Prevarication and delay breeds cynicism. I have known half this poem most of my life, but managed to find the full version. Why now and not a kipple? We have a government who says the border is closed and then does this.
National Party leader Todd Muller says the revelation that the majority of people granted compassionate leave did not get tested prior to leaving isolation is a national disgrace and completely unacceptable.
In a statement last night, the Ministry of Health said only four people who left managed isolation on compassionate grounds under alert level 1 were tested before getting out.
Between the move to level 1 on 9 June and 16 June, when compassionate exemptions were stopped, 55 people were granted the exemption.
Of those, 51 were not tested before leaving managed isolation.
The ministry said it was following up with those people and 35 had since returned negative tests.
Seven would not be tested, either for health reasons, they were a child, or had left the country. Four people were awaiting test results and officials were still working to test the remaining four.
So yes, those without integrity look for the loopholes. And breed cynicism.
Thou shalt have one God only; who
Would be at the expense of two?
No graven images may be
Worshipp'd, except the currency:
Swear not at all; for, for thy curse
Thine enemy is none the worse:
At church on Sunday to attend
Will serve to keep the world thy friend:
Honour thy parents; that is, all
From whom advancement may befall:
Thou shalt not kill; but need'st not strive
Officiously to keep alive:
Do not adultery commit;
Advantage rarely comes of it:
Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
When it's so lucrative to cheat:
Bear not false witness; let the lie
Have time on its own wings to fly:
Thou shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.
Arthur Hugh Clough