It looks like the lunatics have taken over the asylum
Today the PM announced that on Wednesday the Government will launch a National “Contact Tracing App” that is not actually an app but rather a “digital dairy”?
I have a lot of respect and gratitude for the way the PM, Jacinder Ardern and some of her ministers have handled the COVID crisis and protected New Zealanders.
But this announcement today is a further example of how the they are running so fast trying to manage this situation, that at times they look like a “mob” (correct term) of Meerkats.
With ministers popping up and saying something only to have this changed a few days or even hours later.
There is an obvious lack of clarity about the way they deal with some issues. We saw announcements around the rules related to the wage subsidy, to then have that changed several times. We had the rules announced last week around all businesses needing to contact trace and then not all business and then some businesses needing to do it in different ways. See this article – Level 2 rule ‘flip-flop’ hasn’t helped – Retail NZ
And they wonder why businesses who are desperate to do the right thing are confused.
If you visited every cafe or retail store on your main street on the weekend, you would have seen a different process in each place. And it is not the fault of the businesses. It is the fault of the Government and their mixed messages.
I get that this is a moving feast and they are running at a 100 mph, but in a lot of these cases they are the problem, not the solution. As the old saying goes- “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt”
And before anyone accuses of Government bashing, no I am not describing the government are fools, far from it, but I am saying that their communication regarding these matters has not helped.
Lets look at what was said: