Last week a fed-up businessman placed an advertisement in New Zealand’s biggest news magazine.
Under the headline, ‘The following countries do not ban their own citizens from returning to their home country,’ it listed a host of nations as diverse as Afghanistan, China, Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
Under another headline, ‘The following countries effectively ban their own citizens from returning to their home country,’ it listed just one: New Zealand.
It was a rare public riposte to the country’s ‘Be Kind’ superwoke-but-authoritarian Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whose behaviour becomes crueller and more twisted by the day as she continues on an increasingly desperate quest to keep my homeland a Zero Covid hermit kingdom, just as the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to spread in the community.
Many Kiwis have become so brainwashed by Ardern’s incessant spin – swallowed whole by a compliant [paid] media – that they reacted with a mere shrug when her government at the weekend revealed citizens who are household contacts of anyone who tests positive for Covid will have to self-isolate for a whopping 24 days as part of her ‘stamp it out’ policy approach.
The social and economic consequences of her irrational, non-evidence-based obsession with this now quite minor virus will be severe. —Eds