June 07, 2020
The one thing that loses Jacinda the election in September
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Four consecutive Polls in a row, Newshub, TVNZ, Roy Morgan and UMR, have all put Jacinda and the Labour Party in the unprecedented position to be able to govern alone.
This has never been seen before in MMP elections and the possibility of governing alone is there because a majority of the electorate were impressed by the way Jacinda handled the Pandemic lockdown.
Voters who may never have seen Jacinda outside news story sound bites or 5minute breakfast TV interviews suddenly had her live 1 pm daily for an hour at a time. This gave Jacinda and Labour a level of exposure most politicians never achieve in a full-term let alone 8 weeks.
That exposure at a time when many voters felt vulnerable gave Jacinda and Labour a level of support never seen before.
There is one thing looming that could cost Jacinda and Labour all that goodwill.
It's the unlocking of our border.
To date, the vast majority of Kiwis accepted the logic of the lockdown and complied with it willingly, but if the virus gets back into New Zealand and it is perceived to have gotten back in because of bureaucratic incompetence, those very same vulnerable voters who flocked to Jacinda will turn on her.
The push to try and get the economy back up and running is driving the demand to reopen our borders, but this mindset seems to ignore that without a vaccine, we can not go back to business as usual.
The 14-day quarantine must be mandatory for every tourist entering New Zealand and a track and trace on all their movements while in NZ must also be part of the agreement to visit here as it will be returning Kiwis or tourists travelling to NZ who will be the new transmission points for a re-infection.
New Zealanders didn't go through the sacrifice of a lockdown just to have it wasted by getting re-infected.
Jacinda needs to have her best people on the border or risk losing the enormous political capital she has built.
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