John Key wanted to change the flag. It remains to be seen whether or not he will get his wish, but these are the things John Key wants to invest his considerable voter support in lobbying for…along with other important things like…pandas.
But with each of these vitally important issues for the nation to grapple with there are other priorities which makes these issues and personal projects of John Key big sticks with which to beat the government.
There will always be other priorities for funding other than changing the flag or cuddling pandas…and so expect a long line up of stories about an uncaring John Key cuddling pandas while he isn’t funding this treatment or that treatment or some other actually important issue.
It’s a lazy argument but one that gets traction.
Linda Ashley has decided against dipping into her retirement fund to pay for her cancer treatment – at a cost of more than $200,000, it’s not known to what extent it would prolong her life anyway.
But Government spending of more than $26 million on a flag referendum, and potentially $1.3m on a pair of giant pandas, has Ashley questioning why she should have to make that decision.
The retiree is battling ocular melanoma – a rare form of the disease, because of where it’s placed in her eye.
“The prognosis was the cancer would spread so at that time I was a little bit desperate anyway – I didn’t know anything about what was to come,” she said.
“That was a fairly rocky road through that whole process, and then in June, after a battle to get six-monthly ultrasound scans… the ultrasound showed lesions on the liver, so it did develop rapidly.” Read more »