Jacinda Ardern commented on Facebook.
I would have thought this was a risky strategy from Trevor Mallard.
After all they run the risk of those formerly illiterate people wising up and voting National rather than Labour.
But it does raise an interesting situation where people normally disposed to changing the flag now running counter to that simply because it is John Key’s referendum.
It appears that labour’s new get John Key strategy is to oppose the referendum and deliver him another loss.
Winston Peters is onto a winning though bashing the flag change.
Peters began his submission by disputing the time given, saying “everybody should get far more time, five minutes on a serious issue like changing our flag that could last a long long time?”
He said the country hadn’t asked for a flag change and all of the public polls so far suggested there wasn’t an appetite for it.
“The reason we made our submission is because we’re not going to be frog-marched. People can go out and vote informally and that will become the majority on the day and there’s no reason therefore to go any further wasting public money on a second referendum.”
Voters had the right to use their referendum paper to write “I support our flag” instead of ticking a box, he said. Read more »