Key shrugs off Mana's Internet mullings

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Last updated 07:40 26/03/2014

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A potential alliance between the Mana Party and internet maverick Kim Dotcom has dominated domestic political news in the last few days. But Prime Minister John Key says "so what?"

Leader Hone Harawira and Dotcom were in discussion about hooking up to contest the election, although the move has had mixed reactions from within the Mana party.

In a statement last night, Harawira said Dotcom must commit to getting rid of National or a deal was off the table.

Responding to reports at the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, Key said: "It doesn't bother me one way or the other."

Te Tai Tokerau MP Harawira and Dotcom are "unlikely bedfellows," Key believes.

"The Mana party, their emphasis is on people of the North, because that's really Hone's electorate...and they are focused on some of the poorest people in New Zealand.

The Internet Party, if if ever becomes a party, is focused on one person."

He says they are "perfectly welcome" to form a bond. "There are lots of political parties, from what I can see, lining up at the Dotcom mansion. All I can tell you is National won't be one of them...if they [voters] want some sort of sideshow they'll vote for the other guys."

The Internet Party is set to launch on Thursday. Harawira pointed out it has no real membership base, recognisable leaders or candidates.

Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the US on charges relating to internet piracy and copyright infringement. 

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