It’s the vaccine rollout, stupid


Bill Clinton certainly had a feel for what 'worked' in getting himself elected, and then re-elected. He knew that the electorate had one major concern, and all the other matters were just background noise. Cue Scott Morrison and his Government. The vaccine rollout, period. Fix that, and you are home. No more lockdowns, no more … Continue reading It’s the vaccine rollout, stupid

Nature abhors a vacuum (of leadership)


Of course we need to amend this maxim, because in the case of a seemingly all-conquering virus, nature LOVES a vacuum. The failure of leadership in Australia has been demonstrated, once again, by the mis-steps of our so-called leaders. They then exacerbate the problem by not owning their mistakes, and blindly asserting, against all the … Continue reading Nature abhors a vacuum (of leadership)

Melbourne’s close to success


Most Victorians are thrilled by the results obtained by lockdown, which was imposed by Daniel Andrews. You might call our original assent grudging, but it gradually morphed into gratitude, as long as the Trump-lite knuckle draggers in the Federal Government allowed us to deal with the second wave, our own way - a hard lockdown. … Continue reading Melbourne’s close to success

2 neo-lib clowns


Josh Frydenburg showed his true colours during the second wave of coronavirus. He ripped into the Victorian Premier almost daily, and blamed him personally. Obviously if Daniel Andrews is in charge, and the outbreak occurred on his watch, then at some point in time, he will be held to account. The major problem is that … Continue reading 2 neo-lib clowns

Let’s not pin the second outbreak on the guards


It is clear that, after our initial success in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, Australians are disappointed and even angry that we have been thrown back into lockdown. Rates of infection have, relatively speaking, shot up. The entire Melbourne Metro area has been locked down, residents of high rise towers have been placed under virtual … Continue reading Let’s not pin the second outbreak on the guards

Morrison needs to finish one job at least


Scott Morrison has, in many ways, been 'saved' by the coronavirus. At the end of February and heading into March, his public standing was at rock-bottom. Scotty from Marketing was jeered at every time he went out in public, and journalists were daily questioning his honesty, and his competence. What went wrong for Morrison? He … Continue reading Morrison needs to finish one job at least

Sweden chose the wrong strategy – Australia didn’t


Sweden chose the wrong strategy Considering how almost universally admired the Nordic countries are, Sweden has broken ranks with its neighbours, in the manner in which it has responded to the pandemic. The country has dealt with the Covid-19 virus very badly, and the proof that this is so, is its current death rate. It … Continue reading Sweden chose the wrong strategy – Australia didn’t

Morrison handles the crisis – sort of


Scott Morrison has had a reasonable month Australia has also had a good month. There have been mis-steps, and mixed messages, and the occasional catastrophic blunder (the Ruby Princess springs to mind), but in a global pandemic we have, along with our cousins across the Tasman, apparently slowed the progress of the virus. It is … Continue reading Morrison handles the crisis – sort of

Early days in this pandemic, but we CAN do this


The 'Spanish Flu' pandemic of 1918-1920 bears a strong resemblance to the current pandemic. Although the actual virus causing the disease is different, the result of the infection is similar. It causes pneumonia, and people die, in large numbers. There is no vaccine, so it needs to be managed. We can starve the virus, by … Continue reading Early days in this pandemic, but we CAN do this