The writer is in New Zealand
LAST week we were subjected to a piece of theatre which transported us all into an uncertain future. The problem is that for two years Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, backed up by government-funded saturation advertising, has been educating the New Zealand public that Pfizer mRNA vaccination is completely safe and fully effective. The MSM has backed her up to the hilt. This one-sided propaganda has created a counter-rational outlook.
Meanwhile in a parallel universe some sense of contrition is creeping in at the edges. The Ministry of Health has announced it is conducting a survey of those affected by myocarditis and pericarditis.
I note that in such a survey the results will be skewed by the absence of submissions from those who have already died as a result. The respected Mayo Clinic lists heart attack, heart failure, stroke, blood clots, sudden cardiac death and rapid irregular heart rhythms as complications of myocarditis.
We can be forgiven for thinking that Ardern’s is a counter-rational world. One part of the government continues to tell us that mRNA vaccination is completely safe and effective, while another is starting a survey to identify and monitor those whose heart health has been adversely affected. Meanwhile, the government has just announced it will appeal against a recent court ruling which struck down its vaccination mandates for police. So the Ministry of Health is wondering what the long-term prognosis might be, whilst the government is going to court to insist that the police continue to be required to risk long-term cardiac damage.
In other developments, the government’s announcement that vaccination passes are ending has led to a measure of confusion. Some of Jacinda’s followers are apparently feeling cheated and betrayed. There has been an outburst of hate speech against unvaccinated individuals.
Someone posted a tweet referring to TVNZ news host Hilary Barry when last year she referred to all unvaccinated people as unwashed ‘feral’ (a particularly offensive epithet in New Zealand) members of a street gang. As a result, Barry’s Twitter followers reprised their approval and erupted in praise. Someone called for the death penalty for all unvaccinated. Some who tweeted dissent were blocked by Barry. This morning when I looked, death threats against the unvaccinated were still up on some Twitter feeds of vocal Barry supporters. Some called for unvaccinated people to have their children removed into state care.
In the past Barry has also called for the unjabbed to be transported to a remote island (a suggestion that led to online threats against her). After a complaint, the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) found in Barry’s favour. It is particularly concerning when remarks seek to dehumanise people. It is the same sort of attitude which allowed Mexican children to be held in cages at the US border without sufficient general public outcry. The use of the word ‘feral’ is moving towards the classification of some people as undeserving of their place in society, something that Ardern appeared to condone when she admitted that her vaccination mandates were creating a two-tier society. If you condone threats against anyone on either side of the argument as the BSA did, it can only get worse.
The matter cannot be resolved unless Ardern publicly tells her adoring followers that a ‘mistake’ has been made, mRNA vaccination is actually not measurably ‘effective’ against Omicron and it can cause serious adverse effects. When will Ardern come clean? We hope Covid science journal publishing and political rhetoric will have to merge at some point.
Until misinformation is acknowledged, we will be living in a very strange world. Yesterday, following the removal of vaccine passes, my daughter called our dentist to book some much-needed dental work for the family. The conversation went much as follows:
My daughter: Now that vaccine passes are no longer required, I need to book an appointment. We are unvaccinated, but we have had Covid so we are immune.
Receptionist: If we decide it is possible for you to make an appointment, you would have to come right at the end of the working day as we will have to clean the surgery after your visit.
My daughter: Don’t you clean the surgery after each appointment?
Receptionist: Yes, but we will need to complete a deep clean after you.
They haven’t yet agreed to make an appointment for us. We are possibly considered feral gang members, too unclean for their refined sensibilities.
A large part of the public have become addicted to the false sense of safety associated with vaccine passes. They have cemented a kind of group superiority that has historical parallels. They have normalised a scapegoat psychology that falsely places the blame for everything on a class of people who want to maintain their health naturally. It is going to take a long time to return to Planet Earth.