Feed not weed

Tempers are fraying within the Internet Mana Party:

Emails obtained by 3 News show Mana leader Hone Harawira lashing out over the Internet Party’s pro-cannabis policy with one of his trademark expletive-laden rants, blocking an advertising campaign and saying he is “sick of all this s**t about weed”.

The ad includes a pitch to decriminalise cannabis with the words “police no longer wasted on weed”.

Mr Harawira has said he does not support cannabis for personal use, however the Internet Party wants to see it decriminalised.

When it comes to marijuana the Mana and Internet Party leaders are diametrically opposed. Mr Harawira hates it, but for Internet Party leader Laila Harre, cannabis reform is a personal priority.

She said she has made a personal pledge to champion the issue if she is elected.

An email chain leaked to 3 News shows Mr Harawira’s irate response when the Internet Party sought permission from the leaders to use the cannabis ad.

One of his emails reads: “Why am I seeing all this shit about WEED and so f****n little about FEED as in FEED THE KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Mr Harawira refused to talk to 3 News, and Ms Harre denied any division.

“We don’t always see eye-to-eye on every issue that’s not an Internet Mana issue; it is par for the course in a campaign,” she said.

In the emails, Mr Harawira has a crack at the Internet Party’s cashed-up campaigns: “Just because it’s keen on the WEED deal and got all the money to spend on all this flash advertising s**t.”

Then in bold letters he writes: “I will NOT be approving this WEED campaign.

“Pull it now or I’ll go public saying how disappointed I am our money’s being spent on WEED not FEED.”

He ends in bold, capitals and a bigger font size: “GET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT FOLKS!”

It appears the marriage of convenience is starting to rupture. Mana candidate Georgina Beyer attacked Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom last week, saying he was pulling the strings and was in politics for all the wrong reasons – including revenge. . .

On the cannabis issue, Ms Harre said there really was “no difference of opinion between Hone and I”.

Internet Mana has been denying rifts over cannabis and continues to do so, but the emails show Mr Harawira is clearly furious.

The Internet Party’s stance has been publicly humiliating for him – the fact it wanted to go a step further and advertise just rubs his nose in it.

I wonder how the Internet Mana puppet master Kim Dotcom feels about this email leak?

It’s not just what it says but what the leak says about dissent in the ranks that is telling.

IMP has a self-destruct clause which can be actioned six weeks after the election. The email leaks suggest at least some of the parties to the agreement would be keen to push it sooner.

3 Responses to Feed not weed

  1. Gravedodger says:

    Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

    People still see them as a part of government, Jesus wept.

    Still at least it is being reported I guess, unlike the potential voting fraud by that oh so nice Mr Bradbury who has enrolled twice. once as Martyn and a second as Martin, then launched a not so nice tirade aimed at that Nasty bloody Slater for exposing his duplicity.

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  2. “Marry in haste, repent at leisure”

    John Key and Colin Craig
    John Key and Winston Peters
    John Key and Jamie Whyte

    Jesus wept.

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  3. RBG says:

    Its a marriage of convenience and, as in any marriage, sometimes people disagree, then they put on a united front for appearances, its not exactly news. I’m looking forward to Hone Harawira taking on your tobacco lobbyist Clutha Southland candidate in the next parliament. I wonder how many NZers will die from cigarette smoking induced lung cancer between now and the opening of the next parliament. Todd Barclay should be sent all their funeral notices just to remind him that he is campaigning to represent actual people who die from using the products made by the company he recently worked for.

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