The prevailing political mood of the “flag change panel” is as you would expect progressive. Julie Christie, Beatrice Faumina, Rod Drury, and a couple of the mandatory drop kicks from left wing academia. Maybe two Conservatives in Rhys Jones and Brian Lochore.
However seeing they all agreed to sit on the committee, then one must assume they’re all for the change, given the first task is to decide what the potential replacement design will be. So its a farce, and it always has been a farce since John Key announced there would be not one but two referenda with the first one to choose the replacement design.
The choosing of two referenda as well as being just a cheap artifice is also a gross misuse of taxpayer funds. Furthermore, it is a clear breach of the guidelines wherein it was specified quite clearly that the committee should not commit to any deed that would pre-suppose the change.
Bill English reiterates that today- “Each member has committed to undertake the flag consideration process carefully, respectfully and with no presumption in favour of change.”
I repeat the very obvious question this declaration raises. How is it possible to keep to this commitment when the first issue under discussion is what the replacement design will be?
This is such a disgustingly dishonest farce.
Leaving aside the cost, which is all up estimated at $25.7 million. $17.3 million of this is the two referenda. Half of this could be saved and probably half of the remainder too by holding a referendum right now on whether any change is necessary or desirable.
Not only would John Key be doing the right thing, he would be saving the taxpayer about $15 million or more in unnecessary expenditure. No second referendum and no further consultation being necessary.
However the truth is Key wants to spend the whole $25.7 million because really the purpose of the first part of the operation is a public brainwashing session designed to implant the idea of change in the public’s mind. To pave the way for the second referendum approving the change.
Just a cheap and nasty dishonest confidence trick on NZ voters. We’ve seen other instances of Key’s duplicity lately but they’re nothing compared to the deceit behind this operation. I’ve noticed Nat party members are too frightened to even speak out on this issue, such is the intimidating power of Key’s inner circle within the National Party.
All for what? John Key’s vain desire for some kind of political legacy? If it was up to me, he’d be paying for the whole damn farce out of his own pocket. If I couldn’t stop the whole damn slick tainted duplicitous process in its tracks that is.