The last week has been particularly interesting with the marriage of the Mana Party (which has a single representative from a dedicated Maori electorate) with a new Internet Party which has no representatives. For those unaware of the facts, Northland has two representatives. One is for the ‘open’ electorate of Northland. This was won in the last election by Mike Sabin (Nat) with 18,188 votes. The other seat is the ‘closed’ Maori one. This was won by Hone Harawira with 8,121 votes.
It is fair to say that the voters in the North showed a significant preference for Sabin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say blind Freddy could have won Te Tai Tokerau, the Maori seat, but it has crossed my mind. We all know of the Harawira email that called us ‘white motherfuckers’ and there have been other instances where he has thumbed his nose at parliamentary standards with hoons in support.
This week’s amalgamation of The Mana Party with the new Internet Party takes the biscuit for the worst example of political degradation in living memory. The parties have nothing in common other than a $3-4 million handout from a fat Kraut seeking to avoid extradition. If I am wrong, would someone please advise me of the true reason because I haven’t seen or heard of one.
Laila Harre also takes the biscuit for naivety. On ‘The Nation’ she stated that ‘a number of highly principled people had been brought together’. One assumes she is talking about the top of the tree people who, apart from herself, include Hone Harawira, Annette Sykes, John Minto, Willy Jackson and Kim DotCom. All of these people are wreckers and are at the front of the pack for civil disturbances or questionable behaviour. At least one can say, all of the rats are now in the one nest.
More importantly for the voters in September, what policies does this new party have to offer? Well, hurriedly a couple have emerged. Tertiary education will be free at a cost estimated at $1.3 billion. Fine, but the history of education to that level for free, has fed the overseas employment market. Thanks very much New Zealand. We can use as many educated, brainy graduates as you can offer.
Then to placate the ‘Internet’ name Laila wants to speed up the megabits from 8 or so to a Korean standard of 23megabits. A few days ago on television she admitted the internet stuff was handled by her husband. Now she has picked up a few buzz words. Well Laila, in rolling out this new high speed internet remember we have a population of 4 million and South Korea 50 million. If you would like to add in North Korea, make it 100 million. I think one could say their infrastructure is more efficient.
Then we have you as a person approaching 50 with a self-professed lightweight knowledge of the internet and computer systems proposing to represent the internet crowd at an average age of 20, who don’t vote. I suspect this is a dreamtime fantasy. You have 110 days to prove me wrong.
On election day some may support this new party as a protest vote. I hope they don’t. The country is very lucky to have a man of John Key’s integrity with a friendly matter of fact approach to his job. I hope they keep him in the seat for a long time. Look at the options. You will not get a better man than this one.