March 27, 2014
Dotcom deal confusing Mana suppoorters
Kim Dotcom is launching his Internet Party today, with questions still about whether Mana will take the Mega ride.
Mana leader Hone Harawira has met with the embattled Internet millionaire who is fighting extradition to the United States to face charges that his Megaupload business illegally distributed copyrighted material.
An alliance between the two parties could mean if the Internet Party harvests enough list votes, it could get a list MP joining Mr Harawira in the house.
There is division in Mana about the idea.
President Annette Sykes is warm to the idea as long as Mana’s bottom line policies of concern for the poor are maintained, but former Green MP Sue Bradford has threatened to walk over the issue.
Former Tai Tokerau MP Dover Samuels says the Mr Harawira’s constituents are also asking whether their MP has lost his marbles.
"I can see Dotcom getting some advantage. Hone writes him out a tino rangatiratanga passport and Dotcom wont be extradited to the states and it has to be something in it for Dotcom. At the end of the day I'm wondering and the people up here who voted for Hone and supported the Mana Party are wondering what the hell is happening to their member of parliament " he says.
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