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At least it's a talking point

posted 18 Aug 2015, 01:16 by Sandra Kirby
The PM is pretty much on a one man $26million crusade for NZ to have a new flag.  There was quite a bit of apathy nationally about this flag debate.  Most common question being "on What else could we spend $26million?"  Answer - lots!!
But the flag continues to be pet project.  Flag designs were called for - we now have a "shortlist" of 40.  Don't know when 40 became a shortlist.  If I have to shortlist candidates for a job interview I think 5 is too many to be called short.
The debate has attracted much international interest - if you count mockery as a sign of interest.  John Oliver did a segment this week
The 40 designs omits the kiwi with laser eyes; the unicorn kiwi and hokey pokey ice cream.  These and some others had captured the essence of the debate - mockery. 
Someone described them as looking like nice tea towels - which really is damned by faint praise.