Is this government quite incapable of being tough? We’ve got to the limits of kindness. The hard stuff of enforcement is being left to the Police and judges, not to the immense power of public persuasion that has already been applied to us vaccinated. Grow a spine government.
It’s Wednesday and after the awesome rollout about 1.8 million New Zealanders are still locked down. We are beyond the Saturday of sausage sizzles, free coffee, free hangis, free food vouchers, free travel to and from venues, free bands, the glad-handling, the relentless social media campaigns, the political and celebrity star-power, the media darling dancing, hand-holding, free promises of jobs and tours, tens of $$millions into NGOs, and relentless manufactured glee with appropriately adulatory media coverage. 130,000 of the entire population of New Zealand vaccinated in a single day.
Monday it was back to the fudging and more people spreading a pandemic through idiocy.
Time to change the tone, all of us, elected politicians and health bureaucrats included. We all know of people who are suffering, committed relationship withering, jobs that have stunted to nothing, and just under 2 million Kiwis locked down because a handful of morons just can’t be bothered for the rest of us. And then after they get caught they say sooooo-reeeeeee. Really sorry you are sick and I made it happen. Soooooooooooo-reeeeeeeeee.
It is no fun to say but our hospital system is something to be avoided. You will sit in that emergency room chair for hours and hours on any day, even before all this. If you want more than stitches or a stent you will be waiting for months and you will likely get much sicker. Our hospitals have a very high chance that you will become worse interacting with them. That was before the un-Covid-vaccinated decided to make a moral stand for their freedoms. The Auckland region has a minor outbreak of COVID Delta and the entire 3 DHB’s are preparing for isolation tents set up in car parks. It’s a full public service precariat.
Why is it this entire government incapable of holding criminally stupid citizens to account by name? Is this leftie government so weak it is yet again unable to translate from policy to compulsion? 90% appears to be the limit of where this naive view of human nature gets us.
If our authority figures are going to have the courage to name and shame the horse-riders who jet to Wanaka and the influencers who party on the North Shore like it’s 1999, we should also be capable of naming and shaming the dangerous criminals spreading it among the poor. It’s just pc bullshit hypocrisy.
The people one could appeal to through selflessness, nobility, national cause, protection of family and community – those people are vaccinated already.
Barring medical exceptions, we’re getting to the 10% who are selfish, rebellious, criminal superspreaders, easily led, paranoid, anarchistic, and antisocial. You won’t get to those with kindness.
We need public messaging that we can all share which focuses on what life will be shortly like for the unvaccinated.
It’s time to get disgusting.
We do it for our multi-decade anti-smoking campaigns with gooey glee.
We do it for our anti drink-driving campaigns with skull-smashing shock.
We do it for our anti drug-driving and anti-drug campaigns with both fun and shame.
We do it for people imagining they would do any high risk activity needing ACC.
We do it for anti domestic violence campaigns without breaking a sweat.
We do it for anti-suicide campaigns in harrowing detail.
If you go onto the Reddit site r/nursing you can see all of the unvaccinated consequences with all the runny-plumb-chutney closeups you could imagine. Patients with maggots in their sinus cavities. Intubated pregnant women who give birth and die without so much as touching their baby, and the baby is straight to ICU. Long term fungal infections. Long term disability. Long term mental strain and mental damage. With that will come long term sickness beneficiaries and ACC claims, and of course straight after that will come long term needless poverty and utterly wasted lives.
What we will get to next for those unvaccinated individuals is that they will be very hard to employ, very hard to house, very hard to befriend or even have in your house, deeper morbidity and faster deaths.
Go to GoFundMe and search COVID and you will see the financial hell that the unvaccinated put on their families. Often they die anyway and still leave the financial debt on their already-grieving families.
So there’s plenty there to generate a bit of stick with, all factual, just without the happy-clappy bullshit.
We’ve had 6 months of Team of Five Million and full credit for the results. We’ll get to 90% in Auckland in a week and 90% for the rest of the country through November.
Now it’s time to get ugly on the rest.