Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tells New Zealand Herald’s Deputy Political Editor, Derek Chen, about the freedom that unvaccinated people miss and what New Zealand will look like under the new “traffic light rating” system.Video / Martimelville
We need to take a deep breath collectively.
The next few months will be very tough.The bit we learned to open and live with Covid-19 is always
We are a tough country and I think we can overcome it.
In fact, I think we are a tough and caring country.
These are the qualities that we can see through.
Looking at our history and considering what it means to be New Zealanders, these two stand out.
But we have to balance it right.
So far, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson are not envious.
To some extent science can no longer help them.
We have all seen the model.
The choices they are currently making are political and moral.
It’s hard to make them for us.
Here, for example, there are two contrasting facts that highlight their dilemma.
Fact 1: New Zealand is taking one of the world’s most (if not the most) cautious approaches to reopening.
Our companions Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom have chosen stricter deadlines and have resumed with much lower immunization rates.
This caution infuriates those who see business failure, disruption of life, and erosion of freedom.
Fact 2: We are open before the majority of the population is ready. The paths we follow sacrifice lives, and cruelly frankly, those lives are disproportionately Maori.
The inequality between our health care system and society in general is about to be drawn with a large brush stroke so that everyone can see it.
The decision to use the District Health Commission’s immunization rate as a guide to resumption, rather than specifically waiting for Maori immunization rates to catch up, is probably one of the most difficult decisions the government has ever made. It was one.
It virtually admits that decades of structural inequality cannot be resolved with a realistic time frame for reopening the country.
This injustice infuriates those who work face-to-face with these communities and those who have a keen understanding of the power behind mainstream science and the rejection of medicine.
This is very emotional because it complicates the matter. It is internally inconsistent.
Many of us are angry with both of these facts.
Or we find ourselves shifting back and forth-feeling one sharper and then the other.
One day, I will desperately read what I consider to be an idealist and find myself smoking about the importance of personal responsibility and self-interest as a motivation for human behavior.
The next day, I will read something that dismisses the idea of structural inequality and institutional racism and find myself smoking about social injustice.
In the meantime, the response I got suggests a great deal of polarization.
Many people cannot completely see another perspective.
On both sides of the division, there are even those who cannot see that so many people have different views.
All of these have a spectrum. In terms of pandemic response, countries around the world are landing in different places.
To some extent, it divides the traditional left / right division with differences around the importance of individual and collective responsibility.
But governments, by definition, are moderate and centrist, especially in New Zealand.
Democracy requires a mainstream approach.
The mainstream view is not always kind.
They are usually a combination of practical and sometimes contradictory idealisms.
These contradictions make it difficult for modern leaders to speak clearly (unless they accept hypocrisy, like Donald Trump).
The mainstream view of the country is that if it means destroying the wealth of middle-class homeowners, it cannot afford to resolve the housing crisis.
We are ready to get over the homeless people on the street before we are ready to do it.
The government was ready to exclude capital gains taxes.
Those who are angry with the government’s cautious approach and vague message need to trust that practicability means that New Zealand will eventually land roughly in other parts of the world in this pandemic. ..
Those who are angry with the seemingly “unfriendly” resumption reality need to recognize that this is a government that is doing everything it can to defy the weight of mainstream expectations.
Well, those who are angry with the various ball-ups, missteps, and bureaucratic bangling remain angry.
It asks the government for an explanation, and it’s still important.
This is another brutal idea that the government may have considered but cannot say out loud.
At this point, the only thing that can actually accelerate the vaccination rate could be the spread of the virus itself-fear.
This is the case for the late states of the United States, which may be true in some of the more isolated regions of the country.
The delta waves that passed through the United States in August and September were categorized from those who hesitated to vaccine to those who were truly ideologically immobile.
Fortunately, New Zealand has a small population and has proven to have the resources to vaccinate more than 100,000 people in just one day.
As Covid spreads, we can still beat it.
Resources need to be prepared to meet the rising demand for vaccination.
I still have hope.
We still achieve the highest immunization rates in the world and can survive this pandemic without compromising the lowest mortality and economy.
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