… same as the old flag.
I’m a couple of hours early with this – the results aren’t out yet. But if the Nats’ pet pollster (who you can bet is well informed) has called it for the current flag (and disappeared like Key for the night), then I guess I can call it too.
Farrar’s reasons for the failure of the flag change project will not surprise you – it’s all Labour’s fault! Yes according to Farrar Labour are simultaneously weak and incompetent (his usual position), and also clever and influential enough to derail the project of a (supposedly) popular PM. Poor Mr Farrar obviously suffers from LDS.
I have an alternative hypothesis. We didn’t want to change. Before the politicking started, from the earliest polls to the last the story was consistent, at no stage did Key take the country with him. Key might have succeeded, but he derailed his own project with a partisan process and a woeful shortlist that led to a mediocre alternative design. And while there probably were some politically motivated voters in the end, Key only needs to take a look back at his behavior over the last 7 years to understand how that might have happened. He’s a divider, not a uniter.
No doubt we’ll all indulge in a bit of post-mortem. But as I wrote earlier today, in the end this has all been a distraction from the real issues: poverty and inequality in NZ, our environment and climate change, our wobbly economy and the dairy crisis, the future of health and education, fair employment conditions and equity, how to reduce child and domestic abuse, the need for ethical and competent government, planning for the future, and so on…