At the moment, some Premiers and Chief Ministers are being
described as heartless, without compassion, cruel and nasty. The
descriptions are being applied because of decisions made by the
individual Premiers and Chief Ministers or their delegates to contain,
to the best of their ability, the spread of COVID19 in their communities.
Have you ever noticed that if a number of politicians don’t
really want to answer a question, they ‘reject the premise’
or reject the characterisation’ rather than answer it?
Current Prime Minister Morrison is a past master of the ‘art’.
What’s happened to Josh Frydenberg? As many have commented,
Frydenberg’s vicious attack on Victoria’s Premier, Dan Andrews,
came as a surprise. It’s intensity was extraordinary. Why?
Only he would know. We can but surmise. What did you conclude?
Do you, like me, bristle as you hear the political class playing the blame game?
Seldom have we been so inundated with such a plethora of reports, inquiries,
Royal Commissions and sundry investigations into past blunders. The Ruby
Princess episode springs to mind, but there are many others. They all have
something in common. They address the same question: ‘What happened?’
You have to wonder if some with a high profile in the ALP have a political
death wish. Recently, the government’s performance was summed up by
the Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck sitting at an enquiry into aged care,
speechless for half a minute because he couldn’t answer a pretty obvious
question on the number of deaths in aged care homes due to COVID 19.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President of the USA in the aftermath of the
‘Great Depression’ that commenced with the stock market crashes of 1929. Rather
than riding out the Depression, promising business as usual at some point in the
future, Roosevelt instituted a series of economic programs across the USA that focused
on ‘the 3Rs’, relief for unemployed, recovery of the economy and reform of the financial system.