Dear Brothers & Sisters of NZ – we are almost through lockdown and history salutes you for two reasons.
The first is that NO ONE has asked ‘why the flying Christ is anyone listening to an adult with candy floss pink hair’ – that’s testament to us as a good natured folk.
The second and far less factitious reason history salutes us collectively is because our science based response has saved us all.
To date only China can claim success at beating this pandemic. Their vicious authoritarian regime has the army and police force required to enforce their will through brute force.
Liberal progressive democracies like ours however have civil liberties and human rights at our foundation, we can only strive to convince well informed citizens to act in good faith solidarity to collectively enforce the common good, we can’t do it at the end of a gun barrel.
History is watching my dear fellow citizens and we have passed our first test with flying colours.
Thanks to our Government’s wisdom and leadership we have dodged the public health nightmare this pandemic posed and now must fight the economic armageddon it has generated.
While we will clash over the next steps in recovering economically, our collective mana has been tested and history will hold us up as the shining example amongst the liberal progressive democracies the appealed to our better angels to combat a collective threat to our way of life rather than brutal dominance.
I salute you all my dear fellow Kiwis.
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