Flag of the day

May 31, 2015

The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.

There’s more than 1500 in the gallery already.

John Ansell thinks the issue is black and white:

To the rest of the world, our flag is not really a national flag at all. It’s a regional flag. And it’s utterly devoid of anything that says New Zealand. (At least the Australian variant features the Commonwealth star, the Fijian flag displays their coat of arms, and the stars of the Cook Islands and Tuvaluan ensigns represent those nations’ islands.)

All the New Zealand flag – one of six to fly the Southern Cross – says to anyone who cares (which wouldn’t be many, given its dullness) is “British colony, South Pacific.” Such mediocrity is hardly good enough for a proudly independent, high achieving nation. Time to get positive about our nation and adopt a national flag!

John Ansell's photo.

Channelling Henry Higgins

July 11, 2011

Act’s strength has always been its social liberalsim.

It’s difficult to see quite how anti-Maori rants  fit that philosophy nor why a social liberal would channel Henry Higgins:

“It’s a men’s party. I can’t get them to agree to that but it’s a party for men and women who think like men. “

Ah yes, why can’t a woman be more like a man?

Deborah ahs the answer – our feeble lady brains can’t cope with anything rational.

Did you see the one about . . .

April 17, 2010

Tuesday’s poem – a new (to me) blog which features a new poem once a week and links to other blogs who post a poem on Tuesdays (Hat Tip Beatties Book Blog – and also over there is erotic vegan poetry – not the average gift for a politician and 10 rules for writing fiction..

Licensed to kill – Macdoctor thinks the driving age is still too low.

Anzac Day an alternative to wreaths – The Veteran at No Minister asks if we should follow the Australian example of one official wreath and others leaving books to be donated to schools.

That went well/badly – Dim Post’s plot to prove TV news is useless went awry.

PPTA declares war on ministers – John Ansell shows on what teacher unions really want.

Ian Sharp on James K Baxter – Quote Unquote with another 10th annivesary reprint from Quote Unquote.

When freedom isn’t free – the difference between classical and modern liberals at Skeptical Doctor.

Did you see the one about . . .

April 5, 2010

Think tank + teach tank = sea change – John Ansell reckons it’s time for the right to use the power of emotion. While you’re there you might find how to say my hovercraft is full of eels in 76 languages entertaining, if not useful.

Foreign investment explained – the Visible Hand in economics fights feelings with facts. He also has an excelent example of price discrimination.

Organ Markets – Offsetting Behaviour on letting donors come before non-donors.

Inglorious grammar – Something Should Go Here laughs at grammar Nazis.

Academic writing in one lesson – Anti Dismal has a wonderful Calvin & Hobbes cartoon.

Cut funding better results – Cactus Kate finds under funding leads to success.

Nigel Cox on C.K. Stead followed by the prologue and the last post  – Quote Unquote has a tale of literary revenge.

Question time in the House of Lords. Seriously – Dim Post finds real Hanard transcripts imitating satire. He’s also had a horrible thought prompted by the end of daylight saving.

Fish for freedom – Phillip D at SOLO shows how a goldfish seller got stung.

Flag debate isn’t flagging

February 11, 2010

There are more important things to concentrate on than whether or not we change our flag but the debate over it is continuing.

Heartened by John Key’s admission he’d prefer a silver fern, John Ansell has launched a poll to find out which silver fern most people prefer.

Meanwhile, the latest bid on the TradeMe auction for the Prime Ministerial doodle of a flag is $18,888. The winner will also be invited to morning tea with the Prime Minister.

Yes, let’s fly this fern

December 20, 2009

John Ansell has made a welcome return to the blogosphere with a post: Lets’ fly this fern.

He makes the case for a changing the flag and offers six designs to choose from, all of which feature a simple fern at the centre.

My pick is F with the blue and green symbolising land and sea.

If you’re interested in the discussion on changing the flag you might like to check out nzflag.com, the website of a trust established to promote debate about New Zealand’s national identity and, in particular, about New Zealand’s flag.

Let’s not be frightened about debating the need for change nor fear the consequences. 

Does anyone remember what Canada’s flag used to look like or the debate about changing it?

It’s time we had a flag which is distinctively New Zealand’s.

Let’s fly this fern.

Hagar: PR threatens democracy

November 29, 2008

Pupblic Relations can do as much to hamper communication as to enhance it but this is a bit rich  coming from Nicky Hagar:

The manipulation of public opinion through sophisticated public relations techniques poses a threat to New Zealand democracy, Wellington investigative journalist Nicky Hager warns.

Mr Hager gave a keynote lecture, titled “Imagining a world where the PR people had won”, at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand conference at the University of Otago.

Public relations methods had long been used to influence public opinion, but in recent years there had been “a really huge and important change” which now posed “a threat to democracy”, he said in an interview.

I don’t necessarily disagree with his view, especially given the blow out in communications staff in the public service. But there is an antidote to the PR poison and that’s free and intelligent media which delves beyond press releases.

And isn’t there more than a little of the pot calling the kettle black in his proclamation when he wrote a whole book using selected emails to prove his foregone conclusion?

John Ansell showed how he operates here and Hager’s response is here.

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