He lived in Singapore for a long time, as I have done. Key admits the city state made a big impression upon him. It made a big impression on me too.
Key wants to do to New Zealand what Lee Kuan Yew did to Singapore. Key’s problem is he has nowhere near the political acumen of Lew Kuan Yew.
Key wants NZ to be a bustling and busy multicultural venue for global trade. He is just too politically stunted and economically illiterate to achieve that objective.
Lee Kuan Yew was a firm Conservative who knew what to do in order to grow a thriving safe, united and prosperous community in Singapore. Key is a weak Progressive and he has no clue.
Lee Kuan Yew was a man of iron. John Key is a man of smoke and mirrors.
Underneath all of the superficial reasons for the change of flag, what Key wants so desperately is for NZ to be like Singapore. He wants the new flag to act as a marker. His heritage.
John Key wants to be the man who did for NZ what Lee Kuan Yew did for Singapore, and he wants to change the flag to mark NZ’s new direction as a successful global trading nation. He wants to change the flag to mark John Key’s transformational time in New Zealand politics.
Except Key never understood what made Singapore great. He never understood what made Lee Kuan Yew great. He’ll probably go to his grave never understanding.
His attempt to change NZ is doomed to failure for Key is too shallow politically to ever latch on to what really has to happen in NZ to make it a prosperous civil and united society like Singapore. In fact he has done so much that has driven that objective further away, and he’ll never understand the mistakes that have lead to this outcome.
That readers is why I want him gone. Key just does not get it, and he never will.