More hypocrisy

The Telegraph again:

As I write, the government is in talks with Uefa and Fifa to exempt 2500 VIPs and officials from the need to quarantine when they travel to Britain for the final of the Euros on 11 July. Uefa has threatened to take the final away from London and hold it in Budapest instead unless it wins an exemption. Will the government resist the demands of football’s great and good in favour of maintaining the integrity of a traffic light system for overseas travel which it insists is essential to prevent the importation of new variants of Covid? Like hell it will. You can bet the Prime Minister’s desire to be up there in Wembley’s royal box on 11 July rubbing shoulders with other leaders will trump any fear of new variants and any intent to apply consistent rules.

Here in Australia:

But on Friday, June 11, that same gleeful vision of concertgoers enjoying themselves – in a corner of the nation devoid of Covid-19 infections – had been used as evidence to enforce the sudden closure of an award-winning southeast Queensland music venue at the behest of the state.

In effect, the NightQuarter saga is a flashpoint for an industry under siege that has done its best to abide by the ever-shifting playbook of state health bureaucrats, whose powers have grown dramatically during the pandemic.

The public health directive, seen by The Weekend Australian, stated that the Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit had received complaints from members of the public and the Queensland Police Service stemming from concerts headlined by Perth band Spacey Jane on June 4 and 5.

The document alleged that the NightQuarter venue operators had breached the Public Health Act on four occasions, citing instances of “failure to ensure patrons were seated in their assigned seats” and “operating a dance area with an occupant density of greater than one person per two square metres”.

But spot the hypocrisy.

Those working in the Australian live music industry have watched on in horror, wondering whether their venue or their sold-out concerts might be next to feel the blowtorch.

What’s most galling to those who work in the live performance sector, though, is that major sports events continue to proceed, week after week, with minimal restrictions.

Just days after the Spacey Jane concerts at NightQuarter on June 4 and 5, where Public Health Act breaches are alleged to have occurred, the Queensland government reportedly had paid $8m to ensure the year’s first State of Origin rugby league match was held in Townsville.

At Queensland Country Bank Stadium on June 9, football fans flocked to fill the stadium’s existing 25,000 seats, while an additional temporary grandstand effectively increased its venue capacity beyond 100 per cent.

There does appear to be some hope.

Rather than keeping mum, Mr Van der Woude and Ms Christoe chose to hit back hard by energising their networks in politics and the media within hours of being handed the document by health officials.

The public blowback was so fierce and swift that state health officials had approved a modified version of the venue’s Covid-Safe plan by Wednesday evening.

Don’t get mad – get even. Tell your elected representatives that you are unhappy.

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21 Responses to More hypocrisy

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Soccer punters seem not especially worried about the deadly Chinese bat crud.

    Behave yourselves! Boris Johnson sends stern warning to rampaging Scottish fans in London (18 Jun)

    BORIS JOHNSON has warned Scotland fans not to break coronavirus rules after thousands of Tartan Army fans descended on London yesterday.

    Ahead of a Euros 2020 tie between England and Scotland at Wembley tonight, excited fans have made their way south of the border to watch the game in the Capital. Up to 20,000 are making the journey, with hundreds of boozed-up fans celebrating in Hyde Park and other parts of the city last night as they set up their own unofficial fan zone.

    There was little social distancing as fans formed large groups that broke with England’s legal coronavirus restrictions.

    They aren’t listening to you any more, pollie peoples.

  2. Lee says:

    According to governments – like Dictator Dan’s – Covid couldn’t possibly spread in a very large BLM protest, which goes ahead with said government’s and the health authority’s blessings.
    But woe betide you if you are part of a far smaller group protesting against government restrictions.
    Then you are demonised as some sort of monster, out to “kill granny.”

  3. yarpos says:

    Love the Euros arrogance and demands that everyone fall into line with EU directives, but the moment they are inconvenienced there is hell to pay. I worked in the EU for 5 years and the overweening ego and sense of superiority in some there is quite impressive . Usually not based on much once you scratch the surface.

  4. H B Bear says:

    It’s a very selective virus.

  5. mizaris says:

    It was never about health.

  6. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “It was never about health.”

    Correct…..and it’s all going to plan.

  7. Lee says:

    In the week before Melbourne’s massive BLM protest last year (smack in the middle of a lockdown for us mere mortals), Dictator Dan was positively effusive about it.
    Until the public backlash; he then proceeded to backpedal furiously in his fulsome support for it, while claiming he was never really in favour of it in the first place.
    Some of us can see through his BS and lies though.

  8. STJOHNOFGRAFTON says:

    Good to see that viruses respect the two square meter rule.

  9. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Lee says:
    June 19, 2021 at 5:19 pm
    In the week before Melbourne’s massive BLM protest last year (smack in the middle of a lockdown for us mere mortals), Dictator Dan was positively effusive about it.
    Until the public backlash; he then proceeded to backpedal furiously in his fulsome support for it, while claiming he was never really in favour of it in the first place.
    Some of us can see through his BS and lies though.”

    It wasn’t just in Victoria…..we here in NSW had a cretinous “Liberal”…cough…government that initially and supinely agreed to the BLM protest march proceeding in Sydney in June 2020. They had to back pedal quickly due to the public outrage…mainly led by Radio 2GB and various conservative/right-wing commentators here in Sydney. The NSW government had initially agreed and shrugged their shoulders…but when the public storm broke on the Thursday night and Friday and various Liberal ministers were being (rightly) hounded by the sheer hypocrisy….the NSW government tried to stop the protest proceeding so the protest organisers took the case to court on the Friday and the court upheld the right to protest…so Sydney saw a massive Covid BLM demo. The government here did get their act together and a month or two later…when Socialist Unity and BLM groups tried to organise further protests……they were stopped by a Supreme Court march.

    Anyway…they’re all spineless….utterly utterly spineless.

  10. Lee says:

    In Victoria, Dictator Dan’s government didn’t even make a token gesture to stop the BLM protest going ahead.

  11. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Lee says:
    June 19, 2021 at 5:52 pm
    In Victoria, Dictator Dan’s government didn’t even make a token gesture to stop the BLM protest going ahead.”

    I know…….whereas here in NSW Gladys and David Elliott (the current police minister) got the message….loud and clear. I still remember Rowan Dean’s Outsider’s editorial the day after….on the Sunday morning…here it is…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxN1q43afjI

  12. Rockdoctor says:

    the NSW government tried to stop the protest proceeding so the protest organisers took the case to court on the Friday and the court upheld the right to protest…so Sydney saw a massive Covid BLM demo.

    Cassie, IMO they didn’t want to stop it. They shrugged their shoulders when the court over ruled them when IMO they could have done something. Find some obscure clause in regulation or legeslation to end run around the ruling, na too hard. Apply for an injunction to appeal higher to stop said march even if they then abandoned said appeal after the march was stopped, also nup. Pure conjecture but most of those sitting in Parliament probably agree with BLM & other said lefty causes so as we have seen wont fight to hard for conservative causes let alone evenly prosecuting public assemblies from both sides…

    How it appeared to me and countless others anyway.

  13. Squirrel says:

    Blatant double standards over public gatherings is just a small part of the authoritarian crap which will have to go.

    On Friday, we had the leaked news that Gladys is going to be thumping the table at the National Cabinet gabfest on Monday and demand action on opening up, vaccine rollout etc. etc. and yet today, we have her Health minister and officials ramping up the fear level to 12 on the Richter scale about a few positive test cases in eastern Sydney.

    The check-in app, track and test and isolate everyone surveillance state simply cannot be part of a new normal – not because it offends sanity and any sense of human rights in a liberal democracy (which it very much does) but because it simply won’t be sustainable and will collapse under its own weight, even when the moveable feast mirage of “herd immunity” is officially achieved.

  14. Rockdoctor says:

    Oh I forgot to add and I walked through Belmore Park a day after. The BLM crap was still everywhere, I chucked some of it in the garbage bin. I was already weary of Gladys that turned me against her big time…

  15. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Cassie, IMO they didn’t want to stop it. “

    You’re right.

  16. Roger says:

    The public blowback was so fierce and swift that state health officials had approved a modified version of the venue’s Covid-Safe plan by Wednesday evening.

    Ain’t science wonderful?

    It’s just…oh, I don’t know – so amenable to political realities.

  17. Rob MW says:

    The public health directive, seen by The Weekend Australian, stated that the Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit had received complaints from members of the public and the Queensland Police Service stemming from concerts headlined by Perth band Spacey Jane on June 4 and 5.

    This is just one of the tragedies of this whole fucking thing.

    Dear Police,

    Tell the fucking health bureaucrats to find their own private gestapo, you work for the Crown, not appointed Government hack employees.

    Thank you.

  18. Rufus T Firefly says:

    Maybe Bretty Sutton and a few of his hangers on, could get their guitars and drums and do a performance.
    I’m sure he would knock ’em dead, ……., he did last year in Melbourne.

    Is the band name “Killers” taken?

  19. Whalehunt Fun says:

    Tell them they are exempt. Wait for them to arrive. Imprison them for two or three years for failing to comply with the law. That’s how to deal with the this class of person. Lie to them, treat them unfairly and gloat about it on national television. Make an example of them and other similar tyoes will not try it on.

  20. Nato says:

    How’s this for a Covid lockdown word:

    Community.

    Representative soo/international games expand capacity or receive exemptions, club football is limited and your local game is policed.

    Uber Eats/Menulog will still deliver all the takeaway food your credit limit can cover, but to sit and talk and connect with another human is off limits.

    Wesfarmers shareholders are winners in the Covid situation but if the business is owned by a local/neighbour/parent of your children’s classmate, you’ve seen their families’ lives crumble.

    Your social media network/online communities and interactions transmitted through the carrier systems remain unchanged. Anyone you know with a terminal disease is dying alone and untouched.

  21. Bruce says:

    @Roger:

    “Ain’t science wonderful?

    It’s just…oh, I don’t know – so amenable to political realities.”

    Political Science?

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