New Zealand’s Covid Policy Is Harebrained, Mad and Utterly Unsustainable

Jacinda's self-congraluations on "defeating" the virus were premature

There is a bizarre cult of personality among the British left surrounding New Zealand’s wholly overrated prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. A mythology has been created: the wokest leader in the Anglosphere has managed to defeat Covid-19 through quick action, putting the UK’s own incompetent leader to shame for not acting sooner. But on closer examination, this is merely crude propaganda.

Ardern has claimed her country did ‘what no one else managed to do’ when she began lifting her initial lockdown in April, after ‘defeating’ the virus. The left over here gushed in support over how she put ‘people above money’. But comparing New Zealand to the UK is plainly absurd.

When it comes to Covid outcomes, New Zealand shouldn’t be compared to countries in Europe or the US. Its situation is more comparable to somewhere like Tristan da Cunha, a British Overseas Territory, which has had no cases. Why? Because both are remote islands hours from their nearest neighbours with more sheep than people. They would also be two of the safest places in the world in the event of a nuclear holocaust due to their remoteness, and because there are no worthwhile targets – unless a nuclear nation decided to take out a large chunk of the world’s lamb supply.

The population of New Zealand is smaller than New York City. The entire country has a fraction of the air traffic of London alone. The UK had a high number of cases because its capital is one of the biggest cities in the world, is a melting pot of cultures, and is a banking powerhouse.

With our own economic reckoning finally becoming clear, the claim of putting ‘people before money’ would be laughable if it wasn’t so terrifying. Despite the pro-lockdown lobby’s bleating, Boris Johnson hasn’t put money before anything as we officially enter the worst recession on record.

New Zealand could have a chance of rebuilding its own economy, except for the past year the government has stopped treating growth as a priority. Instead, the government produces a ‘wellbeing’ budget. When the Covid crisis struck, Ardern decided to cripple the country even further. She is keeping New Zealand’s borders closed and destroying tourism in the process.

Many have pointed out how the lockdown debate has started to resemble the battles over Brexit, with support for the EU tallying with support for the lockdown. From Alastair Campbell to #FBPE cultists, the lockdown hardliners demand ever-tougher government measures to enforce isolation.

The New Zealand Labour government, which the #FBPE crowd so admire, has not only pulled up the drawbridge to outsiders, it has also adopted quarantine policies developed by the right. The government has decided to charge ex-pats and tourists NZ $3,100 (£1,565) for mandatory quarantine upon arrival – a policy first proposed by Judith Collins’ National Party and excitedly supported by the national populists of New Zealand First.

What is motivating British liberals who are singing the praises of New Zealand? It can only be hypocrisy, or just plain ignorance. What happened to open borders and freedom of movement? Wouldn’t they be the first to criticise Boris Johnson for imposing similar restrictions at the border?

Due to the policy, New Zealand nationals have been left stranded across the world. As the Facebook group Kiwis United Against Quarantine Fees says: ‘When it comes to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, Jacinda Ardern thanked her team of five million. But at least one million New Zealanders have faced this pandemic overseas.’

Those expats who have returned have reported abuse and vitriol from their compatriots. According to a recent poll, three-quarters of Kiwis support the charges. But the policy is cruel and the human cost is devastating. One man in the Facebook group was in Melbourne, Australia, when the virus hit. He needed to get to New Zealand to visit a close family member who was having surgery for brain cancer, only the fee made that impossible.

In June, New Zealand entered recession for the first time in 10 years, suffering the biggest contraction in 29 years. The economy is clearly in trouble. And yet, after a mere four cases were discovered, Auckland has been locked down once again.

It’s just as well Ardern doesn’t think much of economic growth, because shutting down its largest city for less than a handful of cases is financially unsustainable.

Liberals virtue-signalling their praise for a leader who ‘puts people before money’ are like those who praise Venezuela or Cuba – they don’t have to deal with the misery caused by their idols. It seems they care far more about platitudes than people.

Source: Spiked

  1. Joel Sternberg says

    We can only hope the New Zealand Prime Minister and her pathetic party are all taken out in an earthquake in the near future.

  2. Jim Yost says

    About ten years ago I was having a political discussion with an acquaintance and I told him the world is being run by crazy people. He gave me a deer-in-the-headlights look and thought it about it for a few seconds, then he dismissed what I said. I lost touch with him but I wonder what he thinks about it now.

  3. Bobby says

    Well, just look at its stupid leftist leadership. Honestly, people deserve what they get..

  4. restless94110 says

    The woman is a start raving authoritarian lunatic. She is leading her nation to ruin.

    1. Padraigin Eagle says

      All going according to plan: She/he/it is doing as instructed, just like all the other president/prime minister puppet talking heads, she has bent and sucked it, bleeding the nation to ruin, the Edomite Khazar cue-in, the final phase of the New World disOrder Protocol Plan designed to scam and incarcerate most every woman and man, particularly those of genuine white hue, South African knows them only too well true, the Joe Slovo breed, they of demon seed!

      1. restless94110 says

        Anyone who seriously thinks the so-called New World Order is possible to be pulled off is nuttier than my grandma’s fruitcake. No one–rather, no ones–could possibly pull that one off. The human race would destroy itself and take the world with it before that could be achieved. Someone on Tucker last night said what is going on seems almost the work of devils. I personally think it’s much more the work of females in charge of things. Big Mother is going to get you.

        1. Padraigin Eagle says

          The fruitcake whining on, eyes-wide-shut, but, but, but…: restlesslegs94110 is a start, even a stark raving half-wit, believing that he is not a brainwashed mental midget. And that clown suit is cutting off the oxygen to your head, the small one, the one that fits your pea brain best!

          P.S. The Protocols are available for Matrix-blue-pill-fed manure bred proles as ye, but then research and logic are clearly a bridge too far for one who thinks that there ain’t no Jafar!

          1. restless94110 says

            That is great bout the Protocols. I am out of toilet paper. No one gives a shit about the Protocols. One world is impossible to achieve no matter how many mumble about it. Butt you go on and hide under your bed or weep on the floor of your kitchen in the corner beside the stove. Because it just couldn’t be as simple as poor leadership or a matriarchy society. It has to be something complicated. And anyone who doesn’t believe in your Master Theory you turn rabid. Get a shot or something.

            1. Padraigin Eagle says

              Out of toilet paper, testesless94110, spouting shyte his caper: Jacinda’s bimbo, parroting his masters voice, nary a clue of the past, current or future milieu, believing that all is just an unlucky break, like his birth, a Darwinian test-tube mistake, his comatose head up his rear, the snowflake living in abject fear, wearing the mask of the beast, lining up for the vaccine steer, but then the matriamalarkey has him by the testes, causing a brain freeze, hence doth The Eagle the half-wit twist and tease, headless and pantsless in the canyon, what fun, if you please.

            2. restless94110 says

              Dude, what are your even talking about? I didn’t get past the fiirst 2 words. You are mad about something? What exactly are you mad about? Really are you high? Are you shooting junk? What is wrong with you?

            3. Padraigin Eagle says

              The fiirst two turds: Jacinda is a dude, and you, ‘dude’, ain’t got a clue, so best ye stop with the whining and get in line with the rest of the mindless crew, lest Big Sister rips you another one or two.

            4. restless94110 says

              So you are saying that your first two words are stinking turds? Thanks for the heads up, dude. Are you from another time period? Like maybe 1700? You sound like you have no clue about 2020.

            5. Padraigin Eagle says

              Juicesinda’s dummy dudeing on: So sayeth the comatose queen, past, present and future wholly unseen, reared and sheared, about to become chops on the barbie, or even the braai, but then mommy built that wall, but why so high!

            6. restless94110 says

              Hearye hearye, Rejoiceth.

            7. Padraigin Eagle says

              Protocol leaven, shearing the asheep, rejoicelessheaven: https:// rense. com/general96/domination-plan-1928. php

            8. restless94110 says

              Don’t know what language you are speaking but don’t have time to find out. Have fun with your asheeps.

  5. Joe Jakkerton says

    Didn’t she take away all the KIWI’s guns and now wants to put everybody in a quarantine camp? Shes acting like Hitlers granddaughter.

    1. Eileen Kuch says

      That’s exactly what she did, just as Lenin and Trotsky did in Russia, confiscated all firearms from the Russian peasants; then, massacred some 20 million of them. At least, Jacinda Ardern hasn’t gone that far .. But a quarantine camp?

  6. Raptar Driver says

    Put the branch Covidians, face diaper wearers in jail or have them collectively beaten.

  7. ke4ram says

    There will be no eliminating the fake virus until the fake tests are done away with. The Anti-gen will trigger on any Corona virus and the RT-PCR is a real POS. Even its inventor warned not to use it in diagnostics. simply by changing the number of cycles one can create a mass epidemic or the ending of a mass epidemic.

    If an extra terrestrial alien race was watching us they would be laughing their asses off and removing the check mark that indicated humans were an intelligent species.

  8. Charles Homer says

    As shown in this article, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the American federal fiscal picture will result in long-term pain for U.S. taxpayers:

    Governments around the globe have clearly taken steps that are not in the best interests of taxpayers.

    1. ke4ram says

      It wasn’t Covid-19… it was crazed, lunatic politicians and a pathetically dumb society.

  9. Mychal Arnold says

    What is next lockdown for the flu and colds? These so called politicians are a joke delusions of grandeur in spades. Just people like you and me and yet act like their so smart. Scared children not knowing what to do hence the overreaction locking down healthy people to the detriment of the populace and economy. Idiots! All to seem like their doing something thisnis how we got airport security!

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