John Key finally gets it on the flag, he’s going to lose

John Key has been told privately, and been told publicly but he still charged ahead with a legacy project that was doomed from the start.

He’s known the polling number for months but he ploughed on in, expending political capital on a forlorn hope.

Now he is admitting it is pretty much lost.

Prime Minister John Key, who has championed a change in the New Zealand flag, acknowledged he was probably on the losing side at present, with more Kiwis preferring to keep the old one.

But he also says the numbers could change once an alternative is chosen from the first referendum, which starts today.   

“By the time you get to the final referendum, that’s where it will hot up both sides,” he told reporters last night in Manila.

“You have to wait until you get to a one-on-one debate. That’s when people will engage. That’s when people will see campaigns run for and against and people will really start engaging at that point.”

On balance at the moment it was probably more likely that the old flag would be kept.

“But it is not so overwhelming that you couldn’t see that move around.”

John Key knows, from his polling guru, that the swing against the old flag would have to be massive to get over the hurdle of low turnout and inertia. He is simply framing up the loss now and will continue to do so in coming months.

A final note for this post…are the Herald stupid or is John Key?


Uhmmm…Audrey? John? …you do know that is the Australian flag…right?


– NZ Herald

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