Winston Peters slams John Key’s flag referenda plan

John Key's preferred option for replacement NZ flag

John Key’s preferred option for replacement NZ flag

I’ve campaigned strongly on the flag issue, on this blog and on Twitter. Not only do I not want it changed, but I’m very annoyed at John Key’s plan to spend $28 million on promoting the idea.

Especially when the oleaginous bureaucrats who wrote the charter for this exercise in Key self promotion specified that “no presumption of change should be made”. The first referendum to choose the flag pattern to change to of course violates that charter.

Let’s face it, nobody wants this flag change other than a minority of diehards and John Key who sees it as his political legacy. If Key was straight up about it, he wouldn’t use the office of Prime Minister to his own ends this way.

The right thing for him to do is to wait until he leaves parliament, and then lobby for the change as a private person or group, using his own money not $28 million of taxpayer money, and raise enough signatures for a referendum on the flag by his own damn efforts.

The whole process as presently planned with the cronyist panel and two referenda is a cheap dishonest farce designed to soften up a reluctant public and increase the vote for change, and it will probably still fail anyway, and we’ll be left with the same flag with $28 million of taxpayers money down the drain. The NZ Herald reports

Winston Peters said his party was backing a “fight for the flag” campaign by the Returned Services Association (RSA).

“New Zealand First backs the RSA’s call for the first referendum to simply ask, ‘Do you want to change the flag?’ If the majority say ‘no’ then that should be it,” Mr Peters said.

“We challenge all other Members of Parliament to publicly declare if they will back the RSA’s call.

Well said Winston. And I hope you get individual Nats to support you, but I think you will be lucky. They all appear to me to be dead scared to break ranks on the issue, apparently fearing the wrath of the John Key/ Steven Joyce power group.

We now have NZ First, the RSA and the Labour party objecting to the two referenda plan. Where National’s flunkies ACT stand I don’t know. Key always sold the scheme on the basis it had cross party support but that doesn’t seem to be the case now. And with Winston holding a lot more power after winning Northland, the arrogant Key may have to rethink his grand scheme.

Related posts-

Flag change- John Key comes across as a cheap and nasty con man

Flag debate- No presumption of change a principle being clearly violated

RSA sees through John Key’s deceitful artifice on flag change referenda

NZ Flag change panel, find me a no vote

Flag change first reading – Greens, Maori and Nats yes, Labour and NZF no

Bill English talking nonsense on flag change referenda



6 thoughts on “Winston Peters slams John Key’s flag referenda plan

  1. Face it – the decision has already been taken: the flag has been change, so as the name of the country.

    I just got my new URUWHENUA AOTEAROA (new zealand passport in small print) because our own internal affairs department is embarrassed about their own country I guess

    and it’s black with a sliver fern – just as if John Key designed it himself


  2. The compliant media and opposition parties have been very quiet on this subject.

    Why is that.

    Maori also have been very quiet, especially after their constitution committee only came up with a recommendation that more “education” reeducation was required on the treaty.


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  4. As I suggested on KB. If enough people who oppose a flag change write that on the first referendum it will make a difference if informal votes are higher than any other option.


      • It looks like National will need either ACT and the dune party or the Maori Party. If ACT supports this is will show them up to be a lap dog for National. ACT is all for less wasteful expenture and lower taxes.

        If Winston suggests for people to write on their voting papers to keep the flag as well as the RSA it could upset things.

        I am sure he will put pressure on ACT to vote against the referendum in Parliament.


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