Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Former Lib Dem MP stranded in New Zealand

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The Eastbourne Herald reports:
Ex-Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, who is stranded in New Zealand due to the coronavirus outbreak, is leading the call for all holidaymakers there to be repatriated. 
Mr Lloyd and his partner Cherine arrived in Auckland at the beginning of March on the first stop of a holiday in New Zealand and Australia. 
They toured the North Island and headed to the South Island staying with friends and family but were then told their route home via Sydney in Australia on April 2 would have to be brought forward. 
But then Australia closed its borders and when Singapore closed as a transfer airport, the couple said they realised they were stranded in New Zealand.
Lloyd tells the paper that he has discovered that hundreds of other UK residents are also stuck in New Zealand.


Phil Beesley said...

I sympathise with Stephen Lloyd but I am not sure whether he should come home.

There are at least two options:
* Fly home with the risk of transmitting/receiving infection.
* Bunker down on New Zealand's south island for a bit.

With the benefit of a teeny bit of foresight, UK government could have restricted passenger inbound/outbound flights, with the proviso of reciprocal agreements to look after stranded foreigners in exchange for other countries looking after stranded UK people.

It's one of the conundrums of globalisation. Communications networks allow you to order a custom designed T shirt made in Indonesia, but they are still rubbish about looking after people.

Frank Little said...

I agree with Phil, but there are worse places in the world to be stranded in.