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Mike's Minute: Govt has learned no Covid lessons

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Apr 2022, 9:27am

Mike's Minute: Govt has learned no Covid lessons

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Apr 2022, 9:27am

What on earth were you thinking? Shame on you. Orange? A sense of normality? What's the matter with you?

Oh, how ironic when I raised on the programme yesterday the idea that masks would be with us for the rest of the year, many of you thought I was mad. But look at who you are dealing with, you are dealing with a government that has duped us and a government that can't move forward if their lives depended on it.

Ironically, their political lives might well depend on it. When they lose next year decisions, or non-decisions like yesterday's, around red and orange are the sort of thing that will have ultimately undone them.

The Prime Minister pleaded for everyone to get boosted, yet again. I assume the irony of that plea has passed her by. The reason the booster rate has stalled so badly is we are over it. We're over the lecturing, the hectoring, and the fear mongering. We have left the room.

Yesterday's non-decision is based on the ultimate excuse, the hospital system.  They can blame it forever because "it's under stress." Is it? What's stress? In that is the magic of the vagueness. There is no recipe and there are no specifics.

The entire traffic light system is a scam. It's based on the idea that the health system is struggling and vulnerable populations are vulnerable.

We, of course, went into red with the hospital system not remotely struggling. We barely had any cases, but we were anticipating the struggle. Now we are over the peak but they are still struggling. When your reference point is a word with a lot vagueness attached to it, you hold all the power.

You can't control the anger and frustration, of which there will be plenty. But when you refused to offer any sort of clarity, that lack of clarity can be milked for as long as you like.

So, once again, disappointment sweeps the land as the concerts, shows, plays, recitals get to go nowhere fast, and the pain carries on for the bars and restaurants that still have to shuffle space and numbers. The unknown sits heavily on the shoulders, and given the Government are still pedalling fear, the vulnerable that are susceptible to it will stay home and keep wallets shut.

I wish it was different, I wish we had a better leadership, I wish we had more hope and more optimism, and I wish we had people running this place that were just a little bit in touch with the real world.

And when you lack attributes like that that’s why you sit here this Tuesday morning in red and not another colour.