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Exclusive Brethren accused of fraud and kidnapping

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, July 30th, 2008 - 10 comments

The Melborne Age reports that: A writ is expected to be filed in the High Court on Wednesday alleging the involvement of the secretive Exclusive Brethren in a variety of crimes, including fraud and kidnapping. Three sisters, from India, who say they are on the run from the religious sect, allege they can link it […]

A ring of truth in the Hollow Men

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 pm, April 17th, 2008 - 18 comments

Congratulations to Dr Brash for fronting up and going to see the play The Hollow Men at the Maidment Theatre in Auckland (that’s based on Nicky Hager’s book of the same name). Dr Brash admitted some parts of The Hollow Men were spot on. I wish I knew which bits weren’t! The Hollow Men is […]

Push polling

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, February 8th, 2008 - 8 comments

Tony Milne responds to National Party blogger, David Farrar’s recent post on push polling. Tony points out that any push polling undertaken during the last election was most likely a three way affair between the National Party, the Exclusive Brethren and conservative political consultants Crosby and Texter. National have repeatedly tried to distance themselves from […]

Mobile democracy

Written By: - Date published: 1:44 pm, February 5th, 2008 - 5 comments

Another release on the state-owned telecommunications company Kordia from Murry McCully this morning which starts: Helen Clark’s claim that Kordia’s cellphone tower work for the repressive Government of Myanmar (Burma) somehow contributes to democracy in that country is fanciful, says National’s Foreign Affairs spokesman, Murray McCully. An astute reader just sent us a great link […]

Discussing “constituency matters” with the Brethren

Written By: - Date published: 3:15 pm, January 18th, 2008 - 6 comments

Today’s Age gives a few insights into “constituency matters” the Brethren discussed with John Howard from 2003 to 2006, the last about the same time they were commissioning private investigators to dig dirt on our Helen. Support for George Bush and the war in Iraq featured highly, as according to the Brethren “God has clearly […]

From the archives: who said it?

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, December 7th, 2007 - 48 comments

In my work as a constituent MP, I have often been emotionally shocked at the dilemmas that some constituents get trapped in. However, none have matched the trauma and plight of a young married couple in my electorate who have been fighting for over two years without success for the return of their children… At […]

Big Brother bringing in National’s cash?

Written By: - Date published: 3:24 pm, December 6th, 2007 - 71 comments

John Hales, the secretive Australian world leader of the Exclusive Brethren (known as the Elect Vessel), met the elect faithful in Christchurch yesterday. According to a former member of the church quoted in the article, his main purpose would be raising cash. But just prior to the recent Australian election, the Australian Labor Party reported […]

Granny’s blue woolly slippers

Written By: - Date published: 5:02 pm, November 17th, 2007 - 21 comments

Granny’s campaign against the Electoral Finance Bill started with a bang and ended with a whimper. On Monday there was a banner headline “Democracy under attack”, complete with a front page editorial, a fuzzy picture of a masked woman, and a serpent cartoon. By Friday our crusading heroes had reduced the protection of democracy to […]

Granny gulled by National and Brethren spin

Written By: - Date published: 4:32 pm, November 15th, 2007 - 58 comments

Granny Herald wants to run a campaign against the Electoral Finance Bill when it doesn’t understand the Electoral Act. Worse, because it doesn’t understand the Act it makes assertions that are neither true to the law or in line with the facts. So it keeps repeating National and Brethren spin. One example is in yesterday’s […]

Take the blinkers off Granny

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, November 15th, 2007 - 32 comments

Granny Herald tries to defend itself against National Party bias by saying it ran a headline “I am not a liar” over Brash after he admitted on bFM knowing that the Brethren were going to issue pamphlets attacking labour, three days after saying he knew absolutely nothing about them. Brash’s exact words were “I knew […]

Tell the full story Audrey

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 pm, November 12th, 2007 - 3 comments

Grannywriter Audrey Young’s story headlined “Exclusive Brethren’s email sets stage for Electoral Finance Bill” is more National Party spin. The Brethren’s email to Chief Electoral Officer Henry on 8 June 2005 followed their letter to Don Brash and John Key on 24 May 2005 in which they wrote of a meeting the previous week with […]

More lies from National and their Brethren

Written By: - Date published: 5:24 pm, October 19th, 2007 - 8 comments

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 […]

Cash in envelopes and the Brethren in politics

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, October 17th, 2007 - 3 comments

A fascinating piece from the ABC programme Four Corners details exactly how the Brethren funded ads in support of the Liberals in Australia. After an initial whitewash from the Austrlian Electoral Commission, the source of the money paid in cash into a front company called Willmac enterprises is now under police investigation. This company paid […]

The real crime with the Brethren spending

Written By: - Date published: 2:46 pm, October 12th, 2007 - 35 comments

I want to clarify the major difference between the Brethren spending money to elect National and the union’s spending money to elect Labour. The Brethren spent $1.2million and National didn’t have to account for it. Whatever the unions spent on Labour came under Labour’s spending cap. So in fact the National Party got what was […]

Video: John Key meets Brethren

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, October 12th, 2007 - 8 comments

Here’s the clip that aired on One News during the 2005 election campaign. It was produced after it became apparent that the Brethren were covertly involved but before the full extent of National’s lies were subsequently revealed. There’s a great shot of John Key meeting two of the (pixelated) Brethren and them asking that the […]

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