Rob Hosking at the NBR opines about the effect of Kim Dotcom on NZ politics and correctly surmises that it is Labour who will be most affected.
Disaffected and disengaged youth, we are told, will be flowing to the polling booths to vote for Kim Dotcomâ€™s Internet Party on September 20.
The “visionary” of the party will act as a beacon to 18 to 25 year olds who are utterly turned off by politics, the theory goes.
The people claiming this are mostly 40 to 50-year-old political obsessives, so Iâ€™m not sure I give this theory much credence.
Certainly Mr Dotcom â€“ or Mr Schmitz, or Mr Kimble, or Mr Tim Jim Vestor, to give him the other names he has adopted over a long and somewhat ill-starred career â€“ has excited some people, but the folk getting most breathless seem to be a small group of excitable journalists, along with a group of folk who are keen for something â€“Â anythingÂ â€“ that will make a better job of opposing John Key’s National government than the current official opposition is doing.
It is not clear what Mr Dotcom is going to deliver, apart from a major disruptive factor. Â Read more »