Labour and National’s political truce seems to be short-lived, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rubbishing the Opposition’s proposed ‘freedom day’ plans.
National says it would end lockdowns and reconnect to the world when 85 to 90 percent of the eligible population among all regions and ages are vaccinated, or on December 1 – whichever comes earlier. According to health data, 66.6 percent are currently fully vaccinated.
National leader Judith Collins asked Ardern in Parliament on Wednesday if she agreed “we need to have a date of 1st of December by which her Government needs to complete the vaccination programme that they promised to do this year”.
Originally National wanted to reopen at 70%, then they wanted 75%. Then it was 80%, now it’s 85%.
National have kept moving this percentage up because the modeling keeps showing us that the numbers who will die at 70%, 75% and 80% are in the thousands and hospitalizations would be in the tens of thousands.
Even for National, that level of morality and sickness is a tad high, they prefer low level collateral damage for social policy, not mass graves.
That’s why National’s demand to open the country and drop the restrictions on December 1st is such garbage.
Push aside the tax bribes, what National are really saying is they are comfortable with 1000 dead as the sacrifice for the economy.
So whose freedom are we celebrating on December 1st? Not the poorest who can’t afford to get to the vaccination centers, not vulnerable communities who are distrustful of State agencies, not the children in over crowded homes – no, for them this is Death Day not Freedom Day.
All we can be certain off is that if National had been in power when the pandemic broke out, we would be a far more damaged and grief struck country.
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