A rousing editorial in The Spectator

UPDATE. The theme of the editorial is recalibrating Australia to become “stronger and more self-reliant both culturally and economically”, starting with  a dig at the pampered public servants whose pay will be frozen for the duration.

Then the concession that the United Workers Union is making to relax some award provisions to save jobs among the almost one million hospitality workers. Apparently this is ok at “during this unprecedented time”  but the question is raised Why only now?  Restaurants, cafes and bars have gone out of business or struggled for years under the burden of awards, not to mention all the other industries where union-imposed conditions have flattened productivity and profits,  with a mention of the car industry.

If extinguishing union-mandated awards, penalty rates and the like is critical in a time of crisis to secure jobs, then by definition, during the good times, these same factors must be responsible for destroying jobs.

There is a call for a truly conservative (liberal) government to recalibrate Australia in many and varied ways, referring to Viv Forbes on the repeal of payroll taxes, stamp duty, capital gains tax. And immediate and permanent repeal of green barriers to new business and jobs.

And then to the cultural agenda, the corruption of education at all levels and the woke fads of identity politics that have left an entire generation confused, dispirited, and selfishly disinterested (you mean uninterested) in a genuine crisis that can actually be resolved and conquered through individual and communal effort.

Defy the lockdown, walk over hot coals, swim foaming torrents, climb mountains to get it.

This post was updated after a preliminary announcement before lunch in case people are perplexed by some of the comments.

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30 Responses to A rousing editorial in The Spectator

  1. Some History

    Defy the lockdown, walk over hot coals, swim foaming torrents, climb mountains to get it…

    Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_pmKPWLBrE
    .

  2. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    Something to reflect on while considering an attempt to promote transmission of a disease with no known vaccine.
    https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf

  3. Pyrmonter

    Is this a libertarian page or one for anarchists?

    Many of the laws we’re seeing are onerous, some absurd, and some rotten. But is mass disobedience the answer?

  4. Robber Baron

    I’ve informed my local MHR, electorate of Cooper, that my entire family will switch their votes to the Greens unless they reduce their salary to the level of the dole.

    Only losing votes concerns politicians. Destroying your life, your business or your wealth is not remotely a concern of theirs.

  5. Sinclair Davidson

    You could have posted this after lunch.

  6. Mak Siccar

    What luxury – a cooked lunch!

  7. Rob MW

    You could have posted this after lunch.

    Does Jenny Craig make house calls in less than two’s ?

    Egg & bacon roll, two small packets of Smiths chips washed down with the help of a cream tart.

    A month of binge eating. How many video box-sets equals 1 month ?

  8. Clam Chowdah

    Is this a libertarian page or one for anarchists?

    Ratbags, mostly.

  9. Docket62

    Something to reflect on while considering an attempt to promote transmission of a disease with no known vaccine.

    Yawn.. This particular professor also predicted the Foot and Mouth disaster and his ‘research’ concluded that destroying vast swathes of UK livestock was the only solution. Turns out he screwed that up so badly so they used him again – same result. And now they are using him again. His original estimates of 500,000 deaths are as absurd as the mans quackery.

    As to transmitting a disease with no ‘known vaccine’ – this is a Corona Virus (IE: The Common cold) Variant, possibly genetically modified in the virology plant in Wuhan (google it).. and either deliberately or unintentionally released. Of course you have to ask the question why it was modified or how it mutated in the first place, but their lies dragons…

    some Influenza strains have vaccines, but new variants do not, and sometimes it takes a couple of years to play catch up. There’s so much money being thrown at this, they may also cure the common cold by default, and to the great chagrin of Big Pharma.

    This is not the black death. Get a grip

  10. Sinclair Davidson

    Ratbags, mostly.

    🙂

  11. Hay Stockard

    Pyrmonyer,
    It will be anarchy. Bloody anarchy if I don’t find some tonic water soon..
    I haven’t live in such a restrictive, oppressive and capricious regime since boarding school.

  12. Hay Stockard

    Pyrmonter I meant. Curse you spellcheck.

  13. Bronson

    I bear the badge of ratbaggery proudly!

  14. The Wuhan Virus is just a taste of things to come, once it blows over and the likes of the Hunchback of Spring Street gets moving again, the Green Virus will fix things once and for all.

  15. H B Bear

    Unions have no interest in the unemployed.

  16. H B Bear

    If Australia had a right wing government they could revolutionise the country under cover of this crises. We will emerge business as usual – just poorer and with10% unemployment.

  17. Some History

    Defy the lockdown, walk over hot coals, swim foaming torrents, climb mountains to get it.

    Hey, EWMFS & Pyrometer, do you guys have any sense of humour at all? What need is there for “defying the lockdown” when the information can be transmitted via social media? Rafe’s use of those terms is as a fanfare to the importance of the information that he will be updating. Now go give your lower sphincter muscles a rest or you’ll pass out.

  18. John Smith101

    And then to the cultural agenda, the corruption of education at all levels and the woke fads of identity politics that have left an entire generation confused, dispirited, and selfishly disinterested (you mean uninterested) in a genuine crisis that can actually be resolved and conquered through individual and communal effort.

    Worth watching: Exposed: The Marxist Plot to Destroy Higher Education in America

  19. OldOzzie

    From The ABC Entitled Class

    Media Diary: Emma Alberici wants talk about economy to end during COVID-19

    NICK TABAKOFF

    “Stop talking about the economy.” That was the instruction last week from Emma Alberici — allegedly the ABC’s chief economics correspondent — to her 125,000 Twitter followers, despite the great fallout from the coronavirus on the economy.

    Alberici reckons the economy is almost incidental in the time of coronavirus. “We live in a community not an economy,” she philosophically tweeted on Wednesday. Clearly the words of a person who still has a job!

    Alberici also preached such laudable principles as choosing “love over hate” and knocking on “your neighbour’s door” — although we’re not sure how that last one would go down with Dr Norman Swan, given his constant refrain of social distancing.

    It would be an understatement to say Alberici’s tweet divided opinion. Supporters of Alberici wholeheartedly agreed the government was “treating this pandemic as an economic problem rather than a life-threatening health problem”. But numerous other respondents dissented, arguing a pandemic was inextricably linked with the economy: “Respectfully, for some people these economic decisions are life and death … You can’t self-isolate if you’re evicted,” one said.

    People around the world are dying alone Stop talking about the economy. We live in a community not an economy. Go knock on your neighbour’s door & ask if they need help Look after eachother

    And learn a lesson from Italy Choose love over hate

    Stay inside. Only go out if you must
    — Emma Alberici (@albericie) March 25, 2020

  20. OldOzzie

    More ABC Entitled Class

    Morgan’s mayhem

    It would be fair to say it has been an eventful couple of weeks for the host of the ABC’s The Business, Elysse Morgan.

    First she had to self-quarantine a fortnight back, when returning to Australia from the coronavirus hotspot of Colorado after a skiing trip.

    But Morgan wasn’t about to let a silly thing like quarantine get in the way of an interview with the country’s most important businessman, Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn.

    Everything was set up, ready to go for her important interview — including the Skype-connected laptop on a box of wine on her ironing board. She even put on a suit jacket to at least look the part while in her lounge room.

    There was just one problem: she had forgotten her phone that would allow her to hear Comyn while conducting the interview. In her barefooted rush to grab it before the interview started, she clipped a door frame, and broke the fourth toe of her left foot. Back in the ABC control room, Diary is told some fruity language was heard as Morgan hobbled back to her makeshift studio.

    Diary is told she kept the CBA boss in the dark about her broken toe. But she did confide that she was conducting the interview on the top of a box of wine, a line that elicited a laugh from Comyn, even in these trying times.

    If she does not return a positive COVID-19 result, Morgan will triumphantly return to hosting The Business on Tuesday night — hopefully this time wearing shoes for her own safety.

    Nick Tabakoff
    Associate Editor

  21. Rafe Champion

    Thanks John. And thanks to Some History especially. Being broken down by age and sex (as the demographers say) I am sometimes a bit slow on the uptake these days and I was gobsmacked by some of the comments. So now I get it. As though I literally expected people to walk on hot coals, climb every mountain, ford every stream…As for posting after lunch, I might have forgotten all about it if I left it that long!

  22. Rafe Champion

    H B Bear, yes the unions have never been very concerned about unemployment.
    On revolutionising the country under cover of this crises to emerge poorer and with 10% unemployment, are you referring to the things that are happening at present or the kind of policies advocated in the Spectator editorial?

  23. Rafe Champion

    Posted by Old Ozie. And learn a lesson from Italy Choose love over hate. — Emma Alberici (@albericie) March 25, 2020

    Hug someone from Wuhan?

  24. John Bayley

    We will emerge business as usual – just poorer and with 10% unemployment.

    You are an optimist.

  25. C.L.

    But is mass disobedience the answer?

    Yep.

  26. Nob

    Elderly White Man From Skipton
    #3384302, posted on March 30, 2020 at 1:39 pm
    Something to reflect on

    The ICL paper was just one of the many advisory documents put out recently.
    They don’t all agree and there’s no reason why they should.

    Governments should look at advice from specialists but not let them run the country.

  27. Nob

    Just so I don’t waste my free clicks at the Spectator, which article am I supposed to be looking at?

  28. Squirrel

    “Apparently this is ok “during this unprecedented time” but the question is raised Why only now? ”

    The rude awakening to the fact that our debt-fuelled, asset-price-bubble, population-ponzi, perpetual motion contraption masquerading as a national economy is not bullet-proof will see a number of very contented sacred cows slaughtered in the days ahead.

  29. John A

    Pyrmonter #3384306, posted on March 30, 2020, at 1:40 pm

    Is this a libertarian page or one for anarchists?

    Many of the laws we’re seeing are onerous, some absurd, and some rotten. But is mass disobedience the answer?

    There are two methods for dealing with bad laws:
    a) enforce them rigorously nec timens, nec favens (old ICAA motto meaning without fear or favour)
    b) breach them openly, widely and with great gusto

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