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Slowing the spread

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Words are interesting, particularly if they are spluttered by politicians.

A few months after Dr Fauci’s gain of function research came into the form of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid 19), our magnificent Prime Minister proudly proclaimed she was going to “eliminate” the virus from New Zealand. I said to my wife at the time, regularly, that I wished Dear Leader all the luck in the world eliminating an airborne virus. I had never heard of such a thing being possible, but it seemed Queen Ardern and St Ashley had other ideas.

They were going to do this, apparently, by “going hard and going early” with a strategy never ever seen before as a health response to a virus anywhere, ever – lockdowns. As we now know, the initial nine days of the lockdown were illegal. But more importantly, not only was the lockdown not lawful, the Government’s own Influenza Pandemic Plan reproduced in 2020, never mentions the word “lockdown” once in all of it’s 193 pages.

So the elimination strategy was nonsense; the lockdown was illegal; and the Ministry of Health’s own advice to the government just a year before the virus hit our shores never considered nationwide lockdowns as part of the Ministry’s “Contain” and “Manage” strategies in its own report.

It is important to consider a variety of control measures to prevent, eliminate or slow down
transmission of the virus. Modelling indicates that such interventions may help to eliminate or
slow a virus’s spread, pending the arrival of a vaccine. Public health measures could include
border management measures, intensified surveillance, early detection and isolation of cases
and quarantine of contacts, promotion of the importance of strict personal hygiene (especially
hand- washing), the use of antivirals, the restriction of public gatherings and the closure of
education institutions.

They gave up with Delta, gradually accepting, as they should have from the start, that elimination was impossible. With Delta, Ardern wanted to “aggressively stamp out the virus”. Further, Ardern is quoted as saying that, “It’s clear that a long period of heavy restrictions has not got us to zero cases. But its ok … elimination was important because we didn’t have vaccinations. Now we do. So we can begin to change the way we do things,” she said.

So let’s get this clear, the purpose was to eliminate until we had 90% vaccination coverage, at which time she admits we could not eliminate and instead we were to “aggressively stamp out the virus”.

In short: Elimination was always BS, Ardern never really thought it could be done, and the Ministry’s 193 page report doesn’t mention lockdowns as a strategy. She was just aching to vax, vax, vax like crazy.

Now we are being subjected to new words, “slowing the spread”. These are interesting words.

It’s a reflection that the spread, or transmission, is inevitable. I mean, slowing the spread isn’t “stopping the spread”, nor is it stamping out the spread”. All they want to do is “slow” it down. To put Ardern’s words another way, “you’re going to get Omicron folks, and instead of getting it next week, we’re going to slow that down so you’ll get it in about two weeks, or maybe a week after that.”

Circling back to my introduction then, elimination was always nonsense for an airborne virus, and Ardern now essentially admits this.

PS: On a slightly different topic – watching the Australian Open, the girls walk out of the tunnel wearing masks, take them off when hitting the court, and then in the most unforgivable hypocrisy of all, being unmasked they hug the 12 year old ball girl and have a photo taken with her. It’s nuckin’ futz.

Written by Nick K

January 25, 2022 at 9:27 pm

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  1. But more importantly, not only was the lockdown not lawful, the Government’s own Influenza Pandemic Plan reproduced in 2020, never mentions the word “lockdown” once in all of it’s 193 pages.

    A point I made in this post, The Covid-19 Royal Commission. The section on lockdowns also covered this fact about the plans from other nations:

    It is for this reason that lockdown policies were never part of any pandemic preparedness plans prior to 2020. In fact, they were expressly not recommended in WHO documents, even for severe respiratory viral pathogens and for that matter neither were border closures, face coverings, and testing of asymptomatic individuals.

    Tom Hunter

    January 25, 2022 at 9:46 pm

  2. Love it! The absurdity is becoming clearer by the day.

    I mostly understand what is happening, now. But it’s far-fetched enough that I’m glad it will be discovered in due time without me having to spell it out. Would just sound like a raving lunatic, otherwise!

    Lucia Maria

    January 25, 2022 at 9:58 pm

  3. I fear a royal commission of inquiry will white wash the real issues. ” No one is to blame, we did our best bla bla bla etc etc .
    ( refer to Kiwipolitico blog and Paul Buchanan’s comments about the Christchurch massacre ) The government learnt NOTHING.

    My wish list is we need something more ordinary. Why no a Justice of the Peace Truth and Reconciliation
    Commision? Select say twelve JP’s from around the country… so it doesn’t clog the justice system
    Terms of reference. There are none. No questions are out of bounds

    Consider the adage: If you want to dishonour someone, you must exploit them first.
    I say a JP’s TRC is a populace way to pay back our politicians and unelected bureaucrats ,,, NOT a royal commission

    Edward Main

    January 26, 2022 at 7:58 am

  4. Masks touted by arden for 2 year olds. Does she want to psychologically damage little ones as early as possible? Mental.


    January 26, 2022 at 8:06 am

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