It started off, a bit of a mess – cruise ships in port and people walking through the international airport gates.
Jacinda steps up. A little late for some, but nevertheless; she produced a sort of, “restrictions on our behaviour” – regime. Then she moves to a Lockdown: Level 4 – a good move in my view.
However, defining level 4 lockdown, presented a few problems: imprecise descriptions of what we can and cannot do lingered for some time (and still do in some cases). It starts off with former police commissioner Mike Bush adopting what I considered to be, a, Clint Eastwood approach. Like: “Make my Day” – and try going to the beach!
From this intimidating posture to every day, widening ill-defined powers to arrest – for what? People who did not, obey? Arrested! Then we have the new commissioner rock up and, Oh! What a pleasing change of attitude.
Jacinda emerges as the champion of NZ – and many off-shore nations pine for her style of leadership. Jacinda, who two months ago, was (in my assessment) leading Labour to a first term defeat, roars back to highly popular – and (again in my view), a sitter position to win the General Election in October/November.
But as I have cautioned in several of my recent blogs, Jacinda will lose the General Election if she delays Voting day – because the longer she waits the worse the economic pain is going to get – and at the end of the day, voters vote with their hands on their wallets. Voters forget the good – really quick. Voters feel the pain – every day.
It’s not only economic pain, that lurks in the bushes waiting to pounce.
Abuse of process. Abuse of my rights. Unconstitutional (we don’t have a constitution but we have various Law delineating civil rights and we have, conventions)!
In Australia, mobile phone tracking apps are being test driven.
Testing the technology will be a far simpler process than convincing Aussies to accept this spying device.
Kiwi original European “core stock”, was largely English and Scottish immigrants who paid for their own passage. “Downstairs dwellers” who knew their best chance of getting a foot onto the bottom rung of the ladder – was to know one’s place in society and never rock the boat.
Original Aussie European stock, was from a totally different ‘boat’ – if you’’ excuse the pun. Criminals served the death penalty in England, had their sentences commuted to transportation to Australia. This horde of non-conformists, many of whom were Irish Catholic, had a totally different view of the, “Ruling Class”. The Parramatta Rebellion was but one of many manifestations of rebellion.
In my view; Aussies are not likely to take kindly to draconian government edicts.
In Germany, experienced specialist on medical law- Beate Bahner, slammed (government) measures as “blatantly unconstitutional” and said they violated Germans’ “fundamental rights” to an “unprecedented extent.” Bahner even filed a lawsuit with the German Constitutional Court last week, demanding it overrule every single order by the German federal and regional governments related to the lockdown, since they “are capable of endangering the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany, its rule of law, democracy and the liberal-democratic basic order in particular.”
On 15 April she was sent to PSYCHIATRIC WARD after mounting serious resistance to ‘unconstitutional’ Covid-19 lockdown.
On 17 April in New Zilind, The Prime Minister is being sued over the lockdown, with two applicants making multiple claims at the High Court in Auckland today – including it being, “all for her political gain”.
They also asked for a writ of habeas corpus, which seeks to rule an imprisonment unlawful and release the applicants.
Of course; the residue of the “core (European) stock” I refer to above, may abhor this local version of what happened in Germany, as unacceptable.
However, it would seem that the actions of Beate Bahner in Germany, actually had some substance. On 16 April, German court rules blanket ban on demonstrations ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’.
“Activists in Giessen, a town in the federal state of Hesse, had planned a protest march to denounce new rules that ban gatherings of more than two people in public, arguing that they were in breach of the country’s constitution and citizens’ right to free assembly. “
The court agreed, saying that an outright ban on such gatherings would be unconstitutional and asked authorities to review the measures.
And now we have America objecting to lockdowns – possibly on the verge of civil disobedience to match the 1968 Detroit riots.
THE QUESTION IS? How subservient is the Kiwi generation who must pay the cost of the largess of LOCKDOWN and economic suffocation, which until now- has been accepted by most Kiwis?
NB My French great great geat grandfather was one such convict sentenced to death in England but transported to Aussie on a commuted sentence: Ferdinand Meurant. Often, I speculate that this is where I got the rebelliousness and non-conformist behaviour, manifest in my attitude.
Ross Meurant; a former high-ranking police officer, former Member of Parliament, formerly with commercial interests in Syria and Iran and currently Honorary Consul for an African state.