Hone has told Kim tonight that if he wants the Internet Party to have any relationship with MANA then the Internet Party must declare upon forming on Thursday that it will have nothing to do with helping National win Government…
“Dotcom would have to commit to getting rid of National and changing the government before MANA would consider any deal with his Internet Party” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira.“That’s a bottom line for MANA. I resigned from the Maori Party because their relationship with National was, and continues to be, destructive to Maori. We won’t be going back there for anyone”MANA will work co-operatively with any party, as we do with the Greens and Labour, that is committed to changing the government we’ve got now” said Harawira “”And I don’t think the Internet Party is ready to take that stand at the moment”“They don’t have a real membership base, clear policies, recognisable political leaders or any candidates.”“We were happy to talk about the potential for co-operation, but time is short” said Harawira. “We’ve got an election coming up and campaigns to organise, especially in the Maori Seats. Asking the membership to put all that on hold while we wait for the Internet Party to decide what they stand for is just not an option”.“Our Executive has decided that there won’t be any more meetings on possible co-operation until their intentions are clear” said Harawira “and we’re just going to get on with planning our electorate and party vote campaigns.”
…if the Internet Party want an Alliance with MANA that would mean no vote for them was wasted, a vision to replace John Key and his terrible national Government is a first bottom-line.
The ball is in Kim’s court.