Union Jack perversely appropriatePosted: September 13, 2015
The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Auckland
06 September, 2015
The ‘Five Eyes’ spying network of USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand is in practice New Zealand’s biggest commitment of foreign policy. This commitment is a legacy of its colonial past as part of the British Empire. As such the current flag with the British union jack logo is perversely appropriate, but contrasts to many other realities of today.
What effect will the flag referendums have on the public’s consciousness of the government’s foreign policy priority of being part of the ‘club’? Would a new flag without the union jack promote the realization that Five Eyes is a dangerous remnant of the past? Or would it simply serve to submerge discussion (‘out of sight, out of mind’) of our predominant commitment to the Five Eyes network?
I expect the ‘spooks’ of the GCSB and the SIS are interested in this. Have they been pushing the flag agenda? It would be a gamble, but in our desperate times, gambles should be expected.