After thoroughly politicising the flag debate, John Key said on Wednesday he would stay out of the debate during the voting process. He lasted less than 24 hours. Yesterday, John Key was back in the debate saying that if his flag was selected, it would be flying at the Olympic Games later this year in Rio.
<sigh> . . . yet another addition to the constantly growing great big list of John Key’s big fat lies. Which is kind of a shame really; he’s actually been doing quite well on the lying front lately. He’s paying much more attention to his semantic gynmastics – “as far as I know, based on the information available at that time, to the best of my recollection, the advice I have received, so I understand, it is my opinion” – with the result that the frequency of his blatant lies was dropping. That doesn’t mean he stopped, of course.
There was the one about how National Ltd™ had always supported gay and lesbian rights, and another about how the cuts to mental health funding in Christchurch is a myth, plus, who can forget, that other flag-doozy from a couple of weeks ago.
As part of his politicisation of the flag debate, John Key and a bunch of his fawning minions have been wearing his preferred option as lapel pins. When asked by Newstalk ZB’s Tim Fookes why he has never worn the New Zealand flag as a lapel pin , John Key said it was because there was none available. Which is kinda odd because such a lapel pin is available all over the place, including from the gift shop in Parliament buildings.