THE MAINSTREAM media have been quick to characterise the deal between the Mana Party and the Internet Party as a 'marriage of convenience'.
Of course it's a 'marriage of convenience'. That's obvious. How could it be anything else? There's nothing honourable about this marriage.
The Mana Party gets access to funds it could never raise itself and, in return, the Internet Party gets a toehold in Parliament. No one knows what the price of the admission ticket is - and neither Mana or the Internet Party are saying - but we can safely assume it's nothing less than a six figure sum. After all, Kim Dotcom was apparently prepared to back John Banks failed Auckland mayoralty bid to the tune of $200,000. Dotcom understands that political influence and furthering his own concerns doesn't come cheap.
But here's some old news. 'Marriages of conveniences' are all the range in a representative democracy that is based on proportional representation. There is no such thing as political monogamy these days. Unless you're Brendan Horan.
National has a 'marriage of convenience' with Peter Dunne, with John Banks, with the Maori Party. It more than likely will be looking to establish a 'marriage of convenience' with Colin Craig and the Conservative Party.
The Labour Party also has a smorgasbord of parties it proposes to hitch up with - the Greens's, Mana, New Zealand First, the Internet Party. I just hope they're all practising safe sex.
Oh and the guy who is adding up the wedding numbers is stupid Martyn Bradbury of The Daily Dotcom. You know the guy - he's the one who wanted a job with the Internet Party at $8000 a month.
The point largely being missed is that the Mana Party once proclaimed itself to be a grassroots working class party. It was to be a hub around which a working class movement would grow. That's what is supporters claimed, including Socialist Aotearoa, the Workers Party (now Fightback) and the International Socialist Organisation as well as the Unite Union.
Indeed Socialist Aotearoa, not so long ago, was firmly opposed to any 'marriage of convenience' with Labour or the Greens. 'Single and proud!', was its cry. 'Mana is an anti-capitalist party!'
How times have changed, as have political principles. Joe Carolan of Socialist Aotearoa (and a organiser with the Unite Union) has ludicrously tried to compare Dotcom to no less than Vladimir Lenin and thinks people should refrain from criticising Internet Mana. Which is a 'unique' view of democratic debate, to say the least.
Carolan is a colleague and friend of Unite's national secretary Mike Treen. He recently issued a statement on behalf of Unite that it would support the election of a Labour led government. He made that statement without consulting the membership first. Not a whole lot of democracy going on here either.
It seems that in the pursuit of parliamentary seats the people who are driving the Internet Mana project consider the working class to be merely voting fodder. We'll make all the decisions and you can just vote for us. That doesn't sound much of a deal to me and its pretty disgraceful coming from people who regularly berate the Government for its undemocratic behaviour.
I think Sue Bradford saw all this and it was one of the reasons why she immediately resigned. Good on her.
The Mana Party has turned into just another bourgeois party in the pursuit of parliamentary seats. It's only future is to be a bridesmaid in a right wing Labour - led government. When what is needed is a radical left party that will campaign to destroy the neoliberal consensus, Internet Mana will only assist in enforcing it.
Nice day for a white wedding? I don't think so.