Saturday, October 31, 2020

Dan the Man

 This is Victoria's State Premier, Daniel Andrews. He leads Victoria's Labor Party and was somewhat of an unknown outsider when he was elected. He seems like a decent bloke but of course he is a politician and carries everything that comes with that. He is not extreme about anything, in fact quite conservative generally.

I'll get back to Dan, but do have you any knowledge of the English Hillsborough football disaster in 1989? The match was played in Liverpool and due to poor crowd control measures and close to if not criminal negligence and behaviour by the police, 96 football fans died after being crushed to death by overcrowding. No one would say English soccer fans back then were well behaved, but it was not the case this time. It was a matter of fans wanting to see a football match and trying to enter the arena.

The Sun is a widely read tabloid Rupert Murdoch newspaper in England and only a few years ago it dropped its daily bare breasted page three girl. The headlines about Hillsborough on its front page and one some time later from the free London publication Metro.


 Liverpudlians were rightly appalled by the lies told by The Sun and boycotted the paper, and they still boycott the Murdoch rag to this day decades later. A case of power of the people over the press.

Rupert Murdoch also publishes our local state wide tabloid rag, the Herald Sun. It wasn't always as bad as it has become. While the government of Premier Daniel Andrews did preside over a failed returning overseas traveller quarantine system where infected travellers infected hotel guards who then infected family and friends and led to our second wave of infections mid this year, we will wait for the result of the formal enquiry. The Herald Sun went all out with accusations of sex being traded for favours between guards and those quarantined and all sorts of other baseless accusations. The job of the guards was to observe and report. I am not an apologist for the disaster that happened and the government under Andrews must take responsibility. Already significant heads have rolled.

However, the relentless campaign by Murdoch media via The Herald Sun against Dastardly/Disaster/Deadly/Dreadful/Dan has been awful. Andrews is taking a day off today, after fronting the media to update us and answer reporters questions for around two hours for 120 consecutive days. He locked us down as was necessary and only suffered a little push back from our Prime Minister of an opposing political party. I can't find an anti Andrews Herald Sun front page so this one from Sydney's sister Murdoch publication. 

The thing is, no one really knew what they were dealing with and it did take time for governments, bureaucracies and the public to get a grip on what was happening.
If you politics are opposite to mine and yours aren't extreme, as mine aren't, we can still be friends. I will respect your point of view, listen to your argument and probably still disagree with you, or even may be influenced by your argument. While I do not and never will vote for our conservative party, the Liberal Party, I have respect for a number of them for being decent people and not always going for the cheap shot in politics. 

I respected local Victorian Federal Liberal Party politician Josh Frydenberg until his intemperate outbursts at our Premier Andrews. "Killing Victorians". "Killing the Victorian economy with his lock down". "Open up, Andrews". "Killing the Australian economy with the powerhouse of Victoria under lockdown".  Yet for 120 days Andrews has comforted us, warned us, told us what to do, given us the statistics, pressed the message hard and I even think conservative Victorian voters might be impressed by the stalwart Premier Andrews.  Respect I had for you Frydenberg has gone. Criticise the Premier of Victoria who has gotten us through this second wave of COVID to nearly zero daily infections as harshly as you have, you are criticising me. Go fuck yourself Frydenberg.

24 comments:

  1. I will only say, I am tired of politics, the media, and Covid-19. I wear headphones most of the time and listen to soothing music! I can hardly wait for our elections to be over.

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    1. Maribeth, at times I wish I could do the same, and we can't wait for your elections to be over either.

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  2. Dan was damned whatever he did. If he hadn't stamped hard on the second wave the Murdochians would have condemned him for killing innocent people.
    And a big yes on Frydenberg (for whom I had little respect anyway)

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    1. EC, Herald Sun did actually do that in earlier days.

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  3. Murdoch has made his fortune by twisting the news, by manipulating the minds of people who cannot think critically. His Fox news here has done great damage to the US.

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    1. Debby, Fox News is interesting here. Until 6pm it behaves in a very independent manner and is similar to our other news outlets, but after 6pm is switches to rabid right wing mode and if we had a Trump, it would support him. I've heard this. I've never felt the need to watch Murdoch media.

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    2. Here it is refered to as 'faux news' by anyone with sense.

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  4. Rupert Murdoch, Trumps big bud. That says it all.

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    1. Sandra, one of his sons recently walked away from the empire with disgust.

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  5. Absolutely agree with you. It's interesting that the Murdoch papers require people to have only a basic reading age of 11 years to be able to read and comprehend them.Hence the simplistic wording and language used (I was a reading teacher before retirement)

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    1. I shouldn't Cheryl, but you can see their lips moving as their fingers trace across the pages of the Herald Sun.

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  6. Dan Andrews held his dignity all the way through. He respected medical advice and stuck to it, even in the really bad times.

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    1. Hels, and wasn't the pressure on him immense. Lesser people would have crumbled.

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  7. There are those who always complain and don't believe in The Covid anyway and we should do something about those immigrants. They're all of the same stripe and read/watch the same brain rotting spewing from the shrieking mono-syllabic right wing media.

    I try to ignore them.

    We all need a happy place away from this noise.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, same here. They never do proper research, just mouth off. I hope you don't have too much right wing press.

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  8. Politics aside he has been ruthless in trying to bring this rotten thing under control. It appears he.....in league with a slew of others.... may have succeeded. I thank him (and them) for that....and hope he is enjoying his well deserved day off.

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    1. Oh and like you any respect I had for the other politician went out the door the first time he made mention of the way things were being done down here in Victoria.

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    2. Cathy, set the course and did not alter it, I guess. I sent an email to JF as well as my rant here. While he won't read it, one of his staff will.

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  9. I have great respect for anyone who can listen to and decipher all the different news stories and have a firm decision on who to vote for. I'm more likely to close my eyes and stab the page with my pencil then tick that spot. Perhaps I should just draw flowers and unicorns all over the ballot papers for all the good I'd do. I do appreciate your Dan doing the right thing and keeping Victorians as safe as possible. What good is the economy when there are no citizens?

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    1. River, others may disagree with me but the Labor Party has always looked after pensioners, the elderly and the less fortunate in our society better than any other party. Your last sentence is wise.

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  10. Dan did a great job, he suck to his guns.

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    1. As did your Premier too Margaret.

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  11. There was a 3 part series on TV recently about the Murdoch and his publishing empire, and I was aghast at how much power he yielded over the UK politicians! He basically chose who would lead the country, and either they did what he wanted or they wouldn't have the media support at the next election. He appears to do the same in Australia. What a despicable man.

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    1. I watched it Sami and as horrifying as it was, it was not new news to me. I don't know how such power can be reduced.

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Democracy is all very well, but why give it to the people? - Audrey Forbes-Hamilton.