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Rule by Terror – COVID-19 Is All Jacinda Has Left, and She Will Use It.

I generally listen to Newstalk ZB, on the basis that they are slightly less wet and biased than the other news media. I am a big Hosking fan, but most of the rest of them leave me reasonably cold, or at best only lukewarm. So imagine my surprise when I came across this article on the ZB website, commenting on Kerre Woodham’s reaction to Jacinda’s detailing of the government’s plan if we have a community outbreak of COVID-19, and how she will put us straight back into lockdown. I never saw Kerre as anything but fairly wet and lightweight until now. I think, along with Todd Muller, I might need a cup of tea and a lie down.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern outlined the framework of the next steps of the Covid-19 response.

Amongst the plans was that another outbreak of community transmission could see alert levels enforced in different regions or communities.

Ardern said the country will remain at Alert level 1 nationally – but stronger restrictions could be applied in separate neighbourhoods, towns or cities, if local cases emerge.

She said before bringing in a national change, they would move to a local or regional levels – as appropriate.

Hang on. I thought we had all this under control. All our cases have been caught at the border. There is no community transmission. Why are we talking about this now?

The response sparked criticism from McIvor, who says that people are already concerned enough about the virus.

She played audio from one caller, who said that he felt that, should the border be relaxed, then he stands at risk of catching Covid-19 and dying. 

McIvor says that the lockdown has kept the worst of Covid away, but there have undoubtedly been cases that have slipped through the cracks but we haven’t felt their impacts.

We may have been lucky, but we all thought that we had basically eliminated the virus from our shores… so why are we talking about this now? There are only two possible scenarios.

First, the government knows of outbreaks in some regions and are keeping a close eye on how this develops. This seems unlikely because it would show a complete lack of transparency by the government and a reprehensible attitude towards people at risk if we are not being informed of the areas where these outbreaks are occurring. It would also show that this government, once again, has failed in its major policy of keeping New Zealand safe just like it has failed in every other policy they have adopted so far. It would not be a good look for the government.

To consider the second possibility, you will need to know that this announcement was made by Jacinda on Wednesday a matter of hours after Judith Collins was anointed as the leader of the opposition. Could this be nothing more than a perfectly innocent coincidence?

Hardly. Jacinda is running scared. She has witnessed how Collins chewed up and spat out the hapless Phil Twyford in the house. Now her eyes are fixed on Jacinda, like a heat seeking missile locked on its target. Jacinda has good reason to be worried. Collins will make mincemeat of her, in the house and in the leaders’ debates. She has even expressed how much she is looking forward to it. I can guarantee, however, that Jacinda is not.

But the really terrifying thing is that, to counter the threat from the opposition, Jacinda’s immediate reaction is to try to rule by terror. She reignited the country’s fear of the virus by warning us that it could all flare up again (when there is really no evidence of it) and that she has the power to lock us all up again, if she so desires.

That is completely reprehensible by the prime minister. Ruling by terror is the favourite trick of despotic leaders. Think Joseph Stalin or Mao Tse Tung. Even I, no Jacinda fan at the best of times, did not think she would resort to this.

McIvor says that it is reprehensible that the country is being kept in a state of fear over community transmission – that is damaging not only the economy, but people’s wellbeing. 

She is creating a climate of terror designed to keep people cowed and bowed. 

It’s cynical, and I believe she was acting in the best interest of the country in the beginning, and now it’s become almost a mania.”

Good on Kerre Woodham for recognising that this is nothing more than ‘politicking’ by Jacinda, and in the worst possible way.

Labour thought they were sleepwalking to an election victory. They bribed the media, didn’t bother with any new policies and watched the disarray on the opposition benches with disdain and contempt. Now the new leader of the opposition beats Jacinda hands down in every way, and Jacinda knows she is in trouble, so she resorts to the one thing she has left in her arsenal. Fear. She is now trying to rule by fear.

Well done Kerre for calling her out. Maybe there are some pinpoints of light in the dark arena that is our media after all.

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Christie Ex-pat from the north of England, living in NZ since the 1980s, I consider myself a Kiwi through and through, but sometimes, particularly at the moment with Brexit, I hear the call from home. I believe the only way ahead in life is through education and hard work. Political affiliations: National and ACT.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. So true, Jacinda is out to control , this is her job, she was employed to be the CEO of NZ for the owners, the UN, the ones who pay the bills. I mean we dont own NZ or our properties, the UN has lent us over 300 + Billion dollars in the last 3 years alone, so do the sums, over how many years has the left ands right sold off businesses and land in NZ to offshore Freemason UN families? They all connect in one way or another believe me I have a whole room of paperwork I have printed off, linking every single sale, business coproaations people , govt people selling creating buying and selling NZ for generations. So now, Jacinda is the CEO, she has to get smarter, they want production, they want profit, we are running at a loss for these greedy F**##*s……So less free time for us now, we need to be controlled properly, we need to eat Bill Gates fake seeds and food hes making, no takeaways because agenda 2030 says we will eat the same genetically engineered food, its made faster with less impact on the environment just bigger impact on our health again….
    we need equality, so that I assume is everyone gets the same if they do their jobs properly, if you dont, you miss out right! So its not really equality is it Jacinda………if we all said NO, then what? If we all went on strike? You kill us all, starve us all, scare us more! You are going to get taken out Jacinda, right out of govt very shortly!

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