The National party does everything usually because their focus groups and polls tell them what to do.
The only thing right now that they aren’t winning in their polls and their focus groups is John Key’s legacy project…changing the flag.
When John Key really wants something personally, he suddenly stops being a poll driven fruit cake and rams things through his way.
The Select Committee considering the process for the referendum on the flag has rejected calls for voters to be asked if they want to change the flag up front rather than waiting until a second referendum.
The committee has reported back on the bill with few amendments.
Many submitters had asked for the first of the two referendums, due to be held later this year, to ask whether voters wanted a new flag rather than wait until the second referendum when the new flag will go up against the most popular alternative.
However, the majority on the committee chose to stick with the current order, saying it agreed with the advice of officials that to change the order would bias it in favour of the current flag because voters would not know what the alternative was. Read more »