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I hope she doesn’t mind but I am reproducing below Ele’s article posted earlier today on her Homepaddock blog titled ‘Some can learn from others mistakes’.    Food for thought …

 It’s early days, but most people are responding responsibly to the draconian requirements of the state of emergency.

News of the escalating rate of Covid-19 overseas and here, including the first death, is helping keep people in their isolation bubbles.

But acceptance and compliance won’t last long if the shutdown doesn’t work, or there’s a second wave because there’s too little testing, or because the disease keeps on being imported.

Deaths from the disease will be counted and broadcast. It will be harder to track those caused by the economic and social cost of the shut down but they will come.

Businesses will fail, homes will be lost, suicides and domestic violence will increase.

A four-week shutdown that eliminates the disease and saves lives might justify all that, but only if the disease is eliminated and stays out of the country and we are then able to get the economy up and functioning at full speed again.

That will mean closing the borders completely, or requiring all arrivals to be quarantined for two weeks. Trusting people to self-isolate before the shutdown didn’t work and it won’t work afterwards.
Had it done so, Covid-19 would have been confined to people who contracted it overseas and we wouldn’t have to be locked down.

Some of us can learn from others’ mistakes, their rest of us have to be the other people.

The government didn’t learn from the mistakes other countries made in not closing borders properly.
Until it decides that all arrivals will be quarantined, it’s not even learning from its own mistake in not going harder, sooner.

and my comment … I see that Bill English in his analysis (you can read it over at Kiwiblog) is suggesting there might have to be a three month lockdown period.    That remains to be seen and while there will be mounting pressure on government to ease the lockdown restrictions sooner rather than later I, for one, support a precautionary approach.    It’s a balancing act.    Get it right and the accolades will follow.   Screw up and you will pay a price.

Written by The Veteran

March 30, 2020 at 2:41 am

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Prime Minister Ardern makes it clear how she feels about rural New Zealand

I pinched this from Homepaddock because it needs wider coverage and I am sure she will not mind.

`Jamie Mackay, host of The Country, (formerly known as The Farming Show) has interviewed leaders of the National and Labour parties every week for years, with one exception. That exception was then-Labour leader David Cunliffe who declined the opportunity because he thought he wouldn’t get a fair hearing. There’s now a second exception, one of Cunliffe’s successors, Jacinda Ardern who has said she’ll now only be doing a monthly slot. “The Country” is the most expensive advertising hour on radio which indicates the size of its audience. The show goes nationwide, with a sizeable number of urban listeners and it’s a must-listen for most rural people. Interviews with party leaders are almost always pre-recorded at a time that’s convenient to them and last about five minutes. What does it say about a PM who doesn’t have a very few minutes to spare for an audience that big? People wanting to listen to interviews with the PM will no doubt be able to find others but the ones on The Country deal with rural issues in a way others don’t. If she’s not available for weekly interviews on The Country she’s not interested in talking to country people.’

One does not have to be Einstein to work out how this Coalition Government and Prime Minister Ardern view Rural New Zealand. Don’t go near there – you might get something unsavoury on your shoe and that woman apparently grew up in Morrinsville.

Written by pdm1946

January 29, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Hey Snowflake

I pinched this from Homepaddock just for you:

Thomas Sowell

“While it is true that you learn with age, the down side is that what you learn is often what a damn fool you were before.”

Written by pdm1946

July 3, 2019 at 3:39 am

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World Laughter Day

I see over at Homepaddock that today is World Laughter Day and yesterday at a Memorial Service in Wellington for mrspdm’s aunt who died recently aged 94 we were told the following joke which she apparently told to Billy Connelly and Eric Idle at Los Angeles airport not too many years ago. Question: How many canarys can you get under a scotsman’s kilt? Answer: It depends on the size of his perch.

Written by pdm1946

May 1, 2016 at 3:30 am

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