Articles from THE BLOT REPORT
Former federal deputy chief medical officer, Dr Nick Coatsworth was interviewed on Sky News and in a response to the question ‘so who are the people to listen to, Nick?’ from Peter Stefanovic, he replied: “Well, I think when you hear your leaders speak; I mean, there’s a difference between experts and leaders, Pete.
In daily briefings by politicians and their chief medical officers we usually hear a recital of the number of new cases, and how many were in quarantine, in isolation or were in the community while infectious. They also announce any deaths that may have occurred in the previous 24 hours. However, one factor which they do not and probably are unable to report is the number of people with what is termed ‘long covid’.
Two days ago, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was time the government “refocused” its rollout plan, and consider prioritising Pfizer doses for young people in Sydney’s hardest-hit areas. She also said: “I will be taking to National Cabinet … [asking] … that consideration be given to at least having more people having at least one dose of the vaccine, which reduces transmission.”1
On June 28, Prime Minister Scott Morrison advocated that people under 60 should get the AstraZeneca vaccine, simply in an attempt to make the vaccine ‘strollout’ look like less of a shemozzle. As is common with most of those in government, the cost to the general populace is immaterial if Morrison believes that some benefit can accrue to him.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has raised the white flag and relaxed almost all the UK’s Covid-19 mitigation restrictions. Masks and social distancing will no longer be required and social gatherings of many people will be allowed again. Some of the locals are calling it Freedom Day1.
Victorian state MP Georgie Crozier (‘Crazier’ to many) has been one of the lesser lights in the whining by the Victorian Liberal Party over the Covid-19 lockdowns in that state, with Tim Smith leading the charge, seemingly with the ambition of becoming opposition leader in place of the even less inspiring Michael O’Brien1.
The kerfuffle over Morrison’s brain fart, in which he attempted to squash the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s (ATAGI) advice that under 60s should not have the AstraZeneca vaccine has been well documented in several places and I wrote an essay on it around the time I had my first dose of that vaccine1.
I am always amazed by the inability of conservatives to even contemplate the misfortune of others unless it affects them personally. I have been so struck by this, that in my wildest imaginings, I have wondered if this is an incipient speciation event. While that is unlikely, there have been several recent examples which caused this to resurface.
I don’t usually watch the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q & A television show because they tend to have people on the panel who are either ignorant, but have opinions, or who are politicians, whose only concern is politicking; both are annoying, if not infuriating. As a consequence, that is why I tend not to watch it.