The best science is telling the Government that this latest outbreak is recent and that the track trace regime is capable of containing this cluster and cauterising it within the period of time announced.
The front line testing regime of workers in quarantine facilities is now mandatory, those working were checked daily for symptoms so the claim by National and their media trolls that this is an enormous border failure simply isn’t true, the border can only go so far, THAT’S WHY the MoH and Bloomfield were warning about masks last week!
This virus requires a strict border and then firebreaks of masks, social distancing and quarantine alongside an effective track trace regime.
We have that all in place.
We could hold the election on September 19th, the Electoral Commission has contingency plans for a Level 2 lockdown election format so this latest outbreak could be solved in time for a 4 week campaign and we could still have the election on September 19th.
I don’t think we should.
It’s not a case of the Opposition being disadvantaged by having no platform or voice during the emergency that rings true, because this National Party are so odiously toxic that every time they get on screen, voters recoil in horror at the naked malice and National drops in the polls.
The truth is that National would probably do better on election day if no one saw from them for the next 6 weeks!
No, it’s not the lack of platform time that should force a change of election date, it’s what Judith and Gerry might say once losing the September 19th election that should force the date to November.
Let’s be clear, since taking over as leader, Judith has displayed a gasp inducing, breath taking ability of malevolence well beyond your average politician. Her ‘what’s wrong with being white’ race baiting, her purposeful side stepping of Falloon so her first weekend of media wasn’t stained, her execution of Iain Lees-Galloway on live TV, her avoidance to act immediately with ‘Merv’, her draconian policies and her promotion of Conspiracy theories to damage the Government have all highlighted why the rest of the National Party never trusted her with the power of leadership until their were forced to by self-destructive despair after Muller imploded.
The conspiracy theory peddling shows that there is no lower level to which Judith won’t stoop and with the realisation that the Party will execute her mercilessly once she loses, her desperation will only push her to feed that dark part pf her psyche which frightens the rest of us.
If Judith were forced to fight a September 19th election and failed I fear she would pull a Trump, that she would claim the election was biased, unfair and rigged. Now, at any normal time that would be laughed off as the hysterical ravings of someone who fought and was found lacking in every possible category and in their bitter defeat have turned on the process to eclipse their own terminal short comings.
Sadly these are not normal times.
Rump National voters are already a brutal lot who feed and celebrate spite, give them a justification to question the legitimacy of a Labour led Government and they will turn septic. Include the conspiracy theorists who have spread like herpes on Facebook and you have the toxic ingredients of treason and insurrection fed on a poisonous political lie of the election being corrupt.
Judith is more than capable of attempting to burn the entire system if she doesn’t win, that is her nature.
Don’t pretend you haven’t seen it.
Those of us on the progressive Left have NOTHING to fear from a later election date, we can thrash these right wing clowns any day of the God damned week and we should remove their ability to claim the result was unfair.
Move the election date, allow us to heal, learn and repair from this latest outbreak and eliminate Judith’s ability to seed sedition.
These are not normal times.
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