I simply can’t tell what is more hysterical, The Press Editorial or Patrick Gower’s spite rant on his blog. Honestly, Paddy, you make Cameron Slater look reasonable and balanced.
The Press Editorial, Politics deserves better than this, seems to have utterly ignored the fact that Kim Dotcom was illegally spied upon and the Government have responded to that by making mass surveillance by the GCSB lawful. That KDC has been sacrificed for brownie points with the US and his case grossly interfered with by the Government is the issue, not that he has decided to have the temerity to fight back and attack a political system that has betrayed him.
That’s what’s so outrageously hilarious about all these claims that Internet MANA, Greens or Labour would interfere with his extradition, to date the entire case against Kim Dotcom has been one giant manipulation of process by Key on behalf of the Americans. Finger wagging interference at this stage in a case where the Government are up to their armpits by interfering is eye rolling.
Without any reflection on how it has come that KDC was arrested in the first place, The Press’s editorial is just an axe grinding session against the reputations of Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, Annette Sykes, John Minto, Kim Dotcom, MANA members and Internet Party members.
That’s fine on Kiwiblog, but isn’t it distasteful and biased as an Editorial in a major NZ Newspaper?
Paddy’s spite rant is something to behold. It’s like Internet MANA ran over his cat or something. He’s managed to make Paul Henry and Mike Hosking look like Green Party voters.
The Press and Paddy suddenly have a disgust at the manner in which the coat tailing feature of MMP is being used by the Left for the first time, and to that I say, who cares? This is MMP, strategic voting is what will be required to kick John Key out, we should be pleased that there is finally a strategy that shows how the opposition can actually have the numbers to win now. Wailing that the Westminster tradition has been betrayed and the Greek fathers of Democracy are being desecrated by this is just brain fart bullshit.
The opposition wants to win, using MMP to do that, the way the Right have since MMP began, isn’t a selling out of principles, it’s a decision to play with tactics that will see a change of Government. Paddy and The Press can sulk all they want, but it’s in the rules.
Beyond their personal bias projected as political narratives, I think what we are hearing in these two examples are media who haven’t got the contacts within this new left power bloc making angry noise in an attempt to stay relevant as the debate moves past them.
The internet is a legitimate electorate and needs a champion with the track record and tenacity of Laila, that the Party would remain in Parliament self funded beyond Kim Dotcom seems to have missed most critics and they’ve also ignored the fact Kim can’t tell the MPs what to do once they are elected.
Anyone looking at Harawira, Harre, Sykes and Minto while screaming ‘sell-out’ are the ones who sound desperate.
Isn’t it nice to hear the Right frightened for the first time in 5 and a half years?