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 cameras be turned off as well as another two classic clips of Brash evading questions about Brethren financial support and what he knows personally about their smear campaign.
Hager’s testimony (PDF, 120K) to the select committee – short but essential reading – released here on The Standard on Tuesday suggests that John Key still has plenty of questions to answer…
What I am absolutely sure of, what I have absolutely confident knowledge of, is that the people who the Exclusive Brethren liaised with and informed of their plans completely were the leader, Don Brash, the finance spokesperson, John Key, and the campaign manager, Steven Joyce. The subsequent denials were not correct. They were untrue.