Excellent article from Chris Ulhmann in this morning's Sydney Morning Herald pointing out that Dan Andrews is destroying the village to save the village:
'... Why not just isolate those people and allow the rest of the economy to continue on as normal?'
Soon enough there will be a global reckoning on whether the coronavirus defences did more damage than the disease.
It will be driven by the swingeing economic destruction imposed by governments that will deliver millions into poverty, driving internal and external conflicts. Beggared states will turn inward, the world will become more polarised, angrier, more dangerous.
In time it's a fair bet the cure will be seen by many as the real curse, as people whose lives have been destroyed seek retribution...
...COVID-19 mostly kills the elderly, especially if they have an existing chronic disease. That is not an argument to let them die but it should guide government responses.
Of the 816 Australian deaths the vast majority, 606, were in residential aged care. So if you are going to throw a ring of steel around anything it should be around aged care homes, not Melbourne. The rest of the population should be liberated to get on with their lives while taking sensible health precautions...
...If the argument is we must do everything in our power to protect the elderly then were are already doing well. Federal Health Department data, first published in The Australian, shows that there were almost 1000 fewer deaths in residential aged care in the first seven months of this year than in the same time last year.
I sourced the same data from the department and received two a tables and a note.
"The lower number of deaths for this period in 2020 (32,398) compared to the same period in 2019 (33,383) is likely the result of increased influenza immunisation rates, and increased infection control protocols introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic," the health department note said.
So, why is it a crime for someone to die of COVID-19 in care but it's OK if they die of absolutely anything else?
This disease has revealed the character of our leaders and hammered home some uncomfortable truths about us as a people. As a nation we seem comfortable with authoritarianism and too many relish the role of prefect.
And nowhere in this often-opaque democracy has a less transparent court system, bureaucracy, police force or government than Victoria. The people there have been badly served, even as some revelled in the servitude. Its systems of power have combined to deliver the wanton destruction of its vibrant society. Its government has condemned its people to a poorer future, to higher unemployment, more poverty and less opportunity.
Rejoice. Dan Andrews has destroyed the village to save it.
The way that we have reacted to this disease as a nation is destroying the lives of the young in order to do everything they possibly could to save the lives of people in their eighties and nineties. Why? Why not just isolate those people and allow the rest of the economy to continue on as normal?
And all this will turn out to be for nothing if there's a third wave.
As in concentration camps or leper colonies, perhaps?
It is not a crime to be old or in ill-health regardless of one's age. By all means take every reasonable precaution but no one's liberty should be infringed long term without a crime and a trial.
You don't need to go too far back in European history to see what happened to various groups of people.
It Baffles me why people are Valuing an economic reopening over Peoples Fragile lives. Idiots like Ulhamann seem to desire us to be like the US and let the virus run riot just to keep just to keep the already slumping economy ticking. If the State Government did that, the Press already looking for an excuse to bash Dan and Co would be claiming they should have done what they are doing now. Caution is the only sane and reasonable way to go through this
As a young person, I will say this, I am willing to Sacrifice my Future, my employment (income) and Education to keep people alive and prevent this from killing anymore people, especially those who are vulnerable in our society, Young and Old. Economic Damage is repairable, The Human Lives lost are not. The Covid Crisis has not created the systemic issues of youth unemployment and the Hellholes that Retirement homes can seem to be, just brought them out into the spotlight after being swept under the rug for so long.
The Claims of 'Authoritarianism' are just idiotic, if there was any it'd be more bloody obvious, with the press being shut and Political Opponents Sent to Chairman Dan's private Gulags by the Victorian Red Guard. Nothing 'Unreasonable' has happened yet, everything all of the state governments have done have been justified.
My, my, How the Fairfax Papers have fallen since 9's buyout, literally reads like a Beatup on Skynews or The Australian.
End of my Venture into this thread, for the time being....