The latest poll on the flag referendum shows almost two thirds of those surveyed are in favour of keeping the current flag. Radio New Zealand News 5 March 2015
A ludicrous waste of money
By Roger Childs
KIN nailed its colours to the mast on the flag issue last year. In editorials on 31 May, 24 and 29 September we argued strongly for the status quo and lamented the ridiculous waste of money on John Key’s self promotion.
Now after the long drawn out publicity process, we finally get to vote on the existing flag against the PM’s favourite.
Unless there is a dramatic change of opinion, we will end up where we started, but 26 million dollars worse off.
If that happens there will be plenty of reflection on where the pennant promoting, pigtail pulling, partnership praising prime minister has taken us.
The flag debate has clearly been a sideshow to take attention away from more serious issues like TPPA secrecy, dairy farming payouts, river pollution, child poverty, and inadequate health and education spending.
Implications of flag result for the PM
If the public’s preference is to keep our current flag, cabinet ministers and National Party faithful may start to wonder about whether John Key has reached his used-by date.
Judith Collins is back in cabinet, because Key was worried about a possible challenge from the back bench led by the lady who has fancied herself as a future prime minister. She may be sniffing an opportunity to take the initiative.
Divisions in the right wing ranks could be Labour’s opportunity, in concert with the Greens, to position itself for a return to the Treasury benches.
However should there be a highly unlikely vote in favour of the Key flag, the man may have cemented his place in history and a fourth term might beckon.