If the rumour is true, and Laila Harre will indeed lead Mana/Internet into this election, then I reckon things are about to get interesting.
The Mana/Internet thing is clearly a marriage of convenience, right? But isn't that the essence
I can see why they might want to though, because selecting Laila would be a masterstroke IMHO. She is not just smart and articulate. She also has deep connections into Mana's territory and is coms-savvy.
I don't know Laila well at all, but I did work closely with her (and others, notably Paul Swain) on the design of the Telecommunications Act 2001, which was a watershed in terms of reining in the power that Telecom had been gifted when it was privatised without regulation. Based on that experience, I reckon she's got the goods.
There is also the fact that she is 1 female wedged between the well-developed egos of two men: Hone & KimDotCom. Steven Joyce reckons this will be their undoing. Maybe, but if it works the results could be pretty spectacular.