Editorial on Election Tactics

key and brashWe name the guilty men…again

The Kapiti Independent takes issue with a Dompost article (March 1) which says Don Brash’s links with Exclusive Brethren came as a shock to Brash’s colleagues.

In fact, as our political editor Roger Childs points out, present National ministers Joyce, McCully and Brownlee, as well as prime minister John Key, were heavily involved in the Brethren links.

National’s dishonest campaign policy, 2005

 
By Roger Childs

Tracey Watkins’ article ‘Campaigns that border on kamikaze’ (DomPost March 1) touched on National’s dishonest and corrupt campaign strategy and fund raising in 2005.

 She implies that the Brash admission about Exclusive Brethren support came as a shock to his colleagues.

In reality, as Nicky Hager’s The Hollow Men revealed, current ministers Joyce, McCully and Brownlee, as well as prime minister John Key, were heavily involved in the Brethren links and other dubious fund raising and campaigning.

The film of Hager’s book shows footage of Key meeting Brethren representatives in 2005.

The Hollow Men exposed not only the covert support of the rich and famous for National, but also extremist right wing advisers from Australia and the US, and plenty of unprincipled advertising.

Hager’s findings were not based on rumour and hearsay, but on emails, diary entries, meeting notes and other material leaked by some embarrassed MPs and other National Party sources.

It is to be hoped, that in 2014, the media will be vigilant in tracking the sources of monetary support for all political parties.