The All Whites series of draws has gripped the country’s imagination in a way that even the All Blacks’ demolition raid in Ireland and Wales can’t match. A win (and conceivably a draw if I read the pool numbers right) in the game against Paraguay would put us through to the final 16 for the first time ever.
According the the Dompost (not online) John Key asked his staff if he could stay on after the Italy match to watch the boys take on Paraguay but his staff said no (a little odd, that whole story). Asked if a win against Paraguay should warrant a public holiday, Key replied “Damn fine idea. I want the country to enjoy this. They’ll be dancing all over the place”. Fair enough, too, since he wanted his own holiday extended.
Well, Trevor Mallard has taken up the cause. Tomorrow, he will ask Parliament’s permission for it to debate a Bill that will create a one-off public holiday on Friday if the All Whites win.
The Stuff poll shows 66% support for the idea. I know I’d like the day off to recover
It seems the Labour caucus is keen to back Mallard’s Bill:
Now, it’s just up to National.. and the All Whites.