Kim Dotcom plans to launch his iNternet Party today.
He has money, though some of it is owed to creditors.
He doesn’t have any of the 500 members he’ll need to register the party. Given he’s launching an app to encourage people to sign up for a very small sum, it might not be hard to recruit them.
But it takes a lot more than money and members who pay pennies to win voter support.
Vernon Small writes that D is for Dotcom, desperate and dateless:
. . . Despite Kim Dotcom’s schmoozing of MPs from most Opposition parties at his mega-mansion, the last chance for a significant tie-up – at least with a party that can be confident of holding a seat after September 20 – seems to have faded to black.
Without that, the Internet Party is facing the reality of its pledge to fold the tent and endorse another party if it is not polling more than the 5 per cent threshold before the election campaign.
Would it be too cruel to mark a party’s death on the day it is born? . . .
Hone Harawira won’t do anything unless Dotcom refuses to entertain any deal with National and has several other reasons to stay clear of the dotbomb party:
They don’t have a real membership base.
They don’t have clear policies.
They don’t have recognisable political leaders.
They don’t have any candidates.
Time is short to prepare for the election and to organise the campaign.
Asking members to put election prep on hold “while we wait for the Internet Party to decide what they stand for is just not an option”.
If that’s not bad enough Whaleoil has allegations about Dotcom’s admiration for Hitler.
If that’s true then let’s hope D is also for doomed and the Internet Party will follow many others that fail.