The NBR says she joined the Green Party only 18 months ago and worked as its “issues director” in Auckland. . .
Reusing or recycling an ex-MP could fit the green, but not necessarily the Green, credo.
Whether or not it helps the IM Party gain votes is moot but it will split opposition votes by giving those wanting a more socialist approach another option.
However it’s not likely to help the party appeal to the young tech-savvy non-voters. And yet another hard-left unionist on the red part of the spectrum could also persuade voters in the centre towards the blue end.
The idea of a weak Labour propped up by the Green, NZ First and Internet Mana parties will make a National-led government more attractive to moderates.
Bryce Edwards at Liberation has the top tweets on the issue which include:
Laila Harre first entered Parliament in 1996. Incidentally, people born that year will be able to vote for the first time this year.
And I’m sure knowing the Internet Party leader was first an MP in the year of their birth will be a voter drawcard #rtpt
Um … so the new leader of the Internet Party @lailaharre has made like 27 tweets. Has she really got the quals for this?
Interesting conflict. I bet people who wouldn’t consider voting for Mana or the Internet Party *would* consider voting for Laila Harre.
Seriously tho, what does it say about the NZ left that the old guard is being hauled out of retirement, while the right is appointing yoofs?
Which paper will be first with “Harrewira”?
Mana has absolutely pulled a fast one on the #Internetparty ! Gets all thier funding, dominates the list & have installed a plant as leader!
i’m betting the Greens are wishing that Dotcom had been extradicted about now.
Internet Party also announcing tomorrow that their campaign manager will be Simon Lusk.
Laila Harre doesn’t say “Internet” to me, but she might get more votes for a very left-wing party than Mana’s existing candidates
I’d love to know what Harre feels she can get advancing leftist causes via Mana/IP that she felt she couldn’t achieve with the Greens
Laila Harre’s loan from Greens to Mana-Internet Party a sign that planning for Lab-Grn-NZF-Mana-Internet coalition is well advanced?
If Metiria Turei doesn’t back down, that means 5 deputy PMs for David Cunliffe. Six if he can’t convince caucus to bypass @grantrobertson1
So will Jim Anderton be kinda like an Internet-Mana Obi-Wan Kenobi now?
If Laila can be the Leader of the Internet Party as she has used the Internet, I think I should be the Leader of the Greens as I eat them
Every waka jumper and MMP rorter ever is having a crack at the Harre-Dotcom alliance.
Surprised Dotcom didn’t draft Ahmed Zaoui as Leader. That guy knows how to get anti-extradition results #nzpol
Hone, Harre, Sykes and Minto – can John Key be having a better month than this one?
Was really expecting someone with, you know, experience and knowledge in the tech sector.
Laila Harre joins the Aotearoa Legalise Copyright Infringement Party #nzpol
So the left is assembling a team of washed up 1990’s egos to contest the election. Lets be kind and call them the ‘Social Justice League
You can’t put Sue Bradford Lite at the head of a Party & make people forget the founder is a neo-liberal DJ version of Mr Burns.
So… Green Internet Mana Party (GIMP) alliance?
Laila Harre under the command and control of the millionaire German convicted fraudster. The left just gets funnier every day.
Laila Harre is great but the whole stitch up undermines the concept of the Maori seats and marks the beginning of the end of their existence
” Why, why, why the Laila? “
Wow, Laila harre. Really? I bet Sue Bradford is feeling a little stupid now.
In 2002 the Alliance was beaten by the Outdoor Recreation Party #facts
The Greens really let that possible candidate slip through their fingers.
The Greens will be absolutely livid about Laila Harre as Internet Party leader. This will be very damaging for their party vote.
If it is Laila Harre, bit rude of @KimDotcom not to be following her on Twitter. (The Internet Party and Vikram Kumar both are)
Laila Harre? This story just gets more bizarre as the days go along
I guess Hone and Kim will be hoping Laila does better than she did against Lynne Pillay. #nzpol
I wonder what portfolio Laila Harre would be after in Cabinet this time.
@bryce_edwards Minister of All the Parties.
3 News understands Laila Harre to lead Internet Party – her fifth political party
@ChrisKeall What did she say when you asked her for comment?
To which I add: if Harre is the answer, what was the question?