The merger of the Mana party based on a reserved Maori seat, that claims to represent disadvantaged Maori, with Dotcom’s party founded by a foreign multi-millionaire, reeks of hypocrisy.
A reserved Maori seat has been exchanged for a $3m donation to virtually guarantee Dotcom’s party a presence in Parliament.
Once elected, these radicals may well be in a position to achieve their common goal of changing the Government and blocking Kim Dotcom’s extradition to the US.
What’s more astounding about this MMP rort, is that once elected, under their Memorandum of Understanding, the parties may terminate their relationship within a week and go their independent ways. In other words, for $3m the Mana Party will use a seat reserved for Maori to ‘‘coattail’’ an independent party bankrolled by a German fugitive into Parliament to try to bring down the Government.
This calculated and mercenary move to exploit the Maori seats and the failings of MMP should not only be a nail in the coffin of