Pam Corkery: Mogul may help us get real NZ back

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Kim Dotcom. Photo / APN
Kim Dotcom. Photo / APN

If Kim Dotcom becomes part of a king-making triumvirate in September, I will run around the neighbourhood waving my undies in the air.

It is possible the internet mogul could join Hone Harawira and maybe Russel Norman in wrenching New Zealand from John Key's thrall.

While I've never met Dotcom, I am grateful for his impact. He has put to bed finally the myth that New Zealand is corruption-free. And his legal situation has alerted us to the dirty deeds of the globally powerful.

More, the Government's treatment of Dotcom plus the poor form of fair-weather friends serve as a reminder of values once core to our country.

There's been the denial of his resident's right to protection. New Zealand took Dotcom's $10 million, then set spies on him.

And the Kiwi characteristics of loyalty and good manners have also taken a hit.

Media identities attended parties at the Coatesville mansion then joked publicly about their host.

Former security chief Wayne Tempero wants to go public with his ex-boss's "megalomania" after three years of employment and gushing.

The lack of form goes on. The Greens' Russel Norman, defender of democracy, had the gall to lecture Dotcom against starting the Internet Party. Then he did a John Banks, forgetting who instigated their meet.

Harawira, not everyone's choice of guest, declared he wouldn't traipse up to Coatseville like the rest of them, so he met Dotcom off-site.

Now there's a poll showing the majority of Kiwis don't support protecting Dotcom from extradition. It's not a huge majority but his popularity has slipped.

It's understandable, with creditors going public in the face of Dotcom spending. Better late than never, bills will be paid by the end of the week.

The rub for Dotcom is that he is stuck here. NZ is his only option other than facing trial in America.

Courtesy of Dotcom, Kiwis are far more alert to the United States, friend or foe, and to what favours we have been signed up to.

While I'm not proposing Dotcom for canonisation, an imbalance has to be redressed. New Zealand's once automatic sense of fair play has to kick back in, to restore pride at an institutional and social level.

Dotcom will add to a robust election year. His Internet Party could play a pivotal role.

Dotcom may just help us get our country back.

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- NZ Herald

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