Jack Tame is doing the hard work as a public media journalist right now.
Trying to talk down frightened and angry middle class marxists from sending in the military is a tough job and Jack has been amazing in shepherding NZ away martial law.
He asks Coster if he feels vindicated by warning that this very violence was going to occur.
If he is smug, he doesn’t show it.
He argues Police were professional.
Sure. But the truth is that the SIS had infiltrated the protest in the second week and rushed intel back from hyped up fantasists about all the terrible things they were going to do, just like Police Intelligence had done 15 years ago with the Urewera Terror raids.
This intel scared the bejesus out of an already frazzled system and the decision to force them off the lawns was made.
Of course the protestors were violent – we had spent 3 weeks winding them up and then call their reaction a hate crime.
The issue now is how this state force gets manipulated by the far right because we have handed them an enormous propaganda coup by using state violence in this manner.
Those questions are above Coster’s pay grade, but the push now by frightened and angry middle class marxists will be for a new Police State out of all this.
Hate speech laws, face recognition CCTV software and vast expanses of budget for the SIS and GCSB will be cheered by the woke, they won’t be challenged.
The impact beyond this decision to not de-escalate this dumb lives matter protest are enormous and all we managed to achieve is recruit 10 000 new stormtroopers for the far right.
Well done Trevor Mallard.
The woke want the Police to bash the protestors because to the Woke, the smelly lumpenproletariat are Nazis and they want them punished and bashed for being Nazis.
We are lucky to have Coster as the Police Commissioner right now, he stopped a far worse event from occurring.
Remember, Woke Lord Clint Smith called on the Governor General to remove Coster because Coster wouldn’t bash protestors when the middle class marxists panicked.
The modern left are middle class, they have benefitted from work from home because they have nice homes. The perverse outcome of Government Covid support has made the rich far far far richer while those on Parliament’s lawns have suffered.
Chippy is on trying to defend the last remnants of the emergency powers over our lives. He is no chump and he has had to debate mandates on an intellectual level but his utter refusal to acknowledge that broad stroke emergency policies implemented on the hoof caught up an enormous number of people who were accidentally punished by the mandates.
There were far more people who couldn’t take the vaccines than we initially believed and those people on Parliament’s Lawns bore the yoke of that economic pain most.
He is logical about when the mandates can be removed and isn’t stupid enough to give a firm date.
He acknowledges that there will be far more people with Omicron than offical numbers. Accepts it could be 5 times larger.
5. Times. Larger.
Points out that it was hard to buy RAT tests on the international markets. The slowness of approach is driven by the Government bureaucracy moving as fast as possible rather than incompetence.
Points out that RATs have a high false test rate so weren’t useful in the early phase.
Chippy is so good. We are lucky to have his thoughtful intelligence over seeing this pandemic.
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