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Barry Soper: The PM's announcement that wasn't - she's playing a cracked record

Author
Barry Soper,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Apr 2022, 7:35am
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Barry Soper: The PM's announcement that wasn't - she's playing a cracked record

Author
Barry Soper,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Apr 2022, 7:35am

Jacinda Ardern gave every indication during her round of media interviews yesterday, with the exception of Newstalkzb unfortunately, that we could expect some movement in the red light that's been frozen for the past several months now.

The PM waxed about how the peak had been reached in Auckland and Wellington and that the hospital system, that they've had four years to fix, wasn't overwhelmed.

It was with a sense of guarded relief that restauranteurs thought people could begin moving around in them rather than being stuck to their seats and that event planners could start planning with crowd sizes increasing from the impossible 200 indoors.

You can imagine how disappointed they were then as they tuned in to hear from the Pulpit of Truth that seemed to have reverted back to the Delta days with Ashley Bloomfield standing at Ardern's side putting a dampener on things.

The country had done what it was told, in fact it had been doing that for the past two years, 95 percent of people are vaccinated with promises of nirvana from the pulpit for doing so, and they'd kept their distance and washed their hands and worn their masks to slow the spread of Omicron, and they'd achieved it.

The wheels were surely going to start moving again with the lights surely about to change to orange - let's get the show on the road..    

Instead, the sermon from the pulpit sounded like they were reading from the same script they had preached so many times before. We're not out of the woods yet, we don't want to spoil the gains we've made, it's better to be safe than sorry, our record speaks for itself - of course it does, it's a cracked one.

What we got was what Act David Seymour so eloquently observed. An announcement that the announcement wasn't being announced and that another announcement might come later.

In fact, another announcement's been scheduled for April 13, a couple of days before Good Friday, when the lollipop man will yet again consider flicking the switch to orange. If their past record is anything to go by, it's unlikely incorporate the long weekend.

The irony is that from today vaccine passes are no longer required which means the unvaccinated can now have relative freedom of movement, they are no longer second-class citizens. Most of them have probably had the dreaded lurgy anyway, is Ardern's thinking.

But it's as though this Labour Government's wrapped in a red flag. Their politicians don't have to come to Wellington, daily they beam in from their living rooms wherever they are, posing patsy questions to their ministers on the big screen erected in the debating chamber.

It means they are kept away from the pesky media who usually gather to ask them questions on their way into their caucus meetings - they haven't been here for many weeks now.

And the other downside to that is staff aren't required to come to work either and neither are public servants, they're allowed to work from home, away from their taxpayer funded high-rise offices, meaning business in the Wellington CBD are doing a starve.

If it all made sense, we would understand, but it simply doesn't as we wearily limp toward the next full, frank and meaningless announcement.