Dotcom rules out working with National

Kim Dotcom
Kim Dotcom
Kim Dotcom has ruled out the unlikely prospect that his Internet Party could work with National, a move that rekindles the prospect of an alliance with Hone Harawira's Mana Party.

Mr Dotcom launched the online membership drive for his party this afternoon under the cloud of claims his ownership of a rare copy of Hitler's book Mein Kampf is evidence of Nazi sympathies.

Speaking to the Herald, Mr Dotcom said: 'I've said before that I can work with anybody but I have to tell you that after this recent disgusting smear campaign which obviously originates out of the National Party leadership camp, I'm not going to work with National.

"Everybody knows where it's coming from. It's no secret."

After some initial discussions between the Internet Party and Mana, Mr Harawira said this week Mana could not work with the Internet Party unless Mr Dotcom committed to ousting the current Government.

Asked whether the electorate MP he claimed he had a commitment to the Internet Party from was Mr Harawira, Mr Dotcom said he didn't want to comment "because I have a confidentiality agreement and I don't want to give any hints whatsoever, but it isn't Hone".

Mr Dotcom also addressed issues around hundreds of thousand of dollars owed to former staff and contractors by the company that associated with his Coatesville home.

He said he had now paid all of them.

"There is an accountancy firm Cleaver Richards, they've received $600,000 to settle all creditors. Yesterday 50 of them have been paid. The accountancy firm is still waiting for some of the creditors to send back confirmation of the settlement amount. I owe them nothing and the remaining creditors will be paid."

He wouldn't comment on whether he considered selling his valuable signed first edition of Mein Kampf to settle those debts.

"I don't want go into that, that is not a good question."

Meanwhile, the membership drive launch also saw the Internet Party release some high level policy. Apart from the previously indicated emphasis on cheaper faster internet, the party also wants to see the introduction of a government sponsored digital currency.

Party chief executive Vikram Kumar told the Herald the party also wanted to see a fundamental change in New Zealand's intelligence and surveillance regime, including a withdrawal from the US led "five yes" intelligence sharing network.

- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald

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