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DEALING WITH THE BACKSLIDERS

I grew up in a New Zealand where we looked up to really inspiring people. People who made a supreme effort and brought respect to our country. World-famous researcher Ernest Rutherford, mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary; rugby-playing great, George Nepia; Olympian winner and world record holder Peter Snell; operatic diva Kiri te Kanawa who could electrify world audiences and bring tears to my eyes. They performed on the world stage and encouraged Kiwis to do their best, to strive for excellence, and to put our country on the map.

Things have changed under Jacinda Ardern. We no longer have stars to look up to. She has given us a world where in the run-up to Christmas, after a very trying year, we are staring at the lowest rung of New Zealand society, hoping above hope that a motley collection of losers will stir their stumps and release themselves, and us, from the COVID prison. A few are lower-level civil servants, even teachers, God help us. They are the ones who despite all the encouragement, and now an assortment of blandishments, haven’t bothered to get vaccinated so that they and their fellow citizens can get on with their lives. The only burst of speed that some of them have ever shown in their lives is getting to the WINZ office to register the latest child, unwanted for anything other than the benefit it brings. Debbie Ngarewa Packer tells us the health system is “systemically racist” when she knows that care is readily available to her people and vaccination stations are open long hours each day, wanting to deliver a free jab or two. Somehow, it’s always someone else’s fault rather than the screamingly obvious failure by much of the underclass to get off their bums. Inspirational like the motivators of my younger years? Sadly, not.

But they remain Jacinda’s pets. She’ll smile at them, waste money on them, bribe them, exhort them, but not get to the nub of what’s really wrong. Leave aside the antivaxxers who get their inspiration from Facebook foolishness. Too many of the underclass are paid by the state to do nothing, allowing them simply to opt out of society. Social welfare authorities possess the names of all the vaccinated. With computers they could easily identify those who are currently holding the rest of us to ransom. Officials could – if their Prime Minister had the guts - tell them that after the next welfare payment they’d be cut off until they produced evidence that they’d had their two jabs. It wouldn’t be long before 80% would comply. They would miraculously return to some element of social responsibility, and the rest of us could get on with our lives. The remaining handful of irresponsible anti-vaxxers could be left to look after themselves, preferably well away from Intensive Care Units.

Meantime, those of us with our two shots months ago have had to sit and watch while a pitiful series of excuses are rolled out by the most seriously challenged minds in the country, seeking to excuse underclass failure. It just isn’t true that governments, Labour and National, haven’t been trying to reach Maori and remote communities with health services. Community Health nurses started going into remote areas under the governments of Peter Fraser and Sid Holland. In areas like the East Cape, significant numbers of GPs were on the public payroll when I was Minister of Health. I added to their number. Their services were free. Health agencies called Whanau Ora, staffed by Maori, have been funded in many regions now for decades. Are they doing their job, or should we abolish them? We need to be able to assess their effectiveness. Right now they should be under scrutiny. District Health Boards carefully monitor usage of their specialist services and know that many “do-not-shows” come from the extra 10% we want vaccinated. Chemists tell me that these people all-too-often fail to collect their prescriptions. It’s an educational challenge. But their children, for whom we pay welfare, are the poorest attenders at school. Welfare dulls the sense of parental responsibility amongst too many. The young males drift off into petty crime which gradually turns more serious, and they join gangs; too many young females get pregnant, and start the welfare cycle all over again. They see no positive role models.

Yes, we’ll be watching the ongoing struggle to persuade enough of the underclass to get vaccinated. Our livelihoods and their lives depend on it. But once things get back to some more acceptable form of life, let’s try to tackle the problem we have let develop at the bottom of the social heap. Minister Hipkins and his deputies could pay attention to the Education portfolio. That will be a positive change. They should start with serious work on the appalling truancy statistics.

Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi guarantees Maori “the same rights and duties of citizenship as the people of England”. Note the word “duties”. There was no mention of spoon-feeding, arm-chair rides, or mollycoddling. It was assumed by both the Crown’s agents and the chiefs who signed that everyone would be prepared to avail themselves of opportunities. It’s high time those who fail to look after themselves are held to account, especially when their failure threatens others.

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Michael

I have just read your essay and feel very disappointed to say the least. I have always followed you, but today I felt your frustrations have allowed you to condemn everyone who haven’t followed your narrative.

I know there are those to lazy to bother, but there are those who aren’t lazy or “anti vax”

I noted just how much you have stepped onto the propaganda trend mill, blaming everyone who didn’t follow the PM narrative as a anti vaxer. How far from the truth!!!

Though I feel I don’t owe you an exclamation- you didn’t consult me when you decided to take the Vax - I will tell you I put in a great deal of thought and…


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Michael,

You are venting your spleen at the wrong faction.

The unvaccinated aren't responsible for you remaining in prison, It is Ardern who has incarcerated the population and who has stripped away its' rights. Ardern has effectively diverted the blame for the continuing loss of rights so that the frustation, exasperation and anger being felt by those who have been 'fully immunised' is directed at those who are showing caution. Just as the National Socialist regime isolated the Jews during the 1930's and 1940's, Ardern is making the vax-cautious the new Jews and she and her Muppets will strive to make life as unbearable as possible for them. But she will do this whilst seeking the approval of the 'fully…


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You nailed it Trevor, the whole vax thing is a smoke screen for their other agendas happening right in front of our eyes.

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Picker N Grin
Picker N Grin
Oct 26, 2021

I think its way past time that Michael Basset come back and gave us an update, is he still convinced the jab is the only way. He is right with his last paragraph though

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Picker N Grin
Picker N Grin
Oct 26, 2021

Whats happening in England. Watch all of it, its only 5 mins

https://www.bitchute.com/video/MYfSAUIbuOsx/?fbclid=IwAR1dZNZ9b8w0qMqh26ds60Lf6TJCNZQ7tlrfTzqJSACX9bEHMuj3yyNa0bw

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Tim Hinchliff
Tim Hinchliff
Oct 26, 2021

Wo wo wo big feller.

I am not part of the underclass. I have degrees in biology own more than one business and support myself and my family.

The vaccine stops old and sick people dying. Period.

I am neither old nor sick so I do not need it. I am hugely resentful of a government forcing it on to children who are at virtually no risk from covid. The vaccine is probably one of the most unsafe ever and also does virtually nothing to either stop infection or spread.

Viral loads are similar if not higher in fully vaccinated:

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.31.21261387v5

And there is no correlation between rate of vaccine uptake and covid cases. In fact there seems to be…


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Tim Hinchliff
Tim Hinchliff
Oct 27, 2021
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Absolutely. Trust is extremely important in public health.

Part of the reason the Swedes did well was because they trust their systems,

Who to trust here when even the supposed liberals (Act) are all for vaccines, forcing people to use the app and anything else the government suggests.

What will be the repercussions when covid goes through this country like it's going through Singapore and people end up dying and catching and spreading it in spite of the vaccine?

Will populations such as the Pacific islanders who are already wary of public health (with some legitimacy as well) ever trust these institutions again?

And all for a sickness that is only slightly more fatal than flu:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33768536/

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