The thin veneer is peeling off the Internet MANA “movement”

Georgina Beyer, bless her cotton socks, is not for sale:

issue74Internet Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has gone rogue and come out swinging at her party’s so-called visionary, Kim Dotcom.

She says [Kim Dotcom] is pulling the strings and is in politics for all the wrong reasons – including revenge.

Internet Mana’s the party that’s big on going big – big names, big productions, big personalities. But now it seems it’s got big problems too.

“Who is pulling the strings? Well, the big man himself,” says Ms Beyer.

Ms Beyer, a former Labour MP and New Zealand’s first transgender MP, is Mana’s candidate in the southern Maori seat of Te Tai Tonga.

She believes Dotcom is tearing her party apart.

“His reasons for becoming involved in New Zealand politics in the way he has is one of retribution against people who he feels have slighted him,” says Ms Beyer.

Of course, I’ve been consistent in saying this.  But the main stream media have given Kim Dotcom a velvety smooth ride.  You have to wonder about their motivation?  Anything to stick it to the government?  Fear?  Money?  A combination of these?

It’s the latest in a string of speed wobbles for the merged party. There was press secretary Pam Corkery’s mega blowout at the media, then leader Hone Harawira made headlines when he became angry at questions from 3 News about his U-turn over decriminalising cannabis, since merging with the Internet Party.

There are also divisions over the flagship job policy, with Mr Harawira wanting one thing and Internet Party leader Laila Harre announcing another.

This is actually quite interesting.  It has been clear that Hone’s being manipulated against his will.   The problem is, he’s taken the cash.  He’s now between a rock and a hard place.   Now, I’m just speculating here, but someone who had his electorate office shot at and also magically ran off the road all by himself, while linked to money that may have come from a drug-backed laundering operation, it’s not too hard to draw the conclusion Hone’s run of bad luck isn’t completely random.

What other party leader would (more or less) not attend his own party’s election launch?  Is that meant to be something normal?  Something we simply gloss over?

One thing we know for certain:  Kim Dotcom is in control of many, many things through the reach of his money.

Question is:  are the wheels coming off too late?   Has this election been corrupted beyond recovery?

Internet Party CEO Vikram Kumar is already looking for a new job.  This indicates the “Internet Party” will cease to exist, and its MPs, if any, will be  independents.   Once the coalition deal is in place that bottom-lines a veto on Kim Dotcom’s extradition, he’ll have achieved what he wants.

The fact the Internet or MANA parties are falling apart is completely irrelevant to him.

– 3 News


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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. 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.

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