And, on the Sixth of June …
In the early hours of Tuesday, 6 June 1944, the Allied invasion of Europe commenced. Operation Overlord, the landings at Normandy, was the immediate prelude to the defeat of the Axis forces in Europe and the end of World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.
Fast forward 76 years to the day and in what state do we find the Western civilisation – a civilisation that so many brave men and women were prepared to defend?
A recitation of the manifold and obvious failings of our society would be both lengthy and tedious. If readers cannot discern these themselves they should perhaps stick to reading their Hello magazine or the TV Times.
On 6 June 2020 some 27 countries around the world aped the United States of America in expressions of social dysfunction. I am not going to enter into the ethics of this question – again to do so would be tedious. But I am going to detail my views in the specific Australian context on the sheer and complete nonsense the demonstrations have made of the legal and ethical structure of our society.
The mimetic Australian aboriginal protest industry, unable to deliver unto itself its own protest character, quite cheerfully leached onto another nation’s grievances weaving their own therein. Joining these trans-state protests with alacrity were of course the usual suspects with their own agendas. But that again is not the purpose of this essay.
The purpose is to question why, in the context of the strict lockdown protocols to which our society has been subject, were the demonstrations held? What about social responsibility in times of a pandemic? Who authorised the various and deliberate flouting of the law? Why did they thus authorise? What does it tell the remainder of the community?
In an endeavour to answer these matters I draw your attention to the following extracts and quotations:
On 11 May 2020 a number of Melbourne protesters and conspiracy theorists opposed to the coronavirus lockdown have been accused of putting at risk Australia’s gradual easing of restrictions.
Ten people were arrested as protests outside Victoria’s Parliament House in Melbourne turned ugly on Sunday afternoon. People held signs demanding “freedom” and some also called for Bill Gates to be arrested, blamed the virus spread on 5G and questioned whether it was all part of some kind of cover-up. A number of anti-vaxxers were also participating in the protest.
When asked about the protests on Monday, Dr Tony Bartone, president of the Australian Medical Association, told The Today Show those involved were putting the community at risk.
“It's incredibly disappointing, really bizarre, in fact,” Dr Bartone told the program.
“What they're putting at risk is the progressive unyielding of those restrictions.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday mapped out the national cabinet's planned three-step easing of restrictions and Dr Bartone said if one person in the protest group tested positive to COVID-19 the community would take “a backward step”.
“If we have to isolate again and [reintroduce] those measures of social distancing right from the beginning it's actually going to be even harder and much more prolonged the second time round,” Dr Bartone said.
[26 May 2020] AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the National Rugby League (NRL) plan to have crowds of fans back watching live NRL Premiership matches at suburban grounds by July is a huge risk to public health and should be abandoned.
“Put bluntly, this absurd and dangerous idea belongs in the sin bin,” Dr Bartone said.
“The NRL should be satisfied that it has its competition back in action, but it is unfair and unwise to put the health of the game’s fans at risk. They must first monitor the health and safety of the players and officials who will be involved in the thick of the on-field action.
“Australians have done exceptionally well in flattening the COVID-19 curve, and we are not too far away from relaxing more restrictions.
“Now is not the time for sporting codes to be considering having crowds at games. They must wait until the medical experts advise that it is absolutely safe to do so – and that will not be as early as July.
“The AFL and other sporting codes are adopting the right approach, which is to wait for the expert medical advice before allowing crowds back to watch games.
“We have to be consistent in our public health messaging.
“Decisions on the safety of holding mass gatherings should be made by medical experts in consultation with the National Cabinet, not by rugby league administrators.
“Of course, we all want to see sport return with fans in the stands barracking for their teams. We also want to see theatre, dance, live music, cinemas, and other entertainments open to the public.
“But the public health must come first. Getting beyond the COVID-19 pandemic is bigger than rugby league - it is about the safety of all Australians.”
[6 June 2020]At the last moment the NSW Court of Appeal overturned the Supreme Court decision and declared that the march was a lawful assembly.
[6 June2020] "Mass gatherings where people are close together are high-risk for spreading COVID-19," said Pat Turner, CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in particular are at greater risk of COVID-19, especially those aged 50 years and over, and those who have a weakened immune system.
"The specific advice of all health authorities is that while COVID-19 remains in Australia that everyone should take precautions including the social distancing and hygiene practices," she said.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the advice from medical professionals remained that large gatherings posed an unacceptable risk for the spread of COVID-19.
"A mass gathering, even if people try to make it safe by trying to practise distancing and hand hygiene, is inherently dangerous," Professor Murphy said.
"It would be very foolish to sacrifice … many of those gains by uncontrolled large gatherings."
Despite the foregoing argument and professional advice, demonstrations occurred across every state in Australia with the explicit sanction of the authorities. In the light of medical opinion there is only one question to ask - Why?
I would wager my family fortune that if I gathered all my mates together to bring their teddy bears for a few beers in the park I’d be in the slammer quicker than Christopher Robin could say ‘Gosh’! Mind you, I suppose the boys in blue might well be justified in being concerned about a bunch of elderly men playing with teddy bears in a public space?
The point made however. Two laws, double-standards, hypocrisy, utter nonsense, administrative and political cowardice – call it as you will. Whatever one considers it to be, one cannot deny that it makes a complete mockery of the law, a mockery of the restrictions we have all been subject to over the past months and, unless we are all brain-dead stupid, it should make us extremely wary of ever trusting the integrity or credibility of our various governments again.
As many of my readers know, I am writing a treatise on the history, decline and future of Christendom. In this treatise I describe that failed political instrument we were once proud to call liberal democracy. My detail foretelling the future of that particular beast is short.