John Key is man possessed. ¬†He seems to want a flag change for his trophy wall
Prime Minister John Key is pushing on with a referendum on changing the flag, and will write to political parties asking them to join a cross-party committee in the coming days.
Mr Key named the referendum as one of his third-term priorities following National’s election win and brought it up at his address to the RSA national conference today.
He wants the committee to meet sometime this year to discuss how a referendum would take place and consider the legislation which would support the binding vote.
It is likely it will be a two-step referendum, with the first step as a run-off between alternative designs by the end of 2015, and the most popular of these up against the current flag around April 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English will also likely lead the process.
“We’ve had this debate roaming around for the better part of the last 25 years and we need to put it to bed one way or the other and make a call on it,” Mr Key says.
Mr Key believes the argument for a new flag is strong, but people are likely to be against switching flags because people don’t like change.
Actually, I think we’re wondering if we’ve run out of important things to do. ¬† It seems such a change for change’s sake kind of thing for a Government to do. ¬†If it was part of a move to a republic for example, then I can understand it. ¬†But just to change the flag because… just to change it?