First, they brought in lockdowns so they could eliminate the virus, and you all went along with it because you thought staying home saved lives.

Then they brought in vaccine mandates for border workers, and you went along with it because you’re not a border worker and it was such a small price to pay to get your freedoms back.

Then they brought in mask mandates for those using public transport, and you all went along with it because you don’t use public transport.

Then they brought in more lockdowns for a short, sharp solution to help eliminate the virus again that has dragged on day after day, week after week. But you stayed home and said nothing because it’ll be short and sharp and then we will be free again.

Then they brought in internal border restrictions where you have to get permission from a health official in order to leave, or enter. But you went along with it because you hate Aucklanders.

Then they brought in mask mandates for everyone, everywhere, despite evidence from around the world that they don’t work. But you dutifully put a mask on and complied because you were told that it would lead to more freedom.

Then they brought in vaccine mandates for teachers and health workers, and you went along with it because it’s still such a small price to pay for freedom and you aren’t a teacher or a health worker.

Then they announced vaccine passports, and you and all the businesses out there screamed that you wanted it everywhere, after all, it is such a tiny price to pay for getting your freedoms back.

Now they are talking about vaccine passports and forced medical tests to further control entry to and exit from Auckland. But that’s OK because you still hate Aucklanders and they aren’t really in the Team of Five Million.


Come to think of it, neither are those refusing to be vaccinated, they aren’t in the Team of Five Million either, and so you cheered when the Government announced draconian penalties against these un-persons. You agreed because you’ve complied and soon you’ll be free.

Don’t forget Kiwis offshore who can’t come home, they aren’t part of the Team of Five Million either. They can stay out.

And then the arrests started, and Brian Tamaki was arrested and charged and imprisoned for attending a picnic, and you said nothing because you think Brian Tamaki is a dick, and you read that in the media, so it must be true.

They’ll mandate the vaccine for your job next but you will say nothing because you aren’t working at the border, or in the health sector, or in education or a gym, or in hospitality, or as a barber or a hairdresser.

And what do you know, just a week after I posted the original of this article they have now extended the vaccine mandate to cover 40% of the workforce.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday announced a sweeping vaccine mandate in businesses in the hospitality sector, and others including gyms, barbers, and hairdressers where customers are expected to have vaccine certificates.

Have you not yet realised that this tyranny will not end through compliance. The fascists in charge will simply put more and more hurdles in your way until you can no longer jump them, and then the hurdles become fences and fences become prisons.

Photoshopped image credit Cam Slater. The BFD.

Auckland has become New Zealand’s first gulag, and you all accepted it meekly, thinking, wrongly as it turned out, that complying would mean an end.

Worse than the creation of gulags is the Prime Minister’s enthusiastic implementation of two classes of citizens:

So, how’s that freedom thing going for you? Are you any closer to freedom, now you are locked down, forced to take an experimental vaccine that doesn’t work, wear a mask even when exercising and need to show your papers where ever you go?

This is no longer a dystopian view, this is reality, and you cheered it and begged for more the whole way. You can almost hear the orchestra playing on the station platform.

You can’t comply your way out of tyranny. Your country has fallen.

How’s that jackboot on the back of your neck feeling?

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Cam Slater

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news,...