(ed:..this open letter to john minto is in response to an open letter he wrote to kim dotcom..wherein he cites the reasons (to his mind) for the defeat in 2014 (see link..)
..’cos in his explanations for that defeat (all contributing factors..).minto has omitted the self-inflicted reason..
..the reason/mistake that had it not been done..harawira/harre..and minto..would now be sitting in parliament..
..and as minto seems unaware of this reason..i feel it my duty..(as a bummed-out mana party voter)..to bring it to his/harawiras’ attention..
..if only for the reasons that the same defeat-causing mistakes not be repeated in 2017..eh..?..
..here is the response to minto (and harawira) i posted @ the daily blog..)
yes john..that is all well and good..
..but as you still seem unaware of/are not noting the self-inflicted reason for defeat in 2014..
..i feel it is my duty to bring it to your attention..(lest these mistakes be repeated..eh..?..)
..and it is some way away from the (equally valid) reasons for defeat you cite..
..as you are well aware..the internet party worked up an advertising-campaign for their legalisation of cannabis policies..(mana policy was for med-pot..and we all know how we barely had that..eh..?..)
..but this multi-media end prohibition campaign never ran..the reason being because hone harawira (following his prohibitionist-beliefs..)..threw a bit of a wobbly..
..and demanded it not be used/pulled…he did not want the ‘association’…and this duly happened..
..now..holding that series of facts in mind…factor in the number of votes hone harawira lost by…
..and then tell/prove to me that had that multi-media end pot-prohibition campaign gone out..
..that there would not be (many!) more than that number of pot-smokers/supporters of ending cannabis prohibition.. in an electorate stretching from west auckland up to cape reinga…?
..about a thousand votes..wasn’t it..?
..that’s just unbelievable..!..eh..?..that there would not be over a thousand people between west ak and cape reinga who would vote to support such a policy..eh..?
so..he/internet/mana would have romped in..eh..?..and harawira/harre/yrslf would now be sitting in parliament..(do the maths..!.)..(doh..!..eh..?..)
..how can that not be the case..?
..so to my mind…yes..all that ugly shit/betrayals from outside/supposed allies that you detail went down..
..but had harawira not blocked that ad-campaign..it would have mattered for nought..eh..?
..he/you/harre would now be mp’s…
..so..in many ways..when you look at this…it is clear that the defeat suffered by harawira/internet/mana..you..
..was entirely self-inflicted..and entirely avoidable..
..by his reactionary-demands/insistance around cannabis-policy..harawira was the author of his own defeat..
..it is such a shame so many others/so much had to lose as well..eh..?
..and i repeat..i note all this because it seems to not figure in the rationale for defeat you present..
..and frankly it horrifies me that this main reason for defeat is seemingly being excised from history/memory..
..and also..most important…that it not happen again in 2017..eh..?
..y’know..!..those who fail to learn from ‘history’..etc etc..eh..?
(and funny story..!..you do know it was the cannabis-vote that first got the green party over the line and into parliament..eh..?
..it’s a shame we did not have that same foresight..eh..?
..for mana it was reactionary-issues on/towards cannabis..that stopped them from getting over the line..
..that’s almost irony-overdose material there…eh…?..)