I have been asked by a reader:
If the National Party was failing politically, and every attempt to restore it to some semblance of effectiveness was quite obviously failing, and a new and well-resourced right-wing political formation suddenly appeared on the scene, raising the prospect of reinvigorating the Rightâ€™s election effort across the board â€“ would you back it?
I have thought about this…a fair bit since Kim Dotcom dumped his loot into the Internet party.
I would probably support such a party, as my reader asks, but there are some qualifiers.
It would have to be democratic…the Internet party is not. No one elected the leader, it has no candidates and is having a joke selection process to find candidates and when you look at the constitution it is deeply undemocratic…and no one voted to adopt the constitution or the rules either. On top of that no one can ever remove the “Visionary”. This has all the hallmarks of a cult not a political party.
It would have to no association with indicted criminals. I think this critical…mainly because people and commentersÂ on the left would say the party is tainted by association with a criminal, and yes Dotcom is a convicted criminal. He has numerous dishonesty convictions including massive securities fraud. He has beenÂ indicted on serious other charges, including racketeering and money laundering and currently faces extradition. I think, rightly, that anyone onÂ the left would claim that the funding of a political party was only to save his skin from extradition. It is interesting that none of themÂ can see the hypocrisy in this. Look at the vicious attacks on the Brethren, look at the law changes to prevent donations from overseas donors (excepting Owen Glenn, because he donated to the Labour party). The hypocrisy continues now with people on the left wing saying Act is tainted because john Banks was found guilty…well so has Kim Dotcom, many, many times…is the Internet party not tainted too?
The party would have to have some philosophical bent that I could agree with…I do wonder what the philosophical bent of the Internet party is now after recruiting the hard left of NZ politics.
And it would have to have fresh talent not retread hacks who were unsuccessful the last time they stood for parliament.
I get that Labour is failing, god knows I have told them why for years…as have many others…from their ownÂ different perspectives. But the solution is not millions of dirty money.
One of my mentors, a sinfulÂ man, but one who seeks salvation, has always said to me that if you take dirty money then your own resources become tainted and dirty too. Â Read more »