The Internet Party and Postie Plus. No, really

Postie Plus is in trouble.  One News reports

Today staff were told the company, which has been dressing Kiwis for more than 100 years, has been placed in voluntary administration after racking up millions of dollars in debt.

“Last year they lost $10.6 million. I suspect that 2014 was going to be heading towards an even worst result,” says Martin Allison of investment managers Craigs Investment Partners.

“The banks have said ‘enough’. The administrators have been called in.”

Oh bugger.

What does this have to do with the Internet Party, you ask?

Well, it gets ridiculous quickly, but here it goes:  The Internet Party leader, Laila Harre is a unionist from way back.  In fact, she left a union (did she really?  I doubt it)… let’s say she is on a sabbatical from the union, so her heart is still very strongly linked to industrial employment issues.

So, as you expect, upon hearing the news about Postie Plus, she took to Twitter


If I was Vikram Kumar and Kim Dotcom, I’d like her to focus on what I was paying her for, but that’s not the issue right now.  Look what happened next:  

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Now we all know that the Internet Party is nothing but a scam, and the whole process of using MMP to score a hit on Key on behalf of Mr “I’ll destroy, anybody” Dotcom, but to have it so clearly illustrated mere days into her job is rather sooner than I expected.

She has absolutely no idea what she’s doing.   How this is possibly going to make it to the election without some sort of a complete structural and public failure is beyond me.

She now heads a party that has, as one of its objectives, the aim to optimise the use of the Internet.  That means this will destroy traditional employment as we know it.   You only have to look at postal workers as an example of the steady transformation that the Internet has caused within their industry.

A mail order company that doesn’t embrace the Internet is a dead duck.  And a union that is trying to use its powers to stop the march of the Internet is one thing, but to have an Internet Party headed by a unionist that then tweets her best wishes to workers that are losing their jobs because of the Internet…

It’s absurd.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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