Wednesday, September 26, 2007

We wish

Today is Dominion Day, and the one hundredth anniversary of New Zealand becoming formally independent in domestic affairs. In honour of the day, Dean Knight has posted the proclamation we'd like to see:

Unfortunately, we may well have to wait another ten years to see it. But it will come.

OTOH, while that's the way it is most likely to happen, wouldn't it be better if we declared a republic ourselves, and cut out the monarch entirely? They'd still issue it - they did for Ireland, after all, despite it refusing to accept English rule or its monarch - but the whole point of a republic is that legitimacy and authority derive from the people - not from some old biddy on the other side of the world.

(Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981? If anyone can't tell that this is for the purposes of political agitation and parody, and not actually a pronouncement from the government, then they're probably a monarchist).