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Comfort the comfortable, afflict the afflicted

The response to the corona virus in unconscionable

23 May 2020

9:00 AM

23 May 2020

9:00 AM

The motto of Australia’s political class could well be the reverse  of that old saying, ‘Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.‘

The May release of more fake than usual unemployment statistics has exposed the emptiness of the propaganda slogan ‘We’re all in this together.’

We aren’t and we never were.

Frontline excepted, the comfortable are that mainly unscathed and privileged two million-plus public sector, a group who have kept their jobs, their incomes and their gold-plated superannuation.

Looming over them is a politburo or national cabinet, consisting of career politicians, most never having had a real job or run a small business. With that background, it is not surprising that their class has a proven record of mishandling almost everything they touch.

Just recall the mismanagement of the bushfires, the drought, water harvesting, electricity pricing and reliability, defence, educational standards — the list seems endless. Even employing old technology to lay a tram track down George Street Sydney, they destroyed almost every small business along that thoroughfare.

It is disingenuous for the politburo to claim they are responsible for the comparative advantage which flows from being an easy-to-defend remote island nation. The fact is that by ignoring world’s best practice, the death rate from the Wuhan virus is now twenty times what it should be and rising.

The lock-down was completely unnecessary, yet another result of abdicating governing to computer modelling.It is not as if the politicians haven’t been hoodwinked before. Modelling has been grossly exaggerated not only with most other health scares but also with the ‘global-warming’ myth. It was so wrong there they had to change the name of the non-existent problem to ‘climate change’ so they could go on wrecking our economy.


As to the lock-down, this hasn’t touched the public sector. Rather it has been borne by the majority, over two  million small businesses, approaching one million unemployed, over six million saved at the last minute from the dole queue by a highly-flawed multi-billion dollar taxpayer funded Job Seeker scheme, as well as the surviving six million left in real jobs, praying the politicians won’t destroy them too.

As usual, the politicians don’t admit their shocking mistakes. Had they done so they might at least have ensured this disaster won’t be repeated during the next inevitable pandemic. Instead they are now prescribing increasingly demented restrictions, such as a maximum of ten diners in all restaurants whatever their size, ten worshippers in vast cathedrals, and schools not immediately re-opened. On top of which they refuse to admit the obvious, that sun and fresh air have always been the enemy of the virus.

The politicians think the private sector is like a light switch, one to be easily flicked on and off. Anyone with common sense knows this is not so and the turning off has created serious damage, often irreversible. The lives of most small business owners and workers have been damaged and too often destroyed by this unnecessary politician-made depression.

The problem is the only world the politicians know is not dominated by real achievement but these days resembles some Tammany Hall dominated by powerbrokers where survival depends on lying, manipulation, back-stabbing and above all, self-interest.

It is hardly surprising then that the politburo has proved a grotesque barnacle on the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth.

Yet according to initial polling, Australians support the prime minister, comparing him favourably with President Trump, whom they allegedly regard with disdain.

This is because the mainstream media have turned into the politburo’s applauding claque. This is not the first time the media have failed to apply the ethical prescription that while comment is free, facts are sacred. Just as computer modelling has not been questioned but reported as fact which will occur, so in the last federal election opinion polling was assumed infallible.

Then there is the one-sided reporting in too many outlets on global warming, Brexit and the US presidency, with the election of Donald Trump treated as an outrage which should never have happened. Recall also the campaigns to replace Abbott with Turnbull and to replace Howard with Rudd. On that, how many would have noticed the small paragraph tucked away in the media section of the Australian where long-term editor Chris Mitchell confessed to his greatest mistake, persuading Rupert Murdoch to support Rudd?

Then there was the media campaign over several years not to install a real republic, but rather the highly flawed Turnbull-Keating sleight of hand to remove significant checks and balances from our Westminster constitution. These many artificial issues which obsess inner-city elites and are pushed by the media only distract the politicians from concentrating on the real issues.

As to the US and the Wuhan virus, the mainstream Australian media, obeying the Communist-influenced World Health Organisation to call it the more innocuously sounding Covid-19, has yet again played the Little Sir Echo for a corrupt US media who have become a campaigning arm of the now left-wing Democratic Party

For over three years the US mainstream have reported as news the Russian collusion story designed to reverse the 2016 election and ensure that President Trump is not re-elected.

With the release of key transcripts, this has been exposed beyond reasonable doubt as a complete fraud by those close to the top in the Obama administration, a story which should have made front page news.

Instead, it was buried behind biased stories untruthfully claiming that the President had mismanaged the Wuhan virus. The truth is that he remains crucial to us and the West.

As Labor grandee Graham Richardson wrote recently in the Australian, ‘The world needs Donald Trump, the only person in a position to stand up to China (and) to do exactly that…. (He) is the only game in town.’

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