There is something of a manufactured chorus of calls for the Government to sit down and negotiate with the protesters.
Such unbiassed intellectual heavy hitters like Heather Du Plessis Allan, Sean Plunkett, Bryce Edwards and Russell Coutts think that it is time for the Government to sit down and negotiate with the protesters.
Here are four simple reasons why negotiation would be an utter waste of time.
1. The protesters’ leadership do not have a mandate to represent the protesters
The protest leadership has admitted they have no ability to control the protest over such simple things as removing cars from roads to allow for access to emergency services. From their statement issued yesterday:
In line with the government’s request, over the past few days, we have removed the cars blocking Molesworth Street at least three times to facilitate access for emergency services and servicing of portaloos, only to have protestors ignore the request and expand back into the laneway.
Everyone arriving here quickly learns the protest is simply a collection of individuals. There is no leader, and while there are multiple pre-existing groups concerned about mandates and vaccines alike, we suspect that 25% of the people present on site do not identify with any group.
And if you need evidence of the septic nature of what is happening within the group well known participant Chantelle Baker has said that she is considering legal action against other participants who have claimed that she is a freemason and that she has been funded by Ardern and the Government.
2. Their claims are extreme
There have been numerous demands, the overturning of the last election, the imprisonment and trial or worse of politicians, the immediate removal of all Covid legislation.
How do you think the Government negotiators should handle negotiations? That Ardern should not be put on trial but Hipkins is fair game? That new elections would be held but not for 12 months?
And why would you negotiate over public health measures that have seen our country perform extraordinarily well in the way it has dealt with Covid?
3. There are actual Nazis present
How do you negotiate with a Nazi? Is it over the numbers of people being killed or imprisoned without trial with a reduction in the final number being considered a win?
My impression is that the Nazis are the ones frustrating the protest having a clear mandate. They are not interested in a negotiated settlement, they just want to see the world burn. There should be zero tolerance of and zero concessions given to Nazis.
4. At the time of the country’s most dangerous health crisis in a century now is not the time for a rushed retreat from the mandate
Last November Jacinda Ardern said that it is hard to know how long vaccine mandates may be used. The primary consideration is and has to be public health. Negotiating with a group the vast majority of which do not accept the science and many of who believe some pretty bizarre things is not the basis for proper decision making during the country’s most dangerous health crisis in the past century.
So there you have it. If you think that negotiations could work, let me know over what and how they could be conducted and implemented.