Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Zealand: " Degraded and alone, raped and still forlorn Betrayed on a lizard's bed We chameleon, ..."

Rodney Hide in the New Zealand Herald opines,

At the risk of pissing some people off I have to say that I admire Rodney Hide. We are politically poles apart..... well at least at different ends of the centre spectrum. If I was a National Party person and I am not, I would be tempted to enroll him, it couldn't possibly work out as badly as ACT recycling Banks, Brash etc. In fact it would probably work out very well. 

It was once suggested to me by a prickly persona based in Hong Kong that I should dump Labour and suport ACT. I haven't laughed that much since someone explained the TINA Theory to me many years ago. The suggestion was made when Hilary Calvert was an ACT MP.  

Rodney Hide: Hilarious Dotcom drama is riveting

Harawira trumpets Mana and His People but that's not stopping him using his electorate to coat-tail Dotcom's party into Parliament. Photo / Brett Phibbs

I used to think politics was all about achieving good government. That proved invariably disappointing. These days, politics is no longer my responsibility. I'm happy if it just proves interesting.
That's why I am for the Internet-Mana Party. They're the best entertainment in years. If they were a parody they would be too improbable to be believed.

My thoughts exactly.
Maori nationalist Hone Harawira calls Pakeha the rudest of names and the wrong colour to date his daughter. But he's jumped into bed with whiter-than-white Kim Dotcom.

Just for the record  " white mother fuckers " is the term Rodney is looking for.
Harawira trumpets Mana and His People but that's not stopping him using his electorate to coat-tail Dotcom's party into Parliament. His price? $3 million.
It's easy to accuse Harawira of hypocrisy but he has a ready reply: it's a lot of money. At $3m his double standard is good and high.

" Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world. But for Wales" Robert Bolt.
Laila Harre wasn't elected leader of the Internet Party. She was hired. She's been selected and paid for by Dotcom. The former coffee picker for the Sandinistas is New Zealand's first corporate-hire political leader.
A mate rang after Harre's appointment splitting his sides, "All they need now is Pam Corkery". Corkery was appointed press secretary that day.

That is funny. Pam Corkery is about as out of touch with anything verging on reality as it is possible to get. 

" Ms Corkery, a former MP and broadcaster, is planning to start a brothel for women. It would start as a TV reality series, but continue to operate after filming was completed. "

Pam as far as I recall isn't blonde but hell she should be, as cunning plans go that is right up with anything Baldrick ever came up with.
Willie Jackson considered standing but wanted $250,000. That's his price for standing up for his principles.

Fair enough. Hell offer me $250,000 and I will invent new principles.
The recycled 1990s Alliance Party is promising a digital future. But they're technophobes and Luddites. Harre declares herself well-qualified because her children are the internet generation and her husband uses a computer at work.

Yup. Corkery is even worse. I am in my forties and trust me Corkery is out of touch with generation X, it really is time for the " baby boomers "  to just piss off.
She also believes Dotcom is funding her to help the poor and downtrodden with 1970s socialism. It's nothing to do with his extradition to face criminal charges. The left don't talk about truth. Rather, it's the narrative. Harre is the only person buying her narrative.

Wrong. Lots of people, at least as many as I have fingers buy it. They are part of a club. For them clubbing has political overtones though... they don't support the clubbing of seals ... neither do I, but I wonder what the Mana position on that is ? That is not an idle question.
Next up, Annette Sykes. Her driving force? The Treaty and economic equality. Nothing about Dotcom's over-the-top lifestyle and opulence suggests Treaty concerns or a share-the-wealth mentality.

Actually I disagree, it is about getting those " WMF " that drives Annette or rather getting their wallets contribution after they have paid tax. 
Someone isn't being upfront about their political aims and aspirations. The gulf between Dotcom and his politicians is altogether too yawning.

Yawning ? I thought Mr Hide was laughing.
Then we have veteran campaigner John Minto. His promise? That Mana is coming after the rich. Capital gains taxes, financial transaction taxes, inheritance taxes and a more progressive tax system are all part of his campaign.
He's targeting the "parasites" and their "unearned income". In the meantime, he's more than happy taking the fat cat's money. That's the money the FBI are accusing Dotcom of not earning.

I remember Minto.    

" To my astonishment, and dismay, John Minto, who was there, hectored the great man for not kicking private enterprise and transnational companies out of South Africa after apartheid ended. A bewildered Mandela asked Minto how he expected people to find work if their employers were banished. It was at that moment I realised Minto was not driven by opposition to racism but by opposition to the entire capitalist system."

Dotcom set out to destroy Banks for not rushing to rescue him from Mt Eden Prison. He expected a minister to jump for a $50,000 political donation. That's his character. Imagine what he expects for $3m.
And imagine how he will perform when he doesn't get it. Pure entertainment.

Probably not an issue that is troubling Harawira , Sykes, Harre, Corkery or Minto, lets face it Dotcom isn't going to be any trouble at all if he wins his extradition battle and if he fails to win he sure as hell won't be able to do much in a federal cell in the USA.

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