There’s a lot of talk, mainly from Kim Dotcom, that he’s going to restart the Internet Party. As someone who was in the engine room of the last attempt, I think the idea that the Internet Party could get 5% in 2017 seems ludicrous in the extreme.
I like Kim, he’s actually quite sweet and hyper-intelligent but he was badly let down by those who were advising him. He has no idealogical compass and he doesn’t get why some things just won’t work. I remember sitting in on some of the meetings and the absurd stupidity that was being given to him as advice was terrifying.
The Internet Party needed MANA in 2014 because there was no chance they could cross the 5% threshold on their own, that is still their problem in 2017.
If only Kim had heeded my advice for the Moment of Truth and had explained at the very beginning of that meeting that he wasn’t going to reveal the evidence that proved Key knew about him before Key had claimed because what he was about to reveal was far more important. Kim could have headed off the mainstream media bullshit that refused point blank to look at the evidence from Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Glenn Greenwald. I will never forget the press meeting after the Moment of Truth and the hatred that screwed up Simon Wilson’s face as he barked and yelled at Glenn Greenwald, an investigative journalist many levels higher than Simon, because they had dared upset the mainstream media order of things.
The people who advised Kim were great at selling products and parties, but they had zero ability at politics. That’s why Internet-MANA failed. Kim’s advisors needed to understand from the beginning that Labour, NZ First, Maori Party and National would all gang up on Hone to kill off any actual progressive force from entering Parliament and they needed to counter that by moving Kim off stage and allowing Laila and Hone to be the public face.
That never happened and Kim become a Bond villain caricature that the NZ mainstream media feasted upon and propagated like hungry malicious maggots.
The mainstream corporate media still refuse to this day to look at what Snowden, Assange and Greenwald proved and National have gotten away with mass surveillance that connects directly to the bloody NSA.
Mistakes of the past don’t look like they will be learnt if Kim attempts to restart the Internet Party, however Kim still has a role to play in NZ politics. His ongoing legal case against America, his claim that 2 terabytes of information have been taken from the National Party and his claim that Wikileaks has the missing Clinton emails all make him someone at the centre of leaks that mean he should never be ruled out.
But the Internet Party crossing the 5% threshold? ACT and United Future have a better chance of doing that before the Internet Party.