Hard News by Russell Brown

This just in ...

I don’t normally post twice in a day, but I’ve just had two callers to my 95bFM show - one a workmate, the other an estranged family member - emphatically informing me that members of the Exclusive Brethren have been putting up National Party billboards in Auckland. And not just one or two billboards either.

Given the nature of the organisation, it’s inconceivable that they’d be doing so without instruction from the church leadership.

Certainly everyone has the right to join a political campaign - even the leaders of abusive religious cults. And it's perfectly possible that National doesn't know who its little helpers are. But this would seem to rather give lie to this morning’s protestations that there is no connection between the Exclusive Brethren and the National Party’s election campaign. I thought this was newsworthy.