Colin Espiner has shown up The Herald on Sunday this morning by critically analysing Dotcom’s proposals for his Internet Party.
While the Herald and its various organs run PR articles on behalf of Dotcom other more sensible commentators look at the facts.
Dotcom’s pending entry into our political landscape may be both micro and looney but it has reportedly got both Labour and National worried. It’s true the giant German national has earned his self-anointed moniker The Wrecking Ball of Change. There can be few immigrants who have caused more damage in such a short space of time.
Usually immigrants who cause problems get asked to leave…what about if they try to hijack our democracy as some sort of a petty vanity project in order to get revenge on some slight or another. Dotcom’s mouthpieces like to compare this party to Bob Jones but Jones didn’t form the New Zealand Party out of spite, he formed it to remove a tyrant. John Key is certainly no tyrant, in fact he is our most popular prime minister ever.
But in hindsight, the botched, illegal, government-sanctioned raid by police on behalf of the United States at Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, and his subsequent brief imprisonment, was the best thing that could have happened to the publicity-seeking tycoon. It won him a level of public attention and sympathy even his millions could not buy.
Because behind the ice creams and the fireworks, the offers to fund our next America’s Cup challenge or a new submarine fibre-optic internet cable, the extravagant parties to which we’re all invited and promises of free wi-fi for all, lies a narcissist desperate for popularity, relevance, and above all, respect.
It’s my opinion that Dotcom’s constant quest for omnipotence stems from his desire to make us – and the rest of the world – understand the value of his achievements (and they are many) while forgetting his criminal past as a computer hacker and convicted fraudster. Â Â Read more »