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  1. Dominic Cummings faces media, defies calls to stand down
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2020/05/dominic-cummings-faces-media-defies-calls-to-stand-down.html

    Cummings, who fell ill himself after the long drive, explained that he had wanted to ensure his four-year-old son could be properly cared for if he fell ill.

    “No, I have not offered to resign. No, I have not considered it,” Cummings said in response to questions.

    “The situation I was in was exceptional circumstances, and I think the way that I dealt with it was the least-risk to everybody concerned if my wife and I had both been unable to look after our four-year-old.”

    At the time, strict lockdown rules were in place and Johnson’s intervention backfired, with a growing chorus of critics questioning his own judgment.

    Some lawmakers, bishops, scientists, doctors and police officers said Cummings’ apparent disregard for the rules imposed on everyone else had undermined efforts to control the coronavirus outbreak.

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  2. An interesting question for this morning. )and no I don’t know the answer but would like too).

    Was Scomow working around parliament when Todd was there?

    No mention of any relationship at this time, so am just curious.

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    • Scomo was around town a fraction later, Viking. He was Director of NZ Office Tourism from 1998 – 2000. If Muller worked as a staffer for Bolger from 1994-1997.

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      • Ooops should read just :” Muller worked as a staffer for Bolger from 1994-1997″
        It is interesting looking at his Wikipedia page. He hasn’t stayed in jobs for very long –the Bolger job was one of the longer ones

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  3. Todd Muller commits to National’s pledge to raise superannuation age, bring back oil and gas exploration
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/todd-muller-commits-nationals-pledge-raise-superannuation-age-bring-back-oil-and-gas-exploration

    “I have a strong view the New Zealand economy needs to decarbonise over the next 20 to 30 years and I think that is not in opposition to capturing natural gas, which can assist to other centuries to reduce their emissions profile.”

    “They are more focused on people who have lost their jobs, which is understandable… but they are less focused on keeping businesses afloat.”

    The Government earlier this month announced the $50 billion Covid-19 response and recovery fund, consisting of a $4 billion business support package that includes a targeted $3.2 billion to extend the wage subsidy scheme.

    “With our approach we would put cash in the hands of business today,” Mr Muller said.

    Mr Muller said he would stick to National’s promise to raise the age of superannuation up to 67, starting in 2037.

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    • “I have a strong view the New Zealand economy needs to decarbonise over the next 20 to 30 years and I think that blah… blah…. blah… etc”

      And therein, my friends lies the single most compelling reason never to give your vote to this stupid ecofuck or his party.

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  4. All power to Todd in Question Time today. Start as you mean to continue, and get her on her back foot. He’s already rattled her with “17 empty seats”. Bring it on.

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    • Heard part of interview this morning and he started the wasted space off with Willie Jackson.
      You can run Willie, but you can not hide.

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    • Didn’t do well on Q&A last night. Same as Bridges, allowed Tame to talk all over him preventing him from answering questions. Big fail there, so don’t hold your breath for QT.

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    • SLG is having to defend Jackson, Clark, Davis, Twyford despite blatant incompetence.
      and where is Behrouz Boochani?
      Why are Kiwis struggling for homes and jobs while the NZ government is opening our borders to more and more refugees?

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  5. Waikato@0629

    The phrase ‘…WHICH CAN ASSIST TO OTHER CENTURIES TO REDUCE THEIR OMMISSIONS PROFILE ‘(my caps for emphasis), would seem to indicate the paucity of good English-language useage amongst the current crop of New Zealand ‘Journalists’, and be the sort of thing that I would expect to have found n the Far East.

    However, (and thinking charitable thoughts), it could equally be machine-transcribed and simply submitted sans’ proof-reading for the RNZ online ‘news’ site.

    Either way , and IMHO, very poor use of the language.

    After reading it, the phrase ‘English as she is spoke’ did come to mind.

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        • Is that where she first met Jethro. I’ve heard several versions from her where they first met so why not tell us another lie.

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          • It does my head in that they constantly change the romantic backstory of ‘How we Met’ but nobody in their adoring media calls them out on it!
            The Mad Queen’s entire life is one big fat lie..

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    • I think it’s a good idea. How come we are working so much with decades of “labour saving” devices behind us?

      This is not what was promised by the industrial revolution and modernity, or even close to it. We are working for the moneymen.

      Of course the timing is cynical and reckless. But honestly – things are so bad why not double down?

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      • Technology isn’t as great as it’s cracked up to be. We all need to run faster to stay in the same place.
        Say you and I both grow a tonne of potatoes a year and sell in the village. But I buy a state-of-the-art whizz-bang potato widget, which means I can grow two tonnes. Now three tonnes is a lot of potatoes for the village, so the price comes back a bit. I’m earning more than I was originally but you’re earning less. So you buy a widget as well. Now we’ve got four tonnes and the prices falls more. Now you and I are earning what we started off with in the first place. The widget maker wins.

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        • You now have a surplus of potatoes, so you sell some to the village next door and buy their oil. And trade it to the village twice over for some fresh fish. Before you know it, you are having hot fish and chips, have it wrapped by Cindy which leads to socialism and soon none of you are making potatoes anymore because she has you on a benefit.

          Therein two lessons. Markets are complex with interactions that work themselves out if we don’t meddle and can benefit more people than just the potato growers. And once a fish and chips lady gets stuck in it all goes to hell.

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            • That’s good, because then we can look even further afield for a village in need of a potato and it increases the value of our potatoes. But wait until you see what our two villages do for the annual Potato Festival. It’ll make the hobbits green!

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      • “But honestly – things are so bad why not double down?”

        Have you thrown in the towel and gone claws up, Kea?

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        • Not at all. I’m in great spirits. Sitting back watching our nation of authoritarian communists suffer will be great fun. Entirely self inflicted.

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  6. WHO Dictator General Tedros had made R. Mugabe of Zimbabwe a “good will ambassador” for World Health Organisation.

    Two others from earlier times, and still are ambassadors, as Dr. Tedros has twice renewed their terms.

    James Chau–Chinese Propagandist
    Chau was born and raised in the United Kingdom, is a graduate from Cambridge, and has worked in Beijing for the Chinese Communist Party’s English-language channel on state-controlled CCTV since 2004. ….
    …… In Chau’s Wuhan Timeline, he doesn’t include the whistleblowers that were silenced, and his series of propaganda videos relating to COVID, he parrots WHO directives and waxes about “openness” and “togetherness.” ….

    Peng Liyuan–Folk Singer And China’s ‘First Lady’
    Yes, the wife of President Xi Jinping

    https://lidblog.com/whos-goodwill-ambassadors/

    Further to Peng is the support she gave to the troops at Tienanmen Square after the crackdown, and how that the internet was wiped, almost clean. 🙂
    NZ Massey University conferred Peng an Honorary Doctorate.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peng_Liyuan

    A good deal for the CCP in WHO supporting regimes.
    What was the deal for Massey University?

    Then there are Confucius Institutes in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
    What deals do they get?

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  7. Was reading about Solomon this morning, the wisest man that ever lived.
    ” It is clear that God’s gift of wisdom to Solomon did not mean that he could’t make mistakes. He had been given great possibilities as the King of God’s chosen people, but with them came great responsibilities; unfortunately he tended to pursue the former and neglect the latter.
    When becoming famous as the builder of the temple and the palace, he became infamous as a leader who excessively taxed and worked his people.
    Visitors from distant lands came to admire this wise king, while his own people were gradually alienated from him.”

    Gosh, who does that remind you of.

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    • “Work will set you free”
      They were just trying the kindness & well-being factor?

      “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

      The “life of Riley” for the elite.

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    • Whenever she gets glory in the US press, folks take to FB to ask why they can’t have her running their country. These would be the folk who will vote for J-J-Joe B-B-Biden.

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  8. There are a few people on KB that post here as well. This is one person that I wish would come across. I love her sense of humour!

    “Maggie Pie
    LEVEL 2. YAY!!

    My partner took me out for a romantic dinner last night and we played footsie under the table while we were eating. He had the wagyu beef and I got toed in the hole.”

    Brilliant.

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  9. They tell me there is a water shortage in various parts of the country.

    Definitely not in Christchurch as a friend has told me that when she visited the Earthquake memorial in the Christchurch Avonhead Cemetery on Sunday there was a broken tap flooding the area.

    She visited again early this morning and it’s still flooding.

    Council were told on Sunday but not bothered.

    From memory the mayor is a lefty.

    Typical.

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    • A shame they have never put that spotlight on Jacinda and Clarke.
      But equally during the live stand up in front of the media, his answer to the question ‘who is Todd Muller?’ was ‘ask my wife’. This isn’t a good enough answer, so he needs to work on this quickly. National needs to come up with a better product design to get voter support rather than manufactured spousal product claims.

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  10. So we maybe in Level 2 for 4 more weeks. Election control continues !!
    Contact sport is OK but crowds are still limited to 100. So campaign meetings are controlled or limited.

    Will everyone wake up? Of course not, the fear has to be kept in place to ensure this does not happen.
    NZ’s sheep population increased by a few million in the last couple of months and that must be maintained at all costs.

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  11. Todd Muller has packed away his Trump MAGA hat saying it is a distraction to getting the job done and is not important.

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    • He couldn’t best Adern. I was expecting a far better performance. Hopefully he will improve – or we’re stuffed.

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  12. Woman on Magic Talk reckons Immigration NZ staff are not back at work. Why not and how many other govt department staff are still sitting at home??? Why when everyone else is back working!

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  13. For the Left-Wing Media to shriek their collective outrage over the lack of Maori in National’s top echelon seems a bit fucking rich.
    Simon and Paul were both Maori and the Media were hardly very supportive of them….

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    • There are no Maori, there are only people who self-identify as Maori.
      (I don’t think there are any pure Maori left.)
      There are many pure Chinese, Samoans, Cook Islanders, English (who are not pure at all)…

      Actually, the whole notion of “pure” is quite devisive, elitist and exclusionary.
      This is a big problem facing many Japanese cultural institutions in which the notion of “Japanese purity” is incestuously bound with “ability and delivery of execution of the artform.”

      How to open up to the outside, and yet still retain your soul…

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      • I don’t think there’d be many with more Maori blood than “other” these days. Though quite a few retain plenty of the warrior gene.

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    • Muller should simply respond that they all identify as Maori. That should spike many guns…

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    • Judging people by the color of their skin is as sensible as judging cars by the color of their paint.

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      • Colour or as inferred, a form of “cultural identity”.

        “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” ;- USA Supreme Court Judge, Sonia Sotomayor 🙂

        Having their cake and eating it, is how many believe it to be. 🙁 Which ends up; “taking the biscuit” from others.

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        • Sotomayor, being Hispanic, might just be a little chauvanistic towards Latinas (being one herself) while dismissive of white males (not having known what it is to be a “white male”.)

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      • I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
        Martin Luther King, Jr.

        Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/martin-luther-king-jr-quotes

        We seem to have gone faraway from that man’s dream.

        It would seem that a critical part of the dream has been revised in academia’ identities.
        “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
        Martin Luther King jr

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  14. Ardern just now in parliament “My strong takeaway” F—K yeah ,fish and chips.. FFS.

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    • Did anyone else wonder if Jacinda had forgotten her – over the shoulder boulder holder today.

      Headlights seemed to be on too.

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    • Thanks for the link. A very interesting video.

      One important point made was that trying to determine the seriousness of this pandemic through the lens of ‘infection rates’ or ‘deaths per infection’ is a pointless exercise because testing varies so much between countries and it’s so it’s virtually impossible to arrive at any kind of accuracy.

      Thus, the only valid measure is ‘deaths per head of population’.

      My friends, I am not an Oxford University epidemiologist (in fact I don’t even have a degree)….. but I arrived at this conclusion weeks ago simply by thinking things through logically – and I posted as such right here on this blog a week or so ago.

      Fuck the stupid wankers and their ‘modelling’ scenarios. If only common sense were to come back into vogue the world wouldn’t be in such a dire predicament and we wouldn’t have virtually destroyed our civilisation.

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  15. So Gates and the vaccine guys have issued new instructions to WHO and stopped work HQC. What a packe of horrible bast..ds they are .

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300020509/coronavirus-who-halts-hydroxychloroquine-testing-over-safety-concerns

    “”Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are approved for treating lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and for preventing and treating malaria, but no large rigorous tests have found them safe or effective for covid….”

    How can a drug be safe to take for protection against malaria or to help with lupus but NOT be safe for taking to prevent issues with Covid ??? This absolute BS and corruption at the highest level.

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  16. Willie Jackson is making an ass of himself and is having to be rescued by Kiritapu Allen

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    • Surely they will have to replace him if they are to continue for another term. Employment is becoming a serious issue, not a matter for the class clown.

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      • Not a good look for Maori either.
        If there is a need to break a stereotype why put a work-shy trougher in charge of a portfolio that is going to see record high unemployment in coming months/years?

        Can the Minister tell the house what initiatives he has introduced to his portfolio in the last eight weeks, knowing that we will be facing record high unemployment due to Covid?
        Jackson took the circuitous route to get to the answer: None.

        Defend that Saint Jacinderella and Winston the Magnificent.

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        • Willie Jackson, shown up as the token maori.
          No better than Special “K”.
          Uncle Tom’s the both of them!

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  17. I forced myself to read Stuffed to find out what Cindy is doing.
    I wanted to smash something.
    The skeletal control freak is really loving this enforced, dragged out dictatorship.
    Now I really want to smash something.

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  18. Was out and about earlier and got talking to guy who had just returned from PNG. I asked if he had to go into quarantine and what happened. He said he spent the 14 days in the Ibis Hotel in Auckland , was not tested because he showed no symptoms but they had their temperature checked each day.
    Why aren’t all these people tested ? These tests are not that expensive. It makes a mockery of the quarantine, in my view.

    One of the interesting comments from the Oxford Prof in the video I linked above @ 2.55pm was she thought talking about cases was a waste of time, it was meaningless. She said the only real worthwhile data to look at was the number of deaths (assuming they were accurately certified and recorded, I presume). The antibody tests and results were not good enough yet.

    We are being conned !!!

    Tony Heller’s latest short video is worth watching.
    https://realclimatescience.com/2020/05/new-video-the-not-so-novel-coronavirus/

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    • You’d think they’d at least test before people are released from quarantine. Ashley Bloomfield keeps telling us this virus can have a long tail for the appearance of symptoms, but they never take that into account unless it involves destroying the economy.

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  19. Comrade Cindy says she has been talking to Aussie PM about the trans tasman bubble!
    She’s losing the headlines and is trying to remain relevent!

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    • ……”Should national suckup to NZF”……

      Are you sure Winston would want his reputation tarnished by associating with a pack of knuckle dragging Christian fundamentalists?

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      • Dear oh dear. The Godaddled are getting bent out of shape.

        Don’t forget that a full 66% of National MPs get their instructions from burning shrubbery.

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  20. I see the X Green MP Turi something was on TV3 mouthing off using the word C***ts. It was bleeped out. I came in late … was it against Cindy’s crowd.

    Real classy act from a scrubber.

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  21. China punishes Australia for coronavirus questions, ‘pandering’ to U.S.

    Australia is paying a heavy price for taking the lead in demanding a global probe into China’s handling the coronavirus crisis, a demand that has prompted retaliatory Chinese tariffs on Australian goods and angry propaganda from Beijing accusing Canberra of being a U.S. lackey.

    It’s no secret rising U.S.-China tensions have created a sticky situation for a range of countries that prize themselves as democracies and allies of America, but who are increasingly dependent on the lure of Chinese trade and investments for economic growth.

    https://orderclomid.info/2020/05/25/china-punishes-australia-for-coronavirus-questions-pandering-to-u-s/

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  22. Todd Muller’s Make America Great Again cap represents more than a trip to the United States and has no place being in his Parliamentary office, says a Muslim community leader.

    Aliya Danzeisen of the Islamic Women’s Council said she understands it’s a souvenir, but the cap should be kept at home.

    “That hat represents the denial of the freedom of beliefs. That hat represents the denial of minority voices. That hat represents the vitriol that has been harming that nation and has been harming the world for the last four years,” Danzeisen said.

    “If he wants to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand it would be nice if he’d choose to display objects that represent the values of New Zealand.”
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12334292&&ref=topbox

    Well we can tell her piss of back where she came from and see how many rights she would have there. Fucking foreign objects.

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    • Here we go again.

      “That head covering represents the denial of the freedom of beliefs. That head covering represents the denial of minority voices. That head covering represents the vitriol that has been harming harming the world for the last forty years,” Danzeisen said.

      There, fixed it for you.

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    • How is this the business of muslims. Obama was one who spread war and destruction through the Muslim world – not Trump.

      If they dont like Western freedoms they can leave for Saudi Arabia or Taliban controlled Pakistan mountains.

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  23. Do National want to win 2020 or not.
    Flashes of optimism from Muller, but then the FB post tonight was tragic.
    Too many words, not enough charisma, and can they not afford a lapel mic.
    All looks a bit amateur hour.

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    • I don’t think they want to win, and I wouldn’t blame them it’s a poison chalice for who ever wins more especially New Zealanders we are in for the worst ride of our lives. If liebr win the spending will still have to stop, but if national and act win they’ll be blamed for austerity measures and the youngest ho have no experience of hard times will never cope

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    • Themistocles,,,, Good grief it appears the Australians don’t idolise Cindy as we’ve been led to believe,Hollywood is as much on Arderns mind as the UN ,its just the way she see’s herself as an international superstar ,meanwhile we are sinking into the financial disaster of a century,Whineston must be so proud of his creation…

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    • Ardern is allowing lefty movie makers in so she can use it for PR.

      Expect photo shoots and gushing praise from celebrities.

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  24. Any one hear Roger oops Sir Roger Doulgas ( note spelling,he’s done that himself) on ZB
    .?For the first time an ex minister acknowledged that Lobour wants to control the populace.

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    • Looking for it Falcon. When did Sir R. Douglas say that?

      1 hour ago.
      former Labour treasurer and Rogernomics architect Sir Roger Douglas, who told The Australian: “The real problem with the Ardern government is they have no idea whatsoever apart from how to throw money at things.”
      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/05/australian-pundit-questions-jacinda-ardern-s-draconian-response-to-covid-19-accuses-her-of-pushing-the-nz-economy-off-a-cliff.html

      Yes turning NZ into a cliffhanging economy, most likely splattered at the bottom.

      15th May
      former Labour Finance Minister and ACT New Zealand founder, Sir Roger Douglas has been assessing New Zealand’s policy framework and fears that without major reform, the impact of the lockdown will create lasting social and economic hardship:

      “In the aftermath of the economic fall-out caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Labour Government must not only seek to help those who have been most affected by the recent lockdown, but also introduce the framework for radical new policies; policies which address the systemic weaknesses that have undermined our economy and society for so long, and which threaten our very future.”

      The Prime Minister is using the Budget to change the narrative: “The global Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a global economic shock not of our making, but like every country in the world, we are also not immune to its fallout. Around the world, unemployment will rise significantly, businesses will close and Government revenue will decline. And we will feel the pain here too. New Zealand is about to enter a very tough winter.”

      The PM’s new strategy is to blame New Zealand’s ‘pain’ on a global economic shock caused by the pandemic – instead of being created by her extreme lockdown. Whether New Zealanders believe her, remains to be seen.
      https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-opinion/opinion-controlling-narrative-covid-19

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  25. In spite of the ferocious lies spread by thrice cursed Japanese imperialist reactionaries Yankee puppets – I very much doubt the mild cold Covid-19 was released as part of an evil plan to give a tiny number of people a bit of a cough.

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