The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

It would ap­pear that the ma­jor­ity of New Zealan­ders by far do not want what has started to be known as the Dish Rag ( the al­ter­na­tive to our cur­rent flag).

It is also a shame that a few sport­ing celebri­ties, along with other well-known Ki­wis, have pub­licly come out for a change of flag.

Th­ese peo­ple have ev­ery right to have their opin­ions, but the way they have been used pub­licly to pro­mote John Key’s choice may have ac­tu­ally worked in re­verse.

Many peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to so­cial me­dia, who were swing­ing on a change, are dis­gusted that foot­ball he­roes like Richie McCaw should do so to curry favour with the PM.

They now in­tend to vote to keep our flag.

I see Key has now of­fered Richie a place in the Na­tional Party should he choose a ca­reer in pol­i­tics. Pay­back?

It is in­ter­est­ing to note on so­cial me­dia that a lot of peo­ple would like a change of flag but what is of­fered as a re­place­ment, leaves them cold.

Now when we look at the mock-ups of this pro­posed flag do we see a sil­ver fern? No we don’t, we see a white ob­ject that is sup­posed to be a fern.

It sym­bol­ises not a fern but a white feather!

[A white feather was] the sign of cow­ardice handed to a per­son who did not fight for King and Coun­try dur­ing the last two World Wars.

This must be a fur­ther in­sult to those brave souls who lost their lives fight­ing un­der our cur­rent flag, to have it changed to a sym­bol of cow­ardice.

We could add in­sult to in­jury by fly­ing this tea towel flag at half­mast up­side down.

Def­i­ni­tion: Cow­ards mourn­ing for their coun­try that is in dis­tress.

Wally Richards Palmer­ston North

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