Kiwi fashion blogger and socialite Jaime Ridge has hit out at Jacinda Ardern and the Government over what she describes as the “completely unconstitutional” MIQ system after missing out on a room while stuck in the US.
The daughter of Kiwi television personality and real estate agent Sally Ridge says she has been contacted by hundreds of her followers who are also unable to get back into New Zealand due to the ongoing MIQ system.
“How the hell do you get a spot in MIQ?” Ridge wrote in an Instagram story.
“Number 9000 in the ‘queue’ yesterday and I’m just absolutely baffled. The flights are booked and have been for weeks, then the govt changed the rules (again) … Who is running this show. A complete lack of competence. Just a bunch of muppets.
The tsunami of snark that greeted Jamie Ridge’s confused statements of MIQ being unconstitutional (we don’t have a constitution Jamie) was justified as was the criticism of the glaring privilege of her social media humble brags.
Why are you leaving the country during an unpredictable pandemic for anything less than an emergency and then have the audacity to bitch about not getting back into the country???
But the mocking and righteous indignation aside, it would be unwise to write the anger off. NZs diaspora are genuinely angry and hurt by the quarantine measures.
The million deep Kiwi diaspora doesn’t normally vote in great numbers but I suspect the incandescent rage the MIQ is causing those locked out of their home is going to only build once the new restrictions for Omicron come into play.
New Zealanders are watching in real time horror as Omicron sweeps across the world and are without mercy for the plight of kiwis trying to get back into the country in an effort to keep Covid out.
Domestic Kiwis and those shut out are becoming as far apart on the issues as the vaccinated and unvaccinated are.
This will have political ramifications.
Last election Greens did poorly in their usually high overseas support vote because Ardern’s global stardom eclipsed the Greens, this election however the frustration is directly at Jacinda’s policies so I think the Greens will take that vote back and then some.
0ur diaspora are furious and if the Green Party rhetoric is too moderate for their anger, ACTs throw-open-the-borders-and-let-the-free-market-decide-death policy is for you.
ACTs policy has the whiff of judgmental vengeance to it that is the perfect cocktail of payback people locked out of their own home want to inflict on those refusing to open the door.
My guess is that our diaspora are far more motivated to vote in 2023 than we have ever considered and their anger at being locked out will be sharp.
I think the Greens & ACT will reap a mighty harvest from their anger and fear.
Mocking Jamie Ridge misses this.
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