The Mana Party says a merger with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party is not an option, but an arrangement involving a joint list and sharing the party vote, could be.
Mana leader Hone Harawira says he met with Mr Dotcom last month and had what he says was a general political discussion.
Mana’s secretary Gerard Hehir says a formal merger is not an option but there may be scope for an arrangement where they campaign together under an umbrella party, to take advantage of the combined party vote. . .
The several parties which held hands under the Alliance umbrella had left-wing principles in common.
Mana’s principles are pro-Maori and solidly left-wing.
It isn’t clear what, if any, principles the Internet Party has.
Many of Kim Dotcom’s, its would-be founder, are questionable and have little if anything in common with Mana.
This is clear to one of Mana’s founding members and a former candidate, Sue Bradford, who said Dotcom would be a deal-breaker for her:
Ms Bradford, a former Green Party MP who has been with Mana since its inception in 2011, told RadioLIVE there aren’t many similarities between the two parties.
“I find it incredible that a party with the kaupapa Mana has should be considering going into an alliance with Kim Dotcom – a man who tried to buy off the right and failed and now he seems to have turned to the left to buy the left off,” she says.
“This is so far from the kaupapa I’ve dedicated my life to and I find it quite extraordinary.”
She says it “wouldn’t be possible” for her to stay with the party if it did do a deal with Dotcom.
“I don’t think doing deals with right-wing internet billionaires who are facing a number of legal challenges is the way forward for any party that adheres to the principles of social, and economic and treaty justice that I believe in,” she says.
“We should really be thinking twice about this.”
Ms Bradford says there are others in the party who think the same way she does, and has expressed her views to the party leadership.
It could be a “short-sighted conversation” and a “bubble in a tea cup”, and nothing could come of it in the end, she says.
She also had questions about how Dotcom treats his own staff, who have complained about poor wages and not being paid. . .
Bradford has principles and is sticking to them.
Harawira is showing that any principles he has are for sale.