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The logic of the Brassicas

September 8, 2020 - 07:56 -- Admin

Among all the vegetables in the crisper
drawer of Sky After Dark (SAD), Paul Murray has a regular spot, I believe; and like
all the other people there, he is a right wing nutter. However, he has just
come out with something so astonishing and hilarious that it makes you wonder whether
he is in control of his faculties, or what level he reached in his education. Like
many in the Liberal Party, he is foaming at the mouth to try to damage Victorian
Premier, Daniel Andrews, who is dealing with a severe second wave of Covid-19 infection
in the state. Andrews shows up for his press conference every day, and with his
chief medical officer, Brett Sutton, answers questions often for an hour or
more. The fact that even after weeks of this abuse from the Liberal Party, they
cannot seem to dent either Andrews’ composure, his popularity or the support
the Victorian community has shown for the lockdown. This is in stark contrast
to Scott Morrison, who sends out others to deliver bad news, simply will not
answer questions if he doesn’t like them, and whines about the lockdowns or the
Labor states’ border closures. This inability to dent Andrews is driving the
Liberals and their fellow travellers nuts, so that now, they are getting
desperate, to the point of losing all reason. This is exemplified by what Murray
said a night or two ago: ‘Melbourne will have to endure a 112
day lockdown for 661 deaths, while Italy had 35,524 deaths and a 58 day
lockdown and London saw 41,549 people die and their lockdown only went for 104
days. He followed this with “This doesn’t make any sense.1” Indeed.

This lunacy has clearly spread to
other parts of the Liberal Party’s public relations firm, NewsCorp. Murray’s
figures were recycled by Sophie Elsworth, National personal
finance writer & columnist for Murdoch-owned newspapers, who tweeted: “Lockdown in Victoria versus rest of
the world: – Italy, 35,534 deaths, 58 lockdown days – China, 4634 deaths, 77
days – London, 41,569 deaths, 104 days – VICTORIA, 661 deaths, 112 days….2”

Neither of these Brassicas* seem to
be aware that the figures they quote are actually making the case for a more
sustained lockdown. The longer and more effective the lockdown, the fewer the
deaths. It is difficult to understand how their numbers could be construed even
remotely by Murray or Elsworth as supporting their argument. I know it is unlikely
to be the case, given their previous utterances, but one could be forgiven for
thinking that these bizarre efforts by Murray and Elsworth are designed to undermine
Murdoch’s media empire.

*Brassica: A genus of plant in the mustard family (Brassicaceae), which in this context, appropriately, includes vegetables such as the cabbage.