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Don should tell the truth, the whole truth

Don should tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Green Co-Leader Rod Donald is demanding that Don Brash come clean on the role the National Party played in the Exclusive Brethren businessmen's anti-Green smear campaign.

"These were lying leaflets which Don lied about," Mr Donald says. "Now he's lying about his lies. That's an awful lot of lying connected to man who wants to be our Prime Minister. Frankly, I don't believe he deserves that honour because Kiwis simply can't trust a word he says.

"On Monday, when I asked Don Brash about these pamphlets, he assured me that he knew nothing about them whatsoever. I took Don at his word because I believed he was an honourable man. I now know that he deliberately lied to me.

"The following day, he was quoted in The Press that he knew 'absolutely nothing' about the pamphlets. It's now clear that that was an outright lie, and it's high time that Dr Brash apologised to Kiwis for lying to them through his teeth."

Mr Donald said that now that it was clear Dr Brash knew about the smear campaign in advance, it was imperative he explained precisely the extent of his knowledge.

"Don Brash should tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He's now saying he encouraged the Exclusive Brethren businessmen in their smear campaign, showing a great deal of enthusiasm for it in their recent meeting, and he now faces a number of crucial questions about his attitude towards the smear campaign.

"Was Dr Brash aware the pamphlets contained lies about the Green Party? Did Dr Brash seek to understand the nature of the smear campaign before endorsing it? Is there any group wishing to attack Labour and the Greens that Dr Brash wouldn't encourage in such smears? Would he also have been enthusiastic had the National Front told him they planned a smear campaign? Did Nick Smith or anyone else connected with or employed by the National Party provide the Exclusive Brethren businessmen with information for their pamphlets?

"These are questions that Dr Brash must answer if he is to start inching out of the hole he's dug for himself. For now, though, Kiwis can have no doubt that the National Leader simply can't be trusted."

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