The “underdog” of Red Peak has emerged at the eleventh hour in the race to become the nation’s next flag – and columnist Toby Manhire might be one of the men to thank.
Prime Minister John Key announced today the Government would pick up legislation to add Aaron Dustin’s Red Peak design as a fifth option in the referendum.
The remarkable u-turn comes after a wave of public support for the design, amounting to more than 50,000 signatures on a Change.org petition.
Columnist Toby Manhire was the first to write about Red Peak in the mainstream media, after seeing a heartfelt blog post about the flag from Rowan Simpson titled “Dear John”.
Manhire told the Herald today the decision to include Red Peak has rescued what was a “laughable” process.
But the design would still be an underdog despite the late public support and blogs backing it, he said.
Imagine someone saying something “heartfelt” on Facebook about euthanasia, and a journalist picks up the plight and starts driving an on-line petition for 50,000 votes.
Can we expect to have an urgent debate to change the law? If not, why not? Why didn’t this happen with Lecretia Seales for example? I’ll tell you why – Manhire didn’t care enough about that issue to whip it into a frenzy. Read more »