Mike's Minute: Government has well and truly stuffed this up

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 13 Aug 2020, 9:49AM

Mike's Minute: Government has well and truly stuffed this up

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 13 Aug 2020, 9:49AM

I have been astonished at how many people personally know Ashley Bloomfield or people who work directly with Bloomfield, who have been able to release in the golden gems of info they’ve gleaned from their highly prized conversations with him.

We have people "in the know." There is an armada of people who knew Level Three was coming, even more know that we will be in Level Four by Monday.

We have people who know people, who know people. There are people who know for a fact these cases don’t even exist, that all the talk about masks, tests, and lanyards was the softening up for what came Tuesday night.

I tell you what, Bloomfield clearly spends most of his time just leaking astonishing amounts of detail. I'm surprised he had time to take that test on Tuesday.

That, by the way was a stunt that the media, sadly, because most of them long ago let go of any pretense around being neutral, failed to see as a stunt.

And it was a stunt as a result of the Prime Minister being sprung on this show Monday for not having had a single test, despite spending the previous days telling everyone to say yes to a test, contact trace, wear a lanyard, download an app, and get a mask.

She, of course, couldn’t front up all of a sudden and do a public test, that would have been too embarrassing. So poor old Bloomfield was thrown under the bus yet again and dispatched to give the media their headline and happy snap, that their administration were at least superficially doing what they were expecting the rest of us to .

For what it's worth and call me sensationally naive, but I am one of the few who seem to believe we'll be out of this by tomorrow night.

Why? Because the government can't afford not to be. They've blown this, their calling card is in tatters, the Covid free status that formed their campaign, and the Covid free election is now shot to bits.

They wouldn't have been so stupid to name Friday if they didn’t think they could deliver. In an election campaign, and make no mistake the campaign hasn’t stopped, the pitch for love, support and your vote rolls on unabated. But in an election campaign,you under-promise and over-deliver.

You don’t say Friday, then go, "whoops it's Level Four, and it'll be weeks."

That, by the way, I didn’t hear from Bloomfield, it's just common sense.