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Virus ignorance has led to a major shakeup in NZ politics

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

17/07/2020

 

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 »


Clark and Walker done in by ignored political party shortcomings

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

09/07/2020

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 that

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

25/06/2020

It should be no surprize there are teething problems with the virus border control processes.  Read the rest of this entry »


“Military intelligence is an oxymoron”, especially in the virus world.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

22/06/2020

“Military intelligence” is an oxymoron.  Read the rest of this entry »


New coronavirus cases not surprising – government knows it

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.


Just got a little more dangerous in New Zealand

In looking past the move to Level 1 response to the novel coronavirus, I was expecting New Zealand to reach the next dangerous moment when incoming international travel resumed, probably from Australia first. Read the rest of this entry »


Coronavirus in the USA: state of Masschusetts – versus – the federal government in Washington

From a special investigative report entitled “The virus’s tale” in the Boston Globe (31/05/2020) on the spread of the novel coronavirus in Massachusetts, this paragraph on attempts to get supplies of safety gear from China toward the end of March:

By Evan Allen, Bob Hohler, and Neil Swidey
May 30, 2020

Coronavirus

Three times the state ordered massive shipments, only for federal agencies to divert them elsewhere. When (Governor) Baker finally managed to broker an arrangement with the owners of the Patriots (gridiron team) to deliver a major shipment from China, his staff instructed the National Guard and State Police to block any federal attempt to seize the shipment when the plane landed at Logan (airport).  And once the supplies were secure, the governor stood on the tarmac, choking back tears of exhaustion and relief.

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The pandemic effect of coronavirus and the overheated reality of air travel – any connection?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
28/05/2020

The novel coronavirus seems to have spread around the globe about as fast as it takes a fleet of airplanes to travel around the globe. Some of those planes carried the virus to NZ. Is there any other connection between air travel and the virus, perhaps in the economic drivers which may have led to the extravagant growth of both? Read the rest of this entry »


Government and NZ likely not prepared for Level 3

The government’s stretch of level 4 past the holiday weekend is a no-brainer.  Read the rest of this entry »


Viruses mutate; modern day mass hosts provide unprecendented opportunity

Not knowing much about viruses I’ve been doing a bit of reading recently.  Read the rest of this entry »