The Editor, The Press, Christchurch
There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South. The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South. Read the rest of this entry »
The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Wellington
Again we see reports of denial of health science at an American inspired church in Mt Roskill. Remember Brownlee’s recent conspiracy theory type accusations against the motivations of the government’s approach to Covid-19?
Denial is more main stream than it may seem, the most important one being the denial of the massive changes required to combat climate change.
The denial is worse in the USA with accusations of the so-called “deep state” (what does that even mean?), where historical racism is denied as well as climate change and Covid. Also, with the 9/11/01 anniversary upon us it is appropriate to note the science of high rise building collapse is still denied in the NIST ‘official’ explanation of how the World Trade Center Building #7 came down, as debunked in a recent study from The University of Alaska.
There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South. The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South. 100,000 plane tickets sold in Auckland in two hours after removal of the the need to distance on planes, trains, and busses is a startling change in movement of people which means a big change in the chance of the virus being carried around. Look at how the virus went global so widely and so fast: plane travel. So called criticisms of government ‘fear mongering’ are actually open attempts by those critics to display their ignorance of the virus. By now it is clear that the worlds of the humans and the viruses are different. The unknowns about the spread, deadliness, and the long term effects, as well as the unknowns about vaccines, are still too potentially devastating. As time goes by virus experts in the health field are learning more and their advice is paramount. Interesting that Dr Bloomfield and PM Ardern have for the first time expressed differences of opinion during this phase.
The Editor, The Dom Post, Wellington
Congratulations to Carole Naylor for taking public transport (from Papakowhai) and walking into town to shop, with appropriate consumer discipline. Read the rest of this entry »
The Editor, The Weekender, Wellington
About the virus we can only rely upon the advice (sometimes differing) of the health experts. Read the rest of this entry »
The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Auckland
There was a similarity between the demise of the Nats’ Hamish Walker and that of Labour’s David Clark. In both cases, they have been downed by a serious flaw in the approach to the virus by their respective party leaderships. Read the rest of this entry »
The Editor, The Herald, Auckland
It seems there is one similarity between the demise of the Nats’ Hamish Walker and that of Labour’s David Clark. In both cases, they have been downed by a serious flaw in the approach to the virus by their respective party leaderships. Read the rest of this entry »
Opposition (+) reveals impatience and shallowness, but government must take some responsibility for thatPosted: June 26, 2020
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
It should be no surprize there are teething problems with the virus border control processes. Read the rest of this entry »
Submission of Richard Keller
COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill Read the rest of this entry »
From the very beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Aotearoa/New Zealand the government had focused on getting all 5 million of us to commit to Level 4 lockdown. They did not tell us they were not going to do enough testing to be sure they knew the extent of community transmission. It worked through Level 4. But then the quick movement through the other Levels engendered some complacency and a lot of impatience amongst many of the 5 million.
Things were happening so quickly at the start that there was some inevitable looseness (“self isolation” is loose) but we managed to prevent devastating spread which other countries have had no chance with. But this was also because we are a small outlying island which had fewer borders for the virus to be brought in over. The lack of dedication to protocols evident in the current case of the two over from the UK and not tested is a sign of this impatience within a traditional feeling of moat-like isolation. This may not be surprizing but the government could have told us early on they would not be testing enough to have confidence in knowledge of community transmission. Likely there would be less impatience now.