. . . He repeated his claim that it would be represented in Parliament, whether or not it achieved the 5 per cent MMP threshold for list seats, because a sitting electorate MP would join.
He would not name the person or say which party he or she represented, because of a confidentiality agreement, but it was not Harawira. The MP’s name would be revealed in June. . .
He didn’t know how many MPs were in parliament when asked by Seven Sharp.
There are 121, 70 of whom hold seats.
Given the unity in National and the high probability all those running again will hold their seats any of its 42 MPs would be mad to leap from a rock to sinking sand.
John Banks is retiring and Peter Dunne would have lots to lose and nothing to gain by any dalliance with Dotcom.
Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples are also retiring. The third Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell would also have too much to lose by leaping from the steady waka into a dotbomb dinghy.
Dotcom says it’s not Harawira and we can take his word on that because while he’s the lone paddler in the Mana waka, he’s not stupid enough to tip it up.
That only leaves Labour.
A few of its MPs might feel uneasy in their seats and most will have some doubt about the probability of being in government after the election.
The prospect of power can do strange things to people but even unhappy Labour MPs wouldn’t be stupid enough to think they’d have a better chance of success by leaping into the unknown.
Who then is the MP most likely to join Dotcom?
Almost certainly someone in his dreams.