When it comes to recognising and calling out oppression and tyranny CS Lewis hits the nail on the head. His description perfectly sums up Premier Daniel Andrews’ (aka Dictator Dan) latest edict subjugating Victoria’s citizens to a further unjustified period of unfair discrimination and imprisonment.
Lewis writes: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Once again, like the benevolent dictator he is whose modus operandi copies North Korea’s Kim Jong-On, Andrews presents himself as a benevolent but stern guardian committed to guiding Victorians to the promised land.
A land, if only citizens once again forsake their liberties and freedoms, where health and prosperity will return and all their hardship and suffering a thing of the past. A land where bankrupt cafes, pubs and restaurants will magically reappear and where Melbourne will once again be the artistic and cultural capital of Australia.
The 267 days suffered in lockdown and isolation, the three terms lost to students, the over 800 dead in aged care homes and increasing rates of anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide all forgiven as Dictator Dan heralds Victoria’s new dawn of freedom.
Watching and listening to Dictator Dan’s press conferences and it’s obvious he is no self-serving, Machiavellian politician only concerned with his political survival. Instead, like the generous, Great Helmsman he is Andrews is only focused on what is best for Victoria and best for its people.
Reality check. The short, sharp lockdown announced by Dictator Dan on the 5th of August has now been extended to late October, early November – over 12 weeks. Restrictions like curfews, imposing state-wide restrictions, banning outdoor activities and forcing schools to close have all been proven to be unnecessary and ineffective as the virus still spreads.
The streets of Melbourne are deserted, shops, cafes and restaurants closed and barred and a gloomy and despondent pall covers the city. Like George Orwell’s dystopian world detailed in 1984 strangers and neighbours are now the agents of the state enforcing draconian and unjust laws.
The weapons of choice for police are capsicum sprays and rifles, homes are invaded and citizens harassed and fined for daring to assert their independence. Proven by the latest incident reporters and cameramen are also being targeted by the police. And even more draconian laws are yet to come.
While nowhere near as evil as what happened to the Jews under Hitler and South Africa’s apartheid laws Dictator Dan plans to divide citizens into two classes. While those vaccinated will receive preferential treatment those who, for whatever reason, are unvaccinated will be treated as second class citizens and outcasts.
Outcasts not only with their inherent and inalienable rights trampled on by the state, but also subject to the ostracization of family, neighbours, friends and work colleagues. Shop owners and those responsible for pubs, cafes, restaurants and workplaces will also be forced to enforce Dictator Dan’s dictates. What Victorians now face is compulsory vaccinations by stealth.
Ignored is the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities stating the government must protect a person’s “right not to be subjected to medical or scientific treatment without full, free and informed consent”. While governments and their medical experts all agree Wu-flu vaccinations are safe such is the doubt and uncertainty voiced by some doctors and immunologists it’s wrong to pressure people to be vaccinated.
The Charter also states each individual has “the right to equality and to be protected from discrimination”. Unlike India with its caste system Australian citizens are equal before the law where the right to liberty and freedom is inherent and not something granted by the state.
It’s ironic that while Dictator Dan boasts, as a result of his legislation, disadvantaged groups including LGBTIQ+ people are protected against discrimination he and his government have no qualms about penalising and discriminating against those not wanting to be vaccinated.
Dictator Dan’s narrative since early last year when the virus began to spread is that the Wu-flu is an insidious, dangerous beast intent on harming people and destroying their way of life. By instilling fear compliance has been achieved and his malfeasance hidden and ignored.
Increasingly, citizens are beginning to realise that while infection is no doubt a threat equally if not more dangerous is that we are now living a police state where parliament has been prorogued, states of emergency commonplace and where inherent freedoms and rights are under attack.
Dr Kevin Donnelly is a conservative author and commentator. His latest book is Cancel Culture and the Left’s Long March.
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