Iinternetmanavideo_620x310f we needed any more evidence that the Internet Party is a marriage made in hell, then we need look no further than the offspring it is producing with the Party posting an expletive ridden anti-government rant in front of an over excited audience, with Kim Dotcom egging them on to chant “F*** John Key” in a scene reminiscent from German Beer Halls.

The video is now going viral, as I write, with main stream media picking it up after it was blogged by David Farrar and Cameron Slater.

If we ever needed evidence that the Internet Mana Party has absolutely nothing to do with technology and everything to with Kim Dotcom pushing his agenda to bring down the government, then we have it.

Worse, this afternoon Laila Harre participated in an “Ask Me Anything” session on the National Business Review website  that left readers completely underwhelmed.

Laila played the typical politician demonstrated by her ability to not actually answer “yes” or “no”.

“Which part of yes or no do you not understand?” asked one commenter.

One of the questions was; “Have you given any thought as to why Kim Dotcom donated $50,000 to hardline conservative John Bank?”

Laila’s answer was “He (we assume Dotcom) gave a great answer at the Wellington road trip meeting.”

Was that the one where he was inciting the crowd?

Esther asked “What do you think should happen in NZ about the collection of MetaData. An article on the Australian INet ISP position; http://blog.iinet.net.au/protecting-your-privacy/

Laila’s answer?

“We support the Australian ISP position outlined here.”

Yes folks, that would be the Five-Eye nation Australia that has not only been spying on it’s own citizens but all of it’s neighbours and has one of the most draconian government firewalls (censorship wall) on the planet. Does Laila actually understand what appears to be a key Internet Party plank for voters, not spying? It seems not. Perhaps Vikram could sit her down and educate her.

Ben Kepes, a Forbes writer, New Zealander, and recognised as one of the global experts in Cloud Computing asked:

“1) Who is paying your salary?

2) Assuming it is Kim Dotcom or an entity related to him, do you have no concerns around accepting a salary from a convicted felon who is currently under an extradition request?

3) Given KDC’s comments yesterday that “once he’s in government he will fire all the GCSB staff”, what is your position re your independence as a leader and Kim’s overview over that? Essentially, since he is the paymaster, will he not dictate terms and interfere in political process?”

Laila answered:

“1. Internet Party
2. See 1 – wrong assumption.
3. Kim won’t be in Govt – if you hadn’t noticed he is not entitled to stand for Parliament. He has enabled the creation of this awesome new party and our challenge is grow it from here.”

A total dodge on the questions, typical of the entire AMA. Kim is effectively paying Laila, albeit it through the Internet Party, that makes two technically correct, and given that Kim is the paymaster and apparently on the Executive Committee (plus his obvious anti-government views) then of course he has influence.

William has this to ask:

“Why do yo and Pam Corkery constantly state that you are in touch with youth and after the youth vote. I am currently a university student and do not believe your party represents me in any way and neither do any of the other students or people my age think this. So how can you make broad statements suggesting you have our support?”

Laila responded, flippantly; “Come to one of our meetings – get with the cool crowd.”

Two more:

Matthew: “What comment would you have if the Young Nats held a party with free alcohol and John Key led them in a chant of “F!ck Kim Dotcom”, complete with raised right fists?

Laila: “Free alcohol? Amazed you weren’t there comrade. Have you seen the video? Maybe you should get out to young crowds more often – we don’t censor youth expression.”

Comrade? As for censoring youth expression, well, there were Laila’s anti-blogger comments early in the week you have to wonder.

Delwyn:

“You said in question one you were only interested in viable projects. Isn’t the Green Party a viable project, with MPs already in Parliament?

The Internet Party has progressive digital policies – a second international cable, reforming the Copyright Act, reining in the GCSB, pushing down the price of broadband, but the Greens are also very go-ahead in ICT and privacy. What are you offering that the Greens don’t?”

Laila didn’t have an answer to that one. Probably because the vast majority of Internet Mana’s ICT Policy (when you can find it and it’s not in draft) is incredibly similar to Labour, Greens, and… National.

William had the final say, when Laila said she’d be back again to answer questions:

“Would not bother. You did not answer any questions any way.

Just FYI, if you want to be in with the NZ music scene State of Mind is not part of the “cool crowd”. I don’t think you will find them played in many bars around NZ apart from under ground dub step. Majority of young listen to drum and base if you want DJs.

You cannot manufacture being in the cool crowd.

I think that shows how out of touch you actually are.

FYI Kim Dot Com’s Music is not part of the “cool crowd” either.”

Out of the mouth of babes.

A bad day for a party that appears to be the puppets of the out of control Kim Dotcom.

 

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