Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pundit on flags

Pundit's David Lewis has the perfect rebuttal to those "concerned" about flying the tino rangitiratanga flag alongside the colonial one on Waitangi Day:

When the English flag – the cross of St George - flies next to the Union Jack on Windsor Castle, does that shake the foundations of Westminster democracy? Likewise the Scottish flag of St Andrew ‘s cross flying over the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, or the Welsh dragon flying on official buildings in Wales?
And the answer is "of course not" - it merely recognises people's dual identities as English / Scottish / Welsh as well as part of the UK. This is no different. And to refuse it, to insist that people have no identity but being a "New Zealander", is a toxic, puerile nationalism.