Sir John says it best – when he says nothing at all
Paul Henry Hope was far from hard hitting when his life long idol and BFF ( best friend forever ) – Sir John appeared on Refucking Paradise the other day.
Instead Paul pulled his bigoted, bullying head in – and assumed the manner of a very friendly bum licker.
He talked to Sir John like he was on a hot date.
Smooth soft tones…gentle love and romance …the sensitivity of a man lost in admiration so deep, that he might cum in his pants at any moment.
The sycophantic saliva dripped off’s Paul’s drooling brown tongue as he greeted this wondrous human being.
Oooh, God he is so fine.
Paul gushed that Sir John was the “Chinese whisperer” and asked his fabulous hot date whether this Government was being far too cautious in a Global Pandemic?
“At the end of the day, achtually – they’ve told us about what we can’t do – but not what we can do” said Sir John like a hawk eyeing a bald squirrel.
“So you are saying they are being too cautious John?” – prompted Paul.
Which was the closest Paul got to probing the bottom of that remark.
Paul was really begging for a yes to make his show the centre of attention.
But Sir John was not going to let Paul lick his arse on the first date.
No, no, no.
Sir John played hard to get on this point.
Saying the Government was being too cautious just so NewsHub would have a headline – would later involve Sir John having to explain his comment with a load of details and examples.
Sir John simply would not be able to justify things.
No this conversation had to be kept vague and general.
So he avoided saying the Government had been too cautious.
The same effect could be achieved by unaccountable innuendo and let’s face it – that was the role Paul played by not digging into what Sir John was implying.
Too much scrutiny would reveal to the public that the Government are announcing new initiatives almost every other day during Alert Levels.
That was not Sir Johns intention – and neither was it Paul’s.
All sorts of details would have to be put on the table.
Like how all those financial packages were announced without waiting for Budget 2020.
You know – the loss carry back scheme, wage subsidies, rent increase freeze, 80% risk share with banks – etc etc etc.
Like the launch of 35 new employment centres and online tools to help the unemployed find a job – which Jacinda was talking about just last night.
Like the fact we know the RMA is being fast tracked by David Parker because he told the Epidemic Response Committee that work is in rapid progress on this last week.
Like how Hunting was banned at level 4 but not at level 3 – you can hunt locally now, as well as swim, surf, drive to a beach in your region, fish off the shore, collect some fast food, buy freshly made coffee, slightly widen your bubble.
Like how Grant Robertson has told us that the previous budget responsibility rules are now waived – which means more than the initial $54 Billion is on it’s way to help us all.
Like how we know the government is meeting with heads of industry every day to figure out targeted relief.
Like how the public now knows real help is on it’s way to help businesses and landords with commercial leases – announced by Jacinda yesterday.
Like how 400,000 extra people can now go to work at level 3 – which means the New Zealand economy is operating at 75% of normal levels.
75% of can do – versus 25% of cannot do.
“Instead of waiting till the end of Level 3, I just think the Government should be waking up every day and thinking what more could we do.” – said Sir John.
Uninformed viewers looked at each other and said ..
“He’s right you know”
Which was really the point of the whole love fest between Paul and Sir John.
It was not Paul’s job to challenge Sir John on his “hard hitting” show.
It was about Refucking Paradise.
It’s Paul’s job to agree with everything Sir John says, to bow low before the God’s of money, to worship elite Bankers and to blindly cuddle, lick and fawn over every panty wetting word.
Oh Paul wriggled in his seat, his knees clenched tight together.
With an absence of facts, an absence of detail, an absence of challenging the opinions of past politicians – the public could be persuaded that Sir John ( The Chinese Whisperer ) was actually pointing at something very sleepy going on with Jacinda’s Government.
Paul never did ask Sir John to clarify whether Level 3 should just unravel on a daily basis and how that should relate to scientific advice about risking a return to Level 4.
No – where is the sexy fun in that?
Who needs science and pesky public health experts?
Not National – nor it’s fans.
Instead after a good bum licking – Paul concluded that fair points had been made by Sir John.
It was implied this Government really was asleep at the wheel – waiting around for level 3 to finish – doing nothing in between.
Viewers were left thinking there really should not be any restrictions at all – on what we can do during a global pandemic.
But informed citizens knew better.
They knew National are on the rocks, the Government has never had so much support, Public Health matters, Paul’s show is shit, and Sir John can’t actually get into the details of what he is talking about.
The smile on his face let’s us know he’s pretending
The touch of Paul’s hand says he’s still a good friend
When National should fall…
Sir John says it best – when he says nothing at all
I woke up this morning to hear a disturbing sound.
The jingle jangle of modern NZ media suggesting we blame Ashley for shit he could not do anything about – when Media had not raised the alarm themselves for years.
Can you recall Media like Stuff or NZME putting the issue of New Zealand’s EPIDEMIC CONTACT TRACING capability on page one at any time during the past decade?
“You’d better think” said Aretha
“You’d better think about the consequences of your actions”.
The Media are supposed to hold Governments to account – according to themselves ( snigger ) – but I’d bet four fried chickens and a coke – nobody can find any evidence of Media doing their fucking job on this point.
Instead they want to blame Ash.
The guy shouldering the effort to protect us all.
I hate Illinois Nazis.
But I hate a lazy media as well.
They have filthy mouths and bad attitudes.
Stuff wrote today how we should not be afraid to ask questions about Ashely’s performance when Stuff were themselves “back in five minutes” all through January and February.
How about not being afraid to ask Media about their own performance?
It’s only THIS week that Media have gotten around to raising issues that have been sitting in the corner for years.
Begging to be highlighted by a media that actually gets out from behind it’s 24 hour news cycle keyboard.
Yesterday Grant Robertson raised the point to the bespectacled ferret Goldsmith – that he would struggle to recall fighting for more contact tracing capability back in 2016.
Yes National, what did you do about it?
Infometrics told us National cut $1.7 Billion from the Health Budget between 2010 and July 2015.
“How often does the media train run by here?”
“So often you won’t even notice it”
That’s the other problem.
If it’s not a scandal it’s not a headline.
Professor Skegg told Simon Bridges he’d written a book about how successive governments have ignored Public Health concerns – trading them off – like economists do.
Fix the cigarette lighter.
Nobody in the media has gotten around to highlighting the issues in Professor Skegg’s book – even now.
Instead Simon Bridges has quarantined long term Public Health issues and focused solely upon the time it has taken to respond urgently to a situation National is partially responsible for.
Yesterday Bridges ( the most isolated figure in NZ politics ) told media his bogus petition garnered 50,000 so he is not worried about how 24,000 furious kiwis think he is a cock.
A petition pleading for policy already in action.
Bridge’s is hardly on a mission from God.
You can’t lie to the Penguin.
Yet again nobody in the Media said to Bridges :
“You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this?”
Instead the folks at Newshub, Stuff and NZME did the usual job of leaving it up the public to decide – apart from Clare Trevett who had the good sense to write :
Comedians know they are in trouble when they find themselves explaining their punch lines.
Media should remember the situation Ash has been dropped into and how we’ve all been lucky to have such a great dude doing whatever it takes to get us through this.
There are 106 miles to Elimination, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.
Now is not the time for a lazy media to lash out at the driver.
Instead they should take a good look at themselves.
Media in Self Isolation for years
Jobs versus Lives
Even while the South Korean CDC reported two days ago that 51 patients recovered from the coronavirus, tested negative, then positive again within a relatively short time – money was all some people cared about in New Zealand.
Was this a case of 51 false negatives – or did this virus REACTIVATE?
If so – what does that mean for all the money men stirring the pot around about now – how some small businesses will fail soon unless we hurry back and start coughing on each other?
Reactivation – will mean this thing goes on longer – and don’t forget there is still potentially 14% of cases in new Zealand that are still under investigation – which could be counted as community transmission.
Unless all of this is very well understood in 9 days time – odds are we’ll be staying in lockdown for a further 14 days.
And that will cause some shit to go down with the money men who do not buy this medical expert opinion stuff anymore.
Howling, moaning, weeping and wailing about money will start to be amplified by Newshub, Newscrap ZB, the NZ Herald, TVNZ and of course Sean Plunkett – as National gather it all up and accuse the Government of destroying our economy unnecessarily.
They wouldn’t do that?
National have just pulled off a blatantly political stunt in broad daylight with their bogus petition AFTER knowing full well – mandatory quarantine was already planned by the Government.
These people have brass necks.
Now the National Party are focusing upon the 20th April – when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will show her hand and most likely announce Lockdown will continue for a short while longer for solid reasons to do with unknowns, uncertainty and be not risking fucking things up.
“An absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”
That’s the line – and PM Ardern will hold that line and defend it against greedy political fuckwits who are already practising their howls.
We will require another two weeks to complete all the necessary testing to seal this sucker off and run it down into the ground, and know for sure about matters like “Reactivation” and “Community Transmission”.
On the 21st March, Sam Stubbs wrote :
“..Facts don’t often get in the way of a good panic..”
Which is a two edge sword about panicking to get back to work OR panicking to go hard and early to prevent deaths.
Economic facts are tied up with medical facts in the days we now live in.
Medical facts suggest once you are dead you will not recover.
Economic facts suggest we recover from recessions and even depressions, but at the cost of great suffering.
Sam was saying the worst case economic scenario may not necessarily happen and we should be careful not to “talk down” the economy – two days before NZ went into Level 2.
Today – Sam is saying :
“Perhaps a decision to move into Level 2 or 3, sooner rather than later, may be what’s necessary to keep both Covid-19 under control and the economy alive.”
Which all boiled down to Sam worrying about public opinion and the fact Winter is coming.
Where have I heard all this before?
The truth is – you know nothing Jon Snow – and neither does Sam.
Which is why for the sake of another two weeks of Lockdown – most intelligent Kiwis will support a decision by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to finish what we started based on scientific evidence and the best medical advice.
Looking around at the record death rate in New York yesterday, the downplaying of Covid-19 by Trump in the early days – and the plight of Sweden now after talking about protecting their economy…and ignoring medical facts…
I know who I trust.
And it’s not the greedy Lannisters.
Jobs versus Lives
Sticky the stick Insect lashes out
Simon Bridges was in a world of bother today as some of the press finally got around to noticing – that he was driving up and down the North Island – when he could have stayed at home and used Zoom to do his job.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a room full of journalists that it was not up to her to tell the Leader of the Opposition how to run his operations – but it was obvious Simon was being a total pillock and risking front line services having to rescue him if he had an accident.
“Eye wool do what eva eye want to cos eye is impotent” – said Mr Bridges earlier today as he flipped the proverbial bird at the nation once again.
“Important – not impotent” – remarked a kid who could read.
“Dat’s wot eye said” – reckoned Simon.
Suddenly what looked like a knobbly dry stick – bent forward in it’s dry knobbly seat and asked in a dry knobbly tone …
“Will you be asking David Clark to resign …”
Everyone in the room groaned and said For Fucks Sake – under their breath.
Sticky the stick insect – otherwise known as Tova O’Biased – had been chewing her bark off, obsessing day and night about David Clark for at least 5 straight days now.
“What a fucking lecherous mole, wasting the time of the PM in a pandemic like that”, murmured decent citizens all up and down the nation.
The PM explained how David Clark was a very competent minister and how she would be doing no such bullshit thing just so Sticky could write her dumb partisan story and drag shit on for almost a week.
But sticky the stick insect would not pipe down.
On and on she bitched and moaned about apologies being needed by hospital workers, and the PM cut her off like a chainsaw cutting through … a stick.
Would Newshub run the story about Simon Bridges for five straight days – like they had about David Clark?
Of course not.
All Nat based media had turned a blind eye when David Bennett urged kiwis to panic buy – and now Simon Bridges had once again proven he was a dinosaur using a laptop and preferred to waste Limo fuel ….there would be no 5 day campaign in the media to nail his sausage roll to the wall.
The dire bias of New Zealand’s mainstream media was required to prop up a hopeless shambles of a National Party who were a dog’s breakfast right now.
Sticky the stick insect stalked off to lampoon David Clark for the sixth day in a row …while the rest of the nation sighed a collective sigh and moved on – knowing they could never expect an even playing field from these media assholes.
And they wonder why – they are going broke.
Sticky the stick Insect lashes out
MBovis – they opened the gates
OECD record breaking homelessness
Cold damp classrooms for kids
Big parties at $10,000 a pop for an invite
Tiny surpluses at the expense of ACC
Deficits for six years in a row
Super expensive motorways we can’t afford
Shit pay for teachers and nurses
Shit running down hospital walls
Being at the centre of global tax evasion scandals
Dirty politics on the 9th floor
Booting innocent housing tenants onto the street
Refusing to seek scientific advice about meth contamination
Making backhanders with crony mates
Deleting 450 texts
Bashing down doors at 3am – stroke force raptor – rah!!!
Not taxing multinationals
Drilling around nearly extinct dolphins
Cold pensioners in Winter
Rising electricity costs
Foreign donations split up to look legal
Miserable minimum wage increases
Removing workers rights
More beggars on the street
Cold damp flats
Drilling for fossil fuels forever
Not attending Waitangi Day
Cracking down on protests with violence
Scandals, leaks and gossip
Widening wealth inequality
Poisoning rivers, lakes and streams
Plastic shit everywhere
Forgetting what they did when caught
Getting drunk in the changing rooms
Paying for US TV coverage
Sending other people’s kids to war
Saying Pike River mine is too unsafe
Doing way less on Climate Change
Pulling pony tails
Making light of that – when the victim complains
Dishing out Knighthoods to themselves
Tax cuts for the rich at election time
GST rises for the poor after promising not to
Being 70,000 houses behind their supply targets
Unaffordable houses – fuck the first home buyer
Racist school curriculums
Underinvesting in the regions
Killing off rail
Appointing old mates to run the GCSB
Cutting foreign aid to our neighbours
Ripping up conservation land
Forgetting about fuel pipe lines to the airport
Promising 10 bridges in Northland
Vile hateful texts while having affairs
Going to ground when the heat is on
Fake news and how it can be exploited to win
Attack ads that are dishonest
Refusing to even measure poverty
Lying about 11.7 Billion dollar holes
Borrowing $70 Billion
Refusing to invest in the super fund
Turning a blind eye to tax avoidance
Covering up bullying reports
House price inflation
Weak capital reserves in banks
Selling our water as fast as possible
Selling our land as fast as possible
Installing foreign spies
A bent and crooked opinion based press
No public broadcasting
A meaner, more disgusting New Zealand
What do National voters vote for?
The fact 75% of National MPs have investment property and vow to repeal any CGT is not self interest according to the NZ Herald.
The self interest of the NZ Herald
Who pays the NZ Herald? Advertisers and subscribers.
While its free online reach has grown, the circulation of the country’s biggest paper, NZME’s New Zealand Herald, has been tracking steadily downwards for years, falling in 2016 from 134,000 papers a day to 127,000.
It now offers subscriptions for $1 a day and “premium content” ( lol ) will retreat behind a paywall soon in order to rescue the bleeding business model.
The demographics of the NZ Herald’s shrinking audience is well known to both the marketing and sales departments within NZME and it is careful to point out that it does not necessary agree with everything it publishes.
The demographics of the audience are also well known to the NZ Herald’s advertisers.
But let’s face it – it’s always been a conservative audience made up of get ahead empty nesters and self congratulatory recent retirees.
This is why the NZ Herald political page was covered with anti-CGT headlines yesterday.
The content feeds the prevailing opinions and prejudices of the known audience.
That’s how you keep them.
Plus the content is frequently also aligned with the prevailing views of major advertisers as well ( but not always ) especially when the vast majority of business decision makers vote National.
Neutrality is trumped by the bias of commercial imperatives.
Mike Hosking and Barry Soper ripped their spleens about how if every recommendation in the TWG report was not adopted by cabinet then it’s just not fair and a sign of bungling weakness by a naive government.
This was clearly preposterous.
No working group ever expects every one of it’s recommendations to be adopted and it is standard operating procedure in New Zealand law making that only some portion of the range of options are adopted by ANY government.
For example Judith Collins decided NOT to adopt the recommendation from the Electoral Commission to lower the MMP threshold from 5% to 4% whilst adopting other recommendations made by the commission.
This is normal and you don’t find Mike Hosking and Barry Soper ringing the bells about these matters unless it’s an issue that matters to the prevailing demographics of the audience or to advertisers.
The infection of self interest is not in dispute.
Constituencies matter including dwindling revenue streams for newspapers.
Bryce Edward’s “roundup” role is to reinforce conservative views because repetition with reach is the formula for shifting public opinion.
Top of Bryce Edwards reinforcement article today was the views of Hosking and Soper – along with Guy Espiner who had also fretted about watering down the proposed CGT to one that only focuses upon property investments.
This is all standard propaganda, feeding an audience with the prevailing perspectives it wants to hear.
Jacinda cannot walk the talk is the sound bite.
Ironically the NZ Herald Editorial today is all about how self interest plays no part at all in the decisions made by MPs when falling into their respective party political camps.
The fact 75% of National MPs have investment property and vow to repeal any CGT is not self interest according to the NZ Herald.
Their reasoning is that a poll suggested a majority of New Zealanders were opposed to a CGT in a polling period well before 20 February 2019 and because only 20% of the population own 80% of the assets that would be taxed – this clearly shows the public is not self interested but principled instead.
The weakness in this argument is that the Newshub/Reid Research poll they refer to was conducted before the release of the TWG final report to the public on 21 February 2019 and it’s not until 21 April 2019 ( approx ) that cabinet will decide what recommendations to adopt or scrap.
54% were opposed but 14% of the respondents were unsure in that poll – so there’s a fair margin for swing here.
As the public forms a view about any specific proposal – those numbers are going to move around. Some of the NO votes might became YES etc.
It’s not until AFTER cabinet release it’s policy that the NZ Herald could reasonably argue who was in support of a policy involving a CGT.
The poll they should refer to is yet to come.
But self interest might tempt them to suggest such matters are already determined and fixed in stone to their shrinking revenue base right now.
The prevailing pattern in our media starts with a huge build up of speculation and waffle which rises to a crescendo before a cabinet decision making process takes place.
Media reports what other media have already reported and a helicopter of possibilities takes off and flies around while Judith and Simon and Amy get in front of cameras and Mike Hosking knows all the answers from his pulpit.
Then something entirely unexpected happens – and cabinet makes a sensible decision that gets one day of coverage before everyone rushes off to speculate on the next topic.
Right now the CGT Speculative Helicopter is buzzing over rooftops and swooping into households, offices and retirement villages.
However it will land eventually and when it does we’ll all have some facts to consider.
In the meantime self interest rules for the press who make hay out of frenzied ongoing speculation and for the National Party who are determined to repeal any CGT no matter what it is – no matter how unfair or fair.
That self interest is etched in folding paper, timber and mortar despite the rest of the world all evolving to a far more principled position in the 21st century.
The self interest of the NZ Herald
G News – the good news
After a week of factless ranting about our non existent catastrophic relationship breakdown with China, the MSM suddenly dropped the topic and fucked off onto a new topic for the next weekly news cycle.
The good news is that after a week of gnawing angst from our MSM over baseless hype about New Zealand’s relationship with China – this pile of bunk was tossed into the rubbish bin and we moved on from that shit.
Not so good was that it was immediately replaced by feverish speculation about what parts of the recommendations from the Tax Working Group might stick and become legislation.
As if speculative spin will do any good two months before anything is decided.
Utter morons suddenly became tax experts like Duncan Garner, Mark Richardson, Mike Hosking, Audrey Young, Simon Bridges, Gerry Brownlee and Paula Bennett.
Like a flock of fuckwits they all rushed to pen their opinions that the sky was falling, two months before the Coalition decided anything.
Rubbish I know, yes, it’s boring but still some of us ignored it completely.
Somewhere in Point Chev someone celebrated a birthday and staggered home, entirely oblivious to all of this shit – while the MSM fuckwits bleated frantically about the end of the world.
Notably every single fuckwit claimed the middle classes would be most effected while none of them referred to any hard statistical data to support that bogus claim.
The vast majority of the extra tax would come from the wealthiest 20 per cent of Kiwis, who own more than 80 per cent of the assets that would be newly taxed.
The reason National have to lie about how a CGT will mostly impact the middle classes is because they don’t have the numbers amongst the top 20%.
So they have to misinform New Zealand hard out.
Even Michael Cullen said he reckoned this tax shit would end up being reduced down to just the property related tax and the business tax etc would be dismissed by Cabinet.
In which case Winston will be hailed a hero again.
In other news – Paula Bennett said she was worried about Taxi Drivers in Taranaki in 30 years time, after a bogus report paid for by BIG OIL was passed around the MSM as if it were the gospel truth.
Nobody believed Bennet gave a rats arse about Taxi Drivers and most people never even read the Big Oil report she was bullshitting on about.
Yet they still held opinions about it and that dreadful woman wanked on about how worried she was – after helping to decimate the Taxi Industry herself.
Thankfully the report was 100% bebunked because : it was crafted to leave out 30,000 new jobs that would be created by alternative energy industries, the report also ignored the 100,000 square kilometres of sea bed that is still be explored under existing permits and….and the report was based on another report that said – this is an attempt to quantify the almost unquantifiable.
Jacinda kicked Simon’s ass again about the Housing Waiting lists after she revealed National had removed Category C and D people off the list in 2010 to make it artificially look better.
The far more open and transparent Coalition put those categories back onto the list and it sprang back up to 2010 levels. ( over 10,000 )
Thousands of angry Nat Troll barked and foamed at the mouth over this with no fucking clue what had really happened.
I watched their ignorance and said nothing.
No headlines clarified the matter and most people did not even know about the issue.
Speaking of not knowing, a gathering of men at a “Men’s Night” in Sandringham grumbled about how Labour promised no new taxes , but not one of these men ( so smug, so knowing ) knew how they had been lied to about what was really promised and none of them could accept they were uninformed or too lazy to check what they heard.
Well maybe one of them could.
The MSM had shortened “No new taxes beyond those we have already committed to in our first term” down to “No new taxes”, but the men at the men’s night were all blissfully ignorant about this and comfortable in their misplaced outrage over this lying government.
This same microcosm of ignorance is repeated across large segments of New Zealand society.
Sometimes it is best to say nothing unless you know your facts.
Facts like none of us are Gerry Brownlee.
New Zealand beat Bangladesh in the cricket but nobody could say what that meant after India gave NZ a towelling in the first three ODIs.
You’ll have to wait till the World Cup to find out.
PM Ardern told the Aussie PM that Aussie deporting people who hardly lived here to NZ is corrosive to our relationship with them.
You can tell an Aussie , but you can’t tell em much!
Remember the underarm?
I’ve got to go make a coffee for the wife and make the bed.
G News – the good news
The Emperor’s New Clothes
New Zealand’s exports of all goods and services to China were worth $16.6 billion for the year ended September 2018.
A year before then this was only $14.0 Billion.
Check that out – in one year of working with Winston Peters, Jacinda Ardern, David Parker and others – New Zealand exports to China have grown by a massive $2.6 Billion.
That is a phenomenal amount of growth in our exports under the Coalition Government.
That extra $2.6 Billion in export growth to China has ALSO occurred during the Pacific Reset – which was announced in early March 2018.
Which can only mean it does not fucking matter what speeches about “asymmetrical power in the South Pacific” are made by Winston.
None of that impacted our rapid growth in exports to China.
Instead they grew by $7,123,000 per day.
Wow that’s a great deal of growth but while it’s growing away like the clappers our media are writing headlines with these words in them :
“We have a big problem with China.”
The media are running around like chooks about a delegation who cancelled a visit to an event, a few rumours about tourists cancelling trips, speculation there might be an issue for exports, and a plane trip that was turned around due to an administrative error.
Yes apparently while we are experiencing record export growth with China and not one dollar of trade has been refused nor one kilo of milk powder stopped at any port – we have this huge problem all of a sudden.
So far the big problem involves media thinking we should have had a meeting by now.
Unless you have a meeting at the same times that John Key had his AND IN THE SAME LOCATION – well – there you are!!!
John Key said he took what the Chinese media had to say with a grain of salt after he endorsed the decision at the Hague to declare China’s rock hopping claims in the South China Sea to be illegal.
Yep – and at the time the media did not hop up and down claiming we had a big problem.
John went to China and our media relaxed.
Especially Barry Soper and other subject matter experts like Corin Dann ( LMAO ).
Funnily our exports to China dropped massively from $13.296 Billion in 2014 to only $11.125 Billion in 2015.
I’d say that was indicative of a relationship problem – despite meeting with the President in Beijing.
Hilariously this terrible drop was precisely at the same time when the same NZ media started to report we had a “rock star economy”!!!
Instead of wailing in unison that we had a problem with China while exports tumbled, the media and National supporters were triumphant.
Not so today.
Worried heads shake in fear.
The list of grave concerns is repeated at a surface level and passed along for instant comprehension and consumption.
Much is made of how Winston begged for US foreign aid in the South Pacific and pissed off China.
Yet none of the commentators can see that this is wholly appropriate at a time of American protectionism.
No not one of them, including professors at Victoria University.
There’s Trump pulling the plug on aid and funds for the likes of the UN and rattling sabres about better trade deals and the USA not paying so much – so of course New Zealand needs to make it’s case for a continuation of US aid and even more support from the USA in our region.
On top of this there’s been six coalition ministers visit China within the last year.
Yes six. Or was it five? Doesn’t matter.
That’s fairly active and busy.
David Parker met with his Chinese equivalent in November and had a right old chat about trade and that upgrade to our FTA.
November 2018 was not long ago really.
Last week China’s ambassador, Wu Xi, invited Winston to dinner where he and she talked about inside information.
Information that none of the media nor members of the New Zealand China Council are privy to. ( David Mahon, Fran O’Sullivan etc. )
But oh we have a BIG PROBLEM – apparently according to them.
As you know Air New Zealand admitted they made administrative errors but half the population are still out of the loop about that red herring.
Notably only after headlines claimed it was political and about our relationship with China.
PM Ardern has met both the President and the Premier of China since becoming PM but those meetings were not in Beijing.
Our media think it’s time the location of the meeting was stressed rather than actually having a meeting.
This is like the media in Fiji being pissed off until their PM has a meeting with ours in Wellington.
OMG I know!!!
Never mind the fact our PM visited their PM in Fiji or they met at trade talks.
Not enough hoopla.
That’s how our media are behaving towards China.
It’s a bit of reckless disregard for our exporters really – stirring up a hornet’s nest from perfectly booming trade.
The other fact is National would have done the same over 5G and Huawei.
The TICSA legislation that governs the GCSB in this area was after-all – passed by National.
Yes – so they can bugger off about their fake positioning about this.
If anything this week’s hype about our “big problems” with China is a study in who is politicised in our media.
I wonder who is paying some of these media hacks behind the scenes to dress up the narrative that our relationship with China is clad in problems?
Whoever that is – is keen to dethrone the New Zealand government and take control.
Desperate enough to harm our economy in the process!!
Now who fits that description?
Someone wearing blue.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
G ( I’m not back, just had to say something this once )
The centre right play catch up
After a year of having nothing sensible nor comprehensive to say about what it would do differently – the centre right now expects it will have something to say later this year.
In August 2018 John Key said, “”If you look at what has driven a lot of New Zealand’s demand in the time I was Prime Minister from ‘08 to ’16, it was a significant increase in migration, a very strong housing market, a lot of confidence running around in the business community, what was very low interest rates, and over time globally a capacity for governments to spend a lot of money.”
Key went onto to say that most of the things that drove demand were now reducing.
Truth be told the Chinese GDP growth rate was reducing all through Key’s term – but whilst it was slowing down – it was still growing and still is.
The consequences of record migration pouring on top of a tax free inflating housing market are now obvious to two thirds of the population while we sit and wait for the Tax Working Group’s recommendations about rebalancing a “revenue neutral” tax system.
The centre left ( and others ) saw the consequences of growing homelessness years ago while Key stood there and said there was no housing crisis repeatedly.
New Zealand burst into first place in the OECD – when it came to homelessness – and housing affordability hit near historic lows.
Rome burned while Fran O’Sullivan fiddled how great Key was and what an amazing rolodex he had built up as he attended Davos for the first time.
Simon Bridges was asked what he would do differently from the Coalition at the same time Key made these comments – and after a long rambling mangled journey through the woods and across the sea – his reply boiled down to spending more on education, health and infrastructure ..and he threw in science and innovation as after thoughts.
In other words National had no specific idea nor direction at all and hid behind the excuse that it would be imprudent to reveal their hand too soon.
While National issued statements criticising working groups and costs – it also concluded that Labour must have been lazy in opposition.
Cheerleaders in the press nodded despite the fact MMP meant that manifesto policy work had to be negotiated, modified and transformed after the 2017 election – and that much of the detailed implementation could not be done properly in opposition because no opposition has access to the necessary resources.
Don’t even mention Royal Commissions of Inquiry and how none have ever happened based on the whims of an opposition party.
The public were fed a line by the centre right that it should ignore all of those realities as if they simply did not exist.
The centre right decided to peddle the notion that promises were broken after just a few months into a three year term.
This dishonesty was cynical and showed that the politicking from the centre right was well and truly now in a post truth era.
They were treating New Zealand as if it was stupid.
But there is evidence some of it is.
Budget 2018 was clothed in helpful clues that transformation takes years and not everything can be done in one budget – yet nearly every commentator wailed how that budget was not transformational enough.
A severe lack of patience and understanding about a longer term view emerged. The transformation would not be televised in one week according to it’s news cycle.
To the contrary Television got it’s nickers in a twist about two cancelled interviews when Jacinda went off and delivered a speech about the unified coalition high level 12 point plan.
The centre right moaned about trivia like who was in the audience while Jacinda delivered the high level plan saying – hold my beer :
Build a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy
• Grow & share New Zealand’s prosperity
• Deliver responsible governance with a broader measure of success
• Support thriving & sustainable regions
• Transition to a clean, green and carbon-neutral New Zealand
Improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families
• Ensure everyone is earning, learning, caring or volunteering
• Support healthier, safer, & more connected communities
• Ensure everyone has a warm, dry home
• Make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child
Providing new leadership by Government
• Deliver transparent, transformative and compassionate Government
• Build closer partnerships with Māori
• Value who we are as a country
• Create an international reputation we can be proud of
“This plan represents our shared vision and priorities; Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens. It establishes the foundation for the Government’s work and includes issues of particular importance to each of the parties which are supported by all of them, Ardern said.
Few in the media could get their heads around what a high level plan actually is versus a detailed implementation plan…but all of the 900 detailed work items in the coalition work programme would slot under the appropriate high level bullet point.
TVNZ gave the plan a begrudging one minute of head shaking coverage on a Sunday evening.
Simon Bridges rubbished it the next morning but had no plan himself.
Centre right commentators instead concerned themselves with wedge issues that did not exist – over things like refugee numbers and – the vastly important matter of Karel Sroubek.
That was the Centre Right and it’s vision.
National were awarded 8/10 by Tracy Watkins for this.
Now New Zealand only has to wait until mid 2019 until National start to talk about RMA reform and how it will speed up building houses or roads.
The idea is not new – it’s been around for years – and streamlining it involves balancing the conflicting forces between the environment and investors.
Small government means no regulations standing in the way of the bulldozers or oil drills and most of the centre right cherish this notion – that freedom is the freedom to plunder.
While PM Ardern attends Davos and makes her influential contributions about climate change, mental health and the wellbeing budget ( one that shows people matter not just money ) …the Centre Right will roll over in bed and sleep in again.
This is not the hardest working opposition – it’s a lost gravy train searching for legitimacy whilst still following the blind vision of yesterday’s mistakes.
The centre right play catch up
G versus Liam Hehaw
It’s clear Jami-Lee Ross inflicted some damage on National. Quite how much is unclear.
Soyman’s on 7% and National are sliding around 37%.
Nevertheless, I doubt anybody within the party’s caucus would deny its armour has been dented by the fiasco.
They would read whatever script was given to them.
But assuming nothing else emerges, National seems ready to take the lessons on board and move on.
They were moving on as fast as they could – refusing to answer all questions.
For the most part, the media seems to have become aware of the dangerous territory its coverage was veering into.
The fact Soyman was conspiring with Pullya to hoodwink the media and …then there was the truth…you know …dangerous stuff …what was that disloyalty stuff all about? I suppose democracy is the loser if we never find out the facts.
The fact Parliament is in recess provides additional breathing space for Simon Bridges while the whole affair, he must hope, will continue to fade.
Oh it won’t – we have very long memories and so does Jami-Lee. It’s just a breather.
Parliamentary recesses are also, of course, an opportunity for Government ministers to seize the initiative and set the agenda with positive news.
Like 95 regional projects underway? Like those 68 new Kiwi build houses down in New Plymouth announced today? Then there is $30 Million being spent on State Highway 3 announced today as well. Yesterday we heard the government would spent $20 Million on a new health centre in Westport. We also heard about a 10 year plan to restore quality in early learning yesterday. Yes – such news is always happening – but frequently its a bit buried by scandal.
Announcements can be made in a question time-free environment. It’s kind of like a free hit in twenty20 cricket.
We’ve seen announcements most days by PM Ardern – whether parliament was happening or not – which is more than that past government did.
During the last National Government, for example, there was an expectation something significant would be announced at least every other day during a recess period. At least. It was something ministerial advisors built up to.
This is where you tell a big porky…go ahead…
Interestingly, it’s not something the Ardern ministry has been able to replicate.
Ha ha ha – the Ardern Ministry exceeded it – easily.
Probably the biggest news last week was Andrew Little confirming the Government would press on with its plans to re-enter the Pike River mine, which was sealed following that terrible explosion in 2010. All things being equal, it looks like re-entry will begin in February.
Before you go on – let’s look at the announcements made last week. 12 November announcements – 1. The Inquiry into the process that led to the appointment of a Deputy Commissioner of Police has found that the process was sound. 2. Royal Commission of Inquiry into State Abuse scope was expanded to include Churches. 13 November Announcements : 1. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters officially opened New Zealand’s first resident embassy in Ireland at a ceremony in Dublin. 2. Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff announced a partnership that will fund $91 million of roading and wastewater infrastructure to support the building of 9000 homes at Wainui, north of Auckland. 3. NZ calls on Japan to stop Southern Whaling programme. 4. Former Governor-General and High Court Judge Dame Silvia Cartwright will lead the public inquiry into EQC. 5. The Government is pioneering a new approach to allow whānau and communities to flourish with an investment of $15 million towards whānau-led community housing developments. 6. The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding from the Māori Housing Network, totalling $5.8 million. 14th November announcements 1. The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered. 15th November announcements 1. NZ Women’s Rugby will host the World Cup in 2021. 2. A $40 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will enable KiwiRail to build a new regional freight hub near Palmerston North. 3. A $400,000 investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will be used to fund the first stage of an Advanced Aviation Hub at Whanganui Airport. 4. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced a Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) package for Manawatū-Whanganui of about $48 million. 5. An upgraded free trade agreement with Singapore will make it easier for New Zealanders to visit and do business in South East Asia. 16th November announcements 1. New Zealand and Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs announced today a joint commitment to partner with Pacific Island countries to enhance our collective cyber resilience. 2. New Zealand, Chile and Canada today reaffirmed a commitment to work together to advance trade that benefits all their citizens. – – I missed out a few but you get the picture. Now some of these are significant and others less so – but they are all news and all happening at a frantic speed during recess.
This confirmation will be gratifying for many of the families of the deceased miners, of course. And it reaffirms a longstanding commitment to re-entry on the part of the Labour Party.
Plus NZ first and the Greens. It was the right thing to do old bean.
New details were also announced in relation to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the historic abuse of children. Its remit has been expanded to include religious institutions and the commission has been re-named accordingly. The timeframe for the inquiry, which looks to be the most expensive in our history, has also been extended to reflect that wider mandate.
What were the costs of all that abuse? How much potential did it stifle in New Zealand – and how expensive is healing and justice…if we wish to ALWAYS mention costs?
Nevertheless, the point at which announcing developments in reviews, reports and consultations could be touted as political achievements for this Government is well and truly in the rear-vision mirror.
No it’s actually a new development that cannot be found in a rear mirror. It’s now. It’s about getting things right along the way – same with anything planned really…like say 100,000 New houses in ten years…it’s okay to announce new housing developments as they happen.
Looking through the Government’s announcements, it looks like it has joined in on an international declaration on biodiversity, agreed upon a shared commitment with Australia for enhanced cyber-security in the Pacific and determined farmers are making more and better use of the National Animal Identification and Tracing Scheme. All very good and worthy things, of course. None of them, however, is the type of thing that penetrates the public consciousness or puts the opposition off-balance.
Well National did no such thing with every single announcement – if that is what you are claiming? Instead – each announcement is just informing us of the unfolding plan.
On the first anniversary of the Ardern ministry’s foundation, I did a radio interview on its achievements to date. One of the things I had to credit it with was its achievement of internal stability. Plenty of people had predicted that a Labour – NZ First – Greens Government was bound to fall apart. But while there have been a few wobbles from time to time, the arrangements are looking pretty rock-solid.
Despite constant headlines about potential wedges every single day – it was all utter nonsense and spin.
For all their stability, of course, rocks do not tend to be agile. If the coalition has managed to overcome its internal contradictions by resolving to concentrate on reviews and international meetings then it will present a rather slow-moving target for the Opposition.
Obviously the Opposition cannot even keep up with the number of announcements let alone understand how agile the coalition is. Here you are criticising it for updating the scope of an inquiry and saying that is not an announcement – when it is the very agility you cannot see. Blinkers off young HeHaw.
National enjoys few natural advantages over this government in an MMP environment.
They have yet to read the manual.
One tailwind it does enjoy, however, is that if you don’t count ACT, which few people seem to do these days, it is really the singular voice of opposition.
On 37% and shrinking.
That gives it a lot of freedom in crafting an alternative agenda while the Government is weighted down by the need for three-way agreement on anything significant.
It has not slowed the Coalition down at all. They made over 1070 decisions in year one – in smooth consensus. There is no evidence of the nonsense you are talking about.
On its own, policy rarely wins elections – and rightly so.
National don’t even have that.
If you’re going to square off against a popular leader and the head of a first-term Government, however, then the right alternative vision is essential.
They are listening for the next year they say.
National needs to set out an agenda that is simple, responsibly populist and, ideally, something Government parties can’t plausibly seek to replicate.
It’s called a BRIGHTER FUTURE lololol.
Seeing a Government limited in its ability to do much more than it is already doing, the temptation for National might be to try to steal a march on it now. That may be a mistake.
Oh they are sinking – sinking – sinking – why stop now.
The next election is still almost two years away and, its alternative vision being one of the few things it can control, National shouldn’t rush how it crafts it.
Ha ha ha yes – keep doing nothing.
The unco-ordinated nature of the governing troika isn’t going to change anytime soon.
Such cohesion and unity – what a marvellous team.
In the meantime, there is one other thing that National does control: internal discipline.
Does this involve spankings or is this about diets?
The recent troubles appear to have been non-fatal. MPs would be wise to ensure the party is not put to the test again.
You mean no more lying to manipulate the press? Or no more hanky panky when you are married? No more bullying? No more harassment? No more arse covering? No more deleted texts? No more refusing to answer questions? Or no more driving the limo to pointless meetings? Whatever you mean – I doubt it will make a spot of difference. This lot needs a total clean out. Too rotten down to the core – and we’ve got a world leading woman at the wheel instead.
G versus HeHaw
The highly trained MSM who do not do their job
Yesterday Chris Bishop said “shoulda done it sooner” on NewsHub Nation to Tova O’Brien – and he claimed New Zealand should have finished its vaccination in April or May 2021 so we could have avoided this Level 4 Lockdown .
This sounded like strong words and viewers must have wondered if our government was really that far behind?
Where was our mainstream media to tell us the truth?
A tumbleweed rolled across the empty mainstream media street as nothing happened in any New Zealand newspapers.
By 30 May 2021, only 5.5% of the world was fully vaccinated. Plus on 30 May 2021 – the USA was 40% fully vaccinated, the UK 37%, 17% in Germany, 21.4% in Denmark, 3% in Japan, in fact the whole European Union was only 18.1% fully vaccinated.
Today the world is about 30% fully vaccinated, the USA 53.6%, the EU 60%, the UK 65% ( total population ) etc…
New Zealand mainstream media, with all of their fully trained journalists had one job to do, in this post truth era.That one job was to hold up what Chris Bishop said on nationwide Television and shine the light of truth upon it, so New Zealanders would not be misled by fake news.
But what happened?
A dude called G at G News in a remote corner of Facebook sat down at a desk and looked up the statistics on our world in data and published an article to a small audience which clearly demonstrated that National List MP Chris Bishop had made comments that were utterly ridiculous and unrealistic.
The facts were facts and there it was.
At the same time all the highly trained journalists who went to media school, studied hard, graduated and gota job made collective cricket sounds, and some shook their heads in deep concern – about how social media was a real problem with it’s untrained citizen journalists.
They muttered how this was the post truth era and we really needed main stream media to hold it all to account.
The left say the MSM is biased against them, the right say Jacinda bought the media – and somewhere in the middle is the perfect, wonderful media – Tova and her kind – who have a vital role based on their training.
This bed time story is one that the MSM tells itself in times of doubt and when it has the begging bowl out for cash. The point has to be made – that the MSN have let every New Zealander down when it does not actually do it’s job and it should not be so easy for some dude called G at G News to provide an example like the one he just did about Chris Bishop and the MSM blanket closed eye response.
It tells us something is wrong with all the highly trained journalists. It’s a bit like in Dead Poets Society – when the establishment no longer gets it – and the fire of poetry is lost and disconnected from the reality of life. Carpe diem and gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
Come on MSM journalists – do your job, stand on your chairs and call out Chris Bishop while you still can.
Here at G News we all know that on 20 March 2021 Chris Bishop called for a quarantine free bubble with Delta ravaged Fiji and we also know that through early April 2021 – Chris Bishop was petitioning to open up New Zealand sooner to Australia – but yesterday – not many of the audience watching Chris Bishop would have thought so.
Tova did not at any time call Chris Bishop to account in her questions nor remarks. Here at G News David Evans Bailey let rip with his strong opinion about Tova and it was not long before his opinion gathered strong support from readers who had also seen enough of the huge gaps that exist in our MSM.
In the background, G News had to deal with angry messages from journalists who said G was inciting hatred against Tova. Some parted ways with G News as G asked them to be more specific, but they said had bigger fish to fry, rather than explain how any hatred had been incited.
Instead – this was more about the MSM protecting its own incompetence.
Defending the way it has let us all down.
Meanwhile on Sunday morning we will soon here from Winston about how it’s been too slow and Angry Jack will likely concur, but look, we still only have 27 Covid deaths – after all of this. Professor Skegg told us this was the last of the Summer wine – these are the good old days – enjoy them while you still can, because when we open up next year, the unvaccinated are really going to suffer and so will some of us – because of them.
Our ICU beds will be full next year with unvaccinated people – some who never had a trusted influencer near to help them shift their thinking.
In my life, one of those people is my eldest son, a young technical genius, who helps me form my boomer opinion. Then I in turn, help influence my wife, who in turn influences her Dad…or at least they have strong discussions and we all find out more about it…like what is in the vaccine etc…
These relationships are vital and they helped us to all go and get vaccinated and I can tell you …we all are now.
But some people are teens living with anti vaxx parents…who have nobody close and they need some help.
Opening up is not going to be fun, but right now we are being herded by the greedy to hurry along and speed it up. This side of our society is the opposition, cracking the whip for money, talking about 70% and the need to do away with level 4 at a time when we need to stay the course and do the distance.
The MSM amplify these voices and Tova calls the podium – Jacinda’s precious podium of power – and Tova politicises health messages that are vital for all of us.
The way I see it we will proceed with scientific caution next year, step by step and negotiate all the risks in a way that is informed by our excellent positioning – a few months behind the bleeding edge.
A place where we have access to real world data and more informed decision making. The alert level system will be adapted so it includes your vaccination status and we will most likely only have three alert levels – something like that. A huge amount of thinking is already happening about this, and I have confidence that most people will see who has kept them safe so far through this pandemic – AND – produced sterling economic results.
It’s not Chris Bishop yelling “shoulda done it sooner” and it’s not the highly trained MSM, who look the other way – as the opposition make ridiculous statements.
Its world famous PM Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson, Chris Hipkins, Ashley Bloomfield and his team of crack health experts and the scientists advising them.
Its huge teams of front line contact tracers, testers, doctors, nurses,MIQ workers, lab workers and all these unsung heroes who have gotten us to where we are.
The MSM cannot praise these people because they have to “hold the government to account”, so instead they bring you the bad news every day, doubt, worry and endless complaints.
Which is why I was amused at reading how some readers want to make a “G News – the good news” tee shirt now ha ha ha ha.
Would anyone actually buy one?
It’s not about the money, it’s about the facts and crap we have to fight against everyday, just to stay sane in world full of negative MSM voices.
The systematic undermining of trust in the media comes from within the media itself. It’s time to stop blaming people in social media who point this out and focus the lens back where it should be at those who run the newsrooms.
Morena The highly trained MSM who do not do their job
This morning the angry toilet brush (Hosking), brushed aside the fact that Siouxsue Wiles – broke no rules – as he prepared to interview his favoured political party leader Judith Collins about the public backlash she now faced for her fat shaming nonsense.
It was all just a left wing pile on according to Mike : “When you break the rules, it depends who you are, when it comes to whether there will be any accountability required”, said the angry toilet brush.
This was a very interesting framing given Siousxie Wiles had not broken any rules whatsoever, and this was said when – the angry toilet brush was just about to discuss the blowback from this issue on Collins with the botox vampire herself.
David Clarke ultimately lost his ministerial portfolio for breaking Covid rules. He was held accountable in the end – so clearly the angry toilet brush was not talking about any government politicians who may have broken covid rules neither?
Perhaps the angry toilet brush was still thinking Siouxsie Wiles had actually broken some rules – despite the Director General of Health categorically ruling that out?
Taking all of this into account, it would have been better if the angry toilet brush had declared :”When you clearly do not break any rules – it depends who you are, when it comes to whether you will be falsely accused and smeared.
” But sadly as we all know – the angry toilet brush was not that accurate.
The conversation between Collins and the angry toilet brush quickly got down to dismissing the notion that the words “big fat hypocrite” were fat shaming anyone, just like how “people want to bottle her” had nothing to do with breaking bottles or cutting people.
Judith said she had struggled with her weight all her life so it was clear she was not fat shaming anyone – and look Siouxsie Wiles had no shoes on so she was clearly breaking the rules and was not exercising and was a big fat hypocrite.
Millions of people rolled their eyes – because they all knew Siouxsie had ridden a bike, wearing a mask, to the beach and taken her shoes off on the sand.
“They just don’t like you – and they’ve got it in for you?”, suggested the angry toilet brush.
“If that was you Mike being caught doing that – of course they would use it.
Different rules for different people.
And people who like the government are treated differently.” – said Collins.
Wow, this was some ultra right wing make believe going on as the two of them fantasised that Siouxsie had broken rules that she had not.
At most – it would only be fair to suggest that Siouxsie should have been careful not to be seen with a rule breaking friend out in public – but as Siouxsie said – she is not her mate’s mother.
The right wing were furious in their lunatic judgements and one wonders what Mrs Wong-Tung’s husband had to say, cos they talk all the time?
Talk about lynching an innocent scientist on the tree of utter false accusations.
“Will Cameron Slater come back to bite you?”- asked the angry toilet brush from the scripted questions.
“I’ve known Cam’s parents for decades so of course I am going to ask how he is getting on from time to time”, waffled the botox vampire as butter refused to melt and flowers danced at the sheer shining gullibility of anyone who bought the spin.
At the end of the interview, the not too clever herd of nat voters felt sure that Siouxsie Wiles had done them wrong, and poor Judith was the victim – trying nobly to hold these unfair lefties to account.
Poor Judith – it was all just an unjustified left wing pile on.
One rule for them, another for others.Why can’t these lefties just deal with the facts?
Like Mike and Cam and Judith can.
I ate an irony sandwich and wiped the sarcasm from my lips.
When you – don’t break the rules – you are a big fat hypocrite according to Jude
Yesterday Chris Bishop repeated a line that Judith Collins has also been repeating all week, and that is – that Delta first arrived in MIQ in April 2021, and that the government has had months and been unprepared and lacked planning for Delta.
Bishop went on to cite a slow rollout of saliva testing, how rapid antigen tests were effectively banned, how infection control audits have only just caught up and how contact tracing had not scaled up fast enough.
At first glance the average kiwi might think – fair cop bro, April 2021 seems a long time ago, but a deeper look reveals why the average kiwi should not trust Chris Bishop.
Was Chris Bishop talking about Delta in April 2021?
Instead Chris Bishop was striding up and down running a petition to open up a Trans-Tasman Bubble with Australia sooner, pushing hard over the low risk and saying the time for excuses was over.
According to Chris Bishop the government had had ages to sort this out ( including issues like kiwis getting stranded and coming back with Delta ) and all through March 2021, Bishop pontificated about opening up not only to Australia but also to Fiji.
Worse, when Chris Bishop called for a bubble immediately with Fiji on 20 March 2021 – Delta had already arrived the day beforehand in Fiji.
Why had Chris Bishop done no planning about Delta?
Delta had been raging in India since October 2020, and during April cases exploded – leading world famous PM Jacinda Ardern to temporarily suspend entry to New Zealand from India between 11 April and 28 April.
To be fair to Chris Bishop – it was not until 11 May 2021 that the World Health Organisation classified Delta as a variant of concern and it was also still the case that science was still studying the variant through May, June and July and data about it was pretty slim until towards mid July 2021 when major studies were published.
Meanwhile Delta took off in Vietnam and in late June it arrived in Taiwan as well.
It was not until 12 June 2021 that Chris Bishop changed his tune about opening up sooner – when he spoke with Tova O’Brien on 12 June 2021 about how dangerous Delta was.
In this interview Tova sympathised with Chris Bishop about how National cannot catch a break – with Nick Smith hiding from the press, the Jake Bezant scandal , Paul Goldsmith and his colonisation comments and of course Judith Collins being all over the show race baiting and ducking questions.
Chris Bishop said Judith was doing a great job as leader – like a man of integrity lol.
A week or so later New Zealand had a big scare when a Sydney traveller tested positive for Delta after being in Wellington from the 19th June until 22 June 2021.
New Zealand responded swiftly and contact traced and tested around 2000 people – and we dodged a bullet.
Dr Ashley Bloomfield had been vigilant about Delta and the emerging evidence that the Pfizer Vaccine responded to it – as evidenced by these comments to the press on 30 June 2021 : “The second comment I would make is that there is good emerging evidence that the Pfizer vaccine provides a high level of protection against the Delta variant, which is encouraging.
And the third comment is, and this carries on from the comment I’ve just made, that if you look in the United Kingdom, where they have got quite high rates of vaccination, full vaccination,and still quite high rates of infection—so the equivalent in New Zealand of over a thousand cases a day—virtually all the people being admitted to hospital or dying from COVID are unvaccinated.
And virtually all the infections there now are the Delta variant.
So this shows the effectiveness of vaccination in protecting individuals and of helping prevent that wider population morbidity and mortality and impact on our health system.
As you can see evidence about Delta had only started to accumulate in the middle of 2021 – not back in April 2021 as the National party have repeatedly insinuated this week.
On 5 July 2021, the PM told the press that a full presentation of our reconnect plan would happen in about four weeks time – and she also subsequently referred to how Professor Skegg had been asked to update his initial draft to reflect the latest data on Delta and what we know.
It’s notable as well that at this time much was being done to set up more rapid testing. All frontline border workers who were required to be regularly tested for COVID-19 would soon be able to choose regular saliva testing as a full replacement for nasopharyngeal testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on 14 July 2021.
Shortly after this Fran O’Sullivan took to the NZ Herald demanding that Jacinda just tell us the plan, and while Chris Bishop was protesting with Groundswell Howlers on 16 July 2021 about speaking Te Reo and how Cindy was a communist, the government were eyeing events across the Tasman and ended up closing the border on 23 July 2021.
On 4th August 2021 Chris Bishop went off his chops accusing Capital Coast DHB of not finishing it’s vaccine rollout until well into 2022 – but turned out Chris was being misleading – cos the CEO said the DHB was on track to finish by December 2021 or sooner.
You will have to ask Chris Bishop why he did not have the integrity to cross the floor and support the proposed legislation to ban gay conversion therapy?
This week Chris Bishop came out fighting about the need for rapid antigen tests – but had to walk that back into a very small setting where it had to be used with PCR testing – cos rapid antigen tests were simply not accurate enough.
Egg on a very long face.
Finally – and the crowing glory, Chris Bishop accused Minister Hipkins of wrongly briefing Stuff about how Novavax was the new booster – but turns out Chris was talking nonsense and it was Luke Malpass who had written that Novavax was “firming up as the new booster”.
So many examples of Chris Bishop – saying one thing – contradicting himself, openly saying things that are false, having to walk back what he said, …and still he is a media darling.
Laura Walters ( SpinOff ) wrote Chris Bishop has constructively criticised the government, and Tova asked if he had any leadership plans.
In my book, Chris Bishop has ruthlessly avoided the facts about the science around Delta, when the science was first clear about Delta, and he’s deliberately muddied the timeline – by suggesting Delta arrived in April – and is wrong to suggest the government was unprepared because Delta is not mentioned in a couple of test plans.
An Immunologist shot down Bishop’s views on the importance of rapid antigen testing on TVNZ.
Chris Bishop was clearly out of his depth when he questioned Professor Skegg and Professor Nikki Turner about boosters and criteria for opening up to the world in a recent Health Select Committee Meeting.
I know that there’s a sentiment that we should not “Bash the Bish” but I think it’s fair to highlight the inconsistencies, the deception, the wrong calls and the agenda behind it all.
Apart from all of that – I’m sure he’s a very nice guy, playing with his phone during parliament.
It’s all about democracy and scrutiny they say.
Why New Zealanders can’t trust Chris Bishop
“Shoulda done it sooner” vs Getting it right
On 20 March 2021 Chris Bishop remarked that there was sadly a lack of urgency to get a quarantine free bubble open with Fiji and how it “shoulda been done sooner”.
Remarkably, the day before Chris Bishop made these remarks and the National Party called for a bubble NOW with Fiji, – Fiji suffered its first case of Delta in Lautoka.
The National Party ignored the news of this case overnight, and as it rushed to publish its criticism of the government it skipped past what was really going on.
There simply was not time to check the facts in the mad rush to make political statements – as National drowned in sinking polls and demanded we open up sooner.
Today 505 people in Fiji have died from Covid, 47,256 cases have been reported – and a few days ago 16,267 cases were currently still active.
This terrible outcome did not sit on Chris Bishop’s planning horizon when he gave Chris Hipkins hell for not going faster and opening up that bubble with Fiji.
Heather Duplicity Allan did not cover National’s position on Fiji on NewsCrap ZB, nor did Kerre McSnider – and not a word passed through the lips of the Angry Toilet Brush about the real consequences of going too fast, opening up willy nilly, measuring time to open up – not safety, and following the demands of economic voices while howling about Dr Bloomfield’s more evidence based progress.
It was all part of the “failure to deliver” mantra that underlined National Party political strategy and this strategy prevailed in our media as right wing broadcasters bent over backwards to uphold every word Chris Bishop said.
Whatever it was – shoulda done it sooner.
The consequences of this go fast and mess it all up strategy are hard to pin point – but it’s likely that instead of only 27 Covid deaths in New Zealand – we would have had hundreds more by now.
If we’d opened up to China and the rest of the world and let in 10,000 International students back in mid 2020 like National demanded – would we still have a shot at level one right now?
Even when the Government acted very swiftly – Chris Bishop blamed the Government in hindsight for any bumps and imperfections.
When the Government acted quickly to close the borders New Zealand’s legal framework was not ready to handle shutting down the nation into Lockdown – but three weeks before hand – Chris Bishop never said a word about how – NOW was the time to pass legislation urgently.
Shoulda done it sooner – did not apply to himself.
Instead Chris Bishop waited to lash out in hindsight – that we shoulda done it sooner.
The same – lack of planning from Bishop was noted over retrospective urgent law changes to justify charging Australians for staying in MIQ.
It was always the same.
Sit around pulling a long face for months and then in hindsight call out – that we shoulda done it sooner.
Recently the USA have gotten way ahead of its own FDA approvals for booster shots and rather than giving two hoots about due process, Chris Bishop has raced off with a “shoulda done it sooner” criticism of New Zealand – suggesting that we must place an order now, before it’s too late and we are not “front of the queue”.
In contrast New Zealand scientists are studying the data that is accumulating and making the best decisions based on the evidence.
While Chris Bishop flaps about the need to rush and speed past safety issues, the likes of Professor Nikki Turner is studying when we really need booster shots.
At the exact same time, Professor Baker is saying – being a couple of months behind the “bleeding edge”, helps us make the best calls, and as we all know, right now, there’s a deal going down to supply New Zealand with even more vaccines to keep up our record surge rates.
Getting it right – has defined much about New Zealand’s Covid response. Instead of madly rushing around following every new solution, and demanding we open up faster, and stressing the need for a hard vaccination target – New Zealand has proceeded with sound scientific rigour and so far our results speak for themselves.
The best economic response based on the best health response.
On top of this, we have been open to criticism, willing to learn lessons and adapt, and continuously refine and improve while Chris Bishop says “Shoulda done it sooner” on the end of every news broadcast.
Getting it right is more important and soon enough will do.
New Zealanders still have an excellent shot at getting back down to level one, if we all stick to the rules and enough get tested.
While National Party MPs fly around the country, demanding we shoulda done it sooner and avoiding Zoom, the rest of us are getting on with sticking to the rules.
Rules that are adapted to Delta and looking like they just might get us out of this situation, once again.
Getting it right takes a bit of time.
But it’s really worth it.
“Shoulda done it sooner” vs Getting it right
Tova O’Brien accused the world famous PM of New Zealand last night of breaching the trust of New Zealanders because she did not say anything about a live police operation in her 1PM update to the nation :
“It was the government who have breached the public’s trust here, and the magnitude of that cannot be understated. Not only did it neglect to tell New Zealanders that there was a case of covid in the community overnight it also failed to mention that that same case of delta was also in the community yesterday as well.” – said Tova in her video report on NewsThug 6pm last night.
Tova focused on the PM in her written report, adding her opinion to the facts :
“Just not utterly unacceptable enough to urgently alert the public, because while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took the stage at her regular 1pm show, she failed to mention the case. “I do understand that some preliminary information was provided to the Prime Minister,” Hipkins said. He wouldn’t be drawn on why Ardern didn’t bring it up.
“Overnight NewsThug and NewsCrap ZB both went crazy about this – as if they had found a new toy to mangle and by 7.05AM the next morning, Mike Hosking confronted Grant Robertson about why the PM had breached the trust of New Zealanders – using the exact terminology spoken by Tova O’Brien.
As it turned out – there was absolutely no breach of public trust here whatsoever – and it would have been irresponsible for the Prime Minister of New Zealand ( no matter who that PM was ) to comment publicly on a live police operation.
Given that both Tova O’Brien and Mike Hosking have both been around for a very long time now …both of these media people would have been 100% aware of this fact, that no PM should ever comment on a live police operation because it could compromise events as they occur.
Furthermore the police had only found out an hour or so before the 1PM presser and the PM had only scant details and we about to make an arrest – at the time the PM stepped up to the podium and handled the press – including questions from Tova herself.
The arrest was not until just before 2.30PM – so all through the 1PM press conference – the police operation was still in progress.
So why did Tova deliberately “try this on” and attack PM Jacinda Ardern?
Was it to create headlines and controversy by “muck-raking” that callously damaged the peace of mind of all New Zealanders?
Was this about Tova disregarding the mental health issues that so many people struggle with during Level 4 lockdowns?
It should not be understated that none of these matters – bothered Tova one bit – nor the news team at NewsThug Discovery Inc. T
his was much more about smear and spectacle rather than responsible reporting and because Tova has previously gotten away with this sort of irresponsible reporting – there was likely an expectation that there will be no consequences – so keep on doing it – under the banner of mixing reporting, with analysis and opinion.
The blur was a free pass to say anything to wind up the population and cause much unnecessary angst.
This morning it looks like this whole incident is very low risk, but the government is acting with an abundance of caution and chasing down every leg of it, leaving no stone unturned.
So why does Tova persist with this form of fictional drama and attention seeking?
Some say it’s about her ego and trying to win a Voyager Award for breaking a “ball busting” story, while others say she is as thick as two planks and is a slow learner.
I think she knows exactly what she is doing and her unfounded and baseless innuendo is highly calculated and sniffed out, polished and targeted in a kind of way – that it most frequently edges into a personal “vendetta war” level – where Tova loses the plot and makes things up for dramatic effect.
This happened recently in a press conference about Hate Speech proposals when Tova spluttered the PM had insisted that the threshold for criminality was violence – when the transcript of what the PM had previously said ( on The AM Show ) – proved that the PM talked about a range of factors – like inciting hatred and abuse as well as violence.
Tova was plain wrong.
Last night I wrote an article which was really more of a meditation sending peace to my fellow citizens – and in it – I referred to how “older ears had heard the errors before” ( or was it eyes that saw the errors? )
What I meant was – that I had seen Tova be wrong – in her fury to be correct in her personal battle with this PM and I reflected upon how Tova was wrong again on this occasion as well.
I realise many of you don’t give a fig what Tova nor Hosking say, however – my gig is to comment upon this sort of practice and shine a light upon it.
Tova has fast lost credibility and is now the reporter who cried wolf.
Who can forget her creating a media fiction about what an expression on Ashley’s face meant – as if she was a mind reader.
“The look on his face said it all” – is a tired fake news trope now being used by Tova’s sidekick Jenna Lynch at NewsThug as well.
This sort of excuse for journalism gives the rest an even worse name and ironically it is Tova – who has once again breached the public’s trust here – not the government.
No PM should be commenting on live police operations – especially with only scant information.
Just like Tova’s accusations.
Why does Tova make irresponsible accusations against the PM?
New Zealand media have a love affair with Chris Bishflap.
He’s pictured with his fluffy dog and his old boy cricket cap, as one of the lads, a good bloke, one of us, scraggy, up for a beer and one of National’s rising stars.
Local media also feel aligned with Chris Bishflap’s concerted focus on New Zealand’s vaccine rollout with an almost unanimous agreement between them all that “we shoulda done it sooner”.
It was all about holding Government to account.
But was it really?
The “shoulda done it sooner” catch cry reached campaign level status on NewsThug with Duncan banging his desk a few times every week through May, June and July but at the same time New Zealand media turned it’s face away from what had been happening with vaccine supply across the world.
New Zealanders had to read about supply issues in foreign press because back home the New Zealand Herald, Stuff, RNZ, The SpinOff, NewsThug, NewsCrap ZB and NewsRoom all failed to ensure that New Zealanders appreciated the supply issues facing all nations in the first half of 2021.
The European Union represents 27 countries and in December 2020 these countries all signed a Pfizer for 300 Million doses of the vaccine but sure enough the supply was delayed due to production issues and citizens across Europe went a bit crook about this.
The EU doubled its order with Pfizer to 600 Million as the French stepped in to help manufacture the vaccines while there were also production delays with AZ and the Moderna Vaccine.
By March 2021 – the EU were a laughing stock along with Russia and China, lagging behind the USA, the UK in terms of doses administered.
All over Europe hundreds of Chris Bishflap clones popped up and said “Should done it sooner” accusing governments and the EU Commission – as if the manufacturing issues did not exist.
Meanwhile the New Zealand press hid away and reported nothing to New Zealanders apart from RNZ while Duncan accused Labour of being too slow. The National Party would have sorted this out along with the Angry Toilet Brush by crickey. ( lol ) By April 2021 the EU said that delivery shortfalls of the AZ vaccine were a global issue and ended up suing AZ over failures to deliver.
Yes AZ promised to deliver 120 Million but only pitched up with 70 million across those 27 member states. SCOMO freaked out over the ditch because Australia was due 3.1 Million doses but AZ had shipped bugger all.
It actually took until May 2021 for most of these supply issues to begin to ease but nobody in New Zealand was any the wiser, as Dr Bryce Edwards did his weekly roundup and Graham Adams spat tacks at world famous PM Jacinda Ardern.
In May ( only three months ago ) the 27 EU nations had finally reached giving a first dose to 26% of its populations compared to 45% in the USA, 52% in Britain and 60% in Israel.
Back home Chris Bishflap shook his head and drew a heavy sigh as he stood up in parliament and once again – asked Chris Hipkins to repeat the same answers he had been giving since January about supply issues and how New Zealand’s vaccine ramp us would start to be seen in July.
It now seems jaw dropping that New Zealand media did not report upon all the vaccine supply issues facing so many OECD nations during the first half of 2021.
Back on 8 April 2021 Chris Bishflap had found an early draft plan of the first tranche of vaccinations to be rolled out – and here is the Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall’s response to his question about it : “This was a draft early design plan which showed one scenario based on information available at the time.
Specifically, it shows three phases, with delivery dates only available for phase 1, reflecting the first tranche of Pfizer vaccine doses we purchased. Since then, we made a decision in February to purchase enough Pfizer to cover the population over 16 years of age, meaning an additional 8.5 million doses.
On the basis of that, we also then received several updated delivery schedules from Pfizer.
We then developed a roll-out model that consistently scaled the number of doses given per day over time until July, when the majority of our stocks arrive.
This means the model we operate to now differs substantially from the draft document in question.
We also made decisions in February to change the sequencing framework to prioritise border workers and front-line health workers.” Yes on March 8, 2021, that strategy changed, with the Government announcing it had bought an extra 8.5 million Pfizer shots – enough for the whole country – despite it having agreements in place to supply four different vaccines if it needed to.
To some citizens – the supply issues facing so many nations in the early part of 2021 plus the emerging data about the efficacy of alternative vaccines – meant the decision to go with Pfizer alone – all made sense – together with the fact that New Zealand’s elimination strategy meant we only had 26 deaths, compared with what is now 1.2 Million Covid deaths across Europe, 635 thousand Covid Deaths in the USA and 132,000 Covid deaths in the UK.
Now New Zealand still only has 26 deaths thanks to the elimination strategy involving our MIQ, contact tracers, testers and high social compliance.
But there was Chris Bishflap – flapping like the world had ended about how New Zealand was lagging at the bottom of the OECD during May and June.
All that flapping seemed to come to naught through that period, because in all reality there was very little that could be done to accelerate matters while nobody was dying of Covid here and so many were dying in other nations, and let’s get real, New Zealand has been one hell of a success story.
Media spent almost all of June and July bitterly complaining about MIQ and how it was unfair some people had to wait while Chris Bishflap recycled the same old “shoulda done it sooner” about the vaccine rollout – as if – supply issues were not a thing at all – all around the world.
Media never ran that supply issues around the globe story even once as far as I know apart from RNZ to the New Zealand public.
When Australia messed up it’s one case of delta in New South Wales – by not locking down fast enough nor hard enough – New Zealand learned from that experience.
Yes – we adapted like a boss announcing we’d go straight to Level 4 – and we also ensured a steady smooth rollout of vaccines to the most vulnerable and most of the front line staff – in order to protect them – as well as slow down any spread.
During the previous months, it’s obvious New Zealand was preparing for a much bigger outbreak – with better surge capacity being able to be bought on quickly, huge numbers of tests being processed, modifications to ventilation systems, massive supplies of PPE and a big increase in ICU wards and ventilator equipment.
Still the media looked to Chris Bishflap – who flapped that it was all a shambles and “shoulda been done sooner” cos on one measure alone – we are at the bottom of the OECD.
Media knew we were always going to ramp up vaccinations from July – but they did seem to focus on the notion it was all possible to go much faster as if the government were just mucking about.
There was even a massive moan about how the end of July is not still July, and National voters cursed and swore into their beer. “Just throw $50 Million at Pfizer and we’d have everyone vaccinated by lunchtime”, was the popular refrain amongst armchair experts and opinion writers – especially at Newscrap ZB and NewsThug.
But that was more than naive and simply untrue.
Chippy ( Minister Hipkins House Leg Spreader ) has gone on record that we had talked about all our options with Pfizer to speed up supply and it was just not a choice we had.
Nevertheless “Shoulda done it sooner” was the media’s sentiment and we all looked at our hero – Chris Bishflap who knew best.
Until it became 100% obvious at the Health Select Committee meeting this week that Bishflap knew less than Sergeant Schultz.
Firstly Bishflap should have been focused on a range of issues from MIQ, to contact tracing, to test capacity, to adapting to Delta – and he shoulda done it sooner.
But Bishflap has mostly flapped about our vaccine rollout despite the supply issues facing the whole world and how there is not much New Zealand could do about that – given our size and 26 deaths and other matters like vaccine equity.
Secondly Bishflap had spouted on about the need to rush off and buy booster shots – but it was pointed out that Bishflap did not even know what a booster shot is, that Bishflap was suggesting we rush without evidence, and that the need is really only for the immunocompromised initially anyway.
Where was the media reporting all of this?
Just like when the whole world had vaccine supply issues for most of the first half of 2021 – our local media stuck its head in the sand and gave Bishflap a free pass.
Over at the SpinOff Laura Walters tells us that Bishflap has been constructive in his criticism, and Tova has asked if Bishflap has any ambition to be leader of the National Party soon?
However the truth is that it was all a pointless flap that actually produced no real improvements to the vaccine rollout and probably created unrealistic expectations in the minds of the public.
Right from the start – world famous PM Jacinda Ardern has made all the right decisions and it has been repeated – that it is how we finish that counts far more than how we start.
In terms of starts we have had no more deaths as the result of our vaccine rollout so far – which is the ultimate 100% first prize gold standard that media should have headlined if it was serious about holding the government to account.
Holding government to account does not mean bagging them all the time – but finding out the truth and reporting it.
Truth is we’ve started very well compared to all those nations where covid has killed thousands or tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of citizens.
Now we are going so fast we are stretching supply again …like Lisa Carrington racing out in front… it’s awesome.
Go New Zealand !!!
But sure enough gathered around the graveyard – the media and Chris Bishflap hang their heads in shame and mutter it shoulda been done sooner…and National refuse all offers to run parliament via Zoom …because well, technical issues with backward people etc.
In summary, the media have failed to inform New Zealanders about the vaccination supply issues facing the world and done a poor job of highlighting that Israel and the USA and other earlier leaders in the “race to vaccinate” have now stalled …dithering, hanging, grinding to a halt…like the hare racing the tortoise.
But here comes New Zealand with only 26 deaths, and over 90,000 vaccinations in a single day, with level 4 lockdown now starting to work, and New Zealand is making its move up the field as SCOMO cries – you can’t do that !!!
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go… you can feel it New Zealand.
All of the political point scoring by Bishflap has been ill informed and a waste of time and energy, now we are charging for a good finish …and National and Act are not going to stop us.
Can New Zealand be the most vaccinated country in the world?
Yes we can.
Chris Bishflap – point scoring vs constructive criticism
The last thing National needed was a captive audience, sitting around at home, hungry for news and information – tuning in to watch them expose their bungling incompetence in Select Committees or any parliament TV whatsoever.
Normally the sheer disgrace of the train wreck known as the National Party escapes the eye of most citizens because parliament is not watched during the day by most and when people get home from work – some watch TVNZ One News or NewsHub live at 6PM which both omit 98% of the happenings – especially if it makes the PM look good – and instead these media services elevate David Seymour and Judith Collins as worthy opposition…lol.
Last year the polls began to crumble as Simon Bridges was finally seen to be a bombastic clown, throwing his weight around, during lockdown.
Literally hundreds of thousands of National voters walked. Because they had seen enough.
This year it’s been Chris Bishop and David Seymour who have proven to the wider public that – they really are nothing more than agenda peddling idiots, short on facts and long on soundbites.
Most people know Judith Collins is just a place holder, no policies, no ideas, no trust and no hope.
National are not the solution to Covid, nor Climate Change, nor anything really important that matters to New Zealanders.
The opposition is a sad joke really, and I thought about some of the carry on we’ve witnessed over the past few months.
We’ve seen National demand a debate about the Treaty and how we need a referendum about using the word Aotearoa.
We’ve seen them object to their own legislation about Indigenous Rights and make out a workgroup paper – which is not government policy – is some “separatism by stealth” at work.
Public consultation for that is happening anyway – next year – but there’s National standing in the rain next to a billboard – demanding a debate that’s already going to happen anyway.
We’ve seen National join the Groundswell Movement of a small minority of farmers who are fed up with Climate Change Action and environmental protections, …and march up and down about policies before they are even developed, moaning about not being informed after years of consultation, and of course – supporting misogyny and racism from many of these people.
We’ve seen National continue to insist that funds from the proceeds of crime fund should not be spent on an organisation that reaches gang member meth addicts.
We’ve seen National MPs openly use disinformation about this and suggest this was “taxpayer money” and argue black and blue that when National did the same thing – it was entirely different.
We all watched in horror as media and National worked to twist and distort the proposed hate speech proposals, until a barrister clarified that all the political reporters, were wrong and Kris Faafoi was text book correct about his answers.
Then there was Todd Muller and how he was not happy and got dobbed in – but is still around till the next election so he can collect his 9 year retirement perks for life.
The mystery of Dr Smith who ran into the bush as soon as he thought the truth might come out about his abusive temper – and how media could not find him for a week as he lay hidden from public accountability.
Of course who can forget the scandalous candidate selection botch ups plus the way National voted to keep Goodfellow on – after shocking the nation with that crushing 2020 election defeat.
Simon Bridges saw a gang fight in a car park in Tauranga that security cameras missed, so did the police – and everyone else…but still Jude believed Simon, who has a new haircut now, and was launching a book about …himself, until – boom -lockdown.
It was almost as if all of the details about these matters had passed away into faded memory as Tova announced that Labour had fallen in the polls …but still would win an election if it were held today – and suddenly the 4% unemployment and GDP figures were all messed up again.
Now – the public can sit back with absolute clarity and see the Nats for what they really are – and ironically they are marching around with a petition – to bring back the Epidemic Response Committee …with only 25.4% of the vote ( 33 MPs ).
I wonder what would happen if such a committee did happen? Would we all sit back and watch the Nat Clowns take themselves down in the polls again?
World famous PM Jacinda Ardern has only suspended parliament for a week so she will address what is going to happen soon.
Last year Judith could not get her microphone to work on Zoom, and Simon had to drive to Wellington cos he could not handle the internet at home.
It’s still an amazing fact that around a quarter of voters remain loyal to the clowns in the National Party. Even when their agendas spell covid deaths in the family.
Make no mistake about it – this is some sort of Stockholm syndrome going on amongst Nat voters – while they bow low before Sir John – who still wants a hard vaccination target and an actual date New Zealand will reopen to the world.
Absolute madness isn’t it?
Almost as bad as listening to the Angry Toilet Brush as he curses that his groceries have not been delivered and he has to go stand in a queue like others.
Oh the knitting needles, the eyes, and the crying about certainty in a global pandemic with a mutating virus.
If I were National, I’d be keeping my head down – until Lockdown was over, because you can get away with being a total turkey when people are distracted by business and paying the bills – but the scrutiny of Lockdowns highlights how hopeless the Nats really are.
Public Scrutiny kryptonite for Nats
On 29 March 2021 the National Party called on the Government to make a statement of intent about protecting New Zealanders from Covid-19 by setting a target of having at least 70 per cent of the adult population vaccinated.
National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishflap fronted that 70% target number – and went on to say how other countries have done it.
Only three days ago, Judith Collins repeated this demand : “New Zealand needs to set a 70-75 per cent target of vaccination of the eligible population to avoid future countrywide lockdowns” says leader of the Opposition Judith Collins.
However the most recent research by Hyde, Grafton, Kompas and independent modeller John Parslow found that reopening at a 70% vaccination rate in Australia could result in 6.9 million symptomatic Covid-19 cases, 154,000 hospitalisations, and 29,000 total deaths.
It warned that if Australia reopens once 80% of adults are vaccinated, which translates to 65% of the population overall, there could be approximately 25,000 fatalities and 270,000 cases of long Covid.
Obviously the numbers would be smaller for New Zealand but – all things being equal and adjusting for population differences ( dividing by 5) results in – reopening at 70% in New Zealand could result in 1.38 Million symptomatic covid cases, 30,800 hospitalisations and 5,800 deaths.
Judith Collins said oh well just bump the number up to say …80% …when she was challenged about the National Party and it’s push for all these unnecessary preventable deaths.
At 80% there would still be about 5,000 Covid deaths and 54,000 cases of long Covid in New Zealand.
In return – a few sectors of the economy might make a wee bit more money and a chart might be slightly higher somewhere.
Sounds like a good deal to National Party voters.
National Party voters who accept all of these of preventable deaths and value money much more than human life – represent about 738,275 citizens out of 5 Million people in New Zealand.
It is possible that some of these 738,275 National Party citizens may change their vote now when they learn that voting for National could result in a form of state mass murder with eyes wide open in the name of profit.
However nobody thinks too many of them will care, unless it’s their own lives they see at risk.
It’s important to note that Sir John Key and the Angry Toilet Brush ( Mike Hosking ) have both fully supported the demand for a hard number target – in defiance of the expert scientific advice that we should be pushing for as many vaccinations as possible.
The economic voice really does mean death to New Zealanders in this situation – and the scientific voice needs to prevail.
While media bosses rub their hands over higher ratings during lockdowns – who amongst them will spread the message and help the nation to get those vaccination numbers way up as high as possible – and not stop at 70% or a mere 80%?
So far no media organisations have supported the efforts made by our health professionals because media see themselves as necessarily in opposition to government…which is counter productive in a pandemic.
Even this morning Dr Ashely Bloomfield was virtually put on trial in the dock over the fear of botch ups – which upon examination may not even be anything to do with saline – and are only the result of meticulous checking procedures.
Whilst NZ media focus on these anti government stories – they are not articulating the deaths associated with hard vaccination targets – from opening up without lockdowns and other protections.
How many deaths are acceptable to National?
Apparently somewhere between 5,800 and 5,000 deaths is what National are comfortable with – based on the latest research.
You’d have to ask Chris Bishflap to back this up?
However so far National MPs duck and dive and swerve and slip around answering these sorts of questions because – it’s the horrible truth behind what they are pushing so hard to ram through on all of us- and the truth cannot be spoken.
That would lose even more votes.
Thank goodness we have a large majority Labour government at the wheel who puts science at the centre, values human life and – has the greatest leader in the world at the helm. ( see Fortune magazine if in doubt ).
Thirty pieces of silver comes to mind – when I think about the National Party right now…but I am sure I did not have to say that to you.
Keeping our options open using the elimination strategy has proven to be very wise – because new research is still coming out about Delta which defies Tory certainty and bluster.
It’s time media got onboard and helped New Zealand through this – rather than amplifying the voices of a political death cult – all for a few dollars more.
National Party and acceptable death targets
Outraged clowns all over the world tore at their fake hair and blew their hooters, squirted water pistols and – stamped their giant clown shoes – at an outrageous tiny nation in the South Pacific who had the temerity to have a 5 million strong population with only 26 Covid deaths.
That’s a staggering Covid death rate per million of only 5.2.
New Zealand made Australia look bad on 38.8 Covid deaths per million not to mention the UK on 1,993 covid deaths per million or the USA on 1,924 covid deaths per million.
Yes New Zealand has managed the Covid pandemic 7.4 times better than Australia in terms of Covid Deaths – after all is said and done. But New Zealand had managed Covid 383 times better than the UK and 370 times better than the USA.
“This will not do”, muttered the clowns as they threw custard pies at a poster of Jacinda Ardern. It would be fair comment that Australia and the UK were run by right wing bozo clowns and up until November 2020 the USA had been run by right wing Trump clowns.
“Make the narrative all about the vaccination rate and never talk about the death rate per million”, said the head right wing clown between sharpened Tory teeth.
Sure enough back in New Zealand American media company Discovery Inc – pushed the former Manbun ( Ryan Ridge ) before the camera to demand an explanation for New Zealand’s slow vaccination rate – for the umpteenth time.
“I’m not taking about the death rate, I am talking about the vaccination rate”, said the former ManBun off camera.
As long as the clowns could keep New Zealanders under the false impression that the most compelling matter was the vaccination rate and never report the death rate – then maybe they could be loosened up to rebel and reject this pesky New Zealand government who made other governments in the OECD look like incompetent mass murderers.
Tory Newspapers lashed out at New Zealand for protecting its citizens – and the NZ Herald amplified that opinion to all of its readers, rubbishing Jacinda and saying it’s delusional and dangerous to keep eliminating this ever mutating virus.
“Either thousands of New Zealanders die, or I am a custard pie”, said the head clown, breaking a glass in his fist.
The slow vaccination rate” screamed RNZ.
“Our dreadful vaccination rate” yelled TVNZ.
“The problem is our vaccination rate”, howled NewsCrap ZB.
“If only our vaccination rate was better”, wailed Stuff.
The clowns smiled after a wall to wall narrative echoed day after day – assaulting the New Zealand population – but curses and double drat…Jacinda still stood on that podium at 1PM on the big decision days.
“Has she lost her mind?”, cried SCOMO the bozo clown.
“Why doesn’t she just abandon the rabble?”, scoffed the deputy head clown.
“She’s making us look bad”, scowled the clowns. Chris Bishflap – wanted to know about why Pfizer had supply issues and how he could prove that this was about solved by something simple like – saying – here’s a suitcase of cash Pfizer, but he did not want to talk about how New Zealand had made it through all of 2021 without a single Covid death.
How did that happen?
Was it dumb luck and only because just like the UK, New Zealand was an island surrounded by ocean?
Clowns found it harder and harder to explain and they spat on the ground a reached for weak excuses that all comparisons were null and void EXCEPT for Vaccination rate comparisons of course.
How had Jacinda Ardern achieved zero Covid deaths in 2021 while so many mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties and grandparents died of Covid in other countries?
“It’s that terrible MIQ system”, cursed Sir John, a clown of the first red nosed order. The MIQ system who processed 160,000 kiwis and kept Covid out with a 99.9999% success rate.
“We can’t keep living in a fortress with such a low death rate”, wailed an Act supporter, who saw clearly that success was to be measured by thousands of deaths per year against imaginary freedumb to travel. Freedumb equals thousands of Covid deaths, but clowns do not give a damn.
New Zealand was such a success story – my many orders of magnitude compared to other Western Nations – and now this success had become intolerable.
It had to be torn down and destroyed.
Did the clowns even plan to sabotage the results?
You bet they did.
Nothing like a little bit of foreign interference. SCOMO declared that New Zealand cannot succeed…and nobody in our media rebuked him as they peddled furiously on hamster wheels that the vaccination rate was the problem.
All nations were still vaccinating their populations. None were finished. But the covid death rate was missing from all media narratives. Death was not to be talked about…especially, 132,000 preventable covid deaths in the UK compared to New Zealand’s 26 deaths.
It was past time media held the government to account.
They had some explaining to do. This low covid death rate and booming economy needs scrutiny.
Where are the headlines demanding a probe?
Government needs to explain low death rate
Right about now, Jude, Fran and Kate are gathered around a large cauldron on a fire, casting spells upon tomorrow’s 3PM Covid update and preparing a poison apple for public consumption.
Whilst there was 72 cases in New Zealand there were only 5 in hospital and none in ICU, and for a short period of time, numbers would continue to rise before they peaked and fell away again.
This short period of uncertainty over the coming week was a narrow window for opposition political forces to amplify their key messages in order to cast a finger of blame over the management of the Covid response.
People were frightened by headlines – designed to scare them – like seven schools with 11,000 contacts have been told to self isolate…and of course citizens wonder how far has this thing has gone already…
It’s during this time of angst and anxiety and a lack of control in the lives of people living at home – that Opposition forces try to turn their attitudes and harden their judgement.
The world class way Jacinda Ardern had led New Zealand out of previous lockdowns and maintained the elimination strategy had cost National dearly – and they still remembered falling away below 40% into the 30’s and down, down, down they slid, screaming open the borders, it’s a conspiracy, bring in ten thousand students, oh no not Todd, Nikki and Amy….and so Jude was appointed.
The wounds are still raw while National languish in the mid 20’s in the polls and so now they seethe every time the world famous PM steps up behind a podium.
Behind the podium our PM informs the nation directly about matters they need to understand if we are all to work together.
The 1PM updates include messages like – if you are self isolating – do not go get a vaccination, do not go to a supermarket, do not go out – stay at home.
Get someone else to drop off food in a contactless way.
That sort of example of information we all need to hear – is part of our Covid Response and hearing matters from the PM gives it authority and cut through.
The fact the updates are on at 1PM every day allows people to schedule around a specific window – in much the same way people know when the news is on.
This means most people hear the news at the same time and this has the best reach and is vital if we are to be successful.
So nobody was too surprised when Jude wanted to do away with all of this and scatter the messages all over the place in order to damage our chances of success. Fran’s withering contempt for “too much relish” on the part of the PM behind the podium – was just more of the same opposition reaction.
This kind of irritation with listening to what is vital in order for us to succeed – betrays that some part of these people would love for New Zealand to fail…and for the polls to reflect it.
For there to be Covid deaths…for there to be no communications, no co-ordination, and above all – no PM Jacinda Ardern leading the way before a camera behind a podium – almost every day.
The howling in the dark, the sparks in the bight sky, and oh the sour wind blowing in the political graveyard. This kind of political interference with the Covid response we are seeing from National and Act – is terribly irresponsible – but the likes of David Seymour and Jude have to be ruthless and somewhat psychopathic – in order to claw their way along these days.
When it comes to us or them – they choose them every time.
Today we saw measures to mandate scanning at most events and busy businesses announced at the 1PM presser – and this was obviously a tweak to the settings that was needed when facing Delta.
It was because of public complacency about scanning/recording locations that it’s been more difficult to establish locations of interest super fast – and so we basically need this mandated in order for us all to keep up the habit – and enable our agility in contact tracing.
Yes 1PM pressers provide us with information about the plan and things we need to do and not do.
Reminders about the rules.Good news and thanks and hope and all that goes with keeping a team on track.
We hear about new initiatives and full explanations to media questions – which help us make sense of our situation.
We also saw the introduction of drive-in vaccination sites recently which together with a range of actions sped up the vaccination programme.
These included the six week gap between jabs, the compressing of age bands into earlier weeks and the opening up of eligibility to the public being brought forward to 1 September.
We hear how we have plenty of PPE and how there’s been record testing and record jabs given. The likes of Seymour characterises these communications and measures as signs of failure and being out of depth – but only AFTER the measures are introduced.
You never hear Seymour saying say -back in May or April – that we need drive in vaccination sites or we need six week gaps – because Seymour has no answers, solutions nor clues to offer BEFORE …the government goes and solves, adapts or adjusts something. It’s always after the announcement that his characterisations are amplified…which is “a cheap trick” in order to put down good work.
No doubt Cabinet will be very well informed after all the new information they have gathered in the past days – and will make sound decisions based on that evidence and Ashley’s recommendations tomorrow.
Jude, Fran, Kate and Jason Walls – will all have their stop watches out – shouting at the TV – to “Just tell us the decision”, instead of listening to the vital rationale and the latest update.
Some economic voice will say – we already knew that – or it was a mistake to bother making that decision when we all know things will take longer…
But the scientific voice will base its decisions on the most up to date evidence at each step of the way, not cut corners and constantly improve to be the best. The scientific voice is at the centre of the podium – while the economic voice snarls and snarks off camera – barking through the presstitutes and screaming in ugly headlines.
The people love these updates from their PM and from Ash because it appreciates the scientific voice that puts people first in front of the money.
The world famous PM Jacinda Ardern is streets ahead of her competition in this mode and they know it.
The simple reality is – she has world class strengths and is the best leader for us all – in a crisis and out of one too.
I’m actually looking forward to the 3PM update on Monday.
I learn something new every time and I marvel how good the government is at handling these matters.
How about you?
The Monday 3PM Alert Level Decision