On “rumours” and official
Yesterday, I did very little but I did spar with a woman from Auckland on Facebook who said quite CATEGORICALLY (as if she had insider information) that there were NO cases of coronavirus in New Zealand and warned against "spreading rumours" (which could have come straight from the Communist Party of China).
When I pushed her further she said she has a son working for the Auckland Hospital Board who has been attending meetings on this. Given the strictness around patient confidentiality i do wonder how acceptable it is for a health worker to be sharing what was said in a boardroom to one's mother.
I have said on numerous occasions that it looks less-and-less like we are living in a democratic country. I have had some experience with the Soviet Union and I know that when people no longer trust their government or media they resort to two things - reading between the lines and rumours. And I have to say the rumour mill worked quite well in the Soviet Union.
Is that where we are at in New Zealand in 2020?
It looks like we are more-and-more taking a leaf out of the Communist Party of China.
For instance there was this:
The above warning went out but not before I caught the article, which may have been from a "fake site" (we wouldn't know).
In any case, the item (caught in a screenshot) has been disappeared from the internet.
That may well have been fake but the news my partner got from talking to someone who is quite reliable makes one wonder.
She was told that someone was seen being taken off a cruise ship in . Wellington.
Rumours, one might say which equates to information from unofficial sources. Have we really come to the point where the only mandated information comes down from On-High?
However there was also this (and it IS still on the internet).
Call me paranoid if you wish but I have not quite got over a message on Facebook after last year's Christchurch massacre from someone who used to be a friend exhorting people to DOB IN people who posted "conspiracy theories".
That particular person would possibly feel quite comfortable in Stalinist Russia.
There ARE questions to be asked as here:
Under ordinary circumstances it should be quite possible to shield New Zealand from the coronavirus. We are a remote country far away from everyone and are surrounded by ocean, so it should be the easiest thing in the world to seal off the border.
However, we are captive to neo-liberal ideology and "open borders" so that any steps are no more than half-hearted and it is hard to imagine they are serious.
Here are just a few examples:
People 'self-quarantining' and being forced to live in their cars...