The alliance that so many political pundits said would never, could never and should never happen is happening and as someone who has worked hard at setting up political options to change the parliamentary math so that progressives can beat John Key in this years election, I’m pleased as hell that they are working together.
This alliance allows all the potential of what Kim Dotcom has initiated with his Internet Party to be fulfilled. It means no vote under 5% is wasted and the combined total support of the Internet Party and MANA Movement could easily breach 3% giving them a real shot at 4-5 MPs, that could be the difference between forming a Government for supply and confidence and not forming a Government.
This alliance gives MANA access to resources and technology they could never obtain, I’d expect to see MANA adopting the same type of phone app that has given the Internet Party such stratospheric membership numbers.
The two issues that will dominate the media in the run up to the election are inequality and the ongoing Snowden revelations, issues which are core to MANA and core to the Internet Party meaning their messages will find a willing electorate.
It’s taken time to get this alliance right and we will see an umbrella group option as the preferred structure. This allows working together while preserving the unique identities of each Party.
Hone will be the new leader of this party while the Internet Party will announce their very interesting choice for leader on Thursday. Membership of the new Party will need to be authenticated by the Electoral Commission alongside new name and logo while there will be a joint agreed platform for policy.
Parties will be entitled to their own independent party policies while any new policy will need to be consulted on. Both have refused to cut a deal with National and will meet first post election to devise a response to negotiate with.
Expect a massive focus on getting out the vote, online social media campaigns and a real fight in the Maori electorates.
Hone’s ability at negotiation and bridge building to find common ground and Kim’s drive to get rid of Key via a vision of a politicised internet electorate have been totally ignored by the majority of political pundits. Those pundits have written this off as a sell out marriage of convenience that 1) would never happen and 2) won’t work. Well those same mainstream media pundits have all been wrong about number 1, so let’s see how wrong they are about number 2 as well.
A Government of Labour, Green and NZ First with supply and confidence support from MANA/Internet Party alliance is preferable any day of the week to a Government of National, ACT, Conservative Party, Maori Party and United Future.
The audacity of this political co-operation will confound some on the Left and infuriate many on the Right – which suggests Hone and Kim have done something extraordinarily clever.
For the first time, this alliance provides the mathematical possibility of an MMP win for progressives so expect the backlash from Farrar, Whaleoil, Hooten, Ralston, Hosking, Espiner and Henry to be vicious.