I think that Kim Dotcom is actually a very savvy operator. Turning up to Parliament on the second day of questions (not today, when Key won’t be in the House) was inspired. It ensured another day of coverage. Then, his words:
“It’s a very fragile majority, the balance of power is threatened by this whole John Banks affair so I think the Prime Minister has had to make a choice: am I going to uphold high ethical standards or do I want to remain in power?” Dotcom told reporters outside Parliament.
Dotcom said he was also surprised Banks had refused to acknowledge the pair were friends.
“I was hurt because that was not the right thing to do, I would not let a friend down.”
If my leadership would not uphold high ethical standards, I would worry what else is lingering in the dark that I don’t know about. And, as a voter, I would certainly consider who to give my vote at the next election.
Ouch. Both Key and Banks elegantly skewered.
I don’t think this is just about revenge, either – although Dotcom seems to be enjoying that as much as the rest of us enjoyed watching it.
The more Dotcom appears to be a needle in the side of the Government, the more he can argue at New Zealand and international courts that any attempt to extradite him is a politically-motivated move. Ironically, Dotcom’s odds of staying in New Zealand improve the more the Government wants him gone.