Lobbying for tougher and lighter restrictions under Level 2

There has been a lot of lobbying going on both for tougher restrictions under Level 2 than the rules in place when we first went up to Level 2 in March, but also to loosen restrictions for various businesses and for individuals.

The Government will announce today what the new Level 2 rules will be. I’m sure they have listened to some of the lobbying. We may end up getting a mixed bag.

What will be required of schools and school children will be of interest to many, including myself.

I am also interested in what the recommendations will be regarding working from home as that also affects me. Some of my work has already picked up under level 3 but that can easily be done from home.

There’s a lot of lobbying and also speculation about what Level 2 will look like, but if we wait a few hours we will find out what the new rules will be.

 

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  1. Blazer

     /  7th May 2020

    Lobbying for lighter regulation are the usual suspects-self interest,the economy…their wealth is the only thing they are concerned about.

    The Brazilian ‘ approach….very mininimalist.

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    • Pink David

       /  7th May 2020

      How many people are your bad ideas going to kill Blazer? Blood on your hands buddy.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  7th May 2020

    Typical clueless Kiwi commentary. The debate should be about the science and economics. Instead it is about the political lobbying and we are told nothing about the science or economics.

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    • Where are good up to date sources on the science and economics in relation to New Zealand?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  7th May 2020

        Exactly.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  7th May 2020

          And why haven’t our moribund clueless bureaucracies been churning out work on these and if they have where is it?

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  3. Epidemiologist backs increased use of masks

    Otago University epidemiologist, Professor Michael Baker told Morning Report that Taiwan has followed a similar path to New Zealand, with very few cases and deaths from Covid-19.

    Dr Baker says the only significant difference is they are all wearing masks.

    He says the Ministry of Health should front foot a mask wearing scheme, which would help stop any further breakouts and would give people confidence to use services like public transport.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018745468/coronavirus-epidemiologist-backs-increased-use-of-masks

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  7th May 2020

    Bob Jones on that change of public mood I noted a couple of days ago:
    https://nopunchespulled.com/2020/05/07/now-is-the-winter-of-our-discontent/

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    • Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York. (Richard II ?)

      Not much glorious summer on the horizon, I think.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  7th May 2020

        Certainly not, Kitty. I’m going to light the fire.

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        • I meant it figuratively as Shakespeare did…but the PM has made sure that our actual summer has been stuffed.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  7th May 2020

            I meant it both ways.

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          • Duker

             /  7th May 2020

            Richard III, more this character
            Margaret,
            “Though she plays a very minor role in the play’s plot, mostly prowling around the castle cursing to herself, …. The impotent, overpowering rage that she directs at Richard and his family stands for the helpless, righteous anger of all Richard’s victims.”
            The Lady Doth protest too much….

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            • It’s Richard himself (it’s the opening lines from the play) and he’s talking about his brother.

              Yes, I should have guessed that it wasn’t Richard II. But I knew the line, knew it was the opening line and knew it was the titular character speaking.

            • ‘The lady doth protest too much’, methinks, is from Hamlet, the scene where Hamlet has the players (actors) performing the play (“The play’s the thing/Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.’) which is the story of Claudius and Gertrude (Hamlet’s uncle who murdered his brother, Gertrude’s husband,

              The ‘lady’ in the play keeps talking about the love she has for her husband. ‘Protest’ doesn’t mean what you seem to think; it means avow or declare and has nothing to do with the modern sense in which it means express anger or disapproval.

      • Blazer

         /  7th May 2020

        should have looked that up instead of guessing.

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        • I knew it was the opening line of one of Shakespeare’s historical plays, which I bet is more than you did, even if I had the wrong number of the Richard.

          Have you read or seen either ?

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          • And I was able to quote it in full without needing to look it up; again more than you could do, I imagine.

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  7th May 2020

    Australia predicts many more people will die from additional suicides over the next five years due to the lockdown-caused depression than have been killed directly by the virus, and most will be young.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8293233/Far-people-Australia-predicted-die-suicide-coronavirus-lockdown.html

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    • Blazer

       /  7th May 2020

      suicide rates in the West have been atrocious for many years pre dating this pandemic.

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      • Gezza

         /  7th May 2020

        Unemployment, debt, social isolation specifically due to Covid-19 givernment responses will likely add more cases of suicide to the usual rate, tho. Although predictions of exactly how many extra Cov-19-related suicides I’d take with a large dollop of salt.

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