. We might have got to some questions more to her liking if not for this carry-on. But by then we were all entirely fed up which each other — at least I was — and there was little point in going on.

Sounds like Harre is getting pretty brittle. She thinks she can accept Dotcom’s money, effectively be his paid advocate, yet not answer questions about him. Doesn’t work like that.

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60 Responses to “Laila gets a salary and a clothing allowance!”

  1. Mark (496 comments) says:

    Souds like Harre has been 100% brought and paid for.

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  2. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Just don’t question her morals hey.

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  3. davidp (3,588 comments) says:

    I thought Harre had fled the Internet Party Fuhrerbunker at 2am, in a golf cart so that the Internet Party Visionary For Life’s security guards couldn’t hear her? Wasn’t she quoted as saying that she was sick of having to ask permission to leave the Fuhrerbunker, and she’d only stayed as long as she did because she never had to sleep with him?

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  4. Northland Wahine (667 comments) says:

    A pig wearing lipstick is still as pig…

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  5. Anthony (798 comments) says:

    Remember Tuku Morgan’s $50 underpants and how scandalous that was?

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  6. George Patton (350 comments) says:

    Ex Alliance hypocrites, looting Smith and Caughey from corner to corner…this is going to be a great few months…

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  7. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    So taking money from wife beating chinese business men is okay, providing you are from National or Labour, but taking it from German frausters is not? Okay, so long as we get our double standards clear, that’s all that matters.

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  8. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Nowhere in the article does it say or even imply she has a clothing allowance.

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  9. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    So taking money from wife beating chinese business men is okay, providing you are from National or Labour, but taking it from German frausters is not.

    I wouldn’t want money from either.

    But there’s a significant different between taking money from a Chinese businessman with no apparent history of wife beating (at that stage) and with no political power in the party (as both National and Labour did) and taking money from a businessman with a history of convictions and currently under threat of extradition and prosecution who is founder and ‘visionary’ of the party, who is in a position of influence in the board, who has employed and pays for everyone else making decisions in the party, and who finds it difficult keeping out of the media.

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  10. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    Quite an empty article really- the article ended up being about the method of the article and the dynamics between Harre and Corkery rather than the content of the interview itself. It paints Harre as being quite thin skinned, which is not how I imagined her. If I read between the lines it appears that expectations from Harre/Corkery were that the interview would be about policy issues and beliefs, whereas it seemed to be more of a NZ Womens Weekly type interview about Dotcom, Mona and her wardrobe. Why is it that every female politician is judged based on her wardrobe??

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  11. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    Sounds like Harre is getting pretty brittle.

    Really? What would you call it if she demanded a police investigation into someone who left a tape recorder running and accidentally recorded a conversation she didn’t want them to? I dread to think…

    What twisted values.

    Again, really? Her values seem to be that it’s more honourable to make a lot of money as an entrepreneur building your own business, than as a corporate functionary for the people who brought us the GFC. Those seem like admirable values to me.

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  12. ChardonnayGuy (1,217 comments) says:

    Oh, so this piece isn’t about Christine Rankin??? ;)

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  13. tvb (4,517 comments) says:

    What about all those workers in the film industry the rely on the short time people are prepared to pay to watch content. Films would be one of the most perishable products on the market. KDC jumps in a takes the content during the very short time people are prepared to pay for it.

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  14. Fox (206 comments) says:

    Anyway, his wealth is okay because he made it as an entrepreneur and “I do think there’s a very big difference between the kind of person who’s climbed the corporate ladder to the top of the bank, making several million dollars a year off shareholders and workers … ”

    Wow.

    The twisted, torturous contortions Harre has to perform to give this argument even the slightest semblance of consistency or rationality, would make even the most seasoned of acrobats wince.

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  15. Harriet (5,145 comments) says:

    tvb#

    Right to the point.

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  16. elscorcho (155 comments) says:

    Laila makes me throw up as a left-winger/socialist.

    She has sold out EVERYTHING she stands for, for a few pieces of silver. Disgusting.

    I’d rather have National win than Labour win if they have to have the Mana-Internet Party alongside them.

    PS “Milt”, you claim to be a left-winger, but a fraudulent entrepreneur is no better than a *worker*. Remember that the people working for the banks were *workers* not *owners* and if you understood your ideology better you’d realise the battle between capital and labour is just that. Every small business owner is capital, not labour. Every worker, even if they earn 10m a year, is labour.

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  17. Reid (16,634 comments) says:

    Okay, so long as we get our double standards clear, that’s all that matters.

    Judith, why do lefties always take the view that the end justify the means? Why is the cause so very precious to you that you’ll willingly climb into bed with simply anyone? Don’t you think it’s the height of hypocrisy to take this position and at one and the same time also vigorously proclaim you’re the only ones who really care about people and the other side is nasty and selfish and out only for their own interests? Don’t any of you ever see the clear and present conflict between those two things? If so then how do you reconcile this perspective with your proclamation that you are ethical? If not then does this mean that one of your other claims – your claim that lefties are more intelligent – is fatuous?

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  18. Longknives (4,888 comments) says:

    “You’ve lost a lot of weight. Have you got Aids?”

    Imagine if a Right Wing Party member had made this comment?? All hell would break loose…Careers would be ended!

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  19. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Reid (15,841 comments) says:
    June 29th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I don’t know Reid. Why do ‘righties’ use words like ALWAYS, knowing full well they don’t apply to every single situation?

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  20. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    …if you understood your ideology better you’d realise the battle between capital and labour is just that.

    I understand my ideology well enough to know that the conflicting interests of capital and labour aren’t a matter of individual morality. An individual isn’t “good” merely by virtue of being a worker, nor “bad” for being a capitalist. I don’t hesitate to identify as “bad” a person who helped a wealthy financier mount an attack on this country’s currency and used his political position for insider trading. Dotcom’s claim to ‘bad’ so far amounts to having provided a lot of online storage to a lot of people, which does make him a capitalist but doesn’t strike me as being “bad.”

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  21. wiseowl (936 comments) says:

    And the politicians receive a further subsidy for accommodation while on big fat salaries.

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  22. David Garrett (7,561 comments) says:

    Fox: Very well said…Harre teaming up with the German is a bit like me suddenly deciding the Greens and I were on the same page…

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  23. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    Also: Hewitson seems surprised and disappointed that Harre didn’t want to spend the entire interview talking about someone else. She shouldn’t be. If Hewitson ever gets to interview Key and spends the whole thing wanting to him about Peter Goodfellow’s involvement with slavery in the fishing industry, she’ll get the arse a lot quicker than she did with Harre.

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  24. davidp (3,588 comments) says:

    Alan>Nowhere in the article does it say or even imply she has a clothing allowance.

    Did you miss this bit?…

    “Where did she do her big shop? “At Smith & Caughey’s.” Good heavens. Who paid? Dotcom? “Um, I’m being paid for the work that I’m doing.” I hope she spent a lot of Dotcom’s money. How much did she spend? “Oh, look, I don’t want to go into that. It’s expensive looking nice. You know. I’ve spent very little on clothes over the years.””

    She was asked who paid for her clothes. Instead of giving an unambiguous answer like Who paid? Dotcom? “Of course not, I pay for my own clothes”, she sort of fudged it in a way that really REALLY hints that Dotcom pays the bills. And while you may be correct that she doesn’t have an “allowance”, does it really matter if Dotcom is clothing her.

    I doubt if she is the only one being clothed by Dotcom either. The publicity shots for the top ranked candidates has them all dressed in a modern grey theme that is obviously coordinated. There isn’t any individuality allowed in the Internet Party… they have a sort of corporate look that seems to be backed up by a dress code and clothing allowances. They’re like a modern IBM, 30 years after IBM abandoned their dress code conformity.

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  25. elscorcho (155 comments) says:

    “”Dotcom’s claim to ‘bad’ so far amounts to having provided a lot of online storage to a lot of people, which does make him a capitalist but doesn’t strike me as being “bad.”””

    — convicted in several countries for financial crimes
    — tried to use political influence to get lax treatment in prison
    — used money to buy the right to immigrate here
    — failed to pay his security staff (WORKERS)
    — accuses the police of a giant conspiracy (never attribute that to malice which is better explained to incompetence) without one iota of truth

    I’m not saying KDC is the only person guilty of the above, before you bring up the “but so did X and Y” argument. KDC is scum. Unwelcome scum.

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  26. Richard Hurst (873 comments) says:

    Laila has already got the party theme song worked out. Sugar-daddy Dotcom will buy the rights for her. It goes like this:

    The best things in life are free

    But you can keep ‘em for the birds and bees;

    Now give me money, (that’s what I want) that’s what I want,
    (That’s what I want) That’s what I want (That’s what I want) yeah,
    That’s what I want.

    Your lovin’ give me such a thrill,
    But your lovin’ don’t pay my bills;

    [refrain]

    Money don’t get everything it’s true,
    What it don’t get I can’t use;

    [refrain]

    Well, now give me money, (That’s what I want)
    A lotta money, (That’s what I want)
    Oh yeah, I wanna be free, (That’s what I want)
    Oh, lotta money, (That’s what I want)
    That’s what I want (That’s what I want) yeah,
    That’s what I want.

    Well, now give me money, (That’s what I want)
    A lotta money, (That’s what I want)
    Wo, yeah, You need money (That’s what I want)
    Gimme money, (That’s what I want)
    That’s what I want (That’s what I want)
    That’s what I want.

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  27. Paul Marsden (999 comments) says:

    Its a job. Someone’s gotta do it. Besides, I’d rather have the fat guy paying her than us taxpayers

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  28. Manolo (14,076 comments) says:

    One chooses a lady of the night Left and pay for her “services”. What is it called?

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  29. UpandComer (537 comments) says:

    Judith why are u such a tool? Laila Harre has spent her life as a champagne entitled socialist sanctimoniously spouting the evils of ‘private’ and ‘money’ and ‘foreign’ and here she is, with weapons grade hypocrisy, shilling for a man and principles she a) doesn’t understand (she has no idea about the internet) b) spent her life attacking. She’s taking bucketloads of private money from a foreign criminal. I wonder how many workers in film megaupload has put out of business? As for psycho milt, does the tortuous unpacking of the ideological purity of respective monies leave stigmata?

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  30. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    @PM

    Really? What would you call it if she demanded a police investigation into someone who left a tape recorder running and accidentally recorded a conversation she didn’t want them to? I dread to think…

    Yeah, “accidentally”. And it also “accidentally” made its way into TV3’s hands, and “accidentally” into the hands of Radio NZ. Both of which “accidentally” having sympathetic left-wing news editorial styles.

    The only people who believe it was accidental are lefties like you.

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  31. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    If Hewitson ever gets to interview Key and spends the whole thing wanting to him about Peter Goodfellow’s involvement with slavery in the fishing industry, she’ll get the arse a lot quicker than she did with Harre.

    If the All Black captain’s wife is being interviewed by Rugby Weekly, then she shouldn’t be surprised when the questions are about her husband or that nobody cares to ask about her favourite casserole recipe.

    In this case, it is obvious to any honest person that the reason for the Internet Party’s founding is nothing to do with any “policies” or “principles” they have announced.

    A good journalist will care about the reality of the situation, and not merely parrot some figureheads desperate spin.

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  32. OneTrack (3,235 comments) says:

    Paul Marsden – “Its a job. Someone’s gotta do it. Besides, I’d rather have the fat guy paying her than us taxpayers”

    If all goes according to her plan, the nett taxpayers will be paying for her after September 20. Even if they are evil neolibs.

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  33. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    The only people who believe it was accidental are lefties like you.

    Whereas the clear-thinking rightist has enough plain common sense to see through a lefty journo’s ingenious and devious plot to record the conversation by carefully concealing a tape recorder… er, in plain view on the table…

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  34. Kleva Kiwi (289 comments) says:

    “Psycho Milt (2,163 comments) says:
    June 29th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Dotcom’s claim to ‘bad’ so far amounts to having provided a lot of online storage to a lot of people, which does make him a capitalist but doesn’t strike me as being “bad.””

    Have you even read the charges, or understood the charges against Dotcon? They are not about pirating or provision of storage of files.
    He is being charged for Money laundering, grand larceny, and profiting of another persons intellectual property. It is not hard to to establish he is clearly guilty of all of this. That is the reason he is fighting extradition. He knows he is guilty, and will try anything to avoid his day in court! The people who are defending him need to understand one simple fact, he made his millions of other peoples IP. He represents everything the hard left hate. He makes all his money off the backs of other people. He is a capitalist and profits off workers (artist/musicians/actors etc). He is about as far removed from being an entrepreneur as he is from left ideology…

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  35. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    One chooses a lady of the Left and pay for her “services”. What is it called?

    A job. Is this a trick question?

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  36. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    Kleva Kiwi: you seem to be confusing Dotcom with the people having their pals in government prosecute him.

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  37. OneTrack (3,235 comments) says:

    elscorcho – “Laila makes me throw up as a left-winger/socialist.

    She has sold out EVERYTHING she stands for, for a few pieces of silver. Disgusting.”

    Sorry, elscorcho, it sounds like you just aren’t left enough for Laila’s new world order.

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  38. OneTrack (3,235 comments) says:

    Pyscho – What are these people complaining about? Don’t they know, it’s ok when the left does it?

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  39. tom hunter (5,093 comments) says:

    I understand my ideology well enough to know that the conflicting interests of capital and labour aren’t a matter of individual morality.

    Interesting. Sounds like an opportunity Psycho. Given that we now know what Laila’s price is what would yours be for working to bring the Alliance back to life?

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  40. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    Really? What would you call it if she demanded a police investigation into someone who left a tape recorder running and accidentally recorded a conversation she didn’t want them to? I dread to think…

    Oh and regarding this, being secretly recorded and having that conversation made public is nothing like getting pissy at a journalist for asking the wrong questions, on the record, in an interview that everybody involved knows will be made public.

    It is sad that that’s the best you’ve got. How long ago was that? How irrelevant is it? Pretty weak.

    But its not surprising that it comes from someone who sees the self-serving assault upon the spirit of our democracy and just shrugs his shoulders because Left.

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  41. wreck1080 (3,970 comments) says:

    She sold her integrity to the highest bidder.

    Integrity is hard earned and easily lost.

    I guess shes older now, and just trying to live a comfortable life.

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  42. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Longknives notes:

    “You’ve lost a lot of weight. Have you got Aids?”

    Imagine if a Right Wing Party member had made this comment?? All hell would break loose…Careers would be ended!

    So… let me get this straight. We now have political leaders… sorry The Leader(s)… whose criteria for a Press Secretary is that the call a potential coalition partner a ” fat white rich prick with a bunch of money” (Jevan Goulter, Hone Harawira’s press secretary) or manage to insult, in one sentence, a journalist from whom you’re naturally hoping to obtain good coverage, and everyone who has, or knows or has known someone suffering from, HIV/AIDS (Pam Corkery, Laila Harre’s Press Secretary).

    Of course employers can hire whomever they like. except Goulter is already on the public teat since Harawira is an MP, and Corkery clearly can’t wait to get back on it as soon as Harre gets elected. Which means we’re paying.

    And which means, surely, that we’re entitled to expect some basic level of competence from these clowns. I’ve taught PR… “don’t piss off the people we need if we’re going to succeed” wasn’t even covered in the introductory session, since it’s so blindingly self-evident that I’d assume any student who did so had an IQ somewhere around lukewarm, and would have flunked them immediately.

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  43. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    @PM
    The recorder was in a bag.

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  44. big bruv (14,160 comments) says:

    “She sold her integrity to the highest bidder. ”

    She never had any fucking integrity in the first place. I do wish people would stop cutting this woman any slack. Harre is nothing more than a hard left communist who thinks she should have unfettered access to your wallet.

    I despise the woman and I despise her cause.

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  45. RF (1,454 comments) says:

    Laila is most welcome to the nasal screech owl Corkery. A positive is that Corkery is now off news talk zb and their ratings will go up again. I have started listening now that she has gone.

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  46. wreck1080 (3,970 comments) says:

    @big bruv ::

    fair enough :)

    I never liked her either.

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  47. dad4justice (8,313 comments) says:

    The mere thought of Lala makes me feel nauseous. She is teamed up with a angry racist maori and a criminal fat german pig.God I wish Billy T was still alive. This is comedy only to be found in the socialist utopia they call the land of the long white lie. Integrity is foreign to these creeps.

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  48. RightNow (7,012 comments) says:

    Venal whores. It’ll be each others blood on the floor by the end of the year.

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  49. PaulL (6,048 comments) says:

    @PM: if Dotcom had only provided space for uploads he wouldn’t be being extradited. He paid people to upload comment that generated lots of downloads, i.e. he paid people to commit piracy, and he ran ads on that pirated content. That is the legal argument as to why what he did was materially different from those who just provided space and ran ads alongside the pirated content. My understanding is that you cannot be extradited for a charge that wouldn’t also be illegal in NZ – so in order for him to be extradited then what he is alleged to have done would also have to be illegal in NZ.

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  50. doggone7 (829 comments) says:

    “Doesn’t work like that.”

    So here we have it, David Farrar is to be the arbiter of how things will work! Oh the power, oh the glory, oh get a grip!

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  51. trout (944 comments) says:

    Look at it this way; Laila is a hitchhiker, her destination Parliament, where she can grandstand to her heart’s content on the taxpayer’s wedge. Dotcom is merely a vehicle (unlikely to be in NZ for much longer); bye bye Kim. Laila becomes another Anderton; could get really lucky and find herself as a Party Leader and part of a left wing government. Dotcom’s political philosophy (if he has one ) is irrelevant.

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  52. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    “You’ve lost a lot of weight. Have you got Aids?”

    Is that what was said?

    Holy fucking shit!

    In a genuine political party with actual principles or any real political reason to exist, then this would be career over (again) for Corkery.

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  53. Paul Marsden (999 comments) says:

    big bruv (12,866 comments) says:

    June 29th, 2014 at 5:24 pm
    “She sold her integrity to the highest bidder. ”

    New flash. When you become a politician, you suck off the public tit. Personal integrity is left at the front door.

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  54. Steve (North Shore) (4,591 comments) says:

    Jandals, cheap as now. Need some money

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  55. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    @Paul Marsden

    Just because the vast majority do doesn’t mean there’s no alternative, nor that anyone whose ambition to be a politician will necessarily behave that way. We should be more careful about whom we select to represent us, and insist on means (such as recall, and an independent Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards) that assist us with ensuring anyone who makes a pledge to be different, follows through on it.

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  56. Duxton (657 comments) says:

    I seem to recall that there is a name for women who debase themselves for money……..

    Rhymes with door, and floor, and poor…..

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  57. PaulL (6,048 comments) says:

    @Duxton: that word is used for anyone, man or woman, who debases themselves for money. Just saying.

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  58. HC (154 comments) says:

    It is pretty clear that the “Internet Party” is a construct by Kim Dotcom, and that his “leader” is nothing but a paid servant, to serve the cause of getting votes, simply to upset and shake up the political establishment, with that to also gain votes that will cost Key and the Nats a win and a chance for a future government.

    The alliance with Mana is nothing but a temporary marriage of convenience, as both see some “benefits” in working together, and throwing resources into one joint effort. Dotcom has the money and some IP expertise, and Mana have a network of willing, well connected, motivated activists.

    The alliance will not last much more than just after the election, and then they will go different ways again.

    As for Laila Harre, I was rather astonished that she was picked to be the Internet Party leader. She and the newly nominated candidates appear to be getting paid for their electioneering and campaigning, and are rather well looked after, by the sounds of it, while Mana candidates do not enjoy the same (paid) support from Dotcom.

    In the end Harre and her press secretary will not serve the interests of the Internet Party and their potential voters, as they have proved to be nothing but opportunists, to accept well paid “jobs”, working for a party funded with millions earned in questionable ways. This does certainly not look good, and it shows, that there are a fair few former leftists, same as others, who basically sell their principles for a good, well paid “opportunity”.

    As far as I remember, Pam Corkery is also part owner of a brothel, so she seems to have her “risks” spread rather well. Like Harre she simply seems to have found a chance, to relive early political adventures, now paid by an internet services entrepreneur, who made ‘mega” bucks at the borderline of legality.

    Given the political naivety of so many, and the desperation of others, they will nevertheless succeed in getting enough votes, to end up in Parliament. Critics may take note, one Bob Jones was another successful, wealthy man, who entered politics once, also to simply upset the political equation. It seems that when it comes to money and politics, New Zealand is as “corrupt” as so many other countries, which certainly also includes the USA, where politics are determined by huge donations and other generous funding. It would be damned naive to believe the opposite.

    Some further changes in the law are needed, to bring a needed improvement here.

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  59. Paulus (2,671 comments) says:

    Of course Harre does not need the $400,000 from the Crim, her Grandfather left her a substantial fortune.

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  60. doggone7 (829 comments) says:

    Paulus

    I missed that bit – what $400,000 ?

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