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Our Chairman Andrews Graciously Decides To Lift Some Restrictions

May 11, 2020

So kind of our glorious leader to give us a handful of freedoms!

OK, in just a matter of minutes the Victorian Premier Dan Andrews will be announcing the possibility of relaxing a handful of restrictions, at some time in the future. Given that he has had the most draconian and over the top lockdown measures in place, I am not expecting very much to be forthcoming.

Indeed, he has constantly been shifting the goalposts here with his corona alarmism. First it was just to flatten the curve, but then he kept making up new milestones that had to be met. I sort of expect him to say today that no restrictions will be lifted in Victoria until we can guarantee that all citizens will live to be 100.

With this sense of pessimism as to what he might offer us mere peasants today, I have put together a little list of the sorts of “kind and gracious” allowances he may confer on us hoi polloi. Of course what is found in this list may be wildly optimistic. He may in fact announce that he is never lifting any restrictions.

After all, it is very hard for any ruler to readily relinquish power and control. The more they get the more they want. This is one of the clearest lessons of history. And we must remember, such complete control of all things is always for our own good of course.

So this is what I am expecting our beloved Premier (often known as Dictator Dan) to be saying real soon:

-Two weeks from now I will allow you to check your mail box (although from henceforth mail deliveries will only be allowed once a week).

-From next month you will be allowed to brush your teeth once a month,

-In November your ration of spam will be increased from 1 to 2.

-In December I will magnanimously allow you to take a bath.

-Next January you will kindly be allowed to take a 10-minute drive in the countryside.

-Next February we will allow you to go fishing – but only for 3 minutes per month.

-In April you might be allowed to brush your teeth twice a month – but only if the curve is flattened.

-In 2022 we MAY open the first bookstore – but you will only be allowed to buy one book per year.

-In 2023 there is a slight chance you can have the freedom to question your overlords – but only a little bit.

-In 2024 you will graciously be allowed to take a 15-minute drive in the country.

-In 2025 all toilet paper will be replaced with pinecones. Only one per customer will be allowed each month however.

-In 2028 we might – if all you sheep have fully obeyed our orders – allow a state election. But only one party will be allowed to field a candidate.

-In 2029 all elections will be cancelled and I will be declared dictator for life.

-In 2030 one member of your family each month will be allowed to visit a loved one in our glorious sister state, North Korea.

-In 2031 Stage 43,608 of restriction reductions may be announced.

-In 2032 a grand total of three churches will be allowed to reopen. But they all must contain the officially sanctioned Andrews Hymnal, and only have four people inside per day.

-In 2033 an 80-foot statue of Chairman Dan “Mao” Andrews will be erected. All must worship it for 12 hours daily – all recalcitrants will be shot on the spot.

Remember little sheeple, all this is for your own good. After all, if it saves just one life!! Have a nice day!

Update

Well, the benevolent leader has just concluded his press conference, and actually my list is pretty close to what he said! OK, not quite, but we all need a little dose of humour now and then during these hard times. And of course I was raising some serious points along the way with my attempt at levity.

The federal government under Scott Morrison has rightly been urging us for some weeks now to return to a sensible resumption of life, with children back in schools and businesses reopened. But a few Premiers like Andrews have been dragging their feet and relishing their newfound powers over the masses,

As I said, we learn from history how so very easily power corrupts, and how it is so hard for rulers to give up power and control. And the most important point here which so many folks do not get is this: our leaders are meant to be serving US.

We are meant to be calling the shots. We the people should be the ones that our rulers should fear, not the other way around. As Ronald Reagan once put it, “We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us.” And again, “Either you will control your government, or government will control you.”

Moreover, when and where have these leaders been given such sweeping powers to completely strip us of most of our liberties and freedoms? And it is a real worry when they “graciously” decide to give a few of them back – IF we do their every bidding. I did not think democracies were supposed to work that way.

Since the very beginning of this crisis I have been warning about how emergencies can bring out both the best and the worst in governments. If managed carefully and in a balanced fashion, we all can survive a crisis like corona. But if we allow reckless and unsubstantiated doomsday predictions and fearmongering to dominate, we can quickly swing way out of balance.

I had no need to wait in making such warnings way back then, because I was quite aware about the lessons of history. And sadly my fears were confirmed, not just here, but overseas as well. In far too many jurisdictions the cure did indeed end up being far worse than the disease.

Indeed, as I have said so often now, the two things that have bothered me the most about the corona crisis are: 1) the ease and speed in which governments have shut down entire nations; and 2) the ease and speed in which the masses simply accepted all this – with no questions asked. I am not sure which is worse, but both have utterly shocked and alarmed me.

A piece recently penned by Brendan O’Neill is worth quoting from here as I finish this article. I find myself in full agreement with his title and subtitle: “Lockdown fanatics scare me far more than Covid-19 – Their extremism is a menace to liberty and livelihoods. They must be stopped.” He begins this way:

I know I’m meant to be scared of Covid-19. But I’m far more fearful of the lockdown fanatics. These people who are so blase about the halting of economic life, and who bristle at any suggestion that the lockdown should be eased, pose a graver threat to the future of the UK than coronavirus does. They are a menace to liberty, reason and people’s livelihoods. Our society is taking steps to tackle Covid – now we need a huge collective effort to face down lockdown fanaticism.

The lockdown fanatics were out in force yesterday. No sooner had there been hints from Downing St that the lockdown might be mildly eased than they had taken to their computers and media platforms to condemn such reckless talk of restoring a small amount of everyday liberty. #KeepTheLockdown trended on Twitter. Labour Party people insisted the lockdown must stay. Labour has effortlessly moved from being the party that wanted to keep us in the EU against the will of the largest democratic vote in history to being the party that wants to keep us all in our homes despite expert predictions of the largest economic contraction on record if we don’t get back to work.

Piers Morgan burst yet another blood vessel, fretting that people might go outside to enjoy the sunny bank holiday weather. The horror. Meanwhile, the TUC has spent the past week insisting that it is unsafe to allow working people to go back to their jobs. Yes, we now live in a country where a Tory government wants people to have the right to return to work and the TUC wants us not to. It doesn’t get more surreal than this.

And of course social media was awash with lockdown-loving leftists and millennial media types, at home making their sourdough bread and watching Normal People, fuming against any suggestion that the government’s cute experiment in dystopian welfarist living should be ended anytime soon. These people who can work from home – doing their public-sector stuff or making their ironic podcasts – insist that anyone who calls for a return to work is elevating the economy over lives. As if the economy isn’t lives, too. As if work, production and creating the wealth that funds health, schools and housing isn’t also about life.

It is testament to how distant the publicly employed or knowledge-economy middle classes have become from the sphere of production, from meaningful and useful economic life, that they can brush aside ‘the economy’ as a mere abstract phenomenon as they pop their latest Instagrammable attempt at banana bread, full of ingredients made, transported and sold by ‘the economy’, into the oven.

And he concludes:

Britain is on the brink of the worst recession since the Great Frost of 1709, according to the Bank of England. Others are predicting an utterly unprecedented 13 per cent contraction in national output. Millions will lose their jobs. And that’s just the UK. More than 100 million Indians have lost their jobs as a result of the global contagion of lockdown. Many will be plunged into hunger, and worse. The International Labor Organization says 1.5 billion people around the world are at risk of losing their livelihoods. The halting of economic life and production and transportation could lead to a global ‘hunger catastrophe’, says the UN. I hope the lockdown fanatics think about that next time they post a pic of their latest loaf of sourdough.

But they don’t think about it. Not seriously. They treat it as incidental. The economic devastation being wrought in the US, the UK and elsewhere gets a few column inches here and there or is an afterthought in the nightly news. But it is rarely the story. Lockdown fanatics are so convinced of their moral rectitude, so bound up in anti-Covid zealotry, so enjoying their part in the culture of fear and the culture of condemnation against anyone who breaks lockdown, that they just zone out the terrible things that they are helping to bring about.

Or, worse, they engage in a political sleight of hand. They say job losses, rising mental-health problems, lack of money and a global downturn that will hit the poor severely are also down to Covid. ‘Covid-19 is giving rise to economic problems, too’, they occasionally say. No. We cannot allow this. It is not Covid that is destroying livelihoods and liberties – it is our societies’ historically unprecedented, ill-thought-through, contagion-like authoritarian response to Covid; it is lockdown fanaticism.

They need to take some responsibility. Covid can be excused; it’s a virus. The lockdown fanatics cannot be excused. Their extremism is hampering sensible government action, stymieing open public debate, and nurturing economic catastrophe. They must be held to account. More than that, they must be opposed. We need a return to reason, freedom and productivity. www.spiked-online.com/2020/05/08/lockdown-fanatics-scare-me-far-more-than-covid-19/

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20 Responses to Our Chairman Andrews Graciously Decides To Lift Some Restrictions

  • And, just as there is some hope at the end of the tunnel, the Northern Territory in Oz is rejoicing that they are the first in Australia to get businesses back to trading.
    But it is with a serious proviso.
    Can you believe it that in a Territory that has 29 cases, yes cases, of Covid-19 and NIL deaths, businesses must submit a post-covid plan to the government and that plan must be approved. Each business must adhere to that plan and will be subject to sanctions it they do not.
    This is little short of paranoid, power grabbing, madness.
    The blurb goes something like this, that it is not by chance that the NT is ahead if the game in Oz, it is by our good management. Well is it by chance the the population of the NT is by far the least congested in Australia (perhaps the world), is it by chance that the NT has very little o’seas tourism, is it by chance that the traditional tourist season for the NT is only just beginning now? Perhaps not, BUT by good management, certainly not.
    Listening to the Chief Minister a few minutes ago was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs if ever there was one.

  • Yes Bruce, the lust for power can turn the smallest of men into the biggest tyrants.

  • Excellent write up Bill. These lockdown fanatics have no clue what the real devastation will be. Here in Australia, we are in for a tough times.
    https://www.xyz.net.au/the-australian-admits-our-economy-is-a-ponzi-scheme/
    The mismanagement of this country the last 30 years is now being exposed.

  • Hi Bill love it. That will be very generous. But remember there is still the app, the microchip, the poisonous vaccine. 5g is coming so if we want fries with all of this we will be ok. And don’t forget to be kind, and generous and give all your money to the charities. But great list. When will we be allowed to go to the fairy gardens and chase rainbows?
    Take care – cheers.

  • Good sense of humour but he won’t last that long. Next election, we are expecting that he will be out of office and will name him Dumb and Dirty Dan when he has nothing better to do.

  • As usual, a great article, thank you Bill.

  • Hi Bill, as you say, the ease and speed with which governments have shut down entire nations and the widespread acceptance of their actions by the populace has been astonishing. It causes me to wonder what we can all expect if an even more severe test awaits the world that, for example, might involve economic anarchy and a collapsing international banking and payments system. If the remit and capacity of existing international institutions is understood to be too limiting to deal effectively with such a crisis, it might conceivably give impetus to the establishment of a new structure that is given sufficient authority and powers to oversee and manage the chaos. I expect that would be another step toward some form of eventual world government. The response to the current crisis provides insights into how governments and the masses might willingly embrace such a potentially dangerous, but seemingly necessary development.

  • Dear Bill
    I nervously post this important read.
    Keep up your blessed work
    Cheers Mark Bryant

  • Thanks for this article, Bill. I’m surprised (perhaps I shouldn’t be…) that the churches rolled over and played dead, instantly moving to online only services as soon as restrictions were announced.

    Surely church leaders should have said that gathering to pray for our nation’s welfare is an “essential service”. They could have just made people sit further apart, and offered communion wine in individual glasses, Presbyterian style.

    Still, there need only be “two or three gathered in my name…”

  • Thanks for a great article again Bill. Kids not being allowed back to school and needing to home-school in Victoria can’t be all bad.

  • I thought Dan the Man wanted to kill people anyway. Euthanasia means they would be dead anyway.

  • I agree with Brenden O’Neill, Andrew Bolt et al. I was alarmed when almost from Day 1 churches shut down. A few resisted but they were soon corralled. But what could they do really? Was this a time to defy the authorities? We know that time will come. And it will be much worse than what we are seeing now.
    The national cabinet seemed like a reasonable response since this was in some senses a war we were engaged in. But it has revealed some serious weaknesses in our Federal system. At least we don’t have 52 (?) states to contend with as does President Trump. He must be hoping he will wake up and find he has been having a nightmare.

  • Thanks John. During the first few weeks we were all flying blind, so yes, we accepted that some strict measures were needed. And fair enough. But soon thereafter it became clear that many of these draconian lockdown measures were not needed. Yes, even now restrictions on flights from overseas and so on may still be wise, but the devastation of our economies and the over-the-top restrictions on our freedoms have for too long been allowed and accepted. For weeks now Morrison has said we must reopen our schools and get our businesses back up and running. But some, like Dictator Dan, are power drunk, and are dragging their feet big time.

  • Thanks Bill, we had a good laugh. Our Premiers are sounding like robots or a broken record and remind me of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day with all their rules and regulations.
    I hope you don’t mind me sending the following that was sent to me by an elderly friend. It appears that someone has taken notes of what some scientists have said or info found on the Johns Hopkins University website. I repeat it may not be totally correct but it is better than nothing and can be found on coffscoastoutlook.com.au/?p=34509
    JUST WHAT IS A VIRUS
    I know we have been bombarded with info but this is based on science
    (1) The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA/ RNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
    (2) Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.
    This has to be one of the most scientific and informative summaries on the nature of a VIRUS (via Johns Hopkins University) in light of CORONAVIRUS!
    A Virus is not a living organism and there is no such thing as ‘killing the virus’. The following explains how to deal with it.
    The following is from the Dept of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University
    (3) The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
    (4) The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
    (5) HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius or77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything
    (6) In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
    (7)Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
    (8) Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
    (9) H2O2 Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
    (10) NO BACTERICIDE SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with anthobiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.
    (11) NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates). ), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
    (12) The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster. Set house or room A/C thermostat to 80*F.
    (13) UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.
    (14) The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
    (15) Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
    (16) NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
    (17) LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
    (18) The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
    (19) This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
    (20) You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
    (22) Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
    (23) Put on a mask when you get out of go into a store. Upon return, take the mask off and place it on the dashboard of your car or hang it where the sun is, so the UV rays from the sun destroy any virus that may be on it. A few minutes later It will be good for reuse. You can’t buy (find) masks anymore!

  • Come on Bill, be fair. The Chairman has to wait until his masters in Beijing give him the go a head.

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