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The fake-left dirty politics exposed in my previous post can be seen as Labour’s as well as Mana’s fatal flaw: trade union corruption distorting the public realm. The historic task of the New Zealand labour movement is to cast representative failings aside, and chart a courageous new course for honest direct democracy today.

The clandestine back-room dealing, plots and monopoly tactics, that discredited Mana so badly in 2014, are syndicalist labour methodology that simply has to go. It isn’t good enough to replicate National capital manipulations, on behalf of a counter-posed working class, and expect to win. The world deserves much better, through ethical and modernised inclusion.

David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little, David Parker and David Shearer contest for Labour leadership, 2014 - Newspix/NZ Herald

David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little, David Parker, David Shearer? and …? contest for Labour leadership, October 2014 – Newspix/NZ Herald

When the Mana Party imploded in the 2014 general elections, it was from abandoning democracy. Inside Mana, in Te Tai Tonga (the south) electorate experience, Unite union was extending corrupt hegemony over the left through amoral administrators Gerard Hehir and Ben Peterson – as a short-cut image recovery from the P-seller conviction of Peterson’s predecessor. They did this by shutting down any competing leadership voice within Te Tai Tonga, using Stalinist Fightback hatchets led by Grant Brookes. This foul play synchronised Labour campaign strategy, of stopping left candidates from competing with them in any sensitive general seats, making Matt McCarten – National Secretary for Unite and David Cunliffe’s campaign manager for Labour – a master manipulator at the tree top.

All these corrupt and anti-democratic, shady and opaque, trade union dirty politics must go, for New Zealand to breathe fresh and invigorating democratic air.

In the digital age, voter re-engagement and parliamentary bloat necessitate online direct democracy in the vision for a progressive future. Watch this space for more policy details and a whole new credible politics just waiting to be born.

Kia ora.

In the New Zealand general elections of 2014, inability of fake-left leaders to portray a higher integrity than incumbent government strengthened political power in the hands of the right. This outcome shows how the fake left, and their own “dirty politics”, are functionally of the right: Maoist/Stalinist/fascist, about removing democratic choice.

The ex-Alliance / Internet-MANA machine became one for extinguishing democratic choice, on behalf of desired social-democrat legacy partner Labour. In this Internet-MANA has no lasting place at all, when the democratic movement needs to grow.

My previous posts related experience gained within the Internet-MANA campaigns, 2011-2014, that lead to conclusion that the dirty politics of ‘left’ misleaders must be exposed – for credibility to reassert itself as an electoral alternative. For the New Zealand left to become a convincing political force of integrity again, it must clean house assiduously starting now:

http://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/newzealand-left-recovery-start-bag-fascist-muck-internetmana-elections-threw-up-nzpol-vote2014-nz-dirtypolitics/

Let us not forget the central but opaque role of the ex-Alliance union leader Matt McCarten in this; what root his (Labour) electoral failure? Why is it those closest to Matt have proven themselves the most corrupt, by forcing their professional organising interests illegitimately into (Internet-MANA) politics?

The ex-Alliance-Internet-MANA-Labour corrupt intrigue ran very deep, through Unite Union, removing voter choice

The ex-Alliance-Internet-MANA-Labour corrupt intrigue ran very deep, through Unite Union, removing voter choice

Progress for the New Zealand left starts with ending this ‘Unite‘ troika’s careers in shady duplicity. Speak out against them now!

The Unite union corruption in the 2014 election was demonstrated many ways, but especially when one of their organisers became the only Internet-Mana list-only candidate based within Te Tai Tonga electorate area. http://mana.net.nz/mana-list/heleyni-pratley/

Kia ora

http://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/internetparty-in-name-only-ows-newzealand-nzpol/

http://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/internetparty-viability-looks-like-this/

http://riktindall.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/internetparty-write-off/

http://riktindall.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/new-zealand-green-mana-drift-right-nzpol-christchurch-nz-wellington-chch/

http://riktindall.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/mana-goes-begging-in-te-wai-pounamu-aotearoa-nz-chch/

To be continued..

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10524510/Davis-win-a-critical-blow-for-Harawira-Internet-Mana 20/09/2014

http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA1NA==/National/Mana%20considers%20voting%20claim + http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA1MA==/National/Harawira-wants-voting-blocks-removed 08 Oct 2014

http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA2OA==/National/Harawira%20down%20two%20votes%20in%20recount/ + http://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/ODA3NA==/National/Phone%20ettiquette%20lacking%20in%20Te%20Tai%20Tokerau/ 10 Oct 2014

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/harawira-hired-sex-offenders-with-taxpayer-money-2014102318 23 Oct 2014

Te Tai Tokerau voters cast verdict on Hone Harawira’s Internet-MANA alliance, but the untold story is burying of the Alliance itself. From Kim Dotcom’s hired gun to Hone and Laila’s machine team leaders, the link was Alliance – which proved corrupt, decomposing, and landfill-bound.

Manipulative ‘left’ dirty politics got the fakers nowhere – if there was a saving grace for the New Zealand left in the general elections of 2014, this is it. A chancre has been cut out of the Aotearoa body politic, with voter rejection of the Internet Party influence and the end of Alliance legacy.

To whom do we refer? What nature this ‘machine’?

The backbone of MANA – from a Christchurch perspective – was Unite Union, through Secretary/President of both, Gerard Hehir. From the Alliance, Hehir tried to build a command and control structure, fit for battle with all-comers, by sweeping party “Movement” democracy aside. When MANA Christchurch branch set out using democracy, it was crushed to squeeze any autonomy out. Hehir employed the new Unite organiser for Christchurch – Ben Peterson, who replaced the Unite organiser convicted for P distribution here – to see through fake-left coup in the city, in the form of MANA Otautahi. This was fascism.

MANA Otautahi grew out of Occupy, where Fightback members had been binning votes alongside anarchists during the elections of 2011, instead of helping MANA Christchurch. Once bored of and failed in Hagley Park, Fightback turned its sights on MANA, early 2012, as next field of action. The coup started then, through Fightback leaders Kelly Pope and Byron Clark, backed by Grant Brookes in Wellington. Hehir engaged Fightback to overturn MANA Christchurch democracy, to extend inner party control. This was fascist dirty politics.

Fightback and Unite reinforced old Alliance links to ensure that only their candidates had any chance of selection for Internet-MANA in 2014. This was corrupt.

Alliance Secretary Anna Sutherland became Internet Party and Internet-MANA Secretary, further illustrating the monopoly and explaining why “the [Alliance] party did not nominate a list for the 2014 election, and nominated only a single electorate candidate” – to avoid competing with Internet-MANA – Alliance (New Zealand) Wikipedia.

The New Zealand left cannot start to recover, to rebuild electoral integrity, until it faces and expels the misguided plotters at its core. That is too general a condition in the labour movement here, which really needs to stop.

Defining fascism is that it increases the influence of capital over society, by promoting nationalism and reducing democracy, merging corporation and state. On this measure, MANA – through its capture by extreme left internal organisations – has become a fascist movement. The outcome of the New Zealand general elections of 2014 – delivering a higher level of capital dictatorship over New Zealand – confirms this fact. It comes as no surprise from overt and morally conflicted intervention of internet capital into politics; the same old dirt.

The way back is out of a debris minefield. Carefully.

Kia ora

Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, Kim-Dotcom and Vikram Kumar at launch of Internet-MANA Party 2014

Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, Kim Dotcom and Vikram Kumar at Internet Party launch 2014

IMP Maoist fascist root

IMP Maoist fascist root portrayed

Kim.com portfolio doubt

Kim.com portfolio doubt

Cartoons of Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party Bryce Edwards liberation blog, 28 March 2014

Kim and Hone - big air

Kim and Hone – big air

What do the Scottish national No vote, erosion of Māori Party and Mana Party vote and transfer of all but one of the Māori electoral seats to Labour – despite this party’s trouncing in the New Zealand general elections – all have in common, in September 2014? – The decline of identity politics.

A product of more prosperous times, advocacy for difference no longer wins votes. More like, it rankles – as machines of uniformity roll forward. If voters are seeing any point at all, it is in greater unity of purpose.

People are far more interested in what they share in common: getting along in life with more job choice in a dynamic economy. Affordable housing is an elusive dream that all have incentive to chase – security rests nowhere else, it seems, nor even always there. This simple formula explains National’s thumping victory in the polls. Winners are emulated and adored, getting on with it; while whingers spin wheels and waste time.

‘Whining’ from special interest groups, that gained audience when progressive politics were affordable – before the 2008 credit crunch – now gains no truck. Merging with the materialist mass is where the action is, and “Parliament now has more Maori MPs than ever before” through abandonment of separate political development. *

If wages, conditions and living standards continue to decline under the re-elected government, opposing it will have to be on its own terms – a competitive vision of a stronger, greater unity.

If democracy itself is questioned for delivering inequitable outcomes, the answer is in building it forward – as an inclusive mechanism – and not retreating from it. For that is the tide of history.

‘Labour’ itself must review and take stock, as an abandoned identity – is it fit for the twenty-first century? The political centre, to which it moved, is still just as committed to labour for advancing. But it aspires to something more. – What could that cogent greater identity be, other than what we have?

This is the big question: What constructively defines Opposition, in New Zealand, as in Scotland, today?

Kia ora

* http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/628285561-more-maori-mps-than-ever-before

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_general_election,_2014

Māori sovereignty

Māori sovereignty


Māori sovereign-T

Māori sovereign-T

Scotland

Scotland

Some words from the field of public discourse, Aotearoa New Zealand, where dirty politics reign.

Of all the people on Earth, a small proportion become known for leading obviously political lives. Most have more sense, as it is a sure way to make enemies – and who needs that? Quite right.

But of those who do, I assume most are like me, and have made the decision on at least two assumptions for promoting ethical values and goals in public service: 1. politics is what they would be good at, as a use of skills and talents; and 2. politics would be a good thing to do, as a use of time.

It is important to know and admit when one has been wrong about anything. It is important to know when to stop; with a speaking of truth, a telling of personal story..

A wave of popular consciousness and revulsion, at the effects of rampant hinterland dairy farm conversion, had Christchurch educated and determined for change in 2007. Of four environmental candidates then elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council (Ecan), I was one of two with the Save Our Water campaign:

Save Our Water website, 2008

Save Our Water website, 2007-2008

We were put there to haul back corruption – of Canterbury’s natural environment, and of politics enabling it.

We had an effect, because the National-ACT government elected in 2008 had us sacked in April 2010, themselves defrauding rate-payers and democracy with trumped-up charges. For example, the consent-processing rate had already been remedied – to deal with the irrigation flood of demand – well before commissioners were even decided for. This was evidenced in the Wyatt Creech Report, which saw no grounds for intervention. So why did National take drastic action? – To cover up farmer crime, for their core constituency.

On top of consent breaches – seen and unseen – was the illegal voting. When conflicts of interest over water-use cost recovery were identified, on Canterbury Public Issues Forum, it ruffled feathers and set wheels in motion that saw four farmer-councillors barred from voting on such matters by the Auditor-General, late 2009. A few months later, imposed commissioners replaced democracy at Ecan – indefinitely – by National dictate.

Things learned from this exercise:

1. Pillage, plunder and cover-up is the Kiwi way. Whether iwi from iwi or pakeha from maori, going back thousands of years, all will rip off any (thing not nailed down). It is ‘human nature’ (not), that civilisation struggles to transcend with egalitarian justice, moral values and organised sharing (and these got stripped from ECan).

2. New Zealand politics – like any – are an expression of ’1′ above: a filthy business, unworthy of gentle souls. Does this apply universally? Pretty much.

3. The biggest eye-opener is the dearth of political support for actually being honest. You would think exposing crooked privilege would be popular, at least amongst ‘representatives’. Not the case. They have proven all too ready to line up with National, one way or the other, to advance their standing in disguising irrigation sector crime. Politicians appeal to bent Kiwi nature quite openly:

- Labour‘s chime, that “the commissioners are doing a good job”, hides their angling to get more of the elected positions next time around – and the outright corruption of their role model, Cabinet doyen David Caygill, privately profiting from the extinguishing of Canterbury democracy. They just want more of this themselves, personally.

- Labour mimics, the Greens also took the position that it was better not to expose farm sector dishonesty – many being from there after all – and offered no solidarity for whistle-blowing. The Greens, like Labour, run an electoral escalator brand for careerists, who shed moral principle and manipulate outcomes to get on board.

- Would Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party be interested in contrasting legitimate political struggle against government corruption, with integrity and community values as benchmark standards? Not on your nelly. They are playing Key on his own terms, with Key’s own power stratagems and big business guile. No backing there.

- Which just leaves MANA, if not New Zealand First, who superficially fight abuse of corporate power. Within both there are good people, for principle and redress of social imbalance. But if flax-root battles and representation cannot rise with support to put them on the hustings, then the same material illness blights these parties too. And all could be lost.*

I have met quite a few New Zealand politicians. Not one has ever said to me “you did the right thing” exposing dishonest politicians; I am not one of them.

So is there an end to politics? There is at least one:

So that those who overestimate their ability and importance have a way to finally wise up.

There may also be an evolutionary end to politics. For that we can more than hope. And be ready to move on.

Save Our Water resonates, Cathedral Square, 1 May 2014

Save Our Water resonates, Cathedral Square, 1 May 2014

* “mood of exuberance and anticipation.. Internet Mana has one commodity the other parties on the left struggle to provide in convincing fashion to those at the bottom of the heap. That commodity is hope” – John Armstrong: A raw energy Dotcom’s millions could never buy, NZ Herald, 21 July 2014

The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon, The Daily Blog, 23 July 2014

The Voice of a Nation: Insiders 2014 poll left-leaning blog results, 2 August 2014

Harawira still confident of deal, Radio New Zealand, 6 August 2014

VIDEO: Dotcom riles crowd up into Key-hating frenzy “The talk back is 99% against Dotcom”, RadioLIVE, 7 August 2014

Harre defends publishing of anti-Key campaign party video “The Internet-Mana Coalition is defending its decision to publish a video showing hundreds of students chanting expletives against the Prime Minister John Key”, Radio New Zealand, 8 August 2014

Dirty Politics – How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment, Nicky Hager book, released 13 August 2014

Election 2014: Internet Mana – Hone Harawira & Laila Harre “Interview with Internet Mana leader Hone Harawira and Internet Party leader Laila Harre with NewstalkZB host Rachel Smalley, New Zealand Herald columnists Fran O’Sullivan and Toby Manhire, and Herald political editor Audrey Young” & Election 2014: Highlights – Internet Mana – Hone Harawira & Laila Harre, 14 August 2014

Internet Mana climbing, on 2.5% poll average, mid August 2014 – Opinion polling for the New Zealand general election, 2014, Wikipedia

“The dirty start to the election campaign has hurt both major parties.. And the surprise mover is the Internet Mana party, now within striking distance of the 5% threshold.. the big mover is the Internet Mana party which has doubled in support to 4%.. At 4%, and assuming Hone Harawira hold his seat, Internet Mana could bring in five MPs, including John Minto and Annette Sykes. Internet Party leader Laila Harre says the party is ‘sensing a real mood for change’” – Dirty start to campaign hurts Labour, National – poll, ONE News, 17 August 2014

“Internet Mana — Four per cent up two points” in One News Colmar Brunton poll – National loses support in new polls, New Zealand Herald, 17 August 2014

Hager book’s revelations impossible to ignore, Taranaki Daily News, 18 August 2014

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, the Whale Oil Blog, and International Organized Crime, nakedcapitalism.com blog, 22 August 2014

Judith Collins resigns as Minister from Cabinet, ONE News, 30 August 2014

IP / Mana policy rift over cannabis legalisation.. Dotcom doubts big reveal will hurt Key NZ Herald 10 Sep 2014

Has pseudo-left hysteria galvanised the right, making 2014 a forgone conclusion now? – “Internet Mana: 1.7 percent (no change)” Election 2014: Conservatives close in on five per cent NZ Herald from Conservatives on brink of entering Parliament 3News 10 Sep 2014. – From “hope” to dope, the pivotal discourse moment?

“Internet-Mana is down by 1.2 points to 2.3 per cent, possibly a reflection of talk of tensions in the alliance, although this result would see Laila Harre and Annette Sykes elected as long as leader Hone Harawira keeps his seat.” Winston on the rise as signs point to tighter race. Latest opinion poll shows voter loyalty swinging in all directions Herald-DigiPoll survey, 12 Sep 2014

Is Hone losing his cool over election dramas? The Paul Henry Show, TV3 12 Sep 2014

The gargantuan waste, of Internet (traffic) Party intercession these elections, is that dirty politics of every kind are not tolerated by voters and something substantively different must be presented for winning their support. Hence NZ 1st longevity, a bolster to majority right. The true left has no home. (Viz Jesus.)

No one likes being on the losing side and few will do so willingly – no mortal can have any interest in it.

What share of the party vote will the Internet Mana Party win at the next General Election (10c/1%)? ipredict contract VOTE.2014.INTMANA – 3.8% 8 Aug; 4.174% 20 Aug; 4.867% 30 Aug; 3.513% 11 Sep; 3.483% 12 Sep; 3.392% 15 Sep; 2.689% 18 Sep; 1.8% 20 Sep 2014

ipredict Internet Mana Party poll, 21 Aug - 3 Sept 2014

ipredict Internet Mana Party poll, 21 Aug – 3 Sept 2014


ipredict IMP poll, 7-20 Sept 2014

ipredict Internet Mana Party poll, 7-20 Sept 2014

Q: When is a political party not a political party?

A: When it is the New Zealand Internet Party.

The internet party 101

The internet party 101

The IPNZ must implement internal democratic processes quickly or be cast into the dustbin of history.

IPNZ must show that it respects democracy or New Zealand voters will throw it out by September.

The IPNZ leadership must be elected by the IPNZ membership, by transparent democratic process soon, or they lose what credibility they may have had: Vikram Kumar and Laila Harre can no longer represent Kim Dotcom; they are his employees and have 100% conflict of interest, as such, and are therefore unable to represent democracy at the same time.

Think of the equivalent civic voices in the New Zealand Labour Party – Moira Coatsworth and Mike Williams, current and past party presidents – elected by and accountable to the NZLP membership, to run the organisation well: working for democracy, as expression of democracy, is apparent in the party structure. But the same cannot yet be said of the Internet Party, who, on the face of it, are anti-democratic therefore.

Kumar fills the role of Coatsworth for the IPNZ, but as hired chief executive. This defines the Internet Party as a corporation operating in the political space, and not a ‘political party’ at all. IPNZ is a political corporation, so far… and, like all corporations, is anti-democratic in getting its way.

So IPNZ dangles dollars to hire representatives – of Kim Dotcom, not the New Zealand public – to push into Parliament, using multi-media advertising cash instead of traditional, on-the-ground community organising and legwork. A revolution, indeed, but not in a good way.

Hence the coat-tailing exploit by which IPNZ seeks entry to Parliament, which is wrong on numerous counts:
a) New Zealanders are not fools and reject such tactics for the scamming ruse that they are;
b) Dotcom, Kumar and Harre are dictating this strategy to IPNZ members, never thinking to consult them on what electoral strategy is best for progressive politics (top-down politics at its worst, securing only Harre’s seat);
c) denying IPNZ members and voters electorate candidate representation, to rely on the coat-tailing exploit and an untested parliamentary list, undermines the democratic process New Zealanders have and greatly value – confirming the anti-democratic nature of IPNZ so far;
d) in total this is a patently stupid, losing strategy, that wastes the opportunity to achieve more – strong and stable new coalition government with a 5%+ IPNZ contribution – which thus wastes everybody’s time and should stop. Internet Party viability looks like this.

Bring democracy to the New Zealand Internet Party, now!

The confused, right-of-centre tendency of IPNZ was further revealed yesterday:

“For me it is not about the left or the right. It is about what is right or wrong. And the Internet Party is about fixing things,” said Dotcom. – By whose rules please, and is that by fixing elections too? IPNZ unelected leaders have proudly admitted it, with their strictly-list, Mana coat-tailing campaign: “Yes, we are disruptive. Yes, we are strategic… but that is what New Zealand needs.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10131512/Dotcoms-political-idol-under-way – Not good enough by far! *

Without a rapid absorption of democratic principle, of authentic progressive cause, the Internet Party’s further-right opponents will surely defeat them at the election polls this year:

“we need to be damn careful before we take our vote and put it behind a machine that is possibly one of the most aborted, mangled, and ugly conglomerates ever seen” http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/opinion-mana-and-internet-party-unholy-alliance-insult-all-nz-ict-workers-dc-157308

“reading the candidate bios and watching the news footage felt like just another nail in the coffin of the Internet Mana Party’s intention” http://jononatusch.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/internet-idol-just-as-bad-as-any-other-talent-show/

http://www.3news.co.nz/Internet-Party-shortlisted-candidates-go-into-battle/tabid/1607/articleID/347501/Default.aspx

On Saturday NZ needed to see political fireworks, to maintain IP momentum. The first thing we heard as Chch-IP candidate nominees was ‘We are sinking in the polls and need something to turn that around’. The candidate screening session involved many and gave us all that boost for a week. But then ‘know better’ (Alliance?) bureaucracy took over and hosed democratic impulse down, culminating in Laila’s “reveal” – a term from game show territory.

So three weeks later, where are the ‘fireworks’ of IP energy, grabbing media attention? No doubt there are stories like this in every NZ city and town – actual political experience discarded for a manicured, often boring or twee TV performance by Kim Dotcom avatars. Laughing stocks propped up by minor celebrity, otherwise barely noticeable or managerially embarrassing.

Full marks for gender and ethnic range though, none for the ageism.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Dotcom-considers-citizenship-run-for-Parliament/tabid/1607/articleID/347547/Default.aspx

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/kim-dotcom-eyes-seat-in-parliament-5994563

From travesty to farce.. So Laila is already deputy? This can’t sell or fly, any way you spin it. Sad.
But welcome, if you make it, citizen K.

Yet who is telling the truth here? – * “Empty seats out-numbered those taken by Internet Party supporters” or “20 crowd-sourced candidates that people can actually relate to packed out the Q Theatre on Queen Street” http://occupysavvy.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/internet-party-of-nz-crowd-sources-candidates-live/ ? …

http://torrentfreak.com/how-kim-dotcoms-5m-whistleblower-bounty-will-work-140607/

http://grumpollie.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/how-internetmana-will-appear-on-the-ballot/

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/06/04/keep-calm-and-carry-on-why-the-left-should-ignore-the-next-round-of-poll-results/

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/internet-party-push-decriminalise-cannabis-video-5992134 – false link at TVNZ

Full credit to Kim Dotcom for getting the IMP waka moving, but the sooner he hands over his rudder the better. Kim’s hirelings are building a ‘representative’ structure per instruction, but will Kiwi people endorse them? Only if democratic norms prevail – something New Zealanders understand and value a lot.

Without rank-and-file input for where the Internet Party is going, it is bound to hit the rocks of reaction. So let’s stand up for what is right in representation and take the reins – should Kim be willing to pass them on.

Otherwise the negative publicity based on sound analysis will prevail and drag Internet Party followers down:

Octo-Kim - June 2014

Octo-Kim – June 2014

…… A bigger, more meaningful campaign than what has been proposed is required, to replace the National government in 2014. It must be good, just, open and fair. Let us get on with it. Stop the Internet Party write off

Well, I threw my hat in the ring. Had a real good look up close. Did the smell test.

Whatever can be made of the Kim Dotcom saga, how does his political party shape up? – Not well.

Limiting the number of candidates to twenty will leave a majority of electorates looking rejected, out of consideration for party votes there. So the low target will get few if any MPs in, relying on use of the coat-tail rule to drag just the Internet Party leader in, if Hone Harawira is re-elected in Te Tai Tokerau / Northland, New Zealand. Is this the minimalist goal?

Inspiring more candidates to run, through more NZ-wide openings, would potentially have built a wave of support to sweep the new party past the five percent thresh-hold and into substance and credibility. Maybe even changing the government – the primary goal.

We could then have set forth with democracy instead of dollars, to build an actual political party. But the few are deciding for the many here, which shows lack of comprehension and more of the same (BS):

A ‘political party’ with a chief executive instead of an elected chair or president? Hired by Dotcorp to find and appoint a so-called ‘leader’ instead of organising internal election? It’s like Tony Marryatt hiring Bob Parker by shoulder-tap. How could we be so stupid as to ignore such shonkyness, anti-democratic in fact? The ability to get in and change it is not there. Modelling on Key’s dictatorship by coat-tail rort does not fly. Call for Harre’s removal, and Internet Party democracy or deregistration.

Distraction over. The people want justice, but every three years it eludes us.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/chris-trotter/10111979/Labour-in-denial-on-election

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/colin-espiner/10108747/Whats-behind-Dotcoms-civil-union

The IMP vote has collapsed a lot, due to mis-leadership?: 1.64% currently (Tues a.m.), but recovering – 1.69% (2 p.m.); 1.85% (9 p.m.) https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=contract_detail&contract=VOTE.2014.INTMANA

The Internet Party seems intent on repeating the mistake of the Occupy movement, whose champing ageism left it raw of ideas for continuity and swept into the gutter. The bigger picture – of The Internet – they do not get. Internet Party viability looks like this.

New Zealand housing must be uncoupled, from the investment market needed by creative industry, to become a consumer durable: steady transition, through new government and policy reducing cost, over time.

A combination of approaches are required to freeze and stabilise home values, at their current level, without bursting the housing bubble – which inevitably would happen of its own accord. We must address the top, bottom and middle the of the housing inflation spectrum, at the same time.

The pair of policies I recommend would be capital gains tax upon the over-investors and flooding the affordable housing market from below, through smart mass production and land access technique.

And in case you haven’t noticed, the 2014 general elections have shaped up as Auckland and Christchurch policy needs versus the capital’s, on many points, and the latter cannot win this year.

N.B. These are the personal policy perspectives from an internet.org.nz hopeful, and not official policy.

Vikram Kumar – Change and the Internet

Other party housing policies so far:

http://alliance.org.nz/what-we-stand-for/alliance-policies/alliance-party-housing-policy/

“State housing: We would fight for a radical increase in the number of state houses being built to ensure adequate supply of quality affordable housing, appropriate to people’s needs. This must be a universal entitlement rather than targeted at those with extreme needs.

We would establish a publicly owned and controlled housing construction agency employing builders and apprentices to build State houses, and to modernise and insulate existing State houses.

Capital gains taxes and rent controls. We would not allow property investors to offset losses against taxes, as well as benefiting from untaxed capital gains. At the same time, we would introduce rent controls and stronger tenancy protection to prevent exploitation of the the poor.

Assist local bodies: Councils and other agencies aiming to provide pensioner flats and other social housing would be assisted by loans at below market interest rates, but only if rents are set at less than 25% of household income; no more sales of Council housing.” etc.

https://www.greens.org.nz/policysummary/housing-policy-summary

“Housing is a social good and a basic right.
No one should be prevented from establishing a decent home because of low income.
All people should have secure tenure of appropriate housing.
Housing developments should optimise land use, reduce car use and be built to sustainable building principles.
Energy-saving and resource-conserving technologies must be promoted for all buildings.” etc.

https://www.labour.org.nz/portfolios/housing Statements outlining thinking

https://www.labour.org.nz/affordable-and-healthy-homes

“Put 100,000 Kiwi families into their first home through KiwiBuild.
Restrict the ability of non-residents to purchase New Zealand houses.
Require landlords to ensure every rental house in New Zealand is warm and dry.
Create new jobs, 2,000 apprenticeships and give a $2 billion boost to the economy through KiwiBuild.
Introduce a capital gains tax to take pressure off house prices.
Introduce a National Policy Statement to ensure Councils are more likely to approve projects involving affordable housing.”

With our public launch behind us, news media are pushing Internet-Mana on to the next big question: electoral accommodations.

My simple advice is to reject all of these, on principle, and any discussion of them.

Democracy is a treasure, and offering the greatest possible range of electoral options is the core service politicians provide. At no point should we consider eroding the choice amongst candidates in elections – that is the voter’s choice.

Our part in politics is not a game, but a movement for substantive change. Concession to ‘strategic negotiation’ undermines this and shows a lack of the confidence and nerve that voters want. And a lack of respect.

It can only be answered by the mass of support inspired by and flooding into Internet-Mana, as a democratic project, that will sweep us well past the five percent thresh-hold. Have confidence in this popular voice instead of typical social-democrat back-room dealing.

Therefore we can save all our campaign energy for the real task ahead – education and raising voter consciousness and quantity – by rejecting all electoral accommodation talk out of hand.

This will save a lot of interview time and wasted journalist hours as well, if they know that on this matter – and many others – Internet-Mana is an alliance of very high principle.

On this basis we will be forming good government in September 2014.

Kia ora,

Kia pai too raa

http://internet.org.nz member

Updates:

A podcast about New Zealand politics
Episode 005: The Alliance Edition 28-05-2014 (33 MB)
..talk about the Internet Party’s Candidate Selection process, which claims to be different from how other parties select their candidates. ..Victoria University of Wellington’s poll / prediction website iPredict which claims to be one of the most accurate election predictors and allows pundits to put their money, as it were, where their mouth is. ..Labour’s new immigration policy and whether David Cunliffe, smile and all, is trying to have his political cake and eat it too. http://www.jayagibson.com/join-or-die/

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/05/29/internet-mana-who-wins-who-loses-plus-predictions/

http://intergalactic-maori.blogspot.co.nz/2014/05/the-internet-mana-party-things-that.html

Politics: Bradford speaks out – NZ Herald, 29 May 2014 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/editors-picks/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503074&gal_cid=1503074&gallery_id=143307

http://www.statschat.org.nz/2014/05/29/margins-of-error-and-our-new-party/

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/245815/power-play-with-chris-bramwell

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2597998/focus-on-politics-for-30-may-2014

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/05/30/the-potential-for-a-labour-green-internet-mana-majority/

http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8852770/a-new-threat-to-labour-and-the-greens

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/editorials/10101511/Editorial-Politics-deserves-better-than-this

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