We’ll come in low out of the rising sun …

Tasmanian Premier warns of ‘choppers in the sky’ ahead of coronavirus Easter blitz.

“To be frank, today the gloves come off,” Mr Gutwein said.

“The period of education is over. We still have Tasmanians that are flaunting the rules.

“I have been fair, I have been reasonable and I have taken every step and every precaution that we can to save lives. But we will only save lives if Tasmanians follow the rules.

“Today we’ll be putting helicopters up. There will be eyes in the sky.”

 
Peter Gutwein is the latest nazi-curious politician to decide that militarised measures are a small price to pay to ensure nobody blames him for coronavirus deaths at the next election. Voters themselves are responsible. Good luck with that, Colonel. Worth it to Save Lives? Nope. Still not worth it.

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38 Responses to We’ll come in low out of the rising sun …

  1. Alain

    I can no longer distinguish what is satire and what is real anymore.

    This whole thing is surreal and bizarre

  2. Steve

    Is he nazi-curious or is he stalin-curious ?

  3. Mother Lode

    The only way this will be turned around is when the MSM feels the pinch and decide they want this fantastical bout of ‘public health’ rituals to end.

    Then the polticians will be falling over themselves to lift these ludicrous restrictions.

    We are subject to selfish people with no legal power controlling stupid people who do.

  4. nfw

    And when a helo crashes how many lives will that have saved?

    Has he sent all the Chinese students back to China? If not, why not?

    I still see dogs being walked and cats out and about. Both those animals are known virus vectors but nobody seems to care about that.

  5. a happy little debunker

    A chopper in the skies over Devonport – where there has been an outbreak of community infection amongst health workers.
    Otherwise it will be pretty much the local copper (sans choppers) stopping the shackies from wandering.

    People flaunting the direction ‘to stay at home, don’t go to the shack’ will be asked to return home and if they refuse they will be arrested, summonsed and fined.

  6. feelthebern

    nazi-curious

    LOL.

  7. John A

    … Tasmanians that are flaunting the rules.

    And State Premiers flouting the rules of English grammar!

  8. Ellen of Tasmania

    This whole thing is surreal and bizarre

    The common greeting around here, now.

    I still suspect it has more to do with a shortage of PPE.

    Has he sent all the Chinese students back to China? If not, why not?

    I have been told that the Hobart suburb, wherein lives the hallowed halls of UTAS, is known (by the Chinese students) as Sandy Bay-jing.

  9. NoFixedAddress

    For those Cats that work the flight tracker site/s are there any planes flying into Tasmania, or ships for that matter?

    I recall that ‘The Gut’ was going to completely isolate Tasmania from the world.

  10. a happy little debunker

    I have been told that the Hobart suburb, wherein lives the hallowed halls of UTAS, is known (by the Chinese students) as Sandy Bay-jing.

    Considering that UTAS has been buying up everything not nailed down in the city centre – how long will the bart remain in Hobart?

  11. Slim Cognito

    Seriously, how many choppers do they have? Are they sending up both of them at the same time?

  12. a happy little debunker

    For those Cats that work the flight tracker site/s are there any planes flying into Tasmania, or ships for that matter?

    I live under a flight landing route (thanks Hobart ‘International’ Airport for changing it to fly overhead) – we are getting only 2-3 flights per day down from around 30.

  13. rickw

    I wonder who’ll be first to bag a Government helicopter this season?

  14. Kneel

    ” … Tasmanians that are flaunting the rules.

    And State Premiers flouting the rules of English grammar!”

    Yeah – if anyone is “flaunting” the rules, it’s Gov. The plebs are “flouting” them – maybe.

    So helicopters and drones to “keep you safe” inside your house – it’s for your own good and we insist.
    At least until it’s no longer PC, then that goes down the memory hole and they always questioned it, it’s only conspiracy theorists like BoltA that say otherwise.
    They seriously think everyone of the plebs can have their memory modified by the MSM’s talking point of the day scarily, they are almost right!

  15. George

    When do we expect the surge of infections to occur from Queensland’s recent mandatory voting excercise?

  16. nb

    I appreciate the picture, but I think the video with Wagner deserves a spot:

    By gum, man, we will get those little old ladies in their twin sets out for an afternoon drive.

  17. cuckoo

    This Gutwein is the same twit who, upon assuming office, declared that Tasmania had a lot more to do to combat climate change. One big national park with almost no human population and no detectable industry of any kind. Yeah, right.

  18. George

    My favourite: CCR’s Fortunate Son – Black Hawk Down footage

  19. Real Deal

    “Flaunting the rules”.

    Nearly as good as Ray Hadley the other day; “Recognised Imminent Scholars”. Or was that immanent?

  20. Sydney Boy

    Seriously, how many choppers do they have? Are they sending up both of them at the same time?

    It’s a job creation exercise for all the out-of-work tourist helicopter pilots.

  21. Driftforge

    Peter is doing a remarkably solid job. Consistent, authoritative, competent. Hasn’t entirely escaped the underlying bureaucratic entanglement, but is probably as close to that as can be managed given the starting point. Has given people far more freedom to be fools than I would have liked, and acted slower to prevent community transmission than was needed, but in both cases, appears to have acted as fast as state capacity to deal with the consequences allowed.

    Interesting that choppers is considered a better plan than roadblocks; its probably a more effective image, and it doesn’t preclude roadblocks. There’s only ~1200 police statewide, so putting the necessary resources in all the places they need to be is potentially too much of a stretch. The beauty of the choppers is that the story will spread and serve to limit stupidity of action, without actually having to see more than token use.

  22. Dave in Marybrook

    Nazi-curious– gold! Get thee to the Catactionary!
    I especially like it’s potential to offend three groups at once- the Nazi-esqe Left, the hordes of committed neo-Nazi’s saluting flags in the front rooms, and the Rainbow Alphabet mob.

  23. Cynic of Ayr

    small price to pay to ensure nobody blames him for coronavirus deaths at the next election.
    That’s what it is all about, isn’t it. It has nothing to do with being concerned, or wanting to be a good Pollie. It’s just a lot of arse-covering on a scale never seen before.
    That’s why the death numbers are being fudged. Arse-covering.
    That’s why we need all these freakin ventilators. Arse-covering.
    That’s why CNN doesn’t show Trump’s pressers live. Arse-covering.
    Andrews has so much covering on his arse about Pell, the commie lying bastard can’t sit down.
    Jesus, it’s become an art form!

  24. Chris M

    At $900 plus per hour each can TAS afford this?

    Oh I forgot, cost is not one of the considerations.

  25. Driftforge

    At $900 plus per hour each can TAS afford this?

    For the 1 or 2 choppers? Probably. A police car and two cops is probably in the order of a third of that; the cost of securing the roads in total is probably an order of magnitude or more higher. There’s probably 30 odd roads to take care of.

    And that assumes they even put a chopper in the air.

  26. herodotus

    Mr Gluhwein needs to have a couple of drinks and chill.

  27. Iain Russell

    Corona don’t surf?!

  28. Stanley

    Herr Guntwine is following the precedent set by the Silver Bodgie when, in 1983, he ordered the RAAF’s entire functional fleet (one Mirage and one FIII) to undertake a reconnaissance mission to determine that the HEC (effectively the Tasmanian Government) had stopped the Gordon below Franklin Project. Luckily they reported that it was Geraldine blow Franklin.

  29. David Brewer

    But we will only save lives if Tasmanians follow the rules.

    First rule of totalitarian reasoning: artificially limit the discussable alternatives. Nathan Leites in 1951:

    Although a Boshevik holds that the outcome of a crucial situation may be indeterminate, he also affirms the number of possible solutions to be very small, since Marxism-Leninism shows that many possibilities…”believed in by political philistines” “do not exist in nature at all”.

    Of course, in reality, there are many alternatives, which certainly include NOT locking down the healthy population, as exemplified by Sweden, the last place in Europe where you can go for a beer. Yet for some reason,

    It’s the first time in my adult life when it is possible to imagine totalitarianism in the West. Equally frightening is the strength of the panic-ridden ‘totalitarian outlook’. There is growing intolerance of dissent…

  30. David Brewer

    Meanwhile, elsewhere in Europe, restrictions are already starting to be eased, despite their having far more cases than Australia:

    Czech Republic: 6 April – Government eased a number of restrictive measures, e.g. by opening outside sporting grounds (including skiing, shooting ranges, etc.), movement in parks and nature without facemasks and opening of more shops and services.

    Austria: As of April 14th, small shops, handicraft businesses as well as DIY stores and garden centers are allowed to re-open under specific conditions. From this day on, wearing a face mask (which covers mouth and nose) will be compulsory in all shops as well as in public transport. Mouth/nose protection can either be a surgical mask, a home-made mask or a scarf.
    As of May 1st, following strict rules, all trade shops as well as hair salons may re-open. Gastronomical businesses remain closed until further notice – take away or delivery services are permitted. The objective is a gradual re-opening starting the middle of May – this remains, however, dependent on the assessment of the situation at the end of April.

  31. Annie

    One doesn’t ‘flaunt’ the rules; one ‘flouts’ the rules. Amazing how often people confuse these words.

  32. Hay Stockar

    What is the size of the People’s Democratic Republic of Tasmania’s Air Force?

  33. Docket62

    Just workin out how many choppers you could buy for $300M – if they ‘save’ enough people they could end up with quite an air force

  34. Brian

    They can all git ****ed.

    Problem is, were in humour now, the tide will turn as the whole population turns on the powes that be as one. I abhor violence, but i suspect many may not be as restrained.

    All thats missing is the barbed wite and alsations dogs…

    This is however a dry run to see how much crap we will take. Politicians who are the NWO thugs hanmaidens are stupid.

  35. Robber Baron

    Gutwein. Is that a German name? Yah!

  36. iain russell

    As much as I have no time for the Bodgie and his Bludgers, I think the recon flights were the ‘brainfart’ of Biggles Evans alone.

  37. Amadeus

    To borrow a quote from the movie “Braveheart”, when King Edward, Longshank, famously said
    “The problem with Scotland is that it’s full of Scots…!”

    With licence, “..The problem with Tasmania is that it’s full of Tasmanians…!”

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