WHILE FORMER ACT leader John Banks had plenty of friends supporting him not only in court but also in the media, spare a thought for Kim Dotcom. He's been abandoned by his so-called mates.
He is presently fighting to stay out of jail but he is a man who has been abandoned by the very people who flocked to his side with the formation of the Internet Party and its subsequent merger with the Mana Party. He was 'the next big thing' and they all wanted to be a part of 'the next big thing'. But now he is apparently yesterday's man.
There have been no high profile Internet Party or Mana supporters in court to demonstrate their solidarity with Dotcom.
Hone Harawira has been absent. Laila Harre has been nowhere to be seen. Commentator Chris Trotter clearly has been too busy, as has been Martyn Bradbury of The Daily Blog. National secretary of the Unite Union Mike Treen also obviously had more pressing engagements - despite the fact that the Unite Union is a prominent backer of Mana and wholeheartedly endorsed the Internet Party - Mana merger.
Dotcom has been abandoned to his fate.
Kim Dotcom poured $4.5 million into the Internet Party but all the money in the world cannot buy you the simple support of people you thought were political allies and even friends.
But it does show just what an opportunistic exercise the Internet Party - Mana merger really was. After it crashed and burned, everyone has fled from the wreckage to leave Kim Dotcom to deal with the mess all by himself.