I got a phone call ;ast night from the lad. There had been a press conference, and Auckland is going into level III alert as of noon today: that means only essential businesses can open, and people should stay home. If they go out, they should wear masks. There are shortages of masks, so people are being encouraged to make their own. The remainder of the country is in Level II: no gatherings of over 100, social distancing, and install the government tracker -- which no one has done.
This information lines up with last Thursday’s rumours that we’ve been fielding. Expect rolling announcements over next few days. Add Christchurch and Taranaki later this week. Rolling announcements in lieu of policy.
This is death to Auckland businesses hanging on by the skin of their teeth.
No answers on what this means for the election, as parliament has risen.
Clearly the claims of victory over the virus have been a lie.
Cameron Slater, The BFD
I have family in Auckland. I phoned my parents, who are quite stoical about this. The other members of the family ranged from irritated to incandescently angry. It is fair to say that the comments about this last noight were not that complementary to the government.
But that was last night. The question now is how should we react. Should we reject prudence, as the Government has, and instead use the precautionary principle? One would never leave bed it that was the guidling light in your life. Should we instead be prudent and modest?
And should we not know that God is in control?
24 “Remember to extol his work,
of which men have sung.
25 All mankind has looked on it;
man beholds it from afar.
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
the number of his years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water;
they distil his mist in rain,
28 which the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion?
30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
and covers the roots of the sea.
31 For by these he judges peoples;
he gives food in abundance.
32 He covers his hands with the lightning
and commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its crashing declares his presence;[a]
the cattle also declare that he rises.
The worship of God and praise of God will continue. Let our rulers regulate: we can keep the letter of their law and know that they despise the Gospel, and lie to themselves, for it is said that the fate of all men is death, and after that judgement.
At this time, God is still sovereign. He will move the rulers and ensure that their hubris is removed. But this is a time of crisis, so know that you are loved by God, and God has always done what is best for hose that he loves.
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marvelled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
There are many who do not like the Kiwi way. We are quiet, generally don't rock the boat. Many call us sheeple, but I'd rather live in a tight, conformist society than Chicago.
The government may be able to scramble and contain this, but if Victoria is a guide, the virus will survive while the government will either go full fascist or earn the undying contempt of the people. (Not that they do not deserve that: the photo on the top of he page is one of many badly maintained roads in the Waikato, where the rulers remove colonial statues but do not do their job).
Do not fear this virus. Be prudent, do what you can to ensure your elders are OK and preserved. Nor should you fear the elite who have pinned their hopes of election on keeping the virus out.
Instead praise God, stock up on the essentials. This time will pass, and we will remain.