Last year Gerry Brownlee told TVNZ that there was “no formal connection” between National and the Brethren. Last week John Key told a meeting on London that “there were no alliances between National and the Brethren”.
Yet Andrew Simmons has just told the ABC that telephone canvassing done for National during the campaign was done “by volunteers at the request of individual MPs”. You can watch him below.
Simmons also maintains the Brethren Church line that their activity in the election had nothing to do with the Brethren Church, and was all done by individual volunteers who just happened to be Brethren Church members. You can watch the whole video here.
Yet the Brethren volunteers, some as young as fifteen, campaigned extensively in at least fifteen electorates. In some cases the phoning was done from the Westmount schools, owned by the Brethren Church.
Ask yourself how God will judge them.