Addressing the issue of the issue of compulsory
vaccination, President Steinmeier said this applied to times of crisis as well.
In a previous post, Rights Denied, (2) I raised the question of being, shut out of
In particular I focused on the issue of this Labour/Green government elevating Maori above all other ethnic communities which make up New Zealand and provided specific examples of esteemed academics being vilified and blacklisted (‘scuse the pun) from public discourse. Hon Dr Michael Bassett and Professor Liz Rata – being two of the most profile.
It seemed to me that their rights to challenge (and in fact
I suggest, it was their duty as senior academics), claims by some Maori that
the Treaty ensconced a “Partnership” whereby Maori should rule New Zealand as
an equal partner with, The Rest – of us Kiwis, was deemed
Unacceptable in that these experts had rejected the “WOKE”
interpretation of science which has been embraced by the emerging regime. This WOKE claim I totally debunk in A
Step Too Far (3)
But it doesn’t stop there.
A penchant of government bureaucracies to deny Kiwis their right to work
unless they accept mandatory vaccination, now also emerges as another attack on
the Rights of New Zealanders.
I am double vaxed and had a boost. I am not anti vax. But I respect the rights of my fellow countrymen
(‘scuse the non-woke gender pro-noun) to say, “NO”.
Furthermore, compulsory vaccination for children, is where I
draw the line. Much more research needs
be undertaken and peer reviewed – by competitors in the commercial
bonanza of inventing, manufacturing and supplying vaccines.
I’m closer to 70 than I am to 60 so if bad outcomes from too
much vaccines do manifest, at least I can say – “I’ve had a fair run at
life”. But to force upon children, these
vaccines which do not meet testing protocols imposed on other vaccinations
which over past decades have saved us, is another Step Too Far.
Remember Thalidomide? (4)
As I review why some say NO, it seems to me opposition to
vaccination stretches from what I would consider conspiracy theorist stuff –
A. It’s the plan of a very wealthy global influencer to reduce the population?
To the following:
B. Concern that we are being sucked in by the avaricious greed of some to make lots of money by scaring the hell out of the masses who in the main are as ignorant as to the origins, evolution and extinction of the virus and its mutating cousins, as are many so-called experts.
To the following:
C. Conflicting medical data raising serious concerns among many.
This conundrum reintroduces PLATO’s lament?
“We can forgive children for
being afraid of the dark. We cannot
forgive adults for being afraid of the light.”
Put another way:
“If you don’t accept the bad
news, you cannot identify the problem.”
Therefore, I take heed of PLATO and review the three paradigms
A, B, C, and am compelled to contribute to the debate:
Re Category A: I’m not convinced.
Re Category B:
This does attract my attention – especially as I recall National Party
Caucus disagreements - mid nineties – about whether foreign providers were
trying to influence people on Pharmac – with enticement to approve a particular
product as “acceptable” for New Zealand.
Note: This was about
the time in history when we all going to die of AIDS – and therefore should
stop having sex – which as I reflect on this “wisdom”, might well have emanated
from propagators of A?
Re category C:
I notice that “among many” includes many medical professionals?
Addendum: I do
not for one moment suggest either in the nineties or now, that any Pharmac
appointees ever accepted enticements.
What does concern me however, is the trend toward
shutting down any and all challenges to the pathways this Labour/Green
government now treads.
Most readers will have by now tired of reading the constant
stream of facts and fiction pertaining to COVID.
As swiftly as an “approved medical professional” comes out
with the latest doomsday predictions, “other non-approved medical
professionals” produce EMPERICAL RESEARCH which may question some of the
Establishment’s Protocols and/or clinically expose Facts Promulgated by
Government Appointed Paragons as flawed!
This in my view, gets to the nub of Rights Denied
aka “Shut up ‘cause the Government knows what it’s doing, and its advisors are right.”
During 2020 Dr Simon Thornley whose academic quailfications are braodly similar to those of Dr Ashley
the Government’s Covid-19 elimination strategy which put him on a collision
course with merging media stars including Professor Michael Baker.
Thornley is reported to have said: “They’re trying to shut
down alternative views which have already been proven correct.” At one point he said: “There’s no doubt in my
mind the effects of the virus have been systematically exaggerated at every
The article at Stuff (5) traverses the conflicting opinion of Thornley. There
were accusations of “Cherry-picking” data, which in my view might also be
applied to journalism.
End result? Michael Baker and his University of Otago
colleague Professor Nick Wilson demeaned Thornley.
Whether Thornley was right or wrong, it is my view that an
attack mounted against a person who dared to question the efficacy and
integrity of a government protocol, if not designed to scare and intimate
others, most likely does.
At least Thornley wasn’t burned at the stake or had an eye put
out as did denizens of Carcassonne who failed to see the correct path to God.
History tells us however, that no science is so pure that it
does not evolve. Therefore, the more robust the challenges, the sooner a more
reasoned outcome will prevail.
Remember Charles Darwin?
The conflicting international medical opinion is too vast for me to fully comprehend – let alone try to condense for capture in this short post. But I do have the fortitude to say that in my assessment of the situation:
- As the inability of vaccines to make us immune to the virus was exposed as flawed science, the implicit if not explicit assurances we had been given were rapidly changing.
- Contemporaneous assurances that being vaccinated does mitigate the impact of the virus (which ever version one acquires), now flood the market place – yet these claims cannot be proven.
o For example, consider the claims made by news.com.au in a NZ Herald article 13 January 2021 (6) where NSW Sate Premier said, “around half of those in the state's intensive care units (ICUs) were vaccinated.”
The reporter said: “This may be surprising to
some but it should not be taken as evidence the vaccines do not work. In fact,
it shows the opposite.”
So here we have a reporter deciding whether the glass is
half empty – or half full?
If that’s science for you mate, then I reckon we really do have a Problem at Mill.
· Under fear of death descending upon us as mist on an overcast morning, if we did not wear a mask and sanitise hands and stay at home and social distance when let out of the cage to get food supplies, now appears to me to have been excessive floundering in the mist by so-called medical professionals and politicians – who really didn’t have a bloody clue- but were dead keen on either publicity and/or keeping their jobs.
· That while government bureaucrats remained fully paid, the backbone of New Zealand’s economy – that is the small businesses who start a commercial activity by risking their house (mortgaged to a fair-weather friend aka their bank) and employ 30 per cent of all NZ’s work force who in turn pay tax which in turn funds public facilities like Health (soon to be gifted to Maori) and represent 25 per cent of GDP – were:
o SHUT DOWN: DENIED THE RIGHT TO WORK
o LOST THEIR SELF RESPECT: CRASHED INTO DEPRESSION.
- It took Rt Hon John Key to come out firing accusing Labour/Green government of creating a HERMIT STATE – before some of these extreme reactions of panic at the mill (aka Parliament) were – moderated. Mildly.
- But still, thousands of Kiwis cannot get home from abroad.
- Why the Labour/Green government has not done as they have in China AND Russia, and built portable hospitals/MIQs to accommodate elevations in contagion and have these facilities additional to public hospitals?
Why has not the disused Military facility at the
end of Whangaparāoa (Orewa) been converted from a police AOS shooting range
facility? If the doomsday predictions
are half true, Auckland will need such facilities.
In my view, the public have a right to be heard.
Opinion is not the prerogative of the Prime Minister alone.
This right may manifest in the form of professionals
producing empirical research which challenges government policy.
This right may manifest of the form of new political party.
These rights must prevail and not, as I said in RIGHTS DENIED
be under threat of:
“Criminalising comment which
challenges government is one option.
Pressure on Facebook etc is another.
Either way, it is DEMOCRACY DENIED.” (7)
Returning to the German President, I suggest he set the
tone for debate which New Zealand would do well to embrace, when called on his
fellow countrymen and women to show respect for opinions that differ from their
own, and also for “facts and reason,” which “must be and remain our common
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and
as a Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland
spies & V.I.P. security; currently Honorary Consul for an African state,
Trustee and CEO of Russian owned commercial assets in New Zealand and has
international business interest.