Gerard Otto Facebook: Simon Bridges had no clue about driving to a beach on 2nd April 2020

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On Thursday April the 2nd – a full week into Lockdown and at least four days AFTER David Clark drove 20 kms to a beach in Dunedin with his family – Simon Bridges asked Mike Bush this question :

“I live in Tauranga in the suburb of Matua… let’s say it’s 15-18 kilometres from Mount Maunganui beach, can I drive to Mount Maunganui beach and go for walk on it?”

Mr Bush answered: “As much I know how attractive that is, I know where Matua is and I know where Mount Maunganui is – sorry to say, no.”

Which raises the question – how dumb is Simon?

Simon had no fucking clue what the rules were a week into Lockdown and he is the leader of the opposition.

Was he driving to the beach before that?

Has anyone asked and traced his movements?

Mark Mitchell also had no idea on 2nd April 2020 according to an article by One News political reporter Anna Whyte.

Henry Cooke wrote today the public could be forgiven for being confused but not David Clark – when it is 100% clear the National Party were confused too.

To be fair – it seems clear there was quite a bit of individual interpretation involved in what the words “local” and “neighbourhood” actually meant for some time after Lockdown began.

Was a neighbourhood the electorate, a suburb, or a block or just a street?

Jacinda’s lockdown speech on 23rd March did not spell out how far you could walk nor whether you could drive and then walk.

By Sunday 29 March Newscrap ZB published an article by Anna Leask stating :

“Four days into the national lockdown Kiwis are still confused about the rules and how strict the “stay at home ” message is.”

The article suggested the official Covid-19 website was itself putting out mixed messages.

So how likely was it that David Clark had a good grip on the 2km guideline at this stage?

It is unclear if it had even been specified yet – when he drove to the beach that fateful day?

Was the beach – in his neighbourhood – in his mind?

We just do not know.

All we know is Simon Bridges, the media and the public all seemed confused about the meaning of “local” and “neighbourhood” during the first weekend of Lockdown.

It sure would be interesting to discover what Simon Bridges did that first weekend of Lockdown …especially given he was asking if he could drive to the beach 15 minutes away – four days later.

“I live in Tauranga in the suburb of Matua… let’s say it’s 15-18 kilometres from Mount Maunganui beach, can I drive to Mount Maunganui beach and go for walk on it?” – asked Simon Bridges 2nd April 2020.

Simon Bridges had no clue about driving to a beach on 2nd April 2020

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