Following in Paddy’s footsteps, Duncan lets fly
The Internet-Mana PartyÂ alliance is a sham and a rort, but MMP allows for it – which is the worst bit.
Iâve seen nothing like it in the history of NZ politics. It is far less transparent than the dodgy electorate seat deals National has done over the years. New Zealanders have every right to be outraged.
This is about an already convicted criminal – a rich internet tycoon wanted on piracy charges, no less â on the run from the United States and sheltering in New Zealand. Heâs a had a run in with the NZ Government and the US authorities, so heâs doing all he can to buy his way out of trouble.
It now includes pulling out his cheque-book and paying for a political party and buying people off â so he can keep his sorry backside out of the clink.
Itâs as simple as that: heâs paying big money so he doesnât turn into some sort of dribbling mess behind bars â some reports suggest heâs pumped $4m into setting up this party. So how much is he paying his people?
I askedÂ new leader Laila HarrĂ© yesterday, she said she wasnât sure yet. But money between the two will change hands at some stage, sheâs clear on that.
How ridiculous is this, really? Â Would anyone just rush to Kim Dotcom and work for free without any sort of employment agreement, contract or letter of understanding? Â Would it not at least outline the terms of the agreement, including remuneration?
Here is an even more scary thought: Â She did just get started and is winging it. Read more »