A bunch of middle class Ivory Tower Academics weened on the public teat & inoculated in plush self-isolation, demand we go back to work in the teeth of a pandemic which viciously impacts the working classes worst?
Why how delightful…
A group of public health experts has broken ranks on the Government’s lockdown strategy, calling for a return to near-normal life in two weeks.
As the number of new coronavirus cases continue to drop, the group of academics told Stuff the Government’s lockdown plan is out of proportion with the health risks posed by the virus.
The group said that from 22 April, when the current lockdown period is due to end, New Zealand should drop to “level two” alert.
This would leave Kiwis free to return to work, most schools and universities and businesses would re-open, and leisure activities and domestic travel would resume.
Restrictions on overseas travel restrictions and gathering on more than 100 people would remain under their plan, titled “plan b”.
…Death Cult Capitalists who want us slaves back to work because their boomer privileged wealth is at risk need the veneer of academia to trick us sleepy hobbits that we should all be putting ourselves at risk to ensure they retain their tax bracket and gold card air mile perks.
The fact that this pandemic is spread by the travelling wealthy, that those wealthy have the luxury of self isolation with well stocked larders and that the health effects destroy the poor and the working classes most tends to get glossed over here.
With all due respect to the Death Cult Capitalists and their shrill threats, the service workers who have been so undervalued are the ones who put themselves at risk here, not boomer academics wrapped up in leafy burbs.
You not being able to holiday in Bali this winter does not a shared sacrifice make.
Of course we need to work out how we get the economy working again, only a fool would underplay the enormity of the economic tsunami rushing towards us, but using intellectually feeble ‘herd immunity’ nonsense as a license to allow a full blown pandemic to erupt is not a solution.
Of course the pandemic modelling predictions have been wrong. That’s because most people don’t understand exponential growth, Jacinda’s go hard go early strategy has snuffed the human oxygen out of this virus, but coming back will have to be managed with extreme caution incase the bloody thing gets lose and those modelling predictions become real!
We will need a new way of doing economics – we will need to see the State as the main employer for a period of time. We need a massive Ministry of Works, full benefits, and we will need full union membership of every essential work force to strengthen that work force to be resilient enough in an ever adapting workforce landscape.
The economy is fucked!
New projections from Treasury show that the unemployment rate can be kept under 10 per cent if the Government comes to the table with extra financial support to help the country weather the fallout of Covid-19.
Without new support measures, however, the Treasury predicts the unemployment rate in New Zealand could reach as high as 13.5 per cent if the lockdown remains at four weeks.
If the lockdown were to be extended, that figure could reach between 17.5 and 26 per cent – Treasury’s worst of seven economic scenarios.
The unemployment rate at 10 per cent would imply the number unemployed would be around 275,000 people.
Until a vaccine is ready, 12-18months away, there is no new normal, just survival.
The Death Cult Capitalists are saying the virus can’t be contained, let’s get it to kill as many and infect as many as it can so we can get herd immunity and go about our economy.
This is intellectual bullshit.
Even if we accept the math can’t be right, that asymptomatic spread and mild cases make the mortality rate 1%, that still means a death rate in the tens of millions globally and what these Death Cult Capitalists don’t acknowledged is we aren’t certain yet if you do gain complete immunity from having the virus.
These fanatics would green light the deaths of millions without even knowing for certain that we would gain herd immunity???
I mean, there’s killing for the cause of capitalism, and then there’s global genocide eh?
Fuck! These! People!
Jacinda has shown incredible courage with the lockdown, now she needs incredible imagination. The new Capitalism of the next 18 months until the vaccine requires bold visionary ideas or else the Death Cult Capitalists will throw working people and the poor under the bus of this virus faster than you can say untaxed capital gains.