It may not be his top priority, but Prime Minister John Key has confirmed he’d like to see New Zealand adopt a silver fern flag.
Would it make a good second term issue, as he once suggested in Opposition?
With the media now stoking the debate, will we see our PM take a leaf out of Canadian PM Lester Pearson’s book by putting a leaf on his country’s flag?
Will John be prepared to face down audiences of angry old soldiers as Pearson did?
At least Key’s hecklers would be nodding nonagenarians rather than the fiery fortysomethings Pearson had to placate only 20 years after WWII.
(Mind you, Pearson was a Liberal, and didn’t have to defend his heretical leanings to a National Party conference.)
Good to have the top man onside as a fern fan. His design instincts are spot-on.