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.