Post by James Christophers Post by Tony Post by JohnO
âFor any significant policy change, you typically need a significant
community consensus that crosses political boundaries...
People facing a shared threat sometimes ârally around the flagâ and put
their trust in institutions and each other because they have few other options
â but they can also respond with greater suspicion, developing conspiracy
theories or scapegoats to blame.
Post by James Christophers
He's mandatory reading. Weekly.
He is excellent but some here have to put him down (it is part of their
political dogma to do so).
This summarises it for me.
"On three key metrics â testing, vaccinations and contract tracing â the
governmentâs performance has been, to put it politely, tardy and
Protection at the border has been slack and the MIQ system appears to be a
shambles. Meanwhile vulnerable essential workers, from police to port
employees, have inexplicably been left unvaccinated."
"Ironically, the most effective PR line Ardern could run in validation of the
governmentâs approach is one sheâs unable [wisely, not wont] to use. She
could point to the striking difference in Covid-19 mortality statistics between
New Zealand (26 deaths) and Australia (999) or Britain (132,000).
"Thatâs a compelling vindication of New Zealandâs approach and a perfect
answer to all the snide, condescending overseas [and local] commentaries about
New Zealand being a âCovid prisonâ and an âisolated dystopiaâ. But of
course it would never do to highlight those figures, because it would look like
gloating at other countriesâ misfortunes."
An astute Ardern routinely disavows the boofhead's self-validating "look over
there" option. In a world united in combating a common foe, desperate
cross-border politicking and finger-pointing achieves nothing except to further
emphasise both the perpetrator's inadequacies and his administration's
monumental failures. The self-unaware "bully" belittles and even further
demeans himself while the "runt" - faults and all - gets the brownie points for
his becoming prudence and restraint and - and most crucial of all - silence.
could have (emphasis on could have) done more competently.