Going by the latest polls it would appear we will be keeping the ‘Australian flag number two’.
While I can’t understand why the majority of New Zealander’s would want to keep the current flag, there is an old English saying that comes to mind: ‘‘There’s nowt so queer as folk’’.
And one of those queer folk is local gardening expert, Wally Richards. He reckons [ The Tribune, March 2] ex All Black Richie McCaw, who turned down the offer of a knighthood, is supporting a change of flag to curry favour with the PM.
The fact of the matter is that when McCaw saw the Australian and New Zealand flags hanging next to each other at the last Rugby World Cup championships he realised how similar in appearance they were and reckoned we should have a new one. Simple as that.
Wally also reckons the fern on the proposed flag looks like a feather to him. Could I suggest Wally invests in a new pair of spectacles.
I agree with McCaw. We definitely need a new flag. At this moment in time it looks like we aren’t going to get one, but we won’t know for sure until the fat lady sings.
I amheartened by the fact that well over one million New Zealanders voted for the Lockwood designs in the flag referendum and a further 200,000 voted for them as the second choice to the red flag design. Hopefully the polls will be proved to be wrong.
Mike Stockdale Palmerston North.
Flag it already. In an effort to inflate support for his flat idea, the Prime Minister is pursuing two perverse claims. The first is that, to his tremendous surprise, the debate has been politicised. The second is that if the flag isn’t changed now, we will be robbed of this opportunity for years to come.
Regards the first, everyone knows anything even slightly contentious issuing from a single party will be politicised. The way to defuse that is with a cross-party working group to kick the process off. Only sensible for something this fundamental to our identity and future. But he didn’t go there, leaving only himself to blame for his problem.
Regards the second, the whole flag exercise has followed a poor process, foisted on us without apparent reason. So poor as to make one ask if it was set up to fail. If we are being robbed of the
Yes, I’ve been asked for money by beggars at different times in our city. Yes I’ve sometimes felt slightly uncomfortable with the experience. But hey I also get accosted quite frequently on the street by charity collectors, at my door by salespeople, or on my phone by telemarketers.
They have a way of sometimes making me squirm too.
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