I know that many are feeling frightened.
Māori, Pacifica, beneficiaries and the essential staff working classes are all feeling the bite of inequality that they have always lived with.
The middle classes who feel vulnerable for the first time in their lives see their sacrifice during lockdown as the greatest act of courage since Kiwis stormed the beaches of Gallipoli, so our fuse for incompetence is short and our solidarity that Jacinda has empowered can become a toxic backlash that vents fears as angry bigotry and spite.
It shouldn’t be this way, we should in fact feel huge pride and satisfaction in the border process and the track trace programs.
The science math tells us that for every 1000 infected people who arrive at the border, one will be released from quarantine while still infectious – that we’ve had one leak from 40 000 over the border should be celebrated not lead to a Witch hunt led by Judith Collins!
We are allowing our fear to manipulate us, not solidify our resolution.
This latest spike in cases is not exponentially exploding and the enormous testing that has occurred gives us some security that our processes ARE working!
There are challenges, I won’t lie to you. We have underfunded our country capacity for decades under the neoliberal experiment to cope with a unique event like this and post this election, we must talk about a vast expansion of State capacity.
This election is being dominated by our emotional response to the fear and insecurity we are feeling. Don’t allow politicians who have a vested interest in seeing the country fail manipulate you into blinding yourself to how lucky we are to have Jacinda as a leader at this time of terrible stress and strain.
This is how the new normal will be until we get a vaccine and the best dates on that are at least until 2022.
Stay strong New Zealanders, we are not faint of heart. Kindness is our strength, not our weakness.
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