TO THE EDITOR Pro­pa­ganda

Whangarei Report - - Opinion - _ Don Nightin­gale Glen­bervie

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how many peo­ple have fallen for Mr Key’s pro­pa­ganda to change our flag.

Strange that the fern flag started ap­pear­ing on New Zealand prod­ucts over­seas, even be­fore the first ref­er­en­dum. But maybe that was just a co­in­ci­dence. An­other co­in­ci­dence that the blue field on Mr Key’s flag is the same as the Na­tional Party blue and the fern looks more like a white feather. We all know what that rep­re­sents. I would like to think that most Ki­wis will fol­low Win­ston’s elec­tion slo­gan, and “Send Key a mes­sage”. There is no need to change our flag. Sure it looks sim­i­lar to the Aussies. But so what? Like our troops they have proudly stood side by side for over 100 years. What galls me is the man­ner in which this ref­er­en­dum has been forced on us. We weren’t asked if we wanted a change; we were told to make a choice. This has not been a demo­cratic process, rather a dic­ta­to­rial de­cree.

What next, change our na­tional an­them? Af­ter all who trusts God any­more?

Then we can be­come a re­pub­lic presided over by Pres­i­dent Key. God pro­tect New Zealand and keep our flag fly­ing high.

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