Here’s no surprise: John Key will vote for a Kyle Lockwood flag


Prime Minister John Key says he will be voting for Kyle Lockwood’s black and blue version to be the alternative national flag.

The Silver Fern (Black, white and blue) was Mr Key’s personal preference over the similar red, blue and white version by Mr Lockwood, he told reporters today.

A Melbourne-based architectural designer, Mr Lockwood has two of his flags in the final five flags heading for a showdown with the incumbent ensign.

The postal ballot to rate the five options takes place between November 20 and December 11. …

Mr Key also said he would most likely be discussing it again with Prince Charles and Camilla in Auckland tonight.

He would not reveal the prince’s thoughts on the bid to get rid of the Union Jack, but said the royal family was quite comfortable with whatever decision New Zealanders made.

That still leaves the awkward problem of overcoming the 62% of New Zealanders opposed to change.

Of course, if you are opposed to change, you have a number of options.  Since the current stage of the referendum asks you to rank the flags without the current one in the list, you can

  • not vote
  • spoil your ballot
  • vote genuinely, even though you’ll vote “no change” in March
  • vote for the least favourite – the Koru – as a protest vote

Strategically, if 62% of the voters place the Koru first, then by the time it comes to deciding on changing the flag itself, not even those in favour for change will be able to stomach voting for the Koru.

I’ve suggested this before, especially in relation to some parts of the RSA that are advocating spoiling the ballots this round.   Some people have been quite upset by this suggestion, saying it is “undemocratic”.    I would like those people to explain why.   Protest and strategic voting are legitimate expressions in a democracy as far as I’m concerned.


– NZN via 3 News

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