On Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:24:30 -0500, Tony <lizandtony at orcon dot net
Post by Tony
The ministry is charged with making recommendations, in this case, to protect
us all from this virus.
Closing the borders to returning Kiwis would have helped to do that. So they
made that recommendation. It was not their responsibility to look at any
non-health issues. That was for the government to do.
And that is what happened.
Peters is wrong to blame the ministry and he shows once more what his real
Again the headline didn't really fi the article - but that is just
I would have expected health to have said to government that they have
not recommended blocking New Zealanders from returning solely because
that would have been illegal; that on health grounds alone this would
have been a reasonable precaution. Or to have said we recommend
blocking but draw to cabinets attentionthat this is currently illegal
and would require a decision to reverse relevant laws. We will see
whether either of these were recommended when the cabinet papers are
What did come through was:
"Peters' intervention served as an important political signal. He
wanted to make clear to the many people on the political Right, who
think the Government has been overly deferential to the Ministry of
Health, that it had actually rejected its advice once or twice. And he
wanted to show people on the other side of the ledger why you can't
just blithely "follow the science" and do exactly what your officials
It worked a treat."