30 November, 2021

Even the Kiwis Are Getting Sick of All the China Virus Restrictions

They were so proud of how well they had stamped out the China Virus for so long. But even they have had enough.

COVID-19 Protests in New Zealand Are About Economic Freedom (dailysignal.com)

You can see why they might have had enough.

New Zealand was one of only five economically free countries in the world, as measured by The Heritage Foundation’s 2021 Index of Economic Freedom.

For years, the people of New Zealand have enjoyed robust rule of law, clear regulatory efficiency, and free and open markets. The size of the government has been relatively small, which is a boon to economic freedom.

Recently, though, the government of New Zealand has disregarded people’s economic freedom in an attempt to eradicate all traces of COVID-19 from the southwest Pacific Ocean island nation.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020, the left-leaning government of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s restrictive pandemic response policies have destroyed the livelihoods of service professionals, retailers, and small-business people, among others.

Many of those people don’t agree that they should bear such high costs related to the government’s fight against COVID-19—and understandably so.

Kiwis have been ordered to stay in their homes for long stretches of time during the pandemic. Most recently, this applied to nearly 1.7 million people in Auckland from mid-August to early October. People subject to the lockdowns have not been allowed to meet with family members who do not live with them—or even to meet with them outdoors or go to beaches or parks.

Yeah, I’d be a bit sick of that too.

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