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Shane Jones outed as another Dotcom visitor

Shane Jones has been outed as yet another politician who has been out to the mansion, and more importantly is it was a recent visit as Jones informed his leader David Cunliffe.

Adam Bennett reports:

Labour’s Shane Jones said he visited the mansion late last year. But the discussion was limited to rap-music – and he had told leader David Cunliffe about the visit.

This confirms information that I have received from business interests concerned about Shane Jones’ actions with regard to Kim Dotcom. Labour insiders assure me that Jones is not doing any sort of deal with Dotcom, but I’m not convinced yet. After all who travels from their luxury accommodation at SkyCity all the way out to Coatesville to talk about rap music….surely they could have done that over Skype or the phone?

Journalists though now have further confirmation of Dotcom’s meddling in the politics of New Zealand and also confirmation that David Cunliffe has been aware of visits by his own MPs.   Read more »

Harawira confirms cozying up to Dotcom

Earlier this morning I broke the news of a cozy deal between Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party and the Mana party.

Now Hone Harawira has confirmed that he is yet another MP who has bent his knee to Kim Dotcom.

“Last year I was invited to meet with Kim Dotcom, but I declined because I didn’t want to get swamped by the Labour, Greens and NZ First pilgrimages to the mansion,” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau.

“But when the invitation was extended again earlier this year I decided to accept, but not at Coatesville. I met with Dotcom at my mates place on the Shore where we discussed a number of issues:

• How much we both dislike the way John Key has allowed NZ’s intelligence services to be used as pawns by American big business against a New Zealand resident;
• How much we both dislike John Key’s cavalier dismissal of the rights of ordinary New Zealanders;
• How well things are going in the Bundesliga;
• How bleak NZ’s future under National will look if John Key keeps floggin’ off our key assets;
• What MANA would like to see in a positive future for Aotearoa;
• What Dotcom might want to see happen in Aotearoa; and
• What wonderful beaches we have in Aotearoa.   Read more »

Hooton on the addled thinking of Winston Peters

Matthew Hooton has no love for Winston Peters…once calling him a word that is no longer used on this blog, on television.

He writes in the NBR about what it is that Winston Peters may or may not want.

The left is in despair.

Eminent left-wing scribe Chris Trotter says the election is “all over bar the counting.”  He fears a collapse in both turnout and Labour’s support, humiliating David Cunliffe and resulting in an “unparalleled National victory” for John Key.

From his comrades’ perspective, he is undoubtedly too curmudgeonly.

With the exception of 1999, all MMP elections have gone to the wire.

Even in the weeks before Bill English’s nadir in 2002, there was a mathematical possibility of a National/NZ First/UnitedFuture/Act coalition, limiting Helen Clark to one term.

In 2005, National’s Don Brash, along with the leaders of Act, UnitedFuture and the Maori Party, held talks with Winston Peters about forming a government but Mr Peters chose to give Ms Clark her third term.

More recently, Mr Key scraped home in both 2008 and 2011 by the narrowest of margins.

If Ms Clark hadn’t so slavishly backed Mr Peters through the 2008 Spencer Trust fiasco, she would have won a fourth term.

Similarly, only the go-slow by Mr Cunliffe and his supporters in the last weeks of the 2011 campaign stopped Phil Goff from making Mr Key a one-term prime minister.

If unemployment stays higher than forecast, wage rises are a bit lower, doubts emerge over the fiscal surplus and the official cash rate is closer to 4% than 3% in September, then the gap between National/Act/UnitedFuture and Labour/Green/Mana will narrow.  Mr Peters will again decide who will be prime minister.  Read more »

Is Labour trying to kill the Greens?

I’ve been doing a fair bit of thinking about Labour’s strategy.

I am pretty sure that Labour is trying to do a poor emulation of what National did between 2002 and 2005.

They are a little premature in that they haven’t yet had their loss like 2002 but they are heading in the at direction is sources telling me about Labour’s internal polling are correct.

National spent most of the gap between 2002 and 2005 trying to kill of Act. It was difficult as they were very active at this time.

Don Brash ascended the leadership and issued the now infamous Orewa speech, it was at that moment that the beginning of the end of the Act party started.

What has happened since though has caused National to have very few support partners, but at the same time hoover pretty much all of the centre right support.

Could Labour now being doing the same thing…they appear to be doing so with their lurch to the left.

The appointment of Matt McCarten cements this and his knowledge of left-wing politics should enable them to smack up…hard…the Green party.

We know that many in labour see green votes as rightfully theirs, and they think they also own the ‘pooftah’ vote and the union vote. But those interest groups are shrinking.   Read more »

An interesting Wikileaks memo

There is an interesting Wikileaks memo about David Cunliffe…some of his ardent supporters might not like what it says about him, in particular his support for the US.

On Telecom:

4. (C) Cunliffe was also upbeat about his telecommunications portfolio, despite the challenges. He is currently trying to break up Telecom, which enjoys a monopoly in most New Zealand telecommunications sectors and what Cunliffe called a “cozy duopoly” with Vodafone in mobile telephony. New Zealand’s overpriced cellular services, Cunliffe said, made clear there was room for a third provider. He expected the entry of a third player in the market to be announced reasonably soon. He said that, in slowing investment and throwing up roadblocks to reform, Telecom was behaving exactly as any monopoly would when faced with being dismantled. He acknowledged that significant government investment in the sector might be required, particulary in broadband, where NZ’s performance against other OECD members has lagged and where the country’s vast and nearly empty rural areas make providing universal coverage a challenge. He noted that people have become very dependent on broadband access in just a few years and reported that his constituent office received far more complaints about broadband access than about any other issue, including the recent, highly-unpopular anti-spanking legislation

On immigration and Muslims:

———– Immigration ———– WELLINGTON 00000461 002 OF 003 Âś5. (C) Cunliffe’s constituency is one-third foreign born, the largest percentage of any electorate. He said that, while New Zealanders are generally very tolerant of different cultures, the country did suffer from cyclical waves of anti-immigration sentiment – anti-Pacific in the eighties, anti-Asian in the nineties, and anti-Muslim today. When the PO expressed surprise at the latter, given that Muslims, particularly Arab Muslims, are nearly invisible even in multicultural Auckland, Cunliffe acknowledged that the population was small, but concentrated. He said that Muslims drew suspicion and hostility from other Kiwis who view them, for no good reason, as a security threat. While emphasizing that New Zealand Muslims are loyal to their adopted country and inclined to leave the conflicts of their homelands behind them, Cunliffe expressed some concern that more radical imams are trying to enter the country and stir up trouble. Asked what tools he had to exclude those who have committed no crimes but still might be considered a threat, Cunliffe turned coy. “Some people simply find their visas don’t get renewed,” he said. Cunliffe was confident that such imams are being pushed to New Zealand by radical elements outside the country, rather than pulled into New Zealand by congregations seeking more extreme preachers.   Read more »

Kim Dotcom’s cunning plan is so stupid you could pin a Che T-shirt on it and call it Martyn

Kim Dotcom’s big plan is to collapse the Internet Party if they don’t get near 5% and “gift” their voters to which ever party buys their favours and support by acceding to their yet to be revealed policy platform.

The man is an idiot…but then again he paid for political advice from Martyn Bradbury…who coincidentally is shilling this plan as a good idea.

This political genius…who also sought advice from Mai Chen (is the bill paid yet Mai?) and Don Brash and Alistair Thompson…losers not winners in other words…thinks this is a winning strategy.

Let me explain the little predicament for Kim Dotcom, the Internet party and whoever cuts this ‘special’ deal.

The plan appears to be to have Kim Dotcom spend the maximum amount of money during the regulated campaign period (this is problematic since he doesn’t actually pay his pay bills), only to withdraw and endorse the highest bidder if theInternet doesn’t reach the necessary five percent threshold  Read more »

Bryce Edwards summary on Dotcom and his corruption of NZ politics

Bryce Edwards summarises just how bad it has become for kim Dotcom, the Green party, Russel Norman, Winston Peters and all the Labour MPs who have trotted out to sit on Kim Dotcom’s lap.

Political chickens are coming home to roost. Having Kim Dotcom on speed dial is now a political liability and career ending.

Allegations of ‘corruption’ and ‘dirty deals’ are being thrown around over the relationship between some of our political party leaders and wealthy internet businessman and wannabe politician Kim Dotcom. It all relates to the fact that various politicians have been courting Dotcom’s favour, while at the same time discussing whether they would intervene to help prevent Dotcom being extradited to the United States by fighting in government to overturn any judicial decision. According to some commentators there is, at the very least, an issue with the perception of inappropriate and opaque electoral deals being made.

The strongest condemnation of the potential links between party policy and support for Dotcom have come from rightwing blogger David Farrar, who claims that some politicians are ‘saying they will over-turn the courts in his favour at the same time as they meet him to discuss political strategy. That is pretty close to corruption’ – see: Would Labour and Greens over-rule the court for Kim Dotcom?

Farrar explains the problem, as he sees it: ‘Russel Norman has been out twice to meet Dotcom, and ask him to support the Greens instead of setting up his own political party. And in return he is offering that a Labour/Greens Government would basically corruptly over-turn the decision of the court in Dotcom’s favour. Cunliffe is not ruling out that he would also over-turn any court decision. We also learn Winston Peters has been out to meet DotCom multiple times’. Farrar warns that ‘We head towards corruption if people can buy themselves a different decision’.  Read more »

Don Brash, Russel Norman and now Winston Peters, who hasn’t been to sit on Dotcom’s lap?

Rachel Glucina at the Herald has the good oil again on the comings and going from the Dotcom Mansion and the fat German seeks to further ingratiate himself into the pockets of NZ politicians.

Did Winston Peters visit the Dotcom mansion for secret meetings? Don Brash and Russel Norman have confessed to get-togethers in Coatesville, but Peters was playing coy yesterday when The Diary phoned. Rumours that he went there three times are “false”, he says, but he refused to specify if he’d been there at all.

Russel Norman has been out there and we can tell he has come to some sort of deal with Kim Dotcom…he is now talking about throwing our extradition treaties in the rubbish bin to appease a crook.

Winston Peters is being less than honest though because my sources tell me that last year he did go out to the Dotcom Mansion at least three times.

My sources tell me he went twice attended by a man with a goatee. Recent television footage of Winston Peters at Ratana showed him with his right hand man Tommy Gear. When shown pictures of Tommy Gear my sources confirmed he was the man attending with the Dotcom Mansion with Winston Peters.

Winston Peters and Tommy Gear (left)  Source/ TV3

Winston Peters and Tommy Gear (left) Source/ One News

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I’d say Act is rooted now

In a strange decision Act has pretty much decided its own fate today with the election of Jamie Whyte as leader and the interminably boring, yet very clever, David Seymour as it’s Epsom candidate at this years election.

The Herald reports:

Writer and philosopher Jamie Whyte is Act’s new leader and David Seymour will be the party’s candidate in Epsom at the election later this year.

The decision was made by the Act board today and is due to be officially announced at 3 pm.

Dr Whyte is expected to take over in about a month at the party’s AGM.

Dr Whyte, aged 48, has recently returned to live in New Zealand from abroad and has only recently become active in the party.

Mr Seymour, aged 30, first stood for Act in 2005 in Mt Albert against former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Last election he stood in Auckland Central.  Read more »

Banks, Brash, and now Norman, which politicians haven’t had secret meetings with Dotcom?

John Banks’ meetings with Kim Dotcom have been laid bare as Dotcom sought retribution for not getting a comfy mattress in prison.

Don Brash has been out to the mansion too as has been reported in the Herald several times.

But what do we have here…Russel Norman has also been visiting the mansion…several times. Rachel Glucina at The Herald reports:

Russel Norman visited Dotcom’s mansion twice late last year to talk him out of entering politics, the Green Party co-leader told The Diary. And he left a rather large carbon footprint flying to Auckland Airport and hailing a Green cab for the 44km journey to Coatesville for the meetings.

“I met with him twice, about policy issues and his proposed party. I’ve got a lot of time for Kim, but I don’t support the Internet Party.”

Norman says although he backs some of Dotcom’s views on the GCSB and the internet, he feels he’d be competing for votes. “I tried to talk him out of setting up his party.”  Read more »