Half Australia in lockdown, when countries hit far harder are open. It seems we think even one death is too high a price for our freedom. That’s sure too high for just about every other country on earth – and I think we’re wrong.
More than 10,000 Australians are so scared of the lockdown and their government that they defied $1000 fines to protest. Arrogant politicians called them “halfwits”, “boofheads” and “selfish”, and sent in the police, who hyped claims of violence. But abuse and spin won’t fix this.
Such arrogance. To Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley, the 10,000 anti-lockdown protesters last Saturday were just lowlifes who were “on the side of the virus” and indulging in “ratbaggery”.
To NSW Police Minister David Elliott, they were “a whole lot of halfwits” and “boofheads”.
To Luke Cornelius, a deputy commissioner of Victoria Police, they were “selfish people” who “deliberately choose” to endanger us all with their potential “super spreading” event.
To the NSW Mounted Police, they included a cruel horse-puncher who put “our beautiful brave (horse) Tobruk” through an “awful encounter”.
And to glamorously made-up reporters and bouffant TV hosts who haven’t lost a day’s pay from lockdowns, the protesters were violent wackos throwing away everything we’d won through “our” sacrifice.
But to those who marched in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, defying pepper spray and $1000 fines – and to sympathisers who didn’t dare join them – this abuse would confirm they were right.