Jacinda Ardern, who has escaped the continuing restrictions in New Zealand to visit Europe and speak at NATO, has met with her counterparts in France and Spain to suggest a global alliance to combat disinformation. Ardern spoke to them about the New Zealand capital grounds riotand played to her gullible audience by suggesting the threat to social cohesion and public health in New Zealand society was originating in Russia and might result in war.
Ardern has had talks with President Macron which reportedly included disinformation. I am not sure that the events in Wellington would have qualified as a riot in France. There were no Molotov cocktails of the kind you see in the frequent French protests, mostly people were playing music, engaging in conversations, and enjoying camping out, whilst standing up for their rights—something legally allowed in New Zealand. I suspect that Macron probably relied on Ardern as his ‘one source of truth’ when it came to descriptions of NZ riots (??).
How is it possible that our lame-duck prime minister can swan about in the military circles of Europe making outrageous claims about New Zealand society without being challenged by our press? Quite the reverse, Stuff newspaper seemed to enjoy reporting Ardern’s sensational characterisations of NZ protests.
It seems to me that many of the world’s current leaders are busy winding each other up with more and more outrageous exaggerations which only serve to up the fear factor among themselves. They are victims of disinformation, but it appears to be of their own making—acting like villagers rushing about in a panic when someone shouts out ‘snake’ when they have only seen a rope.
In such a panicked atmosphere, it is hard to strike up a rational conversation with our politicians. All parties have firmly closed the door to two-way communication with their constituents on pandemic policy. Public information has become limited to a succession of carefully-crafted, government-approved sound bites, which fade rapidly together into an aggregation of false interpretations and assumptions which inevitably take root in our social psyche.
We are daily schooled to be afraid. We are in the middle of a pandemic (??), which is clearly now milder than the flu, promoting a vaccine (??) which doesn’t work and causes severe adverse effects. We are religiously trained to wear masks which studies show don’t work, and whose constant use is proven to cause headaches and respiratory defects. Our every move is being tracked by Apps which collect our personal data that can and are being misused.