What flag change?

John Key thinks the new flag will be remembered not him:

Less than 50 per cent of New Zealanders voted for a new flag design – but Prime Minister John Key believes there is support for change.

Key, speaking to the Herald just before he went into to chat to Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith, said the issue was important for the country.

“I don’t think it’s a legacy project for me, I think it’s an important issue for New Zealand.”

Key was speaking the day after official results showed Kyle Lockwood’s silver fern flag with black, white and blue won the first round of the flag referendum.

He said Canada wouldn’t remember the Prime Minister who changed their flag back in 1965, “but they can certainly remember the flag changed”.

“I certainly hope we change, and I think that if we do change to the fern flag, I think we will use it and it will be an international flag that is known. ?

“That’s really important from a New Zealand point of view.”

Mr Key thinks the chosen design has a good chance of taking on the current flag once people get over their natural gut reaction against change.

“I just can’t help but wonder whether as people get used to it, they see it, they realise actually it’s quite similar to the old flag, but it effectively has the fern, it’s instantly recognisable, it’s the symbol we’ve used around the world.”

[…]Mr Key said he’d already met people who’d once been adamant they wanted the current flag to remain and were now looking to change it.

“I think it [the flag] will grow it’s own momentum.”

He said if the flag didn’t change now, it might be the last chance for many years.

The flag won’t change.

I don’t sense a momentum, and certainly not around the one chosen against our current flag.

I think John Key is expressing quite a bit of wishful thinking.


– NZ Herald