Post by George
On 15 Mar 2020 03:32:43 GMT
Post by Gordon Post by John Bowes Post by George
Not before time.
However This would have been on the books for a month.
And the claim that its the biggest shutdown in the world has to be
the worst lie from the fake news but expected.
Evidently the TDS cut in because the US has shut out Europe and is
considering shutting Britain out also.
Ans why are we accepting trade from China, the country from which
this latest scare virus originated???
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Arderns claim 'go hard, go early' is crap!
No, its damage control.
Post by John Bowes
This pandemic is just another failure of the useless government
Winston foisted on us!
You are starting to sound like a Trump supporter.
And you're beginning to remind me of the CNN 'face' that claimed Trump
as some sort of racist because he said that the virus was 'foreign'..
Since the virus came from Wohan China he's correct
For the past 200 years or so, the world has managed to hold at arm's length a pandemic against which there is neither immunity nor, as yet, any universal sure-fire vaccine: the common cold. Mutation.
Coronavirus is way more deadly but, if survived, immunity is conferred. But no one has yet determined that it won't/can't mutate - and that's the deadly, grisly truth of it.
A new-strain pandemic runs its course and eventually dies out when sufficient numbers have survived and gained immunity but there are insufficient numbers remaining for it to infect; a worldwide 60% immunity is the calculated tipping point.
All any government can currently do is to try and mitigate the pandemic's effects as best it can by minimising risk in line with what is affordable and practicable (see Robertson ref. below) without totally paralysing the country and its economy. Again, such efforts are necessarily constrained both by resources that are available and immediately to hand and the speed with which they can then be put into effect. Even so, the strong will prevail and survive. As for the weak....'twas ever thus. In a nutshell, this is what pandemics are about.
But for New Zealand there's good news. Its finances are sound where it matters most in a hard-pressed situation such as we now face: core Crown debt stands at less than 20% of GDP. We have room to borrow - and large - **and** at today's piddling interest rates - **and** our international credit is at least as good as anyone else's.
All thanks to a proactive yet 'conservative' on-the-ball Finance Minister who, until now, has been expertly and effectively stewarding the nation's finances. OK, he now has his work cut out for him like no other finance minister before him. Even so, I for one wish him all the luck in the world since his policies are rapidly becoming pivotal to the nation's wellbeing.
Even so, assuming we can afford the resources, are they sufficiently available in the quantities and as quickly as needed? This is the crucial question that now concentrates the mind of every government. But, as nihht follows day, the strong will always prevail and survive...
But never forget that small, inoffensive word - 'mutation'.
Finally, this is necessarily a non-partisan crisis and should be treated exclusively as such. Not to do so at such a time is the mark of the mentally halt and lame.