No one knows how to manipulate and beguile the little brother syndrome NZ has with Australia than Key’s flag change vanity project.
Key’s argument has been that our flag looks too much like the Australian flag. That’s simply not true!
Our flag was established in 1869, the Australian flag was established in 1901! Our flag doesn’t look like the Australian flag – the Australian flag looks like OURS!
We created it first, yet Key plays to the cultural chip on our shoulder that we are inferior to Australia by ignoring our ownership of the design. If anything the Australians should change their flag!
There may be some really good reasons to change our flag, playing to the faults in our national psyche seems to be the least honourable one.