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 A business man takes the Andrews bastard to task

10.06.21.  It’s all in a day’s work for the still absent, highly paid Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews. While Dan comfortably takes home between $450k – $500k per year, hundreds of thousands of people have had their businesses damaged, their incomes terminated and their hopes for the future dashed thanks to the uncaring, incompetent conduct of his government. Writes John Simpson in the Spectator.
For the absent Premier, it’s simple. Take a few calls from his dithering deputy, take another call or two from the hapless Health Minister and hey presto — seven million people are again thrust into lockdown.

Source: John Simpson for Spectator

Andrews’ fumbling acolytes take Victoria to the brink

Having already endured some 130 days of lockdown thanks to his shambolic administration — another 14 days ought to be no great hardship for the punters, so judged Victoria’s inner sanctum of elected and unelected officials.
As if making a public declaration on how comprehensively ‘out of touch’ Andrews‘ Ministers are with business, industry, all three levels of education, retail and hospitality, the Victorian Labor government, with not a moment’s hesitation, placed the entire state under the dead hand of lockdown.
How thoughtful then of the ailing, absentee Premier to send (via Facebook) to Victorians (who use Facebook) his inner thoughts, warm wishes and his banal urging that “we keep fighting.”
Without a shred of sincerity, Andrews went further with this piercing insight. “Just because we’ve had to do this before, doesn’t mean it’s easy to do it again,” he said.
“Some of us will be tired.  Some stressed.  Some sick to the back teeth of this pandemic. Maybe a mix of all three,” the Premier said to ensure he’d left no-one out. There’s more.
“But please know that every individual effort you make today, and everything you’ll do tomorrow and every day after will save lives.”
From the lying position, Andrews finished his homily with this entreaty: “Be proud of what you’ve achieved and be proud of our state too.”   Thoughtfully, he added that he is due to meet with his medical team sometime this week, who will advise him when he can be back on deck.
For the record Premier, I, along with millions of others, are not ‘proud of Victoria.’ We are ashamed of the incompetence and ignorance inherent in those charged with governing and we’re appalled by the shameful, massively costly, woefully inadequate state of Victorian public health delivery.
The indications are that the latest lockdown is — yet again — the result of hotel quarantine failures.
The truly pitiable place in which Victorians finds themselves is entirely the doing of the Andrews government.
Not the Commonwealth, not South Australia, not slow supplies of vaccines, not the absence of remote quarantine centres. None of these can credibly be attributed to the cause of what has occurred — again — in Victoria.  Not even one of these approach, even remotely, the culpability of this government and in particular the monumentally ill-prepared, ill-equipped decaying health bureaucracy.
The edifice that passes for a health department barely functions in non-critical periods but when we needed it most the house of cards on which the state’s health system is built came crashing down. Andrews knows this to be true. He was, after all, a former Health Minister. In 2020 he sacked several senior people in health — including his minister — and he did so because he wanted punters to believe he was ‘actively’ doing something. It didn’t work Premier. You know it. We know it.
To think that the livelihoods of millions should now be in the hands of Martin Foley, Brett Sutton and the irritatingly garrulous Jeroen Weimar instils horror rather than confidence, anger rather than understanding and pessimism rather than optimism.
When casting their votes at the 24 November 2018 state election, Victorians did so presumably believing they were voting for opportunity, economic prosperity, debt and deficit management, sound decision making and strong public policy.
The government, under the leadership of the discredited Daniel Andrews, has spectacularly failed on each of these core elements of public accountability.  That Andrews, Merlino, Foley and frontman, Jeroen Weimar, believe they can use highly spun, soothing words to talk their way out of their humiliation, reveals all there is to reveal about their operation.
For Andrews, it has always been about what the punters ‘think’ is happening.  It’s never been about what is actually happening.  Only this reality can explain the grotesque lengths to which the government will go to manage the message, spin the story, shift and counter-shift blame, create distraction and duck accountability.
The Andrews Government will carry the permanent stain of inflicting economic and social harm on Victoria on a scale without precedent.
The die is cast for Andrews.  Whether he returns to his desk or not, will make not the slightest difference to the disgrace that is his government.
Why voters appear not to comprehend the signals, such as the eye-watering state debt, stratospheric infrastructure cost-overruns and the downward spiral in the mental health of young people – remains a mystery the Opposition must quickly solve.
Meanwhile, the ‘true believers’ continue to feed off the verbal excretions emanating from Spring St.    They, and we, get to cast our votes again on November 26, 2022.

John Simpson is a Melbourne company director.

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • luk1955 10/06/2021, 7:11 am

    Guys, the Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, the Bioterrorism Act 2015, both state law in Vic, the former being written by andrews in a saner moment, all protect us against government lockdowns, forced medical procedures, police misconduct. These laws have been violated in every paragraph written into these laws. These laws available on vicstan government site for downloading and your familiarisation of these protective laws. Protective of us against the dictators. And why only 1 company, why not thousands to share the cost and inform the courts that the MASSES are sick and tired of this garbage. Don’t rely on attorneys for help, the attorneys work for the courts and not you, the client.

  • Ian 10/06/2021, 8:02 am

    In this modern world of gender fluidity. I’ve decided that I am no longer male, this week I want to be a stair.

    Now, can I give him another damn fine kicking?

  • Honeybadger 10/06/2021, 8:33 am

    Yep, don’t you love “Commander”Jeroen?Who dreamt that authoritarian military title up for this nobody. who previously couldn’t even run VLine trains on time.
    Where is the Liberal Opposition? Do they call Pressers and no one turns up? I never watch free to air so maybe they are there.
    The Guardian Essential poll (lefties) had Andrews govt approval at 48%, still way too high but going the right way.

  • Popular Front 10/06/2021, 8:54 am

    WHAT bloody ‘Opposition’? Has anybody seen or heard from them?

    • Lorraine 10/06/2021, 10:01 am

      sorry the Liberals just taking the safe seats wages and who can blame them….who wants to fix this mess that is Victoria

  • Albert 10/06/2021, 9:18 am

    The Victorian Clayton’s Government would have to be the most dysfunctional gang of incompetent dolts ever gathered together under the same banner. They lie, they hide the truth from the public, they are pathetically incompetent and they have the audacity to hold their hands out for well above average pay packets.
    If Andrews didn’t fall down the stairs but instead got knocked down the stairs after being belted then I sincerely hope that the rest of his ‘gang’ receive the same treatment.

  • Penguinite 10/06/2021, 9:24 am

    Victoriastan, your current state of desperation is being, unnecessarily, prolonged using “State of Emergency” Legislation facilitated by your Cross Bench politicians! As if you didn’t know!

    • Honeybadger 10/06/2021, 10:26 am

      Yep and one of them Fiona, was a prostitute. Real calibre there.

  • davey street 10/06/2021, 8:58 pm

    Did you know Disappeared Dandrews latest dicate to Danjing residents is that movement is allowed in their rickshaws UP TO 25 ks. Note well, the Chinese Communist Party’s puppet master’s local electoral office is, guess what, 25 ks from the Danjing GPO. Over the last 24 hrs, the state of Danistan or Far South China (formerly known as Victoria) has been almost physically destroyed by the Gods of nature, and still the ABCAGE is banging on about one CASE here or two CASES there.
    Geezus, me beads !!!!

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