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PETER WILLIAMS: Give us a break Chippy

You could at least say sorry


The Prime Minister has a cheek doesn’t he. He said on Monday that there was no compulsory Covid-19 vaccination. People, he said, made their own choices. Tuesday, he doubled down.


Now let’s cut him the tiniest little bit of slack. What he says is technically correct, although if he had things his way it would definitely have been compulsory.


Remember he was the guy who said that “they” would go looking for the unvaccinated. Something tells me he may have even used the phrase “we will hunt you down.”


But he is really splitting hairs by invoking the use of the word “compulsory.” Yes, nobody was forced to - as in being physically taken in for jabbing. But the mandates in so many jobs meant that you couldn’t stay in work if you weren’t vaccinated.


It was despicable coercion of the highest order, so let’s call it a virtual compulsion. Hipkins really was quite vile when he made that assertion a couple of days ago because he must know that many, many people lost jobs and careers because of the mandates imposed by their employers, both public and private.


The least he could have done was apologise for what they did. But you know what - I don’t think he and they, as in the Labour Party, are sorry.


In many respects I almost wish I’d stayed on at Mediaworks instead of resigning – it's two years ago this week - and had a showdown with management over the mandate they brought in about a week after I left.


But Hipkins insistence on there being no compulsion is bordering on fiction in the minds of thousands of us. The arrogance and rejection of people’s rights as displayed by Jacinda Ardern’s admission of two classes of people, and then Hipkins saying words to the effect of “we will hunt you down” make this Labour leadership the most personally despised of any political party in my lifetime.


They were at 24 percent in the Roy Morgan poll yesterday. I don’t think they’ve hit the bottom yet.


They deserve everything coming to them.


Writer and broadcaster for half a century. Now watching from the sidelines. Subscribe to Peter William's Substack here

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winder44
winder44
Sep 08, 2023

Yep. Labour is a goneburger!

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pat.j.dyer
pat.j.dyer
Sep 07, 2023

beautifully said Peter.

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justise xtra
justise xtra
Sep 07, 2023

Gosh the whole thing is horrendous. It's far too late to hit the gangs now and they aren't even the problem they told me that they are been pushed into a corner from the other overseas 501's and that they do not know what to do. I would like my land and assets back from the raids on the gangs to which my family and I have given them these land and assets and of course these guys don't know how they got them because it is me. At this present moment the Regulators of Real Estate Block & Grant not only ripped me off over $20 million they manipulated the indigenous gangs to provide them with security from me.…

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I either took the jab, or I lost my clients and livelihood. Those who had the guts to stand firm, well, I take my hat off to them: I live with the bitter taste of coercion in my mouth. I will never forgive Ardern or Hipkins for that.

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Mate, the whole thing was an exercise in risk management. The risk of losing your job, clients and livelihood against not having the jab is not a fair or equal comparison. So, you shouldn't feel bad about your decision. I'm retired and live fairly remotely and seldom go into town, so my risk analysis was pretty easy - no jab.


No one reasonable will blame you for your decision.


To be resentful of, not only coercion, but the intimidation aimed at the people by Ardern and Hipkins is not only understandable but right.


I sincerely hope you do not suffer any long term affects.

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The vaccines against Covid do not prevent transmission and do not make anyone immune against the virus. It means that all the discussion about unvaccinated being a danger for vaccinated or for other unvaccinated is absolutely vain and absurd. Itmeans that mandates had no sense at all. New Zealanders were mostly vaccinated and still more than 2 millions contracted the virus. The fact that the Government must have known about it and in spite of it introduced mandates is criminal, the more so because the court decided that mandates were illegal for military and police. And this fact should not be swept under the carpet.

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Even if I accepted what you wrote, there was no cause for mandates. The vaccines did not and do not reduce the likelihood of transmission. Plus the vaccines we had were destined for the original variant of the virus not for Omicron which was the one we got.

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