The Emperor's clothes

The Emperor's clothes

Renowned epidemiologist Sir John Key has created huge excitement with his wish list of COVID recovery tips.

Key's sudden interest in a health crisis seems rather late. His 8-year reign as best-loved PM coincided with chronic under-funding of New Zealand's hospitals and health system.

On Key's watch, our health infrastructure was reportedly left crumbling and rotting. (Years of neglect eventually resulted in sewage leaking through the walls of Middlemore Hospital.)

Key did manage to deliver more pokie machines and a white elephant convention centre. But the lack of investment in healthcare makes grim reading. It's like something you would expect to see in a smug hermit kingdom.

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