This is the Twitter reaction (so far) to the latest revelations about Kim Dotcom forging electoral alliances between the Internet Party and others. As usual, the tweets below are in rough order of latest-through-to-oldest, and will be updated.
After brief optimism on rumours of an @InternetPartyNZ Mana merger, @ipredictnz prices dropped to an expected 0.65%. https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=contract_detail&contract=VOTE.2014.INTERNET …
What's Kim Dotcom's position on the constitutional significance of Te Triti?
Dotcom and Ahmed Zaoui should really start an immigration party and call it MegaZaoui...#internetparty
Actually you could merge Mana and the National party and make the the promise of jam for everyone tomorrow. Or, as the name says, Mañana.
Cheers for yr feedback, right, left & in between, re my comments on Mana/Dotcom ...sadly, the possibility rumbles on http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9859322/Mana-waits-to-see-Internet-Party-ideas …
Internet Party to-do: ✔ Start Internet freedom party ✔ Fundraising ✔ Assemble top team ✔ Form alliances ❒ Register ❒ Campaign ❒ Win 7.8%
Hasn't Mana learned from @PeterDunneMP that getting all Frankenstein and grafting together disparate parties only ends in tears?
Is Kim Dotcom right-wing? Serious question. That was Sue Bradford's claim earlier.
@secondzeit Small state libertarian, I'd say. Which makes him a strange match for Mana...
Congrats to @suebr for politician with principles - you are an endangered species
Dotcom deal not manna from heavenfor Harawirahttp://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/9862185/Whats-in-it-for-Mana-to-side-with-Dotcom …
Mana to cosy up to someone who lives in the biggest mansion in Auckland and professes to no left wing beliefs? Totally unprincipled.
Electoral Comm confirms any umbrella party for Mana/Internet Party will miss deadline for election broadcasting allocation @LIVENewsDesk
leaves question whether Mana or Internet Party cd use *their* allocation to push the deal. EC says too hypothetical. i think they don't know
Just keep on splitting the left. Great work Kim Dotcom.
Labour Leader @DavidCunliffeMP confident none of his MPs have been/are being headhunted by Internet party
@MorganGodfery Bradford says Intenet Party is antithesis of Mana. Meanwhile Mana members want to know what the hell antithesis means anyway
So what about Minto & Sykes? Any public comments?
@Ellipsister They both hold formal party positions and I don't think they want to preempt the members. My guess is they're opposed.
@MorganGodfery I still don't get why Mana bothered with the press release saying no planned meetings, no exchanges re: possible merger etc
Annette Syke's facebook posts are ambiguous, but read as though she is, as Pres, open to the Mana-KDC merge. "debate this proposal openly"
Will Mana lose its mana on the Internet?
So it seems like there are some in Mana who actually want to do a deal w/ Dotcom leading Sue Bradford to threaten her departure. How bizarre
I predict no problems between NZ's pseudo-communist, hard socialist party and a libertarian, free enterprise party. Nope. #ManaNetParty
@JordanMcCluskey Do the Internet Party have any libertarian policies other than opposing surveillance and Dotcom's extradition
@lrmunro I imagine some of the Mana party activists I have meet will be unhappy with Hone selling out to an Internet millionaire.
Accelerating the revolution of the proletariat...with unlimited data caps #ManaNetParty
If The Mana Party is looking for a merger, Colin Craig has no convictions. Yet.
Hmm. Seems that Hone's idea of Mana is different to mine. I always thought Mana was earned, not bought.
The key to the Mana.Dotcom is bottom-lines - e.g. Internet Party says it could work with Nats. That's surely a deal-breaker for Mana.
not sure what to make of this web address: http://www.mana.com
Hone has been pushing for a merger for some time. First with the Maori Party, now it seems the Internet Party. Neither option makes sense.
It seems to me that a Mana-KDC merger would be akin to a Labour-Libertarianz merger, but with more money involved. Losing members inevitable
Unless Mana was 1) never a socialist party and a Mana-Maori merger was the long game all along or 2) Mana needs money and KDC has it
Mana Movement says there have been no merger discussions with the Internet Party.
To left friends, re proposed Mana/Dotcom alliance: there is no shortcut to building a genuine movement of the people. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/239630/mana-looking-at-links-with-dotcom-party …
Maybe Hooton was half right and Shane Jones is jumping ship to the Internet Party #whynot
Ok ok, the truth is I was at the Dotcom mansion on business. I've managed to sell@asenatitaylormp to the Internet Party.
Credit where credit is due: @asenatitaylor would make a hilarious addition to Internet Party ticket. Perhaps the best, comedy-wise.
Theory: there are no MPs planning to defect to the Internet Party. But hey, look, we're all talking about the Internet Party again.
What if it's the member for Helensville who's standing for the Internet Party? Now THAT would be a story.
my speculation: Williamson 4 #InternetParty - has lib'n roots, solid electorate, consid'd resigning 4 Mayor so maybe not that loyal to Nats…
Excited and proud to announce my involvement with the #InternetParty - I’m managing the SM side of things. Going to be an exciting 6mnths.
fwiw Curran is by the most logical MP to jump ship to the internet party. Interested in the policy platform, going nowhere in current party.
@BKDrinkwater she's already ruled it out. Why pick her over Horan, who it defiantly is?
@TheEgonomist Ah. I did not know that. Why not Horan? No electorate.
@BKDrinkwater the wording Dotcom gives is (deliberately?) ambiguous: We have an MP. We expect to merge w Mana. We will have electorate MP
@BKDrinkwater I interpret that as the MP they have now isn't electorate MP but in trademark KDC optimism he is counting Mana deal as done
@TheEgonomist Interesting. This interpretation works. Revising my views.
Of course, if it's Horan, we can expect the InternetParty to be talking a lot more about railway sleepers.
I can categorically state I will not be joining the Internet Party. Unless, of course, I join them, which I won't be.
Weird thing about that kimdotcom nabbing an mp. They talked to the party leaders who all said 'nope not ours' (derp) but no talkie to Horan?
Inside sources have told me Matthew Hooton will stand for the Internet Party #journalism
@danylmc that's a scurrilous lie without a shred of truth and we're not going to have our political strategy determined by some left-wing...
Mana + Internet Party makes for an interesting intersection between Maori nationalism/social justice and consumer capitalism
The Horan Internet Mana Party (HIMP) has a certain ring to it.
So some Bond villain is signing up a sitting MP for something called the internet party? Jesus politics has changed since my day.
Just for the record people who know me know I am tribal Labour. It's in my bones. Ruling myself out. Fascinating though.
Surprised to see ex-Alliance mates working with DotCom. I understand the enrolled non-vote strategy, but its still an odd relationship to me
Expect to hear a lot more from the Internet Party about weather forecasting policy. Also the racing industry.
Imagine if it's Banks #rtp
So Kim Dotcom claims between one and four current MPs are joininng his party. Any MPs want to rule themselves out?
Kim Dotcom's boast will sound less impressive once we discover it's Brendan Horan.
What a mix of quirky NZers in Internet Party, incl my former boss Jim Tucker!http://nzh.tw/11224539?r=iptw
Did Dotcom do an interview here, or just sit a Rorschach test where he saw himself atop the Beehive in every blot? http://nzh.tw/11224591?r=iptw
Kim Dotcom claims he has signed up 1 sitting MP to join his new party and is talking to 3 more:http://tinyurl.com/nepozb9
Think I probably need a new laptop given my new job as General Counsel for the Internet Party. Anyone got suggestions? PC.