The Jones boy is acting mighty peculiar with his reform ideas and should surrender his knighthood

February 28, 2010

Alf observes that Bob Jones is named – alongside Peta Mathias, CK Stead and Rob Hamill – among prominent New Zealanders who have come out in support of Green MP Keith Locke’s bill for a referendum on the monarchy.

Bringing his name into the argument does us a favour. It reminds us of the sorts of people who may well finish up as our President if we lose our marbles and scrap the monarchy.

We are a country increasingly hungry for news about the antics of celebrities rather than about the deeds and ideas that affect us as citizens. If it was put to the vote, accordingly, Her Majesty would be displaced by somebody like Jones, Paul Henry or Paul Holmes’ headline-hogging step-daughter.

President Jones doesn’t have the same ring, for Alf, as Queen Elizabeth.
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Aussie flag polls unfurl some discomforting facts for foes of the Union Jack

February 8, 2010

An anti-Royalist tosser by name of Chris Ford, describing himself as a freelance writer and researcher based in Dunedin, should be hauled off to the Tower. But maybe he could plead he is mentally unfit to stand trial for lèse- majesté, sedition or some-such offence against the realm. That’s because he says on his blog he takes a left democratic socialist/social democratic perspective on the political issues of the day, and Alf reckons anybody who takes that position is intellectually enfeebled.

Today this Ford bugger is is championing the New Zealand Herald campaign for a new flag.

This was reinforced to me recently while crossing the Anzac Bridge in Sydney. Atop the bridge fly the two flags of the Anzac nations. Personally (along with most New Zealanders) I can distinguish our flag from the Australian ensign. However, to a foreign visitor who is not familiar with Australasia, it can be confusing to discern one flag from another.

Australia and New Zealand’s respective decisions to adopt the British Union Jack ensign design and the Southern Cross at dominionhood a century ago has created this confusion. Besides, the retention of the Union Jack in the top left hand corner of both flags has some visitors probably thinking that we are still distant colonies of the UK. Probably it has had to be pointed out to some visitors on occasion that we’re not.

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Fuss over flags

January 15, 2009

BustedBlonde bothered me, at her Roarprawn blog site, with a one-word comment on news that Prime Minister John Key is supporting the flying of a Maori flag.

“Good,” she said (without bothering to justify this dubious position).

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