The Daniel Andrews cult and the Melbourne Syndrome

I am astonished at the ring of endorsements for Daniel Andrews’ stupendous level of incompetence. Everything he does is filled with massive levels of stupidity which has led to failure at every stage. It is possibly because I have been onto this socialist nitwit from well before the coronavirus arrived. See, for example, Dan Andrews worse than Joan Kirner. From which:

Let’s face it. Daniel Andrews is the worst political leader, the most economically illiterate Premier, we may have ever had in Victoria and I lived through the days of Joan Kirner. When the place goes bankrupt, as it must, we will relive the 1890s collapse and then some.

Victoria is already bankrupt. Has been for a while now. We are dealing with a man of such utter vacuity that it is breathtaking. He started with this $2 billion cancellation of a road that had been proposed by the previous Liberal government for which contracts had been signed, and it has been downhill all the way since then. I can only think everyone is a socialist now and have endorsed Andrews’ policies. His monument will be the other billion dollar plus folly, the train station at The Shrine which no one will ever go to assuming it is ever actually built.

And then there’s the The Melbourne Syndrome.

Feelings of trust or affection felt during a lockdown by its victims towards their most authoritarian political leaders.

I can think of no other reason for others – even those on the supposed right – to give Andrews the pass. Andrews needs to go, and the Liberal Party needs to get a leader in Victoria able to actually present an articulate case in defence of our freedoms along with being able to put in practical policies about the virus that actually make things better and not worse.

IF ONLY I’D KNOWN WHO MIKE BAIRD WAS IT MIGHT HAVE MEANT SOMETHING TO ME: So I looked him up:

Michael Bruce Baird AO is an Australian investment banker and former politician who was the 44th Premier of New South Wales, the Minister for Infrastructure, the Minister for Western Sydney, and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party from April 2014 to January 2017.

And this is what he said:

Dan Andrews and I don’t agree about everything but I know that he loves his state and considers it a privilege to serve as its Premier. I formed a friendship with him during my time at COAG and saw during this period his desire to try to do what was right….

What is happening in Victoria is incredibly challenging and indeed tragic. I don’t know all the details of what has transpired but it is terrible and I think most people across the country are just waiting for some good news to emerge. Almost as if we are willing the virus away.

It is not the time to second-guess or finger point. Yes we need to be agile and learn on the run, but a pile on helps no-one.

When the dust settles, there will be time for reflection. And when mistakes are made, there will be accountability.

But in the fog of this battle, I believe we should choose to stand in support of our leaders and offer our admiration, and our thanks….

And it goes for Dan who I know is working his absolute guts out to save lives.

Let’s support him as he tries to do the impossible.

Daniel Andrews is as thick as two planks. He has not put a foot right since this CV-19 began. Mike Baird is part of the problem and like DA, is in no way part of the solution.

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47 Responses to The Daniel Andrews cult and the Melbourne Syndrome

  1. stackja

    Dan never explained the Red Shirt scandal.

  2. Bronson

    Do we have an opposition in Victoria?

  3. John A

    Even when he “accepts full responsibility” for the quarantine hotels situation, you get that terrible tingly feeling up your spine, that says “I can’t trust it – he’s saying it ‘politically’ and not for real.”

  4. nb

    Sadly, failure of opposition benches surely contributes significantly to failure of the government benches.

  5. Don’t worry, the Liberals are waiting for the right opportunity to go on the attack. When Hell freezes over.

  6. H B Bear

    Most Victoriastanis desperately want Chairman Dan’s Hard Left socialism to succeed. He is letting the side down.

  7. Some History

    …and the Liberal Party needs to get a leader in Victoria able to actually present an articulate case in defence of our freedoms along with being able to put in practical policies about the virus that actually make things better and not worse.

    Good luck with that.

  8. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Why do people keep voting for this incompetent? Follow the money. A lot of the state either works for the government or collects welfare. Others who you wouldn’t think would vote labor are on the Andrews gravy and don’t want the ride to stop. For example. My sister and her husband are very wealthy and would normally vote conservative, however their consultancy makes heaps from the Andrews government and they won’t hear one word against him. As I said. Follow the money!

  9. Sean

    Thankyou Queensland for preventing Shorten from being the current PM!

  10. 132andBush

    Guaranteed benefits forever: Check
    No spine or principles required: Check

    That’s the pre-flight done, now how to get pre-selected.

  11. rickw

    I have reached the conclusion that Melbourne and Victoria got Dan Andrews because the majority are basically fucking retarded.

  12. Rob

    The “ring of endorsements” for Andrews may well be illusory.
    From the outset, Newspoll and other polls are increasingly failing to determine voter intention.
    Furthermore, it beggars belief that the multitudes of citizens, badly damaged by Andrews single handed and disgraceful mismanagement of Victoria, would now be viewing him favourably.
    Social media (simplistically respected by the journalistic class) is dominated by the idle classes of the left and like the polls, does not reflect the silent majority’s view.
    If Andrews survives it will prove there is indeed such a thing as the Stockholm Syndrome.

  13. Governments never win elections, it’s the other side losing. The Liberals are professional losers. Unfortunately, the Liberals also have the unions against them, the media against them, and themselves against them. As with the rest of Australia, people don’t vote for the leader, but the party rep in their electorate, and with preferences, it has gone the Labor way for a long time. It may just take this kind of disaster, like with Cain-Kirner, to wake up enough dullards.

  14. And I should have added, don’t just blame Victorians, look at the rest of Australia (it’s coming to you) and the world. Trump, for example, has brought the US back from the brink, yet there is no guarantee that he’ll get a second term. The same has been going on in the UK and Europe. The long march of the Left has been affecting everyone susceptible and those who don’t study history; our education system makes certain of that.

  15. Vagabond

    Well I have never voted for the bastards.

    But as I remarked to a lefty acquaintance who was crowing about the last election result, “anyone can win an election when they don’t have an opposition”.

    That’s the problem here in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Victoriastan – no opposition. The last few liberal “leaders” are a conga line of LINOS with no visibility in the electorate. Even Jeff Kennett is mouthing inanities these days – he was recently quoted as saying Dan would be gone by Xmas. There’s no way that will happen and there’s no point calling for Dan to resign either. The current bunch of liars will never voluntarily give up anything. They are too entrenched and cunning for that.

    It’s not for nothing that there are posts on this blog about “Stupid F***ing Liberals” . Until the libs can put up a leader who’s not afraid to be openly conservative and ruthlessly tough on the liars they will never win another election here. Even then it’s no certainty given the demographic shifts over the last few years. Not only that but the current bunch of labor incompetents will weather the storm, continue to enjoy & exploit the benefits of incumbency, get re-elected and end up with kudos and orders of Australia for “leadership” during the crisis. The most we can hope for might be a token reshuffle.

    You could say the same about Morrison but he’s lucky to have had Shorten and Albanese as opponents.

  16. Rabbi Putin

    Forecast is for southerly winds blowing more money showers into the state over the next few days and weeks.

  17. Rabbi Putin

    Andrews needs to go, and the Liberal Party needs to get a leader in Victoria able to actually present an articulate case in defence of our freedoms along with being able to put in practical policies about the virus that actually make things better and not worse.

    I’m reading a lot of people say this, as though it’s that easy. The Libs were practically destroyed in the last state election, the deputy leader actually lost his seat. And don’t forget this was coming hot on the heels of the mass exodus from the party caused by Malcolm the Turd’s coup. I imagine many more would-be talents have just given up and left the state or are hiding in the bush somewhere. What we have is the traumatized surviving rump of all those calamities. They are tiny and clinging to a few islands of seats in the Melbourne East and the often-dismissed regional areas.

    In spite of all that, I did go digging and found Michael O’Brien (enough jokes, that is the leader of the opposition) announce he would tear up the Chinese belt-and-road deal. Comments from the media or the blogosphere? Crickets.

    You want the Vic Liberals opinion? How about actually searching for it.

  18. Mustapha Bunn

    Rickw … and you’re a Twat.

  19. Farmer Gez

    We can only try individually to get him sacked.

    I’ve moved on from telling anyone at the start of the Corona outbreak that Andrews is the worst kind of leader you can have in a crisis. That’s not even disputed by the people I know now.

    My current theme is that the Corona crisis will be over when Andrews is removed as premier.

  20. a reader

    Even Mike Baird was out on facebook today defending Dan Andrews FFS. I don’t wish the guy ill will but I wish he would go. Victoria is literally fucked.

  21. Dan will cut and run. Prospective replacements are already jockeying for position.

  22. miltonf

    Even Mike Baird was out on facebook today defending Dan Andrews FFS.

    which proves the existence of the Uniparty- a political class that views citizens as subjects.

  23. Squirrel

    As much as anything, Andrews is a symptom of a bullshit economy – Melbourngrad is ground zero for the “we’re here, because we’re here, because we’re here” Big Australia idiocy, which is essentially about importing consumers for second-rate, domestically-focused businesses which want as many captive customers as possible.

    Until the virus came along, it looked like an almost perfect perpetual motion machine – seemingly endless growth, with a veneer of propaganda about diversity and vibrancy and all the other posturing PC/identity crap, to keep the punters distracted from what was really happening to their lives and living standings.

    Andrews was a good front man for all of that, because he looks and sounds serious – so centre-right types could be reassured that they could have all the lovely rainbows and unicorns stuff and still have competent government (ha, bloody ha).

    Now it’s all falling apart, socially and economically – but brainwashed people in deep denial won’t be in a hurry to face up to the stupidity of what they’ve voted for.

  24. EllenG

    If Andrews and Victoria are bankrupt how does the economist Kates rate Trump, who has presided over a higher rate of deaths than Brazil and is racking up debt faster than any President in US history?
    Me thinks Kates might benefit from a little rest.

  25. stackja

    Mike Baird banned greyhound racing in NSW, closed down Sydney night life, broke a promise on local government policy then quit to work for a bank, quit the bank to run a aged care business. Mike’s support for Dan just shows again, he doesn’t know much about politics.

  26. Ceres

    Never voted for Belt and Road Andrews, no one I know does. Public servants and welfare aided by Unions and media. Remember the intelligent are full of self doubt, the stupid full of confidence, well the latter sums up the brazen disaster Dan.
    Buzz word Mike Baird with his “agile, challenges” etc is sickening. Had enough of all these stupid dangerous numpties.

  27. rafiki

    Is it possible that, owing to the more comprehensive spread of the virus, at some point Victorians will be better placed to get about economic activity than other parts of Australia? That is, inadvertently of course, Victoria has followed the Swedish path? t
    The theory here is that it is fatuous to think that the spread of the virus can be stopped, and that it is better to let it rip so as to get back to something like normal more quickly.

    Whatever, we should be grateful that the incompetence of the Victorians sets up an interesting experiment.

  28. Ubique

    Dictator Mike Baird was an utter disaster as NSW Premier. He and Chairman Desperate Dan are twins separated at birth. Recall his NSW greyhound debacle, just for staters.

  29. Tel

    Is it possible that, owing to the more comprehensive spread of the virus, at some point Victorians will be better placed to get about economic activity than other parts of Australia? That is, inadvertently of course, Victoria has followed the Swedish path?

    IMHO there was already a lot of CCP-19 virus about in Australia in December and January and we built up immunity then, which is why we have a very low ratio of deaths despite moderately high numbers of nominal infections.

    I say “nominal” infections because there’s really no difference between a person who shows no symptoms and never gets sick but tests positive, and a completely false positive.

  30. Tel

    … the Liberal Party needs to get a leader in Victoria able to actually present an articulate case in defence of our freedoms …

    LOL, good luck with that, but one thing I will ask quite sincerely is this … if you have any of that good shit left over, pass a bit around to others, OK?

  31. Ozman

    Steve Kates

    I am astonished at the ring of endorsements for Daniel Andrews’ stupendous level of incompetence.

    I am bereft of comprehending the intelligence of the Victorian voters myself.

    Ceres has a point

    Remember the intelligent are full of self doubt

    So that explains it. Majority of Victorians are not very intelligent then, just indoctrinated stooges.

  32. nb

    https://dissectleft.blogspot.com/2020/08/why-sweden-pilloried-by-whole-world-for.html
    ‘Why Sweden, pilloried by the whole world for refusing to lock down, with schools staying open and no face mask laws, … is close to achieving herd immunity.’

  33. Iampeter

    It’s not a cult. Andrews has so much support because everything he has done is in line with the dominant morality.
    What’s more, his opposition, such as what we have here, doesn’t even make sense. On multiple levels.
    For one, if you’re a Christianity-built-the-West type of person, then you should be applauding Andrew’s altruistic policies. He’s behaving like a damn good Chrsitian.
    For two, as someone who supports nationalism and the state’s ability to interfere in people arbitrarily going about their lives, you should be applauding Andrew’s lockdown policies as well.

    So crying about Victoria being bankrupt, or calling the Andrews a “Dictator,” doesn’t make any sense given your world view and general positions. You should be cheering everything that’s happening.

    This is everything you wanted.

  34. Lee

    So crying about Victoria being bankrupt, or calling the Andrews a “Dictator,” doesn’t make any sense given your world view and general positions. You should be cheering everything that’s happening.

    This is everything you wanted.

    Complete and utter bullshit.
    And I never voted for him either.

  35. Rex Anger

    It’s not a cult. Andrews has so much support because everything he has done is in line with the dominant morality.

    Wut, IamALeftistShill?

    What’s more, his opposition, such as what we have here, doesn’t even make sense. On multiple levels.

    Lolwut, even? Seriously, IamNoLongerFindingTurpentineEffective, put down the glue pot. Life is better and more rational without the fumes…

    For one, if you’re a Christianity-built-the-West type of person, then you should be applauding Andrew’s altruistic policies. He’s behaving like a damn good Chrsitian.

    There is ignorance. There is deliberate ignorance. And then there is IamDeliberatelyTryingToGenerateOutrageCosReasons, trying to conflate what is (A Premier about as hard Left as can be within the limits of Federal Democracy), with what isn’t (Christianity = Communism with a Cross, according to IamWilfullyIgnorant), so he can have a go at everyone who isn’t him.

    This is everything you wanted.

    And a nice little dose of Petey projection to finish. Greasy and distasteful, with hints of bile and a sour finish. Delightful.

    If you were an emptier vessel, IamPeter, you’d implode from the sheer lack of integrity…

  36. Lee

    Substitute Trump for hardcore lefty Andrews, and IamALeftistShill, would be frothing at the mouth at his handling of the coronavirus, Rex, not defending him.
    But we’re supposedly the ones who are leftist, not this site’s number one troll!

  37. Iampeter

    Substitute Trump for hardcore lefty Andrews, and IamALeftistShill, would be frothing at the mouth at his handling of the coronavirus, Rex, not defending him.

    You mean if Trump was implementing Andrew’s policies you would be cheering him as a savior of Western Civilization, while when Andrew’s does it then suddenly he’s a dictator.

    It’s you who has no principled positions here, which was one part of the point of my post.

  38. Lee

    You mean if Trump was implementing Andrew’s policies you would be cheering him as a savior of Western Civilization, while when Andrew’s does it then suddenly he’s a dictator.

    Bullshit I would; I have never been in favour of lockdowns and restrictions from anyone.
    You don’t know what I think, to quote yourself on this very blog on another occasion, IamAnUnprincipledAndDementedLeftistShill.
    The point is, Trump is not doing what Andrews is.
    Again you defend a leftist, while attacking conservatives and right wingers.

  39. Rex Anger

    It’s you who has no principled positions here, which was one part of the point of my post.

    Oh look, more Petey projections!

    Is there anything else you can do, Petey? Your accusations are pronections, your justifications are projections. Your rebuttals are projections. Your attempts at personal insult and ad homs are projections, as are your replies to same.

    Seriously, IamAVeryGoodProjectionist (Sorry, Rainman fans…) you need to buy yourself a cinema franchise when all this imprison-the-world-to-save-it-from-itself hilarity is done. Then you can project all you like at people all day and all night. And they will pay you for the privilege.

    How much more individualist and capitalist can you get? 🙂

  40. Iampeter

    Bullshit I would; I have never been in favour of lockdowns and restrictions from anyone.

    Oh, so you oppose regulating trade and immigration?

  41. Lee

    Oh, so you oppose regulating trade and immigration?

    I am in favour of it, as are most in countries in the world, including many right wing or conservative ones.
    Naturally you protect your own country’s best interests and citizens above that of foreigners, who do not have your best interests at heart.
    This has nothing to do with lockdowns and restrictions and it is illogical to conflate the two.
    Would you be quite happy for an open borders Australia to let in so many Chinese, we eventually become a colony of the Chinese government?

  42. Maj

    If Andrews and Victoria are bankrupt how does the economist Kates rate Trump, who has presided over a higher rate of deaths than Brazil and is racking up debt faster than any President in US history?

    Donald Trump is the “King of Debt”.

    He’s made a fortune by using debt and he will make Americans prosperous with the money the Treasury is borrowing now. And if it doesn’t work out he has a back up plan. That’s SMART.

  43. Rex Anger

    Oh, so you oppose regulating trade and immigration?

    Petey, Tim Neilson has been over this with you before- Dogmatic binaries do not work. Not here, not now and not ever.

    Opposing restrictions on personal liberty based on poorly planned, executed and communicated policy, is not the same as agreeing or disagreeing with a nation’s Sovereignty over how it conducts its internal (borders and immigration) and external (trade/diplomacy/warfare) affairs.

    Only an illiterate on your scale of stupidity and arrogance, IamTrulyAMoron, would seek to wilfully conflate the two in order to cause annoyance and support your position.

    Seriously, get off the glue. Those fumes are really messing up your head…

  44. Catcalling Inebriate

    Maj: Brilliant!

  45. Iampeter

    I am in favour of it

    Then you DO support the lockdowns and you are certainly not right wing.
    You’re a politically illiterate leftist.

  46. Rex Anger

    Then you DO support the lockdowns and you are certainly not right wing.
    You’re a politically illiterate leftist.

    Petey, we did this already-

    Opposing restrictions on personal liberty based on poorly planned, executed and communicated policy, is not the same as agreeing or disagreeing with a nation’s Sovereignty over how it conducts its internal (borders and immigration) and external (trade/diplomacy/warfare) affairs.

    Only a fool on your scale of stupidity and arrogance, IamTrulyAMoron, would seek to wilfully conflate the two in order to cause annoyance and support your position.

    Get away from the glue pot before we Cats stage a lockdown intervention on you. It’s all for your own good you know.

    Because we’re all in this together…

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