Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


NRT: The Brethren smear in Sweden as well

The Brethren smear in Sweden as well

First New Zealand, now Sweden? A reader has alerted me to a rather interesting twist in the Swedish election: the Exclusive Brethren (known as "Plymouth Brethren" over there) spent millions of crowns on a series of anonymous advertisments in support of the centre-right Alliance for Sweden:

The Brethren have paid for ads in some of Sweden's biggest newspapers, they have done direct marketing in
mailboxes in many parts of Sweden, they have been leafleting and put flyers on cars in many places. Among other things, the flyers say that thousands of Swedes die every year due to mistreatments in hospitals.

Aftonbladet have tracked the company that the Brethren money is channelled through - Nordas LTD - to the backstreets of Knowlsley Industrial Park in Liverpool. One of the founders, Maxwell Kevin Haughton, have been tracked down by Aftonbladet but he refuses to answer to why a British company spends millions on a Swedish election.

Or why they're going to such extreme lengths to hide their involvement...

The Aftonbladet story is here. It's in Swedish, but I'm trying to get a translation. In the meantime, InterTran does a very bad online Swedish-English translation.

Swedish blogger Hell-man has pictures of some of the flyers here and here. They don't seem to follow the pattern seen in New Zealand and Tasmania.

That's at least five elections the Brethren have involved themselves in, each time using smear tactics combined with fronts and false names to hide their involvement. Is anyone seeing a pattern here...?


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Jan Rivers: The New Zealanders Involved In Brexit

There are a number who have strong connections to New Zealand making significant running on either side of the contested and divisive decision to leave the European Union. More>>

Rawiri Taonui: The Rise, Fall And Future Of The Independent Māori Parties

Earlier this month the Māori Party and Mana Movement reflected on the shock loss of their last parliamentary seat in this year’s election. It is timely to consider their future. More>>

Don Rennie: Is It Time To Take ACC Back To First Principles?

The word “investing” has played a major part in the operations of the ACC since 1998... More>>

Using Scoop Professionally? Introducing ScoopPro

ScoopPro is a new offering aimed at ensuring professional users get the most out of Scoop and support us to continue improving it so that Scoop continues to exist as a public service for all New Zealanders. More>>