I didn't catch up with this story yesterday, so a hat-tip to Whaleoil. It seems that the Exclusive Brethren membership in New Zealand, about 7,000 strong, has been given leave by their Man of God to vote in the upcoming election! Whatever you think of the EB (and some of their beliefs are strange - but it is their right to hold those beliefs), that is bad news for Labour. It's a pretty safe bed that NO Exclusive Brethren will vote for the party containing politicians who have called them "chinless scarf-wearers" (Trevor Mallard - Labour), called them a "wierd sect" (Helen Clark - Labour) - just two of the many barbs that have been fired at the EB, not surprisingly, by Labour MP's. Anyway, here's the NZ Herald's story:
I guess it's a good thing that the EB are starting come out into the open more, and their decision to participate in the political process should be welcomed, if it is overt. It is their democratic right, and at least their motives can longer be questioned if they "inside the tent". I guess the big question is this - how soon will they be applying to be a "third party"?