August 15, 2021
OPINION: Let’s be clear – reopening the borders will kill Maori, Pacifica & the poor
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The pressure on the Labour Government from the business and capitalist class of New Zealand has finally pushed Jacinda into capitulation with her announcement last week to loosen border constraints so the rich can get back to making money.
The self-isolation mandates for business travellers look ripe for failure and the Delta strain alongside the even more lethal Lambda variant meanS that when the virus slips through these relaxed conditions, we are in trouble.
And who will the virus hurt the most?
Māori who have a genetic predisposition to respiratory disease, Pacifica overstayer communities and the overcrowded living conditions of the poor will bear the brunt of the virus so that the wealthy can continue to do business.
I find the idea of any relaxation of the border before we hit 80% vaccination to be one of the worst decisions this Government has made in its 4 years.
Our focus must be on mass vaccination and strengthening the borders NOT loosening them so businesses can get back to making money.
The communities that will pay the highest price of an outbreak are not the ones who will benefit from relaxing the borders. Why should the poor pay the ultimate sacrifice so that the rich can travel?
Labour have promised caution, but caution would be ensuring the most vulnerable had their interests placed above the rich.
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