Melbourne businesses are preparing to open up — what’s left of them — and Victoria’s Stockholm Syndrome is in full frenzy. The #IStandWithDan brigade have reached the state where they’d happily reenact The Life of Brian’s “Now fuck off!” “How shall we fuck off, oh Lord?” scene, the Age is acting like a dowager flinging her knickers at a Tom Jones concert and what’s going on at the ABC is too disgusting to recount.
And the businesses that won’t be opening? The jobs that are already gone? This is where it gets very interesting indeed — and potentially dangerous for the federal government.
Across Australia, incumbent governments have benefited from coronavirus. It’s why Gladys Berejeklian is still in her job. It’s why Annastacia Palaszczuk will probably still come out on top on Saturday and why, despite everything, Daniel Andrews remains streets ahead of the opposition in the polls.
Labor is playing a very clever game manipulating social media in Victoria, giving cues to the cultists and the exploiting the sheer relief that a lockdown regime more oppressive than anything even seen in wartime has been lifted.
Yesterday in Melbourne was double doughnut day, according to the Labor’s social media machine — zero new coronavirus cases and zero death. It’s double double doughnut day today.
From the Premier down, Labor, its propagandists and its useful idiots are doing everything they can to build and boost a feelgood vibe.
Well, Andrews and his ministers — the entire ALP — know economic disaster is not only looming, but is already here. Economic disaster that they’ve created. JobKeeper is the only thing keeping it at bay.
But if they can just keep Victorians happy by trickling out lifts on restrictions and relying on the cultists and the Stockholm Syndrome sufferers to keep the mood good, they might just get away with it.
Easy. Victoria has already been seized by mass delusion. If it can be sustained for long enough Andrews and his cronies are hoping that when the reality of the recession they have made so much, much worse finally hits, they can blame Canberra.
It will all be put down to the tapering off of JobSeeker, the phasing out JobKeeper.
And the high tax, the universal basic income, the modern monetary theory every other economic illiterate — backed up by much of the media — will be out there offering them covering fire.
They cannot be allowed to get away with it.
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