John Key says he needs ‘advice’ on Mondayising ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day. The fact is the move would be right and popular but his business mates are too cheap to pay an extra 4 days every 7 years. Key’s just playing for time.
Key says “For a start off, ANZAC Day is here to commemorate those who went and fought for freedom and democracy in New Zealand. Are we saying just any old day will count?”
Leaving aside the issue of whether getting blown up at Gallipoli and Passchendaele had anything to do with freedom and democracy in New Zealand, this argument is stupid. All our other public holidays are fixed to week days. Did Key celebrate Christmas on the 27th or New Year’s on the third because that’s when the public holiday was?
Key should be courageous enough to either support Mondayisation or tell us his real reasons for opposing it.