To date over 40% of our population have now been infected with covid and circa 1500 currently cop it each new week. Some die, some suffer a nasty flu-like reaction, others are virtually unaffected. Mask-wearing is now almost unknown.
As with the rest of the civilised world we’ve learnt to live with it and get on with life, just as we’ve always done with numerous life-threatening risks, be it driving, swimming, physically demanding sport and so on.
In short we’re finally now treating it as so many, myself included on this site, argued 3 years back. Instead we copped the government’s grossly authoritarian actions up until 6 months back, with ludicrously oppressive lock-down rules to a degree that will forever remain a stain on our history. And in an election year, the Prime Minister delivering totally unnecessary daily 1pm television broadcasts from the pulpit of truth to a fear-ridden nation will go down as the greatest abuse of public office in this country’s history. The political value of such excessive television exposure was huge, as the last election revealed.
As I’ve often written, Labour governments have commendably shaped modern New Zealand for the better, notwithstanding some inevitable blunders and excesses. But I have absolutely no doubt the current one, with the perspective of time, will be recorded as the most incompetent and socially and economically destructive in our history.
They leave a legacy of massive needless debt, a badly damaged economy with thousands of small businesses destroyed, a history of slap-dash financial irresponsibility and ironically, of an unknown but reportedly sizeable number of preventable deaths with the ceasure of life-saving operations following the closure of surgical activity for a lengthy period in 2021. But perhaps their greatest crime is their disgraceful attempt to abolish the most basic underlying principle of democracy, namely one vote per adult and not the 2% of the population who can claim 50% or more of maori ethnicity receiving half of the management function of public institutions based on ethnicity. This they described as co-government which they endeavoured to justify on a totally bogus interpretation of the Treaty.
But back to the disgraceful lockdown. With that I have a simple question the media should put to Chris Hipkins. That is, “You were at the forefront backing the lock-downs. Given that several thousand New Zealanders are currently catching Covid each week and many dying, why was it right then but not now to lock us all down?”