Mike Hosking: Time for some honesty over our Covid response

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Tue, 12 Oct 2021, 9:23AM
(Photo / Michael Craig)
(Photo / Michael Craig)

Mike Hosking: Time for some honesty over our Covid response

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Tue, 12 Oct 2021, 9:23AM

The Prime Minister has got to stop telling falsehoods. And if she insists on doing it, the media have got to start calling her out. 

In the midst of her ”you get nothing Auckland, so suck that up” spin yesterday, she referred to our world leading response and our world leading economy. 

It's crap, it's not world leading. Just a week ago, the global monitor of rankings on Covid response dropped us from 1st to 38th. 

It did so for very good and obvious reasons. We are locked down, our economy is haemorrhaging, and there is no targeted end in sight. 

The upside of yesterday's announcement was the vaccine mandate for certain workers. Why they took so long, Lord only knows, apart from the fact they take an age to do anything. 

But that aside, given that the numbers aren't dropping, haven't dropped, and won't go to zero, then I just don’t know what it is they are looking for to change anything in Auckland, short of the vaccine. 

The vaccine is the answer, but that in itself is the next issue. How many people do we need to get jabbed to get free? No idea. Jacinda Ardern suggested 90 percent first jab. We are about to hit that, does that still count or not? 

They're having a vaccine day this weekend. What result are they looking for? Who would know? And if we don't know, when is the end? And if they hit a wall of resistance, then what? Who would know. 

How many people need to lose their jobs and how many businesses need to fold before they offer a light? If the vaccine is the light, when do we hit that light? Once again, who would know. 

What an abject failure this is now proving to be. Auckland stuck, the economy stuck, and as a result of Auckland, the rest of the country is stuck as well. Even beginning to call that a world leading response is an insult to anyone who is remotely adult and has a brain. 

Last week was a cluster with their picnic in the park charade and conflicting toileting advice.  

This week? Nothing. 

The numbers haven't really moved for weeks, up a bit, and down a bit. Just how long do you reckon they can pull this con off before it really implodes?