What the bloody hell???
The police have made the stunning admission they haven’t been able to track every Kiwi who has come home.
They’ve now resorted to texting people and tracking their location – but Police Commissioner Mike Bush wouldn’t say how far those powers go.
Cops out on the street were sending families home from Wellington’s Oriental Pde. One family, who don’t want to be shown, drove two minutes from home so the kids could ride their bikes.
But while police are monitoring our beaches, they’ve failed to keep proper track of the biggest risk: Kiwis coming home across our borders.
This is madness!
We know it is the wealthy class of NZers who are jet setting around the world who are the vector for contamination of this pandemic in our country. The irony that the poor will suffer most from a virus they haven’t had a hand bringing to this country won’t seem funny once the death toll starts mounting.
Astoundingly the excuse the Police are using to not use phone numbers to track newly returned NZers is a privacy issue. I don’t remember the NZ Police giving two shits about my privacy when they breached my civil rights in their political witch hunt against Nicky Hager, but somehow returning Kiwis possibly carrying the plague deserve more privacy protection than Journalists exposing dirty politics.
What kind of Police State is this?
As for David Clark and his bloody bike ride. Jesus wept, you can’t make this shit up.
We are asking everyone to stay local and this clown is off doing mountain bike riding. Look, I’m sure being Minister of Health right now is VERY stressful and I cut the guy some slack so don’t believe this is the greatest crime against humanity that many partisan hacks are claiming it is because he operated within the parameters, but equally, everyone is being asked to sacrifice and not following that same advice utterly undermines credibility.
So while Clark deserves an open handed smack, Kris Faafoi on the other hand deserves a punch with barbed wire wrapped around the knuckles.
His appalling handling of the Bauer fiasco should see him sacked at any other time.
He has made his incompetent handling of the TVNZ-RNZ merger look like the graceful policy of an artisan Politician.
Now let’s be clear, this is a failure of transnational capitalism owning media, not Jacinda stopping magazine publications during a 4 week pandemic lockdown, but Faafoi’s reading of Bauer’s outreach was that they didn’t want short term support – fair enough – B-U-T they offered a huge treasure trove of NZ culture for 1 fucking dollar!
To ignore that offer and simply tell the PM Bauer wasn’t interested in the wage subsidy is a disingenuous retelling of the story to such an extent, they are barely the same bloody story!
Imagine what we could have gained for a mere $1 here.
Admittedly the price tag of $1 meant it was outside of Kris’s paygrade, but this is another shocking example of how shallow the talent pool Labour are operating with right now.
The Government aren’t to blame for Bauer amputating a large chunk of NZ Journalism, they have been attempting to do so for months and are currently trying to spend $40m buying Australian magazines, but Faafoi’s lack of imagination cost us greatly and he shouldn’t be Minister of Broadcasting.
As for the CTU. Where the bloody hell are they?
At no time in the 34 year neoliberal experiment of NZ has the argument for Unionism and the rejection of free market values been more obvious than during this pandemic!
This is the time for true leadership for the Union cause, a time to denounce the failed market dynamics that have left so much of our public service dysfunctional and underfunded and demand full Unionism for every worker during the coping phase and rebuild phase of this pandemic so that they are protected AND respected with conditions as essential as the roles they now perform.
So what has the CTU done? It’s set up an Ok Karen narc line for bad bosses and promised they won’t forget those bad bosses.
It’s like the CTU sell ship insurance, lifeboats and lifejackets while on the Titanic and after hitting the iceberg seem to have no idea what to do next.
If the Left lose Jacinda, we are doomed because there is no one and nothing else who could lead within the Caucus or wider movement.
Thankfully the same right wing trolls screaming at Jacinda for shutting down the country this week were last month screaming at her for not shutting down the country. Their criticism is sophistry masquerading as commentary and should be rejected with the force of projectile vomit.