THIS is what will crush Jacinda at the election…
An Auckland mother is feeling disappointed and disconcerted by a low-level response at Auckland Airport upon her arrival from Singapore during the Covid-19 crisis.
Mt Eden businesswoman Maree Glading, who co-founded I Love Pies, returned home on Wednesday morning after travelling with her young family across Central America and Southeast Asia for months.
The 42-year-old said seeing first-hand the difference in response between those countries and New Zealand had left her feeling very exposed.
“I don’t think I’m an expert by any stretch of the imagination, this is just my experience of this morning,” Glading said.
Jacinda has stood up and she will lead again at a time when people start panicking, NZers will rally around her as long as a leak into the country can’t be traced back to incompetence at the border.
Bridges only hope is that the virus leaks into NZ and he can trace it back to a perceived incompetence that he can claim was a lack of leadership.
… to date the early caution by the Government and all the Minstry’s were misplaced. They trusted too much in what China said and not what China were frantically doing.
Labour were slow to appreciate the risk here. Following best international practice looked shallow and the early restrictions looked weak.
The $12b package shows the country this Government will fight back and the containment policy has so far worked, but if NZers see the virus get into NZ via loopholes that look obvious like the one above and Simon Bridges can trace this back, he will win the anger of the moment.
This is why things are so politically fraught.
We have to be vigilant every second of the day, the virus just needs to sneak past us once.
Th correct pandemic response is total lock down, Jacinda must now be openly planning for worst case scenarios and be ready to immediately implement them.
Pretending this won’t happen is just no longer an option, this is a once in a generation event, we need to start treating it like that.