“…For a mere $50,000 contribution to John Banks’s campaign, Kim Dotcom has had the Government on various kinds of toast.
And the buttered side keeps changing.
Initially, when the police raided the rented Dotcom mansion, the political peril was in why the Government had let this international internet megamogul into the country in the first place.
Now the knock-on PR has changed completely, to why has the Government been so beastly to this big-hearted guy who just wants to be one of us?
The debacle of the raid has unhappily underlined what is still a very uncomfortable relationship with the US.
Whatever the facts behind the Crown Law and Police decisions to act in the way they did, the thing looked as though we were crassly overeager to do the US’s bidding – to the point of being careless about following our own procedural standards.
That the case against Dotcom is still painfully unravelling in a week in which the US cold-shouldered our frigate from Pearl Harbour under the old post-Anzus friendship downgrade rules is just mortifying…”
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