The Melbourne Syndrome in pictures

It would be much funnier if it weren’t actually true.

AND THIS FROM TODAY’S FINANCIAL REVIEW: Mask crackdown mad, health experts warn. Their headline, with this text:

Asked why he would require Victorians to wear masks when there is no health purpose, Mr Andrews dismissed the question. “That’s an esoteric debate, isn’t it? Maybe there will be a time when we have the luxury of having those sorts of debates.”

Maybe there will be a time! “Mad” is just the word.

And indeed, Andrew Bolt now specifically asks

Has Daniel Andrews gone mad?

I cannot tell if this is just hyperbolic exaggeration or is meant literally. To me, it could be either, but what if it’s literally true? I keep coming back to The Caine Mutiny and Captain Queeg. The Caine is a US battleship during the war in the Pacific. Captain Queeg is its captain who has gone insane. The leader of the mutiny is Maryk.

Maryk keeps a secret log of Queeg’s eccentric behavior…. Soon afterward, the Caine is caught in a typhoon, an ordeal that sinks three destroyers. At the height of the storm, Queeg’s paralysis of action convinces Maryk that he must relieve the captain of command to prevent the loss of the ship. Willie, as Officer of the Deck, supports the decision. Maryk turns Caine into the wind and rides out the storm.

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50 Responses to The Melbourne Syndrome in pictures

  1. Crossie

    Leunig finally draws something funny.

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The Wokerati suddenly realise that wokeness=bondage

  3. Buccaneer

    The funniest thing on that page is the assertion in comments that the Victorian opposition leader should focus on fixing the federally run contact tracing app rather than hold the Victorian govt to account. Of course that’s funny strange rather than funny haha. Funny haha might be if the stupid bint really meant contract tracing.

  4. notafan

    #IStandWithDanAndrews lot wont be happy.

  5. notafan

    There were actually people in rural Victoria very unhappy restrictions have been eased there.

  6. mh

    Leunig needs to draw Monty fatter.

  7. nb

    The tragi-comedy of seeing leftists reap what they sow.
    China ALP: ‘We keep warm burning your prosperity.’

  8. Chris M

    Is Monty in the cartoon??

    I can barely read it, will need to look for a larger (fatter?) version.

  9. Boambee John

    Has Leunig had a Road to Damascus moment?

  10. Leigh Lowe

    Shit!
    Leunig will be getting his house egged by angry Age readers now.
    Both of them.
    (Organic free range eggs, of course).

  11. The Sheriff

    Well why would the political class want to end the lockdowns? Aside from enjoying the power without accountability that has been achieved, surely the only thing we should care about is ensuring the wymminses in power can collect their parliamentary salaries whilst staying at home to dial-in to the occasional Zoom meeting. Just look at them gushing about how good political life is now!

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-20/pregnant-politicians-hope-coronavirus-forever-change-politics/12677728

    We must aim for massive majority female quotas in Parliament so more women can be paid 6 figures to be on maternity leave forever at YOUR expense, Mr Taxpayer!

  12. Miksa

    Leunig is so far over the hill he is in the next mountain range and you have to be over 60 to even remember when he was worth reading. First he tried to go political – big mistake – and then he went hippy-dippy and maudlin with ducks and fairies. Even so, occasionally – very occasionally – he can be funny, but it’s been so many years that I can’t even recall last time he made a telling point against the leftist groupthink. Another first for 2020!

  13. Tel

    Has Leunig had a Road to Damascus moment?

    Not exactly … Michael Leunig is good at offending people.

    https://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2012/12/australian-cartoonist-loves-his-anti.html

    He’s a bit like the emo kid who goes and picks a fight with the big bully not because he thinks he has a chance of winning … but because it gives him something to mope about after he gets slapped around. When he has successfully lost a few rounds, he goes looking for another fight to lose someplace else.

    What he discovered is that the totalitarian left never forgive and never forget, and they always react. Thus, when he needs to offend anyone at short notice then it’s jolly easy to offend a leftist.

    In a way Leunig stands up for the “little guy” but his approach is only to constantly depict the sad man under the boot of something much bigger than himself. It gets tiresome after a while … doesn’t offer much of a positive vision where the “little guy” achieves anything. I suppose there are parallels to Libertarians who also tend to lose a lot of political battles while clinging to principle, but at least some Libertarians have been successful in their own way, and perhaps the movement is growing. Not going anywhere in Australia, but more in the USA where they have a history of liberty.

  14. nb

    Sweden:
    https://motls.blogspot.com/2020/09/coronazis-anti-swedish-propaganda-gets.html
    Common to all the strangeness in this post Nov 2016 era is the perversity of the legacy media. Will hearts and minds demand freedom sufficiently to secure it, or bow to a delivered ‘truth’? Everything hangs in the balance awaiting the determination of this one fact.
    CNN’s silence re the Biden Senate enquiry is just one case in point.
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/09/james-dale-yohe/cnn-louisville-and-hunter-biden-probe/

  15. Hay Stockard

    Many a truer word spoken in jest. Sums up Victorians nicely. Gutless chier en lits.

  16. Tim Neilson

    Hay Stockard
    #3600576, posted on September 28, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve requested you to post on this site your advice about what we Victorians should do but you’ve gutlessed out.
    Come on – just tell us what you think we should do.

  17. Mutiny, LOL. Dan has sent you lot loopy. You just can’t stand the sight of a competent leader from the left.

  18. Nob

    We can’t remember it either.
    When was it?

  19. Hay Stockard

    Tim Neilson,
    And I have replies, if you had enough nouce to read the thread you posted the request on.
    Now listen carefully. I am typing slowly for you.
    It is not information that i will post on here.
    It is Sinclair Davidson’s site and Imhave no desire to get him in to strife. For the second, third? Time you can ask him for my email.
    Why you call me gutless when there are no jackboots on my neck around here and I can go about my business without let or hindrance is a reflection on you

  20. Dusty

    @monty:
    Sorry, I can’t recall a competent leader from the left.

  21. Entropy

    Stalin, mao, pol pot? That German dude?

  22. Mother Lode

    Asked why he would require Victorians to wear masks when there is no health purpose, Mr Andrews dismissed the question. “That’s an esoteric debate, isn’t it?

    Forcing people to wear masks for no reason is an esoteric debate? Not really something for ordinary people to trouble their little minds about.

    Their natural business is just to obey.

  23. Bruce

    Socialism: The other Death Cult

  24. Tony Taylor

    Leunig may be right, but he’s still not funny.

  25. Gerry

    On Channel 7 (Melbourne) 11pm news of 2 September, Prof. Brett Sutton presented an item focusing on the shortcomings of variations on face masks, e.g. face shields, scarves etc. It was quite forceful and struck me as counter to the prevailing narrative.
    The following morning I searched for it online and found it among a scrolling line of stories on the Ch 7 site. I couldn’t work out how to save it, so asked around. By the time I got back to it, it had disappeared … forever.
    On 27 September the Premier issued a new set of rules about face masks which accurately reflected the exact policy espoused by Sutton over 3 weeks prior.
    Why wasn’t the CMO’s policy advice adopted 2 September. How many people died in between?
    If anyone on this site can locate that news item, I think Andrews has more questions to answer.

  26. Entropy

    In relation to face masks? I doubt it would be statistically different from zero, even in the unlikely event the face mask (or its absence) could be ascribed one way or the other. Don’t fall into idiotic conspiracies when just incompetence And the political need to come up with something will be a reasonable explanation.

  27. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Face nappies should never have been mandated in the first place. Mandating their use was simply a way of humiliating the people forced to wear them and the jug eared imbecile seeing how much humiliation he could heap on people before they arced up.

    That they didn’t was very telling. There is no reasonable basis for anyone wearing them here in Sydney either. However, they are a very clear marker of how stupid and gullible a person is if they’re wearing them in public, so there’s always that.

  28. Epidermis

    m0nty
    #3600637, posted on September 28, 2020 at 11:52 pm
    Mutiny, LOL. Dan has sent you lot loopy. You just can’t stand the sight of a competent leader from the left.

    Define competent. Are you referring to competence in tyranny, totalitarianism, adherence to Lenin’s doctrine or what? As our girl in the north would say “please explain”.

  29. HT

    I’m surprised by Andrews insistence on mask wearing, it’s a political own goal IMHO. Every time I put it on, it fans the embers of my burning hatred of the man. And I’m not alone, the mask is a constant reminder of the cluster f’k that Andrews has created and maintains with his pathological determination to focus on just one measure of this “pandemic”.

    Talk about fiddling while Rome burns…

  30. H B Bear

    Mutiny, LOL. Dan has sent you lot loopy. You just can’t stand the sight of a competent leader from the left.

    Have we just hit peak mUnty? I’d hate to see an incompetent leader from the Left, imagine the death toll.

  31. Albatross

    Hay Stockard
    #3600576, posted on September 28, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    It’s our rock-ribbed revolutionary. Let me know when you arrive big man and I’ll come watch you fight the jacks and storm Parliament.

  32. H B Bear

    Leunig, his Pravda-on- the- Yarra employer and the Pravda-on-the-Yarra readers (yes there is still some) who elected and re-elected Andrews fail to recognise THEY are the problem. Too late f*ckwits.

  33. Albatross

    H B Bear
    #3600874, posted on September 29, 2020 at 10:08 am

    “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos!”

  34. H B Bear

    “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos!”

    Too bad that isn’t how democracy works eh? Just have to ride it out.

  35. Tim Neilson

    And I have replies, if you had enough nouce to read the thread you posted the request on.

    Yes you did reply but only after I had posted the comment above.

    And the reply was just as pathetic a display of gutlessness and hypocrisy as you have put on this thread, General Melchett.

  36. Buccaneer

    Mutiny, LOL. Dan has sent you lot loopy. You just can’t stand the sight of a competent leader from the left.

    Andrews is an amateur leader of the left, he’s only killed 800 people.

  37. Lee

    Andrew Bolt is essentially correct, but wrong on a detail: the Caine, far from being a “battleship” was actually a minesweeper.

  38. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #3600637, posted on September 28, 2020 at 11:52 pm
    Mutiny, LOL. Dan has sent you lot loopy. You just can’t stand the sight of a competent leader from the left.

    ROFLMAO, m0nty has spent too much time in the basement, he has completely lost touch with reality!

  39. Lee

    Mutiny, LOL. Dan has sent you lot loopy. You just can’t stand the sight of a competent leader from the left.

    Stick to your Jobkeeper, Monty, comedy is not your forte.

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Mutiny, LOL. Dan has sent you lot loopy. You just can’t stand the sight of a competent leader from the left.

    “Competent leader from the left” is a contradiction in terms, surely?

  41. Rex Anger

    LockDan has ‘only’ cost mUnted $50k so far.

    As far as mUnted is concerned, this makes LockDan a competent leader.

    An incompetent leader might have (heaven forbid) made mUnted money, by making a more economically benificent environment.

    And mUnted can’t have that, good little bugman that he is…

    Keep shilling, little bugman. The LockDrones might increase your donut ration to 3/1064ths if you are a good boy…

  42. John A

    Lee #3600958, posted on September 29, 2020, at 12:07 pm

    Andrew Bolt is essentially correct but wrong on detail: the Caine, far from being a “battleship” was actually a minesweeper.

    Uh, Lee, it was Steve Kates recalling the story and the Caine was a destroyer/minesweeper (see Steve’s link).
    🙂

  43. Albatross

    Tim Neilson
    #3600915, posted on September 29, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Tim I think Stocktard is currently in transit to our once great State. His plow laying in an empty field, the brave Hayseed must once again take action to save the republic. Good thing too; I was starting to get worried.

  44. vlad

    My reading of the mask ramp-up is that The Leader, having been humiliated by the courts re the curfew, having had to drop that hot potato to deflect the scrutiny it was about to receive in court, has ramped-up the masks out of spite: he’s kicking the cat. (Not Catallaxy, but the Victorian people.) We beat him on the curfew, so he has to punish us in some other way to salve his wounded psyche.

    He brought in mandatory masks first, before the second lockdown, and after two weeks of them being mandatory, the new daily case numbers went up and up and up to 700+, whereupon he shut everything down and the numbers went down. The masks are doing nothing except increase our stress – and soothe The Leader’s ego.

    Note also that The Leader doesn’t wear a mask during his daily pressers. The journalists there do, because apparently the law applies to them.

  45. dover_beach

    Dan ‘I can’t recall’ Andrews a competent leader? Ahahahaha

  46. dover_beach

    Leunig captures monty to a tee.

  47. Tim Neilson

    Albatross
    #3601003, posted on September 29, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    No doubt you’re right. Unless he’s chosen to emulate Fabius Cunctator instead. But without the actual guerilla tactics. Just the failure to engage.

  48. Squirrel

    “Has Daniel Andrews gone mad?”

    Well……..I’m just glad there are no nuclear codes in his top drawer.

    The turning of Leunig is fun to observe, as is the split in the ABC – the Radio National bunker still standing with Dan, but the telly luvvies on the turn.

    Tick tock.

  49. Hay Stockard

    Albatross,
    You cockwomble.. can’t you and your mates do anything but spit your dummies at people that tell you a few home truths?
    No wonder you’re under the jackboot.
    Wanker.

  50. Albatross

    Hay Stockard
    #3601596, posted on September 29, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Mate, let me know when you’re arriving. I’ll drive you to Parliament House.

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