His attitude demonstrates that, in the corridors of power, the new cultural cringe is alive and well. He is a child of the Treaty of Waitangi generation taught from the cradle that everything British is bad and everything pre-British is good. Tribalism has flourished under his tenure as never before, as has the re-writing of history to favour tribal interests. The flag debacle is simply the latest attempt to write New Zealand’s democratic tradition out of the history books. Red peak is a symbol of tribalism.
This immaturity is not reflected in the nation at large. New Zealanders are a well travelled and well read people. They know full well that each and every one of them is of mixed heritage no matter what the colour of their skin and that there is no such thing as ‘race’. A better approach would be to honour the nation’s past. Instead Key is on a mission to expunge it and indulge in an exercise in divisiveness that speaks volumes about his growing hubris.
Once again it is Winston Peters who voices the thoughts of Kiwis as this report in the Herald shows.
The deal to save the Red Peak flag design will lose votes for all involved as Kiwis living outside the beltway of the political world do not care for it, says New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.
His warning came as the law was changed under urgency to add the design as a fifth alternative in the flag referendum, after an unlikely deal between the Green Party and National.
NZ First is strongly opposed to any flag change and its deputy leader, Ron Mark, this week compared Red Peak to markings on a Nazi sentry box.
What happened was a bunch of rowdies and the media lobbied and caused pressure and the government then changed, in a single sitting, under urgency, the flag legislation. That isn’t democracy, it is abrogation of democracy. It is an abuse of process. Other parliamentary business had to be suspended so urgency could be enacted to pass a law over a stupid flag all because 50,000 signed an online petition and 15 people on Twitter got mad.
That isn’t democracy, that is a disgrace. No referendum on it, no vote, just angry people on Twitter and the government puts the house into urgency? Democracy? Nah, mob rule.
John Key has delivered up a stick with which he can be beaten with endlessly. Change the law on drink driving…can’t…why not? You changed the flag law in 3 hours.
Parliament is being trifled with, the process is being literally buggered all so the Prime Minister can take a bit less heat over his silly, wrong-headed flag referendum.
He allowed the process to be hijacked and is now suffering, but actually our democracy is suffering for it.
If he was going to have a referendum then why not one on legalising cannabis, or legalising euthanasia…but he didn’t, he went with a silly flag change.
This balls up is on John Key. And he was wrong to concede to the rowdies.
Their bullying and cajoling just got legitimised and all under urgency.