Rodney Hide launches into Laila Harre at The NBR [paywalled]:
I am worried about Laila HarrĂ©: having dropped any pretence of principle she now finds hypocrisy addictive. Thereâs no other explanation. She should have ODâd by now, but no, she just keeps loading it up.
Her latest dose is to assert property rights in Green Party policy.
Thatâs right. Thatâs her response to criticism of her announcing Green Party policy as hers just hours ahead of the Greenâs release. Ms HarrĂ© was working for the Greens. She then decamped to lead the Internet Party taking Green Party policy with her. No wonder the Greens are little annoyed in their touchy-feely, caring way.
But as she explains it, âLook, I contributed huge intellectual property to the Green Party in the 15 months that I spent working for them.â So whatâs theirs is also hers.
Thatâs a bellyful of hypocrisy. Remember this is the Internet Party. Her partyâs founder, funder, paymaster and visionary is fighting to avoid facing copyright infringement charges. Intellectual property doesnât mean that much to Mr Dotcom.
For his proxy leader to be defending herself by spuriously claiming intellectual property is breathtaking hypocrisy. Intellectual property matters to Ms HarrĂ© â but only when sheâs claiming it as hers. No one elseâs appears to matter.
But having teamed up with Mr Dotcom, Ms Harre now wallows in hypocrisy. She canât get enough. Every time she opens her mouth she takes another hit.
Hypocrisy is a particular attribute that is endemic in the left-wing of politics.
Mr Dotcomâs opulent lifestyle is everything that Ms HarrĂ© has railed against her whole life. She picked coffee for the Sandinistas. Thatâs what rich, lefty kids did back in the day. It was much more romantic than a mundane job with real New Zealand workers. Â Â Read more »
Election time certainly brings out the idiots. Â I mean, you have to be positive, but you also have to be realistic.
Targeting seven seats in the upcoming election, the Maori Party is confident in holding their present three and taking a further four.
Party president Rangimarie Naida Glavish announced the target when she addressed the 10th birthday celebration in Rotorua on Saturday night which doubled as the opening of the party’s 2014 election campaign.
“The seven Maori seats are there for the taking by the Maori Party. We are confident of holding our present three seats, Tamaki Makaurau, Waiariki and Te Tai Hauauru.
The Maori Party will be lucky to hold their current seats, let along expand their influence through all seven Maori electorates. Â Read more »
Hone Harawira was quite strong on this issue last week on Back Benches.
Understandably that hasn’t gone down too well.
Laila Harre and Hone Harawira are lastÂ cabs off the rank when it comes to dishing out cabinet posts in the unlikely event David Cunliffe wins the election.
Labour leader David Cunliffe has all but ruled out Internet-Mana MPs being Cabinet ministers in a Labour led government.
Speaking at the party’s Congress in Wellington today Cunliffe said he would work constructively with any party that wanted to change the government after the election.
But it would be extremely unlikely Mana leader Hone Harawira and Internet Pay lead Laila Harre would be Cabinet ministers.
He did not think they would be surprised by his comments.
“That’s not to say that every party that might want to support a Labour-led government would actually be around the Cabinet table. That’s another thing entirely.”
He said the most likely players would be the Greens and NZ First “if that’s what they choose to do”.
“And that would be the foundation of an incoming government.”
He said he was open to the Greens and NZ First being inside Cabinet as opposed to ministers outside cabinet.
But he reiterated Labour would do no deals ahead of the election.
According to a new announcement from the Mana party cannabis smoking isÂ now ok but cigarette smoking is not.
The Mana Party is softening its stance on marijuana and will support its decriminalisation, in spite of leader Hone Harawira’s staunch opposition to the drug.
Harawira, who has previously said he does not support decriminalising marijuana, said the party was in favour due to the impact that drug convictions were having on the lives of young people.
The Internet Party, Mana’s coalition partner, also recently said it was considering whether or not to support decriminalisation. Harawira said Mana had made the decision on its own.
“I don’t want anybody to think that I like it because I don’t, but I see the damage that it does to families.” he said.
Harawira, who does not drink or smoke, said drugs were a major problem in Northland communities. Â Â Read more »
…the party leader being Hone Harawira. Â And, to be honest, it’s getting hardly any traction in the New Zealand media. Â If this had happened to John Key, or David Cunliffe, it would be bigger than a Moa resurrection.
“I get threatened with violence and I get death threats but when somebody starts taking shots at my office than that’s another matter altogether,” [Harawira]Â said.
“It’s life-threatening and I hope the police catch the perpetrators soon.” Read more »