Opinion: As he addresses the Press Gallery for the first time in weeks. Victorious return to Parliament, ACT leader David Seymour accused the prime minister of presenting a “doctored” graph of New Zealand’s vaccine rollout.
That’s not true – doctoring takes a real effort to deceive people – but it’s fair to say that the graph presented by Jacinda Ardern several days ago shows that New Zealand’s vaccination rate is at a “peak”. Which was shown, which only and only well keep our slow vaccine rollout in the light.
The fact that New Zealand is vaccinating faster than the UK earlier this year does not change the fact that they were doing it earlier this year, and we are doing it now.
Seymour clarified that this was something that Ordner could have left on the podium of the press conference at 1 o’clock, but would not have been able to do in Parliament, which on Tuesday refused to accept the virtual of Seymour and National Party leader Judith Collins. Opened later. “Zoom Parliament,” and Ordern chose not to suspend the House unilaterally. Another week.
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“People are tired of walking on matter, they’re tired of doctors’ graphs, and they’re tired of what they call the ‘podium of truth.’ I think it’s important that New Zealand politics be like an elected representative.” Returned on a more smooth basis with the Prime Minister on terms.
Yet the expected return of time for questioning did not result in a major new moment for the opposition, any confession of defeat by a minister that would make a great social media video.
With only a handful of masked MPAs, instead of the usual course in the House, no one had much energy.
Chris Bishop and Chris Hopkins had a reasonable discussion on the Covid 19 policy and numbers, which provided little new information and could happily be on a select committee. (This gave Hopkins, for the most part, an opportunity to refute his statement outright. Newstock ZB In recent days, it has deliberately slowed down the vaccine run-out.) Everyone had a chance to talk about Afghanistan, but the conversation never reached the depths that it did on the first day of the Select Committee. I did
Ordner, who already has to produce an hour of live television every day, was ready to handle Seymour and Collins.
In fact, he presented a statistic that hates the vaccine graph Seymour, without any pushback, saying that half of the 12+ population received the first dose of the vaccine.
This is true if you use the Ministry of Health’s “Health Service User” population, but the Ministry itself underestimates the Kiwi – because it only counts people who have somehow interacted with the health system. Of If you use New Zealand estimates of 12+ population statistics instead, you see that only 49% of the population has had a shock – not a big difference, but one remains.
Unfortunately for the potential moral high ground of the opposition, the vaccine was branded by Graph Collins when she addressed the press gallery. She had her own serious problems.
“The prime minister has recently caught some poorly constructed graphs, I have one that I also want to keep: we are the last, the last in the OECD for vaccines,” Collins said, touching page A3. Paper with the bishop, standing a few meters behind him.
The graph, which shows the food intake per 100 people in New Zealand, was from our World in Data, a resource that many people, including the Prime Minister’s Office, would like to use. But it was very old, with vaccine figures for New Zealand starting August 24 – vaccine doses of 500,000 or earlier.
Equipment Calculations using the World Bank’s latest vaccine data and population data show that New Zealand actually outperformed Mexico compared to Mexico – 65.4 per 100, compared to Mexico. 67.1 doses per person. (The second worst part of the OECD is hardly something the government is bragging about.)
Seymour issued a press release shortly after Parliament was wrapped up, noting that the government had failed to answer a number of questions asked of him, including Bluetooth tracing and the amount of infection between bubbles under lockdown. ۔ That was fine, but it’s not like Ordner hasn’t been challenged on these questions in the last two weeks.
The House is the center of our democracy, from where all the powers of government flow. At best, it’s a place where tireless and systematic scrutiny can lead to accountability, and lots of good jokes.
It is true that the opposition should suffer greatly from being unilaterally put into race by the government, even for public health reasons. But his performance today did little to convince the public that getting people into the room was worth all the fuss.