Kim Dotcom is holding a party. Originally numbers were estimated at 2,000 but following an overwhelming response it has been moved to Vector Arena. It is widely rumoured that Dotcom will formally announce the formation of his new political party at this time.
Cameron Slater has blogged about it. While anything he says should be taken with a grain of salt and verified if what he has said is true then Dotcom means business. It is alleged that he has sought help from internet heavyweights Martyn Bradbury, Graeme Edgeler and Alistair Thompson.
Slater criticises them for being paid to provide advice but coming from Slater that is really rich, particularly with regard to Martyn Bradbury who has always been totally up front about his activism and his media. If only Cameron would let us know how his site is funded.
Bradbury has replied. He says the paper was an early draft of a proposal tabled at a meeting with a whole bunch of other ideas late last year, that he ended consulting with Mana last year and that the idea of his being the Auckland Central candidate was more to kick around ideas.
Meanwhile the implications of the Internet Party will cause all of the other parties to take stock.
Bradbury thinks that National has the most to lose:
I think all those urban professional male Gen X National Party voters who don’t derive an income from the Dairy Industry will find Kim Dotcom’s economic vision a genuine way forward and they will find it difficult not to vote for him.
Urban professional male Gen X National Party voters vote National out of default, appeal to their logical sensibilities and watch them change that vote. Many would feel their cosmopolitan skin crawl at the idea Key will cut a deal with a religious social conservative like Colin Craig and while that disgust isn’t enough to make them vote Labour or Greens (and they aren’t crazy enough to vote NZ First), Dotcom’s Party could very well be their protest vote in 2014.
And Chris Trotter thinks that Auckland Central could be the place where the Internet Party focusses its efforts.
I suspect this story could be one of the more interesting ones for election year.
Update: Alistair Thompson has resigned from Scoop. Is he the senior journalist rumoured to be ready to stand for the party? H/t Karol.