Category: Weekly Column

Dr Muriel Newman

Another Captain’s Call

Instead of questioning the accuracy of the computer models, the Prime Minister appears to have been spooked into making another of her disastrous 'Captain’s Calls' - to lock down the country and ‘eliminate’ the virus.


Dr Muriel Newman

New Zealand's Democratic Vacuum

The PM has taken New Zealand down the path to State control so far and so quickly, that there’s now a very real risk that the architecture of a socialist state will underpin the rebuild.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Lockdown Week 3

Instead of locking down the nation and trying to stamp out a virus that cannot effectively be contained, we should be quarantining and supporting those who are vulnerable to keep them safe, while enabling the rest of society to get back to normal. Within a month or so, it should be safe for those vulnerable groups to re-enter society, and to re-open our borders.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Lockdown Week 2 – Concerns

With all of the indecision, contradictions, and failure to follow the lead of countries that have controlled the virus without destroying their economies, one can’t help but feel our leaders are making this crisis deeper than was necessary.


Dr Muriel Newman

The Lockdown Week 1 – Questions...

German immunologist and toxicologist Professor Stefan Hockertz says, “Covid-19 is no more dangerous than influenza, but is simply observed much more closely. More dangerous than the virus is the fear and panic created by the media and the ‘authoritarian reaction’ of many governments.”


Dr Muriel Newman

A Country in Lockdown

Unless the Prime Minister knows something that we don’t, it certainly appears that enacting the Singapore model could have prevented the country from needing to be closed down.


Dr Muriel Newman

COVID-19 – two weeks on

In spite of public officials saying that face masks don’t help to protect people from the virus, they clearly do since that’s what medical staff use.


Dr Muriel Newman

Labour's Dependency Trap

The only effective way to reduce child poverty is to ensure parents are in work, not on welfare. Policies that make welfare attractive risk deepening the dependency trap.


Dr Muriel Newman

COVID-19

Seven coronaviruses are now known to infect humans: the alpha, beta, gamma, and delta strains, SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. While the first four are responsible for influenza-type illnesses, with a fatality rate of 0.1 percent, both SARS and MERS are more deadly.


Dr Muriel Newman

Election Year - a quick glimpse ahead

The 2020 general election will be held on Saturday September 19th. It will give New Zealanders the opportunity to vote, not only for those we want to govern the country for the next three years, but also on whether we want cannabis and euthanasia to be legalised.