Rudman on the Mana Dotcom Alliance

June 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

writes in the Herald:

Which brings us back to Laila Harre, the newly appointed leader of the Internet Party, Mr Harawira, her Mana Party equal, Pam Corkery, the press officer, and the others who are poised to join the Dotcom-backed party. They are all proclaiming they will be unsullied by the $3 million that has brought them together. Yet I can’t help recalling a quote my colleague Fran O’Sullivan attributes to banker Michael Fay. He lived by the golden rule – “he who owns the gold, rules”. This is the same Michael Fay, remember, who reportedly contributed up to $2 million into Labour Party coffers before the 1987 election in gratitude for the Rogernomics reforms of the previous three years.

In that case, the money came after the deed. We’re now expected to believe that Mr Dotcom won’t want anything in return for his $3 million except a party that pushes for, among other things, internet freedom. Other than that, he will let his new-found socialist partners get on with building their social justice dream with his money.

Yet nothing I’ve read about Mr Dotcom conjures up visions of Gandhi. What does come to mind are his promises to get even with the Prime Minister. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a good show of what he’s made of. He’s been the star witness in the trial of 2010 Auckland mayoral candidate John Banks for not declaring the $50,000 donation Mr Dotcom gave him. Their once cosy relations split asunder when Mr Banks failed to rush to Mt Eden prison with a soft mattress after the police raid that whetted Mr Dotcom’s interest in New Zealand politics.

This is a key point. He vowed to destroy John Banks, when John Banks didn’t help him out after he got a $50,000 donation.

He’s put $4 million into the Internet Party. That 80 times $50,000. And Laila, Hone, John and Annette all think there are no strings attached. All he wants in Internet for everyone and socialism implemented universally.

Now on bail, he’s invested $3 million in the upcoming election as the long fight by the American law enforcement agencies to extradite him drags on.

This could well carry on until next year. By then, all going to plan, the Internet-Mana coalition will be part of a leftish coalition government. Once the courts have decided whether the extradition can go ahead, it is up to the Justice Minister to make the final call. A government possibly propped up by his people.

Exactly. If they extradite him – they lose his funding. Let him stay, and I guarantee you they’ll get $4 million for the next election also!

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19 Responses to “Rudman on the Mana Dotcom Alliance”

  1. burt (7,785 comments) says:

    Being influenced by big business (cash for policy) is different when the left do it !

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  2. davidp (3,540 comments) says:

    >Exactly. If they extradite him – they lose his funding. Let him stay, and I guarantee you they’ll get $4 million for the next election also!

    No way. The minute they overturn the court and stop extradition, he’ll stop the funding and go back to spending his money on his pretend music career, strippers, fast cars, and pies. Nothing suggests that Dotcom has any ongoing interest in politics, otherwise he wouldn’t have been so confused by our electoral system when he was quizzed a couple of months ago.

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  3. Peter (1,576 comments) says:

    What if they do the ol’ double cross and don’t block the extradition? Their problem is then exported. Sure, they miss out on some future funding from him, but the socialists will simply make taxpayer funding of political parties law.

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  4. Ross Miller (1,659 comments) says:

    Don’t be silly Burt. Nothing ‘policy’ about this. It’s cash designed to pervert the Justice system. Spot the diff?

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  5. JMS (295 comments) says:

    and pies.

    Not pies, he’s German.

    Sausages, shitloads of sausages.

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  6. RightNow (6,638 comments) says:

    Well it looks like he scored a hit on Banks, who has been found guilty.

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  7. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (779 comments) says:

    Banksie gonbe by lunch time…May be Key should call a snap election in couple of weeks time and bury the left for good….

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  8. Nostalgia-NZ (4,896 comments) says:

    Old Rudman, largely criticised each week for being a lefty, is in from the cold in the first week of winter.
    Once he warms up he’ll be able to tell us what is illegal about all this.

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  9. chris (555 comments) says:

    otherwise he wouldn’t have been so confused by our electoral system when he was quizzed a couple of months ago.

    Which goes to show, once again, how naive the man is about politics. He comes from one of the few countries in the world that have MMP* so you think he’d have some sort of inkling about how electing our politicians works here.

    (* I was genuinely surprised to see there are something like 9 when I looked it up just now (different sources seem to give different answers) – I honestly thought it was just us, Germany and one other country.)

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  10. eszett (2,329 comments) says:

    He’s put $4 million into the Internet Party. That 80 times $50,000. And Laila, Hone, John and Annette all think there are no strings attached.

    Again, what’s your point? You are the one who was constantly against any kind of restrictions on finances for political parties.
    I am sure if Dotcom was setting up a party against Helen Clark instead of John Key you’d be proclaiming it’s just “free speech.”

    It’s pretty damn obvious what Dotcom wants. And making NZ a better place to live is probably not high on his list. And actually I do hope he fails spectacularly. If Labour makes any moves to accommodate him, I’d even be willing to vote for National this time around.

    But I just find it amusing that you of all people are appalled by a person with deep pockets spending money on a political party and that he might expect something in return for that money. Shock, horror!

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  11. Scott (1,693 comments) says:

    It all seems good to me. The internet /Mana party stands for unlimited fast broadband for all Maori and according to Laila Harre, legal marijuana as well. Stoned Maori with unlimited fast broadband, this Kim Dotcom is definitely onto a winner! What could possibly go wrong?

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  12. Unity (265 comments) says:

    KDC’s motivation is solely about getting rid of John Key. Let no-one cross him!! Especially big time like he’s experienced. Laila, Hone and Co are blinded by the dollar signs whatever they might say. Greed brings out the worst in people.

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  13. duggie (20 comments) says:

    At least, the next time he’s in jail, Laila, Hone, John and Annette will all be bringing pillows.

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  14. ross411 (220 comments) says:

    burt (7,361 comments) says:
    June 5th, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    Being influenced by big business (cash for policy) is different when the left do it !

    Perhaps you can equate the buying of the IP by Dotcom to something that the right did, which is equivalent? Is that a little harder than just a general unsubstantiated complaint?

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  15. ross411 (220 comments) says:

    Sir Cullen’s Sidekick (709 comments) says:
    June 5th, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    Banksie gonbe by lunch time…May be Key should call a snap election in couple of weeks time and bury the left for good….

    Why not wait and let the left continue to bury themselves. An early election would give them a chance to take a step back and break their “winning streak” of losing.

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  16. Dead Earnest (88 comments) says:

    So if Krim Dotcom is foud guilty of piracy, fraud and theft, will that mean that Laila Harre is guilty of receiving stolen funds?

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  17. SPC (5,333 comments) says:

    Only this election is in play.

    For if the left win coat tailing is gone and the Internet Mana Party has no reason for continuance after the 2014-2017 term. It will be back to the Mana Party contesting the Maori seats vs the MP and Labour.

    Besides Dotcom has not bought them in the expectation of special favour but chosen to back politicians who do not do favours for the Americans. Thus for him it is the election result that matters and this is what he is investing in.

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  18. Frustrated (5 comments) says:

    Not so much a Mana & Dotcom Alliance, more Mana, Alliance & Dotcom – I prefer the acronym.

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  19. OneTrack (2,559 comments) says:

    ross411 – “Perhaps you can equate the buying of the IP by Dotcom to something that the right did,”

    No, I can’t think of anything that centre-left National have done which is even remotely like the blatant election rort that the left are doing with ManaNet.

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