Mike's Minute: Take the lockdown seriously

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 26 Mar 2020, 11:18AM

Mike's Minute: Take the lockdown seriously

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 26 Mar 2020, 11:18AM

I am pleased we are doing this the way we are. 

The questions up to this point about rules, exceptions, concepts, things to do, what's allowed, what's essential, what isn't, why not and so on have reached peak idiocy. 

Once again it’s the western way of viewing the world. Why follow simple instructions if you can ask 1000 inane questions, that could fairly easily be answered if you applied a bit of common sense? It's a resistance built up over decades of arguing the point. I suppose it's all based on the right kind of concepts, freedom of thought and expression, the right to question authority, all that sort of stuff. 

But in a state of emergency that ends. 

A simple philosophy of mine has always been if you're going to do something, do it properly. It would outwardly appear this lockdown is being done properly, especially if you compare it to many, including Australia's. 

If we accept the virologists were right, that we should have done better at the airport, on self isolation, and certainly in testing, then we can assume they're still right now. 

To break this thing, we lockdown, and lockdown properly. 

The reason we were slow to this point, even if you argue we are faster than other countries, was economic and social push back. The government listened too much to the argument around schools. But look at where the community infection is. As of yesterday, Marist. Schools.  

The economic line that a shutdown stalls the economy. Answer? The pain was coming anyway. You want slightly less pain for way longer? Or do you want the pain now and get out the other side quicker? 

We have made the right decision on this. Australia hasn't. 

Donald Trump is in real trouble as well. His “let's all go to church at Easter” and is “we'll be back up and running sooner rather than later” sends a dangerous, if not delusional, message. 

When he said the doctors want to close the whole world down. He was actually right, they probably do. Because only two things work, a vaccine or a lockdown. We don’t know, but we can have the other. 

So to Australia, a cock up of royal proportions. Scott Morrison has buckled to the economic side of the equation at the expense of health. You can go to boot camp, get married, have your hair done, and everyone with work is an essential worker. What a joke. 

Unless, what we are doing is over the top. Morrison's gets similar results with less severity. 

But yesterday's poll here showed 93 percent of us think what we are doing is right. And that is hope in a poll. Because if you have buy in, it's likely to be way more effective, especially when there is self sacrifice at play.