Jacinda Ardern in front of MIQ via Getty
Jacinda Ardern in front of MIQ via Getty

There comes a time in politics when you must fall on your sword, admit defeat, and act accordingly. MIQ is one example

Opinion 19/11/2021

OPINION: There comes a time in politics when you must fall on your sword, admit defeat, and act accordingly. MIQ is one of those examples.

It’s an acute example. 

It’s passed its use-by date much quicker than the government predicted. 

Right now, there’s no point in it anymore for those coming into the country who are double-vaxxed, and have tested negative. 

And the government’s stubbornness is not doing them any favours. 

They are steadfastly denying it’s become obsolete and impractical and pointless. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today double-downed on that stubbornness today by saying the current MIQ system will stay until AT LEAST the first quarter of next year. 

Covid is in the community in Auckland, Northland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo and it will continue to spread. 

There’s no hiding from it anymore. 

And yet MIQ is still there. And they’re planning for it to stay until March or April next year. 

You’re more likely to catch Covid in the community than in MIQ. 

There are smarter ways to screen the borders. 

Locking up people in hotels is no longer the best way to do it. 

So instead of looking strong by maintaining her MIQ stance, Ardern is instead looking stubborn, and inflexible. 

That in itself is a weakness. 

It’s not a weakness to admit you’re wrong, and adapt policy when it’s no longer fit for purpose. 

So when will you adapt, Prime Minister? We’re all waiting.

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