Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has slammed former Prime Minister Sir John Key’s ideas to transform the country’s pandemic strategy as an insult to New Zealanders.
“I think it’s a great piece of politics,” Hipkins said on TVNZ’s Q+A programme on Sunday morning.
“Actually many things that John Key’s arguing are already happening.”
In an opinion piece in today’s Herald, Key said the New Zealand Government and public health officials needed to rapidly change their thinking and “the aim should no longer be to exist a smug hermit kingdom”.
He said the problem with this “hermit kingdom mode” was also that people had to believe the Government can go on borrowing a billion dollars every week “to disguise that we are no longer making our way in the world”.
Key made a five point plan, calling on Māori and Pacific health providers to get financial incentives for every person they get vaccinated in the next six weeks. Giving every person aged between 12-29 a $25 voucher of their choice if they get vaccinated before December 1 and allowing only vaccinated people into licensed premises were among his suggestions.
He said the Government should also tell New Zealanders when borders will reopen, and to “stop ruling by fear” and instead reassure people that living with the virus is possible, as long as they’re vaccinated.
What’s most hilarious is his criticism that Labour are ruling using fear and is the smug hermit kingdom.
Firstly it isn’t fear mongering if it’s rational to be fearful. Professor Shaun Hendy’s modeling of 7000 dead and 60000 hospitalizations is based on the very parameters of 80% vaccination rates with no level 4 lockdown that the Right including National and ACT have been screaming for!
Professor Shaun Hendy isn’t fear mongering by modeling out what the Right have been calling for!
Secondly it’s rich that Key is claiming fear and using hermit kingdom metaphors when in fact it’s his very own National Party who under Collins has been accused of a culture of fear where no opinion other than Dear Leader’s is tolerated!
You can’t get more North Korean than National under Judith!
Key is the vacant aspiration of a NZ with no values other than making money. That he feels he can come back after Dirty Politics to lecture us during an actual public health crisis is an abomination!
John Key’s Government used the Police & Spy services to silence and attack critics while running a black ops team in his Office.
Key lecturing on fear is like Trump lecturing on feminism.
A former Prime Minister who signed off on a war crime has no place in the current dialogue.
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