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Disgusting medical apartheid in NZ

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Supported by the two major parties. Indeed, when people converged on parliament’s grounds to protest at such abhorrence, the fascists called the cops and beat up old men, women (like this nurse) and used tear gas. These people were fighting for their livelihoods. The MPs were supposed to be representing them. Instead, they all sheltered behind their four-walled offices.

And most egregious of all, our PM in waiting gave a self-effacing speech in parliament congratulating the police for their work.

I am the only writer on this blog who has been a serving policeman, and what I saw that day sickened me to my core. Not my cops. Not my country.

#EndTheMandates

Written by Nick K

June 19, 2022 at 10:11 pm

Failed solutions, Moral Cruelty and Advertising

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“the perceived level of personal threat needs to be increased among those who are complacent, using hard-hitting emotional messaging. Without a vaccine, psychology is your main weapon.You have to restrict ways in which people mix and the virus can spread… You need to frighten people.”

Those words were part of the response from the SPI-B (Scientific Pandemic Insights) group that was advising the British government on dealing with the C-19 pandemic, and that response was a specific answer to the government’s question, “What are the options for increasing adherence to the social distancing measures?” 

As the Great Chinese Xi Snot pandemic finally grinds to an end after two years there are a lot of people digging back into the measures that were taken to combat it, and one of those people is  Laura Dodsworth, who has written a book about SPI-B and the larger science group they advised, SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies). The book is A State of Fear, and her essay is The Moral Cruelty of the Pandemic Response, which examines the tensions between the individual and the collective that bubbled up during the pandemic. She has many examples of this played out in light of the government’s decision to follow the advice of SPI-B and terrify people, but none better than this:

As she points out about that Labour Party tweet:

The intention was to shame the Conservative party for ‘Partygate’, but instead it revealed how morally adrift and lacking in compassion people became. Jenny followed the rules, but maybe she shouldn’t have.

But that was merely the fear created in the individual vs. collective struggle over just one tactic, lockdowns, whereas the same thing happened for masks and ultimately the vaccines.

This and other solidarity-based messaging stemmed from the advice of behavioural scientists that appeals made to the collective conscience are more effective than appeals based on the threat to ourselves.

Science in general took the lead, and still does as countless people (many of whom dumped science at the age of 14 in high school because it was too tough) continue to scream “But The ScienceTM, when in fact decisions were made everyday that were not connected to the science. Here in NZ, the sudden reduction in weeks between the first and second shot was a classic example, done not because of a change in science but because the government found itself well behind on vaccinations when C-19 Delta hit in 2021.

Dodsworth points to Carl Jung’s famous book, The Undiscovered Self, and his take on science in our society:

“…one of the chief factors responsible for psychological mass-mindedness is scientific rationalism, which robs the individual of his foundations and his dignity. As a social unit he has lost his individuality and become a mere abstract number in the bureau of statistics.”

The whole essay is as much about philosophy as anything else (hence Jung) but, like him, she points to the weak spots of our modern society that will enable this to happen again:

Religion did not save us. Churches closed their doors at Easter, when Jesus Christ’s resurrection is remembered. Some of the faithful died without last rites…. Going further, the Archbishop of Canterbury told Christians it was immoral not to be vaccinated. “Vaccine Saves” was emblazoned on Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. People sat spaced 2 metres apart in cathedrals awaiting vaccination, both medical miracle and ritual act of biomedical transubstantiation. Masks were more than totems in the latest culture war, they became the vestiture of the faithful, signalling belief and obedience. They emblemised a moral code based upon extending life, not securing your place in the afterlife.

I found the attitude of priests and pastors on that last point particularly evil given the overwhelming reason for the existence of their Christian faith, of which the last rites are supposed to be more than just a symbol. What must those dying people have thought awaited them, given their beliefs about the need for last rites? You can laugh at them as being insane to believe in such a thing, but would you be happy to torture an insane dying person precisely on the point of their belief?

Our societies not only did but got religious leaders to do it for them, enabling the rest of society to create the required social pariahs, when the Christian church was built upon the rock of appealing to social outcasts. This was perhaps the most obvious marker of how the secular world has triumphed over the religious in the West; the Church’s reason for existence was to save souls, not bodies.

I am not confident that her final call will be met either:

Lockdowns and restrictions squashed exactly what we need to flourish as human beings in order to counteract a psychic epidemic. As that crisis recedes, other dangers endure. Bad actors and paternalistic libertarians alike lack humility when they brazenly exploit our nature. We are buffeted by nudge, propaganda, and our passions. For the good of the collective, we must recapture meaning and values as individuals. 

Aside from re-thinking the morality involved it seems that some scientists who were in the middle of dealing with it have also begin to question their scientific analysis and conclusions, starting with Professor Mark Woolhouse, a member of SPI-M, the modelling group on SAGE, who has also written a book, The Year the World Went Mad. As he describes things in The Telegraph:

“We knew from February [2020], never mind March, that the lockdown would not solve the problem. It would simply delay it,” Woolhouse says, a note of enduring disbelief in his voice. And yet in government, “there was no attention paid to that rather obvious drawback of the strategy”.

Instead, lockdowns – which “only made sense in the context of eradication” – became the tool of choice to control Covid. The die was cast in China, which instituted ultra-strict measures and, unforgivably in Woolhouse’s book, was praised by the World Health Organisation for its “bold approach”. “The WHO,” he suggests, “got the biggest calls completely wrong in 2020. The early global response to the pandemic was woefully inadequate.”

Watching on, the rest of the world found itself following the same template, even though no work had been done to assess the costs of lockdowns. After swine flu, modellers had studied the knock-on consequences of many elements of infection control, but they had never envisaged “an instruction for most of the population to stay at home”.

But a big part of why they got it wrong was that they felt that organic fear of the disease was not enough. Back to Dodsworth:

The doom-mongering modelling which catalysed lockdowns does, by its nature, treat humans as social units. But by depriving us of individuality the modelling also deprives itself of accuracy. Professor Graham Medley who chairs the modelling group SPI-M reported to MPs that it is impossible to predict human behaviour and therefore the most pessimistic outcomes were offered to government….

According to Professor Woolhouse the doom analysis was only on one side of the lockdowns:

What he does know is that while extremely detailed modelling was being done “on what the epidemic itself might look like and the harms that novel coronavirus would cause… on the other side of the scales, we had pretty much nothing at all. There was never at any stage, even by the following year, any form of analysis of the harms caused by lockdowns. Were they even considered? I haven’t seen any evidence that they were and that is very, very troubling.”

But the article points out that the SAGE itself got a report in April 2020 that assessed how many years of quality life would be lost to lockdowns. The best guess was that suppressing the virus would cost three times more years than the disease itself. At the same time similar calculations were done here in NZ by Economics Professor John Gibson from Waikato. In addition the Swedish epidemiologists had already made clear that lockdowns were not an option for the same reasons. Even by late April there was analysis of the specific lockdowns used in France, Italy and Spain that showed they didn’t work.

Feeding into the doom models was, as Woolhouse says, a “fact” about the virus that was already known to be wrong:

Woolhouse, from his position on the inside as government policy was formed, saw something very different: the disease being described as a universal killer, when it was clear from the beginning some were very much more at risk than others.

“The first good data on this started to emerge in late February 2020,” he says. And as Britain endured the first Covid wave, this data was borne out in the facts. Those over 70 had at least 10,000 times the risk of dying as those under 15 years old. “This is a highly discriminatory virus,” Woolhouse says, still exasperated today. “It’s ageist, it’s sexist, it’s racist. And we certainly knew [that] before we went into lockdown.”

Yes. Known. So why did the government’s go for lockdown and the other harsh measures? Dodsworth’s analysis echos again:

Yet the Government decided that telling half the population that they were at extremely low risk would dilute adherence to the harsh rules it was imposing, and instead ramped up the threat warnings. “We are all at risk,” noted Michael Gove in March 2020. “The virus does not discriminate.” But it did then, and it does now.

Exactly. Science got trashed, even as we were being screamed at every day that politicians were following the science. I almost feel sorry for Woolhouse and I will read his book, but frankly I’m in no mood yet to forgive sinners, even deeply repentant ones.

Finally there’s this article looking at another aspect: the massive advertising campaign launched by the US government to promote the vaccines:

So, the federal government decided to market vaccine acceptance, but not by distributing information through the official pathway of public health departments.  Instead, the U.S. government hired the media to become their marketing agencies to sell vaccine acceptance to the US population.

According to Blaze Media’s Chris Pandolfo’s report on March 3rd, “The federal government paid hundreds of media companies to advertise the COVID-19 vaccines while those same outlets provided positive coverage of the vaccines.”

That advertising was spread across a huge range of media companies: ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as cable TV news stations Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, legacy media publications including the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, digital media companies like BuzzFeed News and Newsmax, and hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations.

As the article bluntly states:

The entire media apparatus of the United States became the Voice of America to sell a positive, COVID-19 vaccine image to Americans. Congress appropriated $1 billion to buy the ads and obtain the placements of “influencer” personalities to appear in the media to sell the program.

Under this arrangement, the questioning of whether vaccines were effective or safe disappeared from the official narrative seen by Americans. Only the outlets that were not part of the marketing effort continued to cover the reservations of the academics; and these were then almost universally labeled as “fake news” by social media censors.

Most of these outfits never informed their viewers of this bought-and-paid-for work. For the average consumer of the MSM – for the average consumer of Fox News – it all would have seemed like normal news coverage or at worst “Public Service Announcements”.

It takes a crisis…

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… to finally put a stop to another crisis.

In this case the Russian invasion of Ukraine looks like it will be the final push needed to shove the Great Chinese Lung Rot Pandemic into history after more than two years of hysteria.

That and shitty polls (USA, more on that in a bit) – or banking problems (Canada), that caused Trudeau to dump the emergency powers about twenty four hours after Parliament granted them, clearly seeing a run on the banks as people feared they might be next to have accounts frozen for crossing him.

Like a lot of other things about the Pandemic, the damage to Canadian banks could be long-term; after all, why would you now risk having a Canadian bank account unless you have no choice?

Over in perhaps the worst European nation, Austria, the politicians went from a dark night of pushing through laws demanding 100% vaccine mandates, plus fines, in mid-February – to dumping them by March 5th. Even in NZ some cracks started to appear, as with this article about Ardern from a former fangirl, From saint to sinner:

No wonder I voted for her – twice. But times have changed.

Once saintly, Jacinda now appears merely silly, having led New Zealand to a place that looks more like a smug cul-de-sac than a nation wholly reliant on overseas tourism and trade. Then again, long-term strategic thinking was never a feature of her government’s Covid response, with “elimination” taking precedence over vaccination for much of 2021.  

Incidentally in the comments of that article I see that eternal Labour bootlicker, Russell Brown, had crawled out from whatever obscure rock he lives under nowadays, to fight for his beloved Wonder Girl who must be supported 100%, 24/7/365, and with the usual accusations of racism, natch.

But as usual it’s the USA I’m most interested in and, as I pointed out here, here, here and here, governments around the world would only start slacking off on their Chinese Lung Rot restrictions when polls began to turn against them. Back on February 11, one of the D.C. insiders, Politico, saw that the Mid-Term elections were coming hard and nasty – and for once was willing to call the bullshit of The ScienceTM that would be attached:

Democrats are making a U-turn on mask mandates, just in time for the midterms.

It’s happening among the party’s governors, several of whom are easing up their masking rules as Covid’s Omicron wave fades. And it’s happening on the Hill, where Democrats are suddenly lining up to call for rollbacks of the nation’s most noticeable pandemic-era rule.

People had fun with this:

Things became even more fun when Brandon’s very own pollster found out that his Covid Zero policy was hated by Americans and advised that it was time to declare victory and move on. See part of the pollster’s memo below:

That’s why President Oatmeal Brain went from this…

… to all that unity mush in his sad little SOTU the other day.

Even some factual stuff was permitted to see the light of day in more public media areas, starting with RealClearInvestigations:

Correction, Mr. President: This Is a Deadly Pandemic of the Vaccinated Too
Despite promises from President Biden and top health officials that COVID-19 vaccines would prevent severe illness, death, and perhaps even transmission of the virus, data indicate that thousands of Americans are dying from the disease even after having been vaccinated.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla made the same point more bluntly in an interview with Yahoo News on January 10, 2022. “We know that two dose[s] of the vaccine offer very limited protection, if any,” he said. “The three doses with a booster … offer reasonable protection against hospitalization and deaths, and against deaths I think very good.”

That’s a very solid article, especially as it also takes the CDC to task for not releasing vast amounts of data lest it “be misinterpreted as the vaccines being ineffective.”  Yes, even at this stage we can’t have that.

Meanwhile CNN’s favourite TV doctor, Leena Wen, came out and started talking about the damage being done to kids with all the Zoom learning and mask-wearing, especially among pre-schoolers, citing a new study about major developmental delays in schoolchildren.

You.

Don’t.

Say.

But I thought kids were resilient? At least that’s what the American school teacher unions and their Democrat Party servants assured us. Moreover Wen should know about the outer limits of resiliency in children as she used to run Planned Parenthood. She’s got hands-on experience testing their physical resiliency.

But aside from polling, political and “new” medical analysis, the best example of how bad things are for the Democrats and how their supporters are gagging to get them turned away from General Tso’s Sickness mandates, there’s always Saturday Night Live.

SNL has been shit for two decades and I’ll warn you now that this one is cringe-worthy, even though it has the very funny John Mulaney in it (VPN may be needed to view it). It’s a dinner party skit about six left wingers discussing whether …. masks and vaccines were actually necessary, and the social reactions associated with raising such topics in the land of the smug and certain. Amazing how quickly the pivot has happened.

But that skit showcases one of the big problems the Democrats are going to have with this pivot, their own base can’t go back to normal – and not just on masks.

The question for New Zealand is when the same thing will happen here, especially given the steady slide of Labour in the polls to the point where the seats are Labour/Green 54/120, National/ACT 63/120.

I’ve said for some time that as useful to the government as this fear factor has been, driven both by them and our hysterical media, it would actually start to bite them in the ass when the inevitable return to normality began.

I reckon about 20% of our population continue to be scared shitless by this virus, despite Omicron’s well-established mildness, them being triple-vaxxed and so forth. I see it in people’s behaviour every day; you still see people wearing masks outdoors or while driving alone, scanning in (when the government has dumped the people who were tracking and tracing), and so forth.

I also look at examples like Chris Trotter’s petting zoo at his blog; they’re still pissed about Jacinda lifting the Level 4 lockdown late last year, convinced that it could have worked a second trick and obtained “Covid-Zero” with the Delta variant. If they still believe that in the face of their own political heroes giving up on it then what else will they have a hard time letting go of?

The latest in our White Supremacist Watch list

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Another Curia survey, this time looking at the protestors themselves:

Who is at the protest and why?

Apparently Sean Plunket’s new online show, The Platform, is the one who commissioned Curia to do the polls and it involved sending people into the crowd to do the job. The response rate was an incredible 95%.

If only more reporters had done this. But then the results would have screwed their narrative, which I see Stuff is continuing to push today with a headline about “Holocaust distortion and anti-Semitism being rife” in the group. Not what the Curia poll found.

Turns out that it’s not a White Supremacist anti-vaxx protest but more of more of a Labour/Green non-violent anti-mandate protest made up of a reasonably representative group of New Zealanders, almost half of whom l voted for Labour/Greens at the last election. Almost a third of the group are Maori and the proportion of Maori Party voters is way out of line with their nation-wide vote.

I wasn’t surprised that 76.9% are unvaccinated. I’m sure that Bob Jones is surprised that we haven’t seen dozens of bodies from the sick and the dying, as he predicted two weeks ago with Doing God’s Work:

I can see why Luxon and Seymour don’t want to meet this River Of Filth.

It’s also likely why both Chris Trotter and Bob Jones have held back comments on their blogs for several days now; I suspect they’re getting a lot less support than they expected for their sneering attacks on the protestors.

I also had to laugh at DPF’s comment:

While I was concerned about health and safety issues, my staff report that they did not encounter any threatening behaviour at all.

Remember that DPF lives in Wellington and frequents this exact area. Looks like he continues to rely on the likes of Stuff for news.

Just to summarise:

  • These protestor folks are not alt-right, neo-Nazis.
  • They are not intent on violence.
  • They do not seem to be the source of a covid outbreak.

How difficult would it have been for a MSM journalist to ascertain a few facts two weeks ago?

Written by Tom Hunter

February 21, 2022 at 10:05 am

THE GOVERNMENT HAS TRULY LOST THE PLOT

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A report from Stuff that Cabinet is considering erecting a steel fence around the parliamentary precinct so as to provide a further level of security against intruders trying to enter parliament. More evidence that Ardern/Mallard have truly lost the plot. As it stands right now there is enhanced screening for anyone wanting to enter the parliamentary complex. A further level of screening for the public wanting to stroll on the parliamentary grounds is totally unnecessary and is the hallmark of a totalitarian state.

And all this was so unnecessary. If Ardern hadn’t belittled the protesters; if Mallard hadn’t acted as the thug he is by turning on the sprinklers and blasting them with discorent muzik and if the government had reacted by laying out a time-line for the ending of mandates then in all probability the sting would have been taken out of the protest.

But it didn’t and now the protesters are calling the shots; the Police have been made to look impotent and the government has lost control of the situation. A situation all of their own making.

Meanwhile residents and businesses caught up in the protest are suffering. All so sad, all so unnecessary.

Written by The Veteran

February 20, 2022 at 4:09 pm

Sadly?

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Talk about letting the cat out of the bag!

As one of the world’s richest men and one held to be one of the smartest, Bill Gates loves talking. He attends countless interviews. He’s hot on Global Warming and public healthcare, but to the dismay of his comrades in those areas he sometimes steps off the reservation – as when he said several years ago that renewable energy sources like wind and solar just weren’t going to be sufficient and nuclear power was the way to go.

Now he’s done the same thing with the C-19 vaccines.

That idea might actually spread faster than the virus, let alone the vaccines.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 20, 2022 at 8:32 am

Public Service Announcement

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If you have a vaccination pass, it will expire sometime before 28 May.

The vax pass confirms a person is vaccinated under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act 2020.

In that legislation, the term “vaccinated” is defined thus:

vaccinated, in relation to a person, means the person has received all the required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines that—

(a) the Minister or Director-General specifies in a COVID-19 order:

(b) the Director-General specifies in a notice made under subsection (3)(b)

The Order referred to in subclause (a) came into effect on 30 April 2021. In that Order, the relevant required doses were:

The administrative requirements are slightly irrelevant, because they relate to mandated workplaces. But for the purposes of whether someone is vaccinated, and has got their “papers”, there is no change. This is the definition – 2 doses of the ineffective, unsafe and experimental Comirnaty “vaccine”.

But the Order referred to in subclause (a) has been amended, by the stroke of Minister Hipkins pen. That was done on 23 January 2022. The Amendment Order did a number of things, and most importantly it amended the doses required of the “vaccine” (snigger) to include a booster so that the person cannot be considered “vaccinated” (snigger) until and unless said person has had a booster.

So the message to all you dirty, virus-ridden, unclean, filthy maggots spreading Covid throughout the country, is that when your vax pass expires, you’re not considered vaccinated unless you have a booster shot of the “vaccine” (snigger).

Written by Nick K

February 19, 2022 at 8:27 pm

Curia polls the vaccinated

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Over at Kiwiblog it seems that DPF has had his polling company, Curia, conduct a poll on the reasons why people say they got vaccinated.

The results are interesting:

  • Protect personal health, 70% said it was a large or the main factor
  • Protect health of others, 76% large/main
  • Due to vaccine pass, 36% large/main
  • Due to vaccine mandate 31% large/main

The 76% of people who say they did it in order to protect the health of others must be feeling a bit silly now as they watch Omicron rip through the vaccinated populations of other nations, and now us.

The comments over there are worth reading also because there’s a lot of vaccinated people in those last two categories who are very much opposed to vaccine mandates as well as getting booster shots. They’re done. The following is a good example from one CJames:

I am triple vaccinated -3rd shot was done before it was allowed to be called a booster. I am quite prepared to have the flu shots every year. All my other shots are up to date…I am very unlikely to have a 4th shot – if the first three don’t work, why should this one?

I am very opposed to the mandate, especially as it has not much success in preventing you catching or spreading the Wuflu. This is because I despise a society where we officially sanction two classes of people. According to the party line, I am an anti-vaxxer. So be it. But don’t ever expect my support or for me ever to trust you again. That respect you want has long since evaporated.
The true anti-vaxxers might well be tinfoil hat wearing conspiracists, but they are not white supremacists or racists or whatever other name the authoritarian (il)liberals want to label them.

Also let’s not forget this survey from the USA:

Written by Tom Hunter

February 19, 2022 at 7:33 pm

Personal Protest coverage from Lindsay Mitchell

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Obviously there’s a lot of coverage of the Wellington Anti-mandate protests on Social Media site like Facebook/Twitter, but I should have been checking out Lindsay Mitchell’s blog as she’s had quite a few posts with personal observations and links to social media.

From the parliamentary occupation site this morning, a row of caricatures. I guess to the protestors the parties are indistinguishable. Their response is uniform. ‘We want you to go away.’ By my first-hand observation and conversations with protestors, be assured. They will not.

To be amongst the protestors is both calming and exhilarating. There’s a strong sense of trust in one another which has been long denied by lockdown separations, physical distancing and masking. People are working together to overcome adversities thrown at them by nature or the state. They know here, they can talk freely. For the first time in ages they actually feel safe in a physical community beyond the internet. 

But MPs – all of them – want you believe the protestors are ‘unsafe.’ That the city streets are being made unsafe by their presence. Now the protest site is ‘unhygienic’ and ‘contamination’ lurks. Faeces has been spotted (so have many well-cared for dogs attached to the protestors.)

Those who long ago lost trust in government can recognise alarmist media reporting and political propaganda when they see it.  

I’d choose to sit with these people any day over a parliamentary select committee.

Or Protest Day 8: Answer me this:

Where is the Maori Party when so many of the protestors are their whanau?

Where is the ACT Party when so many of the protestors are pleading for our legislated freedoms?

Where are the Greens, the very party of protest?

Where is Labour with a list ranking full of so-called activists?

Any ideas?

Oh I’ve got at least a couple of ideas about all this:

Crystallization, Madness and Tyranny

It is a fascinating moment when this sort of crystallization happens in a mass culture like America’s, because seemingly overnight even the definition of legitimate speech (or thought or action) also changes. Tocqueville observed that quite abruptly a person can no longer express opinions or raise questions that only days before were acceptable, even though no facts of the matter have changed. At an individual level, people who were within the bounds can be surprised to find themselves “tormented by the slights and persecutions of daily obloquy.” Once this occurs, he wrote, “your fellow-creatures will shun you like an impure being, and those who are most persuaded of your innocence will abandon you too, lest they should be shunned in their turn.”

Freedom and other anti-government slogans

Bryce Edwards visits the Anti-mandate protests

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Bryce has been quite the Leftie all his life, though rather an old-fashioned kind focused on economics even as he lectures in politics at Otago University.

Looks to be a bunch of fairly ordinary New Zealanders with a few nutters thrown into the mix, as is always the case with such protests.

Notably the NZ MSM ignored the the Antifa/Burn Loot Murder wannabes in the 2020 BLM protests here in NZ, plus some of the Extinction Rebellion folks, and going all the way back to that fabulous Communist Party banner unfurling at the Springbok Tour ground invasion at Hamilton’s Rugby Park in 1981.

All taken in stride by the MSM and those politicians who supported, and support those protests – of course.

The mandates, especially the vaccine mandates, were an “emergency measure” taken by the government in order to achieve their arbitary and world-beating goal of having 90% of the elligible population vaccinated.

“The traffic light system won’t help us very much because it was never designed to dampen down transmission, it was only designed to nudge people towards vaccination,” – Professor Baker

It would be interesting to know how many protestors are actually vaccinated. After all, we were repeatedly told that vaccination would set us free from all these controls. Even the vaccinated people I know (not one-eyed Labour fanatics of course) are now beginning to question this. It is therefore entirely appropriate for National and ACT to also begin questioning the usefulness of mandates now and asking when they will be eliminated, and to do so via Parliament and the MSM of which they are so frightened.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 13, 2022 at 11:02 am