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 Alan Jones on COVID-19 fearmongering!

20.05.20. This article by Alan Jones was published yesterday in The Daily Telegraph. It hits the nail on the head as Jones does with so many opinions.
Eight out of 10 people who get COVID-19 will have mild — or no — symptoms, writes Alan Jones. So why are we allowing fear of this virus to put us in an ever-deepening black hole of debtI don’t know whether Prime Minister Morrison has been brushing up on his high school Shakespeare, but in Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5, Claudius echoes sentiments that very much apply to our political predicament today. “When sorrows come, they come not in single spies but in battalions”. When bad things happen, they don’t happen alone. Politically, four major issues confront the Prime Minister today. Three are most probably obvious.

Source: Alan Jones, The Daily Telegraph

Fearmongering must stop, we must start working on the economy

The pandemic, the inordinate and unprecedented and financially defying cost and the consequential breakdown in relationships with China.
Let me deal with a fourth issue.
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When Prime Minister Morrison held a press conference on Sunday, March 15, at what he called a historic gathering of the first-ever National Cabinet, he made a serious observation:
“The truth is that while many people will contract this virus, it is clear, just as people get the flu each year, it is a more severe condition than the flu, but for the vast majority … around 8 in 10 is our advice, it will be a mild illness and it will pass.
“However, for older Australians and those who are more vulnerable … it is a far more serious virus and that is our concern.
“Our aim in all of this is to protect the most vulnerable, the most at risk”.
We were told repeatedly who they were: the elderly and, independently of your age, those with a pre-existing condition; that is, people who would contract the virus but already had one or more additional conditions like diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, asthma or liver disease.
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Therefore anyone, of any age, with such a precondition would be vulnerable; but, “for the majority, around 8 in 10 is our advice, it will be a mild illness and it will pass”.
It will be, for example, Peter Dutton or Richard Wilkins.
Yet Australians have been seemingly whipped into fear and anxiety every time it is breathlessly reported that there is “another case”.
Nowhere has it been emphasised that, even today, of the 2.5 million active cases in the world, 98 per cent of them are mild.
Of course we know that China let this virus loose and Europe, with open borders, has been an abomination.
But the reality which has not been reinforced is that “for the majority, around 8 in 1 … it will be a mild illness and it will pass.”
It’s not complacency to argue that case. It is essential to deny everybody, from politicians down, the indulging in alarmism.
Fear was fostered from the outset. But here we are, as of yesterday, May 18, 16 critical cases and 99 deaths. The active cases are 580.
Remember when we were told 150,000 people were going to die?
We wouldn’t have enough intensive care beds? Sixteen of the cases are critical — 0.22 per cent of all cases.
This is absolutely consistent with what the Prime Minister said on March 15.
But we have departed a long way from that.
The elderly have reason to fear coronavirus — but 80 per cent of the population who get it will be fine.
Now people are shouting at one another in the supermarket queues as if someone who accidentally moves within 1.5m of the person in front is the active architect of their fate.
The challenge we have now is to dismantle this fear.
We are an island continent.
If we had better managed international travel or outfits like the Ruby Princess, then the figures would be even better.
Europe failed because its open borders policy failed.
Europe failed because Italy became a basket case, and people would be amazed to know that Italy is almost a satellite of China.
The Chinese own businesses in the financial, telecommunication, industrial and fashion sectors of Italy’s economy.
China owns more than 300 companies representing 27 per cent of major Italian corporations.
The Bank of China now owns five major banks in Italy.
Chinese state entities own Italy’s major telecommunication corporation as well as its major utilities.
China also now owns controlling interests in Fiat-Chrysler, Terna and Pirelli tires.
All the profits go to China.
Try Ferretti Yachts, the most prestigious yacht builder in Europe, Chinese owned.
Try the fashion industry. Pinco Pallino, Miss Sixty, Sergio Tacchini – 100 per cent Chinese owned
Throw in outfits like Salvatore Ferragamo.
And, as Italian Prime Ministers changed and the left, some would say the communists, ran the government, the ports were reopened and thousands of unvetted and undocumented refugees arrived from everywhere.
But importantly, access was provided to the Chinese.
Foreigners poured in and the majority from Wuhan began arriving in Milan, and then, in December last year, the coronavirus hit.
The rest we know.
To simply argue that we need to be afraid because otherwise we could finish up like Europe, is a piece of intellectual sloppiness which we don’t deserve.
Which brings us, in racing terms, to the trifecta of our actions that should have been taken.
Obviously we should have thrown early resources at the vulnerable.
We know who they are.
The second component of the trifecta was to keep business, as far as possible, within certain conditions, in business and to keep people at work in work.
No one was suggesting open slather.
But somehow, alarmism took over.
We were hypnotised by the media fear that 150,000 Australians might die.
And the economy was put in a coma.
The same people in the media who told us that Bill Shorten was going to win the election by any number of seats, were the same people reminding us that we were going to be overwhelmed.
Fear took root.
We are now living with the consequences, economic black holes.
There is no need for this mindless anxiety in the supermarket queue.
Yes we have been told to practise social distancing, and we do that.
Yes we have been told to practise improved hygiene and we do.
But it is time to start trusting the Australian people.
The restaurant can open for 10 people.
You can ride in a public bus but they are only allowing 12 people.
Can you imagine the anxiety and anger when you are the 13th person being counted in?
Then the NSW Premier is advising workers to avoid travel before 10am or after 2pm.
Where do these figures come from?
This engenders further fear.
The Prime Minister was right on March 15 but, because of fear, anxiety and alarmism, at every level of society’s management, the Prime Minister is now facing a gigantic mountain which, at first blush, seems impossible to climb.
For example, we were told on Friday that banks have deferred more than $220 billion in mortgages and business loans to 200,000 companies in the last 6 weeks.
Contemplate that!
If the good times were to arrive in September or October, then those businesses have to be able to resume payment of their loans and repay the $220 billion that has been deferred.
Unless my maths are deficient, that is impossible.
I think while Shakespeare reminds us of the problems coming in battalions, history tells us that the public can be unsympathetic.
In 1945, in Britain, Churchill called an election fewer than two months after the end of World War II.
The Opposition Leader, Clement Atlee, had been there and at it since 1935.
He argued that Churchill might not be able to manage the recovery.
The public were asking, who can rebuild the country?
The polls showed strong approval ratings for Churchill but the final result was a landslide.
Labour, the opposition, won 239 seats.
The Conservatives, under Churchill, lost 189.
They campaigned on the belief that Churchill would win on his wartime triumphs.
The swing to Labour from the Conservative Party was 10.7 per cent, the largest ever seen in a general election in the United Kingdom.
The big risk for Scott Morrison, Gladys Berejiklian and others is that the public may suddenly decide that those who got us into the economic mess are not the ones to get us out of it.

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Ex ADF 20/05/2020, 6:05 am

    Wow! Jones gets it absolutely correct. But will the pollies read and take note?

    • Albert 20/05/2020, 9:01 am

      NO !!!!!!!

  • Cliff 20/05/2020, 6:11 am

    AJ might be a bit annoying at times in the way he hectors rather than interviews people on radio, but it would be very hard to argue that he doesn’t make a LOT of sense in what he says in the article above.

    You don’t need to be a ### rocket scientist to predict with utter certainty that the rules just put in place for limiting the number of people on buses and trains are going to quickly descend into what could only be described as a social… well, forgive me for mixing my metaphors, but ‘train wreck’ is the only term that comes to mind.

  • Pensioner Pete 20/05/2020, 6:55 am

    Alan Jones makes a lot of sense on this matter.

    One standout, throughout all this fuss and bother, is the aged care industry, for this is where the major weakness resides, the elderly are those most vulnerable yet are those for whom the government cares so little.

    Inquiry after inquiry into the aged care industry reveals so many needs, in particular the nurse/carer to patient ratio, this has been an issue the Nursing Federation has been pushing for decades, only to fall upon deaf ears.

    I wrote to my Federal MP regarding this two years ago, to receive a response filled with political waffle and one point, that being, the Federal Government’s policy is to allow the aged cared industry to define the nurse/carer to patient ratios.

    Why is this so? Profits, as usual, follow the money. Even the so called ‘not for profit’ organisations are hell-bent on making a profit (not taxed of course).

    What is needed? Enforceable regulations including (actual unannounced) spot checking and adequate resourcing of the sector.

    Currently, spot checks by government in many cases are secretly announced in advance, so much for ‘surprise, surprise!’ we caught you bastards mistreating the elderly via crap and insufficient food, crap care, chronic under staffing and the list goes on and on.

    Until the governments, both federal and state, get fair dinkum about aged care in this nation, many of our elderly will continue with a very rough time in the most fragile of their final years, and this situation is simply nowhere near good enough, nor acceptable.

  • Honeybadger 20/05/2020, 7:59 am

    As usual Alan has done his in depth research and presents facts. The numbers on Italy and the Chinese tentacles there, are an eye opener.
    Another obvious fact just make sure you never end up in a nursing home!

    • Big Al 20/05/2020, 9:33 am

      A few missing facts: don’t go cruising on those virus-filled, floating platforms; or trust our leaders to tell the truth, let alone make their own decisions; or rely on the bureaucraps to do the right thing; …………….. (fill in to your hearts’ content).

  • Penguinite 20/05/2020, 8:11 am

    Alan Jones makes numerous valid points, now, but as I have observed, several times previously, we’re all smart in hindsight. No one, especially the pundits, let alone the medical experts, knew the severity of this bug. All we had was the lived experience of the Italian community, who were dying in droves, and we panicked. Close borders, flatten the curve was the cry. We now realise the thing is manageable but State and Federal Leaders are committed to a strategy that is proving to be an embarrassing economic disaster. Remember too that most of the world had adopted a similar route.

    • luk1955 20/05/2020, 9:15 am

      Throughout all this scaremongering to remove our civil liberties and enrich the billionaires via our failed small businesses going bankrupt, the medical experts are all in the hands of big pharma. Nowhere has msm mentioned the use of proper nutrition to fight this wuhan made illness. Zinc+, vitamins C & D, are essential ingredients to fight this illness. All that is being mentioned is Gates’ depopulation program throught the use of poisonous vaccines, that need 5 years to be safely tested. These so called medical experts are trying to run our lives, just like the politicians, media, and Pornywood. Stop listening to “experts” and you will live a much better and wholesome life.

      • Philippe Armstrong 20/05/2020, 2:33 pm

        LUK1955-agree. Bill Gates’ vaccine programs throughout the world have done enormous harm-Kenya, the Philippines, India and the Congo. The vast majority of polio cases as direct result of vaccine strain from Gates’ vaccines. Many women in Kenya now infertile, Indian children permanently harmed and more. Gates should be charged and tried for gross crimes against humanity. Gates’ father sat on the board of Planned Parenthood and Gates’ family has history of eugenicist ideology/beliefs. Gates is simply a purely evil man.

    • Big Al 20/05/2020, 9:59 am

      P, you’re right about the majesty of hindsight, but in this case, the demographics of those infected started to emerge in January. Clearly, those facts side with Jonesy’s salient point, viz. the most vulnerable were over 70 and those with existing ailments that, if infected, would jeopardize their health. Instead of masrhalling our dominant resources in the healthcare industry to defend these people, our leaders sought to save everyone, regardless of the insane expense and inconvenience to the MAJORITY of our country.

      As I suffer from pcs – pessimistic cynical skepticism – I think most of the state leaders have found a new way to control the plebs; and, my fear is this: the next flu epidemic will cause them to panic again in the belief that they need to be seen to doing something, again – beneficial or not is now clearly not what its about, which is CONTROL, totally, as has has been shown in VicDaniStan.

      One needs to address the following questions, honestly, and without emotion:
      1) How many children should starve to death in order to make you feel safe?
      2) How many families must go bankrupt in order to make you feel safe?
      3) How many business owners should lose everything they’ve worked for in order to make you feel safe?
      4) How many people have to lose their jobs. their health insurance, their life’s savings. to make you feel safe?
      5) How many people do you think should surrender their lives for YOUR feelings and YOUR safety.

      For me, whatever nature dictates, nature should prevail; anything more than zero is being selfish, IMHO.

      • Austin Ayforti 20/05/2020, 11:19 am

        Exactly Big Al, though I see “the next flu epidemic will cause them to panic again” as they will use us again rather than panic. Someone or some entities have done well out of this “crisis”. The advertising industry, printing, whoever produced all the virus proofing perspex screens and it goes on.
        I must also have PCS but wasn’t aware of the term. Thanks for sharing it.

      • Big Al 20/05/2020, 11:52 am

        AA, I coined ‘pcs’ – as my wife thinks I’m nuts – about the time of the glow bull warming panic afflicting KRudd’s ‘greatest moral challenge’.

        And, my pcs makes me think like you, in that there’s a vested interest in keeping this ‘panic’ going for as long as the guvmint keeps printing money.

  • Lorraine 20/05/2020, 8:51 am

    The State Leaders are the real problem in coming out from under the doona. Premiers have figured they are the little Gods and can tell the minions what and when and how you can do anything….These premiers have all been with the Federal Governments overall “here’s the money” and then this same Premiers cannot give up the control, do they see there will be no money , printing it will not help. Those Premiers are to blame for forced bankruptcy, especially in hospitality and tourism.

    • Aktosplatz 20/05/2020, 11:04 am

      The Chief Medical Officers of the States have been given authority out of proportion to their abilities. Instead of finding out the truth by getting out and about, they have resorted to the “Lazy Mans” Computer Modelling.

      A Chamber of Commerce style committee in including the CMO would have been a better modus operandi.

      I have seen Qld Health operate in a similar infectious outbreak last year and their advice was destructive. What was worse was the arrogance that insisted they were right and hapless small business owners would comply or else!

      And now the same Qld CMO declares the border with NSW will stay closed until September.

      Why September? Why not December ? Why not 2021? Or why not next week?
      Mind numbing stupidity and arrogance, which indirectly reflects ignorance BTW.

    • Disgruntled 20/05/2020, 12:18 pm

      Right on Lorraine; I hope you-all have a little simpathy for us in Qld with what we have to put up with as in a bunch of elected and unelected utter dills.
      The platted chook just does not have a clue on how to be a leader and decision maker and now it is becoming so very publicly bleedin obvious.
      She is so far out of her depth that watching an interview with her is disgracefully painful and makes one very ashamed to be a Queenslander.
      God, help us as nobody else seems to be able to, yet!
      And Akto, I go along with you also!

    • Philippe Armstrong 20/05/2020, 2:38 pm

      Dan Andrews relishes all this. He can experiment on his Marxist beliefs. This was his opportunity to become Dictator Dan. He is hard left and always ways. Victorians were mostly duped. However, they were stupid enough not to look into his past associations with radical Marxist groups. The way he runs state education should have been a dead giveaway.

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