We have 7 Covid blessings, and we must acknowledge them.
1: Low mortality and sickness rate
The first thing we must acknowledge and be grateful for is the low death rate and sickness rate in New Zealand, while every passing and illness is a trauma, we only need peer over the borderS to see the carnage this virus is carving deep into other nations. We have not had to mourn the way manner others have and we should be deeply grateful for that.
2: Open Domestic Economy
By going hard and going early with our lockdown, we are on the other side of this faster and in a position where we effectively have an open domestic economy. Very few places are as lucky as this and we must remember that when the economic meltdown
3: Lower Migrant Worker exploitation
With no migrant workers allowed back into the country, we are forced to exploit fewer of them! The Agricultural sector who abuse these workers the most will now need to provide better wages and better conditions to attract NZ workers. The same with the service industry who equally abuse migrant workers appallingly. We need to follow this great news that migrant workers aren’t being exploited up with an amnesty on all migrant workers in NZ and the immediate creation of universal union membership.
4: Lower International Student exploitation
It’s not just exploited migrant workers who can’t get back into NZ, it’s also the exploited international student market who are locked out from being abused as well! That means fewer people competing for student accommodation creating downward pressure on rents, and it disincentives the current immigration corruption that allows so many students a pathway to citizenship via exploited work conditions.
5: Less gridlock because no hyper tourism
With less International Students comes no tourists (other than those who were locked down and stayed here). NZ has 5 million living here, each year we have 3million tourists flood in. No wonder our infrastructure is so gridlocked! Without those tourists, Auckland feels far less congested. It’s wonderful!
On top of the lack of freedom campers shitting all over the country, it’s also wonderful watching Elite Tourist experiences having to reduce their astronomical fees and beg locals to visit them.
6: Trust in politicians, public servants and experts again
The courage and grace and leadership Jacinda Ardern has shown during this unprecedented event, alongside tireless public servants and public health scientists have combined to establish our collective faith in the institutions of our Democracy. We listened to our leaders, we listened to our experts, we listened to our scientists and we are positioned in a far better place to ride this plague out in.
Our roots were tested here and they were found to be deep.
7: History was watching
We should be celebrating because history was watching.
China will tell the world that their authoritarian brutality was powerful enough to stop this virus. That their system of mass civil rights abuse was the only one up to the challenge.
China’s terrible efficiency and pride would have sent a shiver down the spine of the future.
The UK, torn to shreds by the battle of Brexit, elected a toff clown whose incompetence has seen a public health nightmare, while in America, Trump’s egregious inadequacy has seen over 127000 dead, 47million unemployed and race riots breaking out in over 430 cities.
So far China’s response to a virus which either originated in their poorly regulated wet markets or escaped accidentally from a lab, will hauntingly be the only success story to echo through the annals of history.
And then there was us dear brothers and sisters.
Then there was wee New Zealand, who was led by a young leader whose grace under pressure gave hope to a nation and who used kindness as the value.
In a liberal progressive democracy you can’t enforce your will by force, China can do that, but liberal progressive values that respect personal civil liberties can not turn the full power of the state against its own people.
We listened to the science and we lived up to the challenge. We became a well informed citizenship listening to our trusted experts and agreeing universally to curtail our personal civil liberties in solidarity for the greater good.
We did that without welding doors shut like they did in China. NZ became the best example of democratic values in how to deal with strife and woe.
History was watching and we stood tall to the challenge. It won’t be China who can claim state violence led to the only victory against Covid19, our collective example will modestly stand on its own two feet on the mantle of time.
The one glaring damnation on us all
While we count our blessings, let’s also bow our head in shame at the one glaring damnation on us all.
How was it that the essential workers who kept the entire system running while we sheltered in our homes were the poorest paid amongst us?
How unjust was that pandemic revelled truth and haven’t we all had a hand in building that wrong?
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