Prime Minister John Key has dismissed Kim Dotcom and his
planned Internet Party as a political joke along the lines of
the McGillicuddy Serious Party or the Bill and Ben Party which
was formed by a television comedy duo.
Mr Key will later today give a general idea of the parties
National could deal with in post election talks.
"Today will be this is who we broadly think we can chat to,"
Mr Key told TV3's Firstline this morning.
However, he would not entertain the idea of talking to Mr
Dotcom's political vehicle.
"He's not a party is he? He hasn't actually formed one, it's
a concept. But I put him in that grouping of a whole bunch of
sort of random, minnow kind of people. Whether it's Bill and
Ben or McGillicuddy Serious or a bunch of other people, he's
in that grouping."
Mr Key indicated that despite its most recent problems
stemming from the electoral finance charges faced by current
Epsom MP and Leader John Banks, ACT remained a serious
prospect for a post-election deal.
He was positive about former ACT MP and current party
President John Boscawen declaring his intention to seek the
party's nod to stand in Epsom.
"I've worked with him, I've appointed him as a minister. He's
a very predictable, thoroughly decent man, John. He's got a
good brain on him and there are no surprises with the guy.
"Will he win the selection for ACT? I don't know. But if he
does, could we work with him? My guess is yes."
Mr Key said he didn't think it was likely he would go through
the "cup of tea" ritual with ACT's Epsom candidate this year
or other potential political partners as he did three years
ago with Mr Banks to signal National's endorsement of him to
"What is more likely that we're a little more precise, if you
like, about that.
"We're more likely to say National could form a Government
with these parties if they're returned to Government we think
it's more likely this is the pathway they would have to
follow and on that basis give a clearer indication."
Mr Key is expected to give his "topline indication" of
potential suitors at his post-Cabinet press conference at
- Adam Bennett of the New Zealand Herald