New Zealand’s Elimination Strategy Has Made Our Country the Envy of the World in the Pandemic.
The above, a recent opening line in the New Zealand Herald by its Science reporter, Jamie Morton.
Plainly Jamie doesn’t read the foreign press. All year New Zealand has been a
laughing stock in the British media over its closed off society and vaccine
The serious media such as the Economist, in articles on dealing with covid has always politely dismissed the New Zealand hermit state approach as essentially infantile, unnecessary and hugely harmful.
And infantile it is with the government methodology more
appropriate to addressing 3 year olds; e.g. “team of 5 million” (in my 8 plus
decades I’ve never known New Zealand so divided and certainly not a team,
particularly regarding race), but worst of all, the unbelievably childish teddy
bear in the windows nonsense and “Be Kind” messages on our highways etc. It’s
The out-spoken British press such as
the Telegraph and Daily Mail have poured scorn on New
Zealand’s covid response all year, in the process eliciting thousands of
Many are abusive of the PM such as “Let’s know when St.
Jacinda has wiped out flu, venereal diseases, croup, TB, bubonic plague and
“Jacinda is the modern day King Canute”.
“Beautiful country; daft people”.
“People in Britain and the USA would find it hard to
comprehend the meek acceptance of an authoritarian police state”.
“A nation of sheep hoping for flock immunity”.
“Kiwis; Get off your knees”.
“Kiwis are supposed to be courageous, well educated and
wise. What happened?”
The above are indicative of the literally thousands of
similar comments but, are at the polite end of the spectrum, particularly
regarding the Prime Minister.
Tune in to TV One or TV3 6pm news
and it’s non-stop covid. Switch to CNN, Sky Australia, Sky UK, the BBC or Al
Jazeera and covid rarely rates a mention. They got on with vaccinations
(Australia excepted although at least its Prime Minister apologised to the
nation for their failure in contrast to the blatant fudging and lying by our
government) and are now getting on with life.
People are dying of covid abroad but nearly all are
non-vaccinated through ignorance or religious belief as vaccines are now
readily available, especially in Europe, Canada and Britain. In contrast we
continue to cringe under our beds.
Perhaps due to our small population and isolation our media
has always been obsessed with foreign media comment about New Zealand, so why
have they ignored the relentless criticism?
Name another country in the world in which newspapers run a
“What the foreign press said” following any events occurring here.
With the passing of time and thus perspective, our enforced
hermit kingdom approach I have no doubt will be viewed as a black period in our
Sir Bob Jones is a renowned author, columnist , property investor, and former politician, who blogs at No Punches Pulled HERE.