We have a winner! The new leader of the Internet Party is… [ UPDATED ]

UPDATE

The actual leader is Laila Harre — the Alliance party lives!

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Annette Sykes.

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Sykes is an advocate for Māori independence and a nuclear free, genetic engineering free independent Pacific. She was a Māori Party member but became a prominent member of the Mana Party in 2011. She was listed second on the Mana Party list for the 2011 election, as well as standing in the Waiariki electorate — Wikipedia

A strong advocate for Maori does not clash for being a strong advocate for Internet related policy.  It does not clash with wanting less government surveillance and more digital privacy.

Annette has shown to have no loyalty to a specific party, as long as she gets to push her favourite issues.

This is a master stroke.

It promotes Sykes to the Internet Mana #2 list spot, guaranteeing that with 1.2% of the party vote, both Hone and Annette end up in parliament.

All they have to do is deliver Dotcom a veto on extradition.  The rest doesn’t matter to him at all.

For that to happen

1. Hone has to retain his seat

2. National must lose to a substantial left coalition

3. Mana must be needed for this coalition

4. They must make Dotcom’s extradition veto a bottom line

It’s a huge gamble for Kim Dotcom, but Hone Harawira is having the time of his life.  $500,000 richer, someone else paying to campaign for additional party votes he could never reach as Mana alone, and now, essentially, in control of two parties at once.

 


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