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Rule by fear across the nation

Lockdown hides incompetence and double standards

3 July 2021

9:00 AM

3 July 2021

9:00 AM

Every day on which the Marxist-manufactured Wuhan virus is allowed to dominate our life, the closer we lurch towards dictatorship, with reports the police are already harassing law-abiders relaxing by the beach. (That the virus was most likely manufactured was noted here on 24 April 2020 and received with ridicule).

The current NSW lockdown has less to do with protecting us than protecting  the politicians from the people’s wrath over their manifest incompetence.

Despite warnings, drivers of infected airline crews had long remained unregulated, unmasked and unvaccinated. Had there been a contrite admission by the NSW government that the Bondi outbreak was entirely their fault and why, instead of flattening the curve (itself based on exaggerated computer modelling), the National Cabinet had inexplicably moved to total eradication, a realistic assessment of the situation could have been achieved with full public consultation.

Instead, pretending omniscience and hiding her mistakes, the now de-canonised premier gave the baying media what they were demanding, a limited lockdown.

But when this led to one side of King Street Newtown being a morgue and the other full of life and happiness, her government soon became a national laughingstock, a dangerous thing for any politician. Suddenly the lockdown was inexplicably extended to a Greater Sydney which unbelievably included over half the state’s population.

In his compelling exposé of the global warming hoax, Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, the distinguished scientist and Obama’s Under Secretary for Science Steven E. Koonin endorses Mencken’s conclusion that the ‘whole aim of practical politics’ is ‘to keep the populace alarmed’ so that they crave the salvation some smooth-talking politician offers. Their trick is to release an endless series of imaginary or exaggerated dangers. For the former we have global warming, for the latter, the Wuhan virus.

There has been more than sufficient time to assess the dangers of the virus.

The best measure is the death rate, no longer inflated by the Victorian government’s massive incompetence with the aged and as well Minister Hazzard’s docking of the Ruby Princess. (For international comparisons, use the rate per million but bear in mind the politicians have nothing to do with the advantage of being remote islands as demonstrated also by Fiji and New Zealand. And of course only the elites believe, or say they believe, Beijing’s statistics on anything from their virus or global warming.)

So far this year in Australia there has been one death and one person seriously ill, compared with 1,100 dead from the flu in 2017 for which we had no lockdown. Nor does the Wuhan virus leave survivors as seriously damaged as those who, for example, survived the far more serious polio epidemics.

Part of the problem is that too many politicians in the principal parties do not reflect, in any way, the values of the voters who elect them. They are preselected by barnacle powerbrokers who are enriching themselves while the parliamentary parties are infected by an alien spendthrift neo-Marxist ideology.

If you doubt the impact of ideology just look at education, water, or the obsession with discredited global warming and other theories. As for the barnacles, look at the recent sudden introduction, contrary to all assurances, of a most curious plan to seize all those NSW cemeteries so well-run for all by the Catholic Church.

Were they planning to do to the cemeteries what has been done to so many other public assets – extract from them the rivers of gold which even the poor have to pay? Because he speaks so quietly and so courteously, they seriously underestimated Sydney’s Archbishop Fisher, not realising that, like Teddy Roosevelt, he carries a very big stick. His Grace delivered the coup de grâce they  never dreamt was coming; their cemetery takeover is dead in the water.

As to the Sydney lockdown, this is at least in part a distraction from not only incompetence but also the embarrassment of the politicians partying and getting infected while so many voters were dutifully ‘doing the right thing’. They were following the government warning that  the Wuhan Delta variant was so contagious it could be caught just by walking past an infected person. But while Premier Berejiklian attended and spoke at one function, she was curiously deemed a ‘casual contact’, thus escaping the two weeks isolation imposed on lesser ranks. Leaders, it seems, are special, having the vaccine they choose and quarantining at home. In any event, on the Friday following the introduction of the lockdown, 25 June, without any apology, Minister Hazzard quietly amended the relevant subordinate legislation to regulate airline crew limousine drivers, the Public Health (Covid-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order (No 2) Amendment (Transportation Providers) Order.

Elementary best practice indicates  such subordinate legislation should never  be made by a self-interested minister but  by the governor in the executive council. There are numerous examples of a good governor seeing that every ‘i’ has been dotted and every ‘t’ crossed. (That is why, Premier Palaszczuk, the governor should be a person whose independence from the executive is unquestioned.)

But with our upper houses asleep or abolished as in Queensland, the politicians have ensured they can make subordinate legislation unhindered. An example is the excruciatingly narrow definition of what is disallowable subordinate legislation in NSW’s Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.

And as neither politicians nor the government medical advisers are the fount of all wisdom, it must be the people and not  the politicians alone who decide when  the borders should be opened and on what terms. This sad affair points to the urgent need for the Australian people to be able to exercise close and continuous control over the politicians and their decisions as the ultimate constitutional check and balance.

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