The Internet Party is dead. Long live… something else

harre-handjobCan Laila Harre reinvent herself one more time?  The consummate political mercenary appears to have come to the end of another road, but she’s not giving up.

So just nine months after being formed, the Internet Party is now leaderless and broke. It’s bankroller, the Giant German Kim Dotcom, has run out of cash and the party’s leadership has run out of steam with Laila Harre resigning.

She’s saying she’s starting a new movement called Rethink the System, which would seem to be what the Internet Party was all about. But then by the Internet mogul’s own admission, the brand Dotom was poison to what they were trying to achieve. That was a bit of an understatement.

The screaming, fist-waving kids in a mosh pit screaming and yelling about John Key was certainly poison to what New Zealand politics should be all about, and with the sweating German on stage revelling in the chant, it was more reminiscent of the Nuremberg rallies.

So Laila wants to do it all again under “Rethink the System”, but will she have Dotcom on board?  

Dotcom’s now more than $3 million poorer for his New Zealand political experience and now claims he’s broke, although he’s not ruling out being involved in an Internet Party in the American election the year after next.

But if he’s poisonous to the brand here, he’ll be downright toxic to anything he does in the United States given that he’s on their most wanted list. That most certainly doesn’t mean he’s wanted in politics there.

He does, at least, have a consistent view of the leadership in both countries though. He hates both John Key and his buddy Barack Obama in equal measure.

One of Kim’s biggest problems, which parallel his idol’s funnily enough, is that he spread his attention and money over too many fronts.  In the end, he was fighting everyone.  And National simply withdrew until Dotcom’s credibility winter set in.


– Barry Soper, Newstalk ZB



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