Tell the full story Audrey

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 pm, November 12th, 2007 - 3 comments
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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 then National party manager Steven Joyce. Hickmott’s offer went to Joyce, then to Key and Brash, and he was obviously warned to check how they could do it legally without cutting into National’s spending limit.

National wasn’t spending up early because of uncertainty over the election date. It was because they knew there was over a million dollars worth of pamphlets arguing for a party vote to “change the government,” the National Party slogan, coming from the Brethren in the last week of the campaign. They thought they could spend their money and have a “parallel campaign’ to use Don Brash’s words, working for them in the last two weeks.

‘National believes the Exclusive brethren cost the party the election” parrots Audrey – well in a funny way it did, as the campaign was a complete fizzer – but it was their own fault. And the Brethren aka “Christian businessmen” – Audrey’s also into a bit of Brethren spin – didn’t out themselves. It was the Greens – the Brethren had used identical pamphlets complete with the same grass leaf against the Greens in Tasmania the year before.

And nobody should think that we have seen the last of them. National has recently re-appointed Steven Joyce as campaign chairman, and the Brethren in Australia have been in to discuss “constituency matters” with John Howard in Australia in the last month or so. Joyce was the author of the National slogan, and anyone who thinks that the Brethren just happened to think of it all by themselves is playing with the fairies.

3 comments on “Tell the full story Audrey”

  1. Santa Claws 1

    So, what is the point you are making JohnA? I couldn’t tell for sure, but it looks like you are comparing an email to an earlier letter that basically say the same thing?

    At least thats better than Labour man Mike Smith’s letters to the same Chief Electoral Officer that one week included the pledge card in the Labour spend, then the next week withdrew that offer.

    Can you point to where National or the EB stole over $800,000 from the taxpayer? Looks like Audrey didn’t tell the full story after all?

  2. Policy Parrot 2

    The EB can’t play with the fairies – they don’t believe in them…

  3. Robinsod 3

    DPF Claws – let me summarise your post (and about 90% of your other posts) so you can save yourself the effort of rewriting them and just cut and paste:

    “Smith’s letters blah blah blah corrupt blah blah blah $800,000 blah blah blah pledge card blah blah blah Mark Twain blah blah blah ”

    Oh and there’s no need to thank me for saving you some time, but if you really do want to show your appreciation you could just fuck off.

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