: FLAG FOLLIES
Goodness Wally, what a vitriolic outburst. Your recent letter [ Tribune March 2] was a heap of nonsense and I suspect that someone, possibly a Nat, has been tampering with your organic fruit juices.
As a returned serviceman in my mid-80’s, the son of a Gallipoli veteran and father of an Afghanistan veteran, I have thought very seriously about a flag change, but none on offer caught my intention, so I intend to vote against any change.
I believe the alternative flag needs to have a more realistic looking fern frond and then there would be no reason why it couldn’t be carried by supporters/ visitors to international sports’ events and commemorations.
I had the privilege of attending the 95th Gallipoli commemorations and after the Australian service at Lone Pine there was a sea of gold and green on the road to Chunuk Bair. Some people were carrying Australian flags, but a large number were carrying green flags embossed with a yellow kangaroo.
I would suggest that the starting point for any future flag design should be a silver fern set inside a black diamond because I believe in WW2 the 2nd NZEF used this sign as a marker as they fought their way up the length of Italy.
Although I am voting for the status quo I will still be voting for John Key, because if this country is to continue to prosper the last thing it needs is a Labour/Green coalition.
Roy Brock Highbury