Hone Harawira happy with his choices

Feel like having your gob smacked?  Well, this is the story to do it.  Hone is comfortable with his choices around the Mana / Dotcom / Internet Party debacle.

… last night [Hone] told Campbell Live he wasn’t yet ready to say whether he had any regrets about tying his fortunes to Dotcom – a move that was widely regarded as having cost him his seat.

“That too I guess is something that I want to have a longer talk with Laila about and I’ll save those comments until after that. I owe Laila that, I owe Kim that.

“So I’m just holding off on those comments until after I’ve had that korero, that’s the right thing to do. I haven’t had the chance to catch up with Kim and I need to have a korero one on one so I look forward to that.”

He said he hadn’t seen Dotcom’s speech on Saturday in which the controversial internet entrepreneur apologised to him for costing him his seat by associating his “damaged brand” with Mana.

“Honestly, I feel really comfortable about the work that we’ve done and in the end when it became obvious that a whole lot of other parties were just standing against poor little old me, [it] became obvious that we weren’t going to be able to pull that off.”

Little old me?  Spare me.  

Sorry Hone, but you don’t get to play the victim after this omnishambles.   Like David Cunliffe, you have a severe case of denial.   Dotcom’s only interest was revenge on Key.  You knew this starting out.  What a surprise to find that your electorate became the Achilles heel in the plan.  Of course you were going to get done over in your electorate.

Of course, taking a week off in the middle of the campaign had nothing to do with it, did it?  Those are the actions of a party leader “comfortable” with his decisions?

You can probably do just as much for your constituents by working hard within your electorate.  It’s not as if you spent much time at parliament anyway.  The only difference is that the tax payer won’t be propping you up via a party leader salary and parliamentary services support.

Word on the street is that Dotcom’s payment to you was only a deposit, and the remainder – a much larger amount – was predicated on you delivering what Dotcom needed.   Even so, you have enough in reserve to survive three years and put in the hard yards in Te Tai Tokerau, because you can be sure of one thing:  Kelvin Davis is going to dig in for the long run.


– TV3 via Adam Bennett, NZ Herald

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