For whom the people work

One thing that Covid has made abundantly clear, for TAFKAS at least, and especially in Victoria, is the people work for the Government and not the other way.

This was clearly demonstrated by the creeping decision that conveniently absolved the Victorian police from performing police work.  It was also clearly demonstrated by the 3-4 month Victorian lock down (or is that lock up) that was designed to limit the impost on the public service.

But for the cherry on top, check this little news nugget.   Victoria’s Covid testing capacity is constrained because the government does not want to call people back from holidays.  Priorities, priorities.

Public servant holidays, pay rises and working conditions will always take priority over the welfare of the people.  Particularly in Victoria.

And if the people don’t like it, tough.  It’s not as if they can leave the state or country.

By the way, how is Dan Andrews’ Hawaiian holiday going?  How dare he not be available 24/7/365 to front the media.

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52 Responses to For whom the people work

  1. Biota says:

    Doesn’t matter what they do, the balance is always about right. One of the many slippery hand waving phrases along with ‘taken out of context’, or ‘the report is flawed’….

  2. Lee says:

    Public servant holidays, pay rises and working conditions will always take priority over the welfare of the people. Particularly in Victoria.

    Despot Dan introduced a public holiday in Victoria for the AFL grand final (against the wishes of businesses, including small ones), even though it was only ever played on Saturdays.

  3. Megan says:

    That explains the five and a half hour wait yesterday. Victoria is close to a failed state.

  4. jo says:

    Victorians put up with this crap, even think it is ok. What a pathetic lot.

  5. maree says:

    Government and bureaucracy working on behalf of the citizen/individual is an idea that passed long ago. We are all on our own, now.

  6. John Bayley says:

    Victorians Australians put up with this crap, even think it is ok. What a pathetic lot.

    FIFY.

  7. Boambee John says:

    Biota

    One of the many slippery hand waving phrases along with ‘taken out of context’, or ‘the report is flawed’….

    Add in “That’s been debunked”, but offer no evidence to support the statement.

  8. Damon says:

    Another useful phrase is “Do the right thing”

  9. Tom says:

    By the way, how is Dan Andrews’ Hawaiian holiday going?

    Some keen reporter could have the scoop of the month — and a candidate for scoop of the year — by reporting where the Labor premier of Victoria is holidaying, unlike the citizens currently prevented from doing so by border closures.

    Every one of the Spring Street press gallery know where the premier is, but they’re not telling the public.

    Because they don’t represent the public.

    Most of them — 90%+ — voted for Daniel Andrews or his partners in the Greens. They couldn’t give a fuck about the public interest.

    Reporting with professional ethics that demand fairness and impartiality is so last century for the human trash of the mainstream media.

  10. stackja says:

    Wuhan virus deaths?

  11. maree says:

    That beaurocrat word, (beaureaucrat? bureaucrat?) it is the only one in five languages and millions of words that I cannot spell correctly. That is the way they like it to be, those people.

  12. stackja says:

    NSW premier GB gone away? CMO Chant now in charge?

  13. maree says:

    Bureaucrat. I think I have it, without looking up OED.

  14. a reader says:

    #3707368, posted on January 3, 2021 at 12:17 pm
    NSW premier GB gone away? CMO Chant now in charge?

    She has been in charge for almost a year. The tyranny of the medical class

  15. Some History says:

    Tom
    #3707363, posted on January 3, 2021 at 12:15 pm
    By the way, how is Dan Andrews’ Hawaiian holiday going?

    Some keen reporter could have the scoop of the month — and a candidate for scoop of the year — by reporting where the Labor premier of Victoria is holidaying…

    The strong contender is Beijing.

  16. min says:

    Despot Dan is in The USA that is covid ridden could we be so Lucky ?

  17. BrettW says:

    Somebody on this blog a few days ago remarked about the difference between NSW and VIC. In NSW the civil servants and police did the Covid work whilst in VIC they got the public to do the work by locking them down. VIC is California to NSW being Florida.

    Regarding affecting holidays the VIC police cant have been to thrilled to be told to cut off NSW border at very short notice.

    Meanwhile VIC civil servants got the best pay rises by far amongst all the states. After all it is a very powerful voting block.

  18. Brettww. That comment was tafkas’ also.

    Notice the theme.

  19. Paul says:

    absolved the Victorian police from performing police work

    Is our democracy only an illusion?

    Under dictator Dan we continually get surprises that no one voted for.

    The illusion is we did vote for this because victoriastan voted Dan

    And yet Dan has surprises that he won’t tell us about in the election campaigns

    He has hijacked democracy

    The left are deceivingly good at this

  20. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    In the Persian Empire everyone was slave of the boss guy Darius, or Xerxes, or whoever happened to be boss guy at the time. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be many Spartans in Victoria to educate Dan differently. Or Alexanders.

  21. Roger says:

    Andrews is holidaying overseas?

    How did he get out of the country?

    I suppose it could be argued that his being out of the country for a time is in the national interest.

  22. Whalehunt Fun says:

    Scum. Utter scum. This is why some people must be classified as livestock. Andrews must not have the legal status of a human.

  23. Miltonf says:

    Overseas holidays are for nomenklatura only.

  24. Lee says:

    I suppose it could be argued that his being out of the country for a time is in the national interest.

    Hopefully, if he is overseas, he will be put under permanent lockdown by the local government.
    Then I will believe in karma.

  25. John A says:

    I recommend unpaid extended gardening leave for all of them.

    Stop the testing and watch the incidence of cases plummet – problem solved. Yay!

    Oh, sorry, I forgot that this government does not want to actually solve the problem conclusively. It wants to retain its power over the people.

  26. Michael says:

    Isn’t Andrews giving handouts to people who holiday within Victoria? ie. he is advocating/urging for the commoners to holiday intrastate, however the same obligation doesn’t apply to him.
    I’m not Morrison’s biggest fan – as PM at least, I thought he was a great minister for immigration (albeit Dutton was better) – but he was (unjustly) hounded for being on holiday during the bushfires. Crickets as far as Andrews is concerned

  27. PB says:

    The Vic government laid off most of their casual pool of nurses for testing surges some months back. Appears they haven’t brought many back.

  28. rickw says:

    How the fuck is that piece of shit on an overseas holiday?

  29. shatterzzz says:

    NSW premier GB gone away? CMO Chant now in charge?
    Wouldn’t have have been too good a look leaving Ruby Hazzard in charge, would it .. LOL!

  30. wal1957 says:

    I’m not Morrison’s biggest fan, but he was (unjustly) hounded for being on holiday during the bushfires. Crickets as far as Andrews is concerned.

    Agreed Michael.
    I think Scomo should have told the Meejia to get stuffed. If the rest of the rabble can’t handle problems with one man on vacation what the hell use are they?
    BTW, I think the same applies to Andrews. I am not up on the travel restrictions so don’t know if/how that applies to him.

  31. H B Bear says:

    TAFKAS – you want the Brahmin caste to take their holidays otherwise they will get recalled on double time and take time in lieu when there is real work to be done. One guy I know who has worked for the WA State government forever took six months accrued leave one year and 2 lots of long service up his sleeve. It is a huge liability and can be a major balance sheet item for private companies. I expect it is just another excuse for failure and more BS from public sector unions saying we need more of them.

  32. H B Bear says:

    Government requirements to get tested without being able to so sounds like something Caligula would be proud of.

  33. OK ok. Tafkas does not know where premier Andrews is holidaying. The reference to Hawaii was a metaphor to the reaction to slomo’s holiday of 12 mi this easier.

    As for leave liabilities H B Bear. Peeee leeze. What is more costly. Paying extra for a few or locking up the state if there is a other mismanagement.

  34. H B Bear says:

    Look at the dollars involved – it is never a small number.

  35. H B Bear says:

    Perhaps they could use private contractors?

  36. Bela Bartok says:

    I don’t want to be dim here, but what’s in it for the government to lockdown?
    It reduces their tax income. It increases their control, but what benefit do they get? Compliance? We have no option but always to comply.
    I think the process went like this:
    – usual flu bug or similar is spread by CCP to stir shit up
    – initially seen as less than bubonic plague so govt is relaxed about it
    – media slime see ‘headline’ and start beat-up to cause panic to make themselves indispensable
    – all govts want to ‘do something’ and avoid negative press
    – medical nitwits introduce crazy ideas about restriction
    – media go into overdrive on panic-creation
    – government goes manic trying to avoid blame or scrutiny

    The downsides for some are upsides for others; public service, big pharma, big tech grow and take advantage; average Joe Shmo gets gutted.
    Rules then by government that bend for their mates, and usual corruption.

    So what *does* government get out of it, apart from an elite satisfaction of helping your mates?
    And more importantly will this stop only when the press let it end? What is the medico’s plan to stop?

  37. Stanley says:

    Going to BWS to get a Corona takes on a new meaning.

  38. Des Deskperson says:

    ‘Perhaps they could use private contractors?’

    Speaking of which, has anymore information emerged about how the sum of $30.2 million for the contact for Unified Security for – IIRC – three months work was arrived at, and how it has been acquitted.

    by my calculations, a smallish – 250 FTE – APS agency could be run for six to eight months for that amount of money, and that would include the costs of accommodation, office equipment, IT support and training well as salaries and employer super contributions.

    Presumably, accommodation, office equipment, IT support and training would not have been big items of Unified Security.

  39. Figures says:

    Bela, there are some politicians who genuinely understand a thing called “the future”. They’re just playing along because they’re too gutless to stand up to the hysteria.

    Others literally are that stupid that they can’t see this will all collapse at some point.

  40. MatrixTransform says:

    in the fight for our lives against the most deadliest dangerous virus ever the testing regime is the Govt’s form most concern. We will leave no stone unturned and have dedicated all available resources to the task

    We are all in this together.

    *except for the ones holidaying down the coast

  41. MatrixTransform says:

    Government requirements to get tested without being able to so sounds like something Caligula would be proud of.

    aren’t there fines for not getting tested when ordered to get tested?

  42. Simple Simon says:

    Bela Bartok
    #3707586, posted on January 3, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    We have no option but always to comply.

    There is another option. Civil disobedience en masse.

    Refusal to comply is how the ludicrous Australian BLM demos got the go ahead despite government edicts to the contrary, if you recall. In other historical cases, Gandhi’s mass civil disobedience was important in achieving Indian independence, mass civil disobedience was instrumental in the US’s black civil rights movement, mass civil disobedience gave birth to the Solidarity trade union and subsequent societal movement in Poland and was instrumental in bringing down Communism in that country, mass civil disobedience was instrumental in causing even the East German Stasi-state to realise the jig was up and not to oppose ordinary people pulling down the Berlin Wall, to name but a few.

    Large numbers of people refusing to comply will see governments change their tune. Governments rely on the idea that ‘we have no option but to comply’ to allow their few to control our many.

    Compliance renders the majority irrelevant; collective disobedience of even a significant minority achieves change.

    To say that we have no option but to comply is not only untrue, it is also to be defeated before even trying.

  43. covid ate my homework says:

    To say that we have no option but to comply is not only untrue, it is also to be defeated before even trying.

    Bravo – Simon.

  44. Dusty says:

    @bela bartok
    The government doesn’t get anything out of lockdowns directly, at least in terms of short term (<5 years) economic benefits. What if your aim, however, is to change the way australia is run?
    The belt and road project recently signed by Dan the Dictator is all gain, no pain for china. They put you into humongous debt, get a guaranteed port in your city, have all the jobs contractually given to chinese nationals, and when inevitably the dozens of countries involved run out of cash they have to beg China to give them more time, which usually means they get more out of you. The catch is this only works if you can't pay. Considering how many politicians have been in the news recently as to their connections to the CCP, it wouldn't surprise me if the reason we keep going into lockdown is to begger us more and more towards communist serfdom because the politician's handler told them to shut the country down.

  45. Steve W says:

    Don’t know why I did it, but had the SBS news on. The multi-culti presenter asked the reporter about the Victorians returning from interstate. “What problems are the returning travellers presenting for the government?”
    How dare a member of the public present a ‘problem’, especially a ‘problem’ mandated by the government.
    After reeling from this I had to turn off, the upcoming report was about ‘migrants’ in camps waiting to enter Britain and other parts of Europe, and how cold and hungry they were which proved how evil the West was, ‘Britain and Europe is where I want to migrate to, not the evil west’.

  46. Squirrel says:

    “Victoria’s Covid testing capacity is constrained because the government does not want to call people back from holidays. ”

    For those who are being called back – and remunerated accordingly, of course – this will be a small insight into the reality (or perhaps that should be “former reality” given how many have been effectively closed down for good) of those in the small business sector who don’t have the luxury of paid holidays, sick leave, family leave, stress leave etc. etc. and who are expected to be open for business whenever the customers want.

  47. one old bruce says:

    What does the govt get out of it? Same as making war – a certain percentage of the electorate are attracted to leaders who pose as tough. Even in cases like now, when they are the targets of this ‘toughness’. ‘Punish all of us for our sins!’

    There should be a study of the underlying influence of atavistic (herd) masochist instincts on elections (spray that again?). But there won’t be, because gender differences come into it for one. Also it will prove that Max Weber was right – that modernity arose from Calvinist mental self-flagellation and is sustained by that ‘geist’.

  48. Fat Tony says:

    Dusty
    #3707757, posted on January 3, 2021 at 6:19 pm
    Considering how many politicians have been in the news recently as to their connections to the CCP, it wouldn’t surprise me if the reason we keep going into lockdown is to begger us more and more towards communist serfdom because the politician’s handler told them to shut the country down.

    What I’d like to see is President Trump naming and bringing down all the corrupt (CCP) politicians and government officials around the world.

    He would have to have the dirt on all of them – and when one considers the disrespect they have shown to him over the last 4+ years – as well as the betrayals, it would be epic.

  49. one old bruce says:

    Winning elections is about uniting diverse groups. This one unites both the masochists and the sadists – It’s a winner!

  50. Bazinga says:

    Q: What are public servants doing when they’re not on leave?
    A: Planning what they will be doing next leave.

  51. Epicurious says:

    How many Victorians know their beloved Chairman Dan has left them for the delights of YNFW? They are so dumb they wouldn’t be bothered.

  52. How many Victorians know their beloved Chairman Dan has left them for the delights of YNFW?

    It doesn’t seem to be receiving the same sort of coverage is Scomo’s Christmas holiday.
    The MSM needs a kick in the lady part – difficult to muster up any respect when they’re photographing Scomo overseas, & running dead on Ayotollah Andrews’ slacking orf over New Year.

    Gladys was cunning, holidaying in synch with Dickhead Dan.

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