Rob Salmond’s view on the Internet Party launch today.
Today is the day the Internet Party, which amusingly abbreviates to IP, will actually launch.
More importantly, today marks 146 days until Kim Dotcom winds up the Internet Party because it isn’t polling near 5% and has no deals with others to secure itself an electorate seat.
The Internet Party won’t poll near 5% because the ill-defined vanity project of billionaire German who collects Nazi memorabilia doesn’t exactly fit with New Zealanders’ self image of political leadership. What is worse, even if you do buy into Kim’s personal quest, you don’t get to vote for Kim personally.
Simply, there’s nothing at the core of this party for New Zealanders, and any lolly scramble between now and Writ Day looks too much like a cynical bribe for people to take it seriously.
And the cupboard appears to be already bare in terms of other political suitors.
This is going to be a colossal waste of time, energy, talent, and money.