Lets cut to the chase right now and declare Australia would not be in its present dilemma with Delta Covid19 strain if our PM and the NSW Premier did their job and followed proven practice and locked down when it was obvious to the rest of the nation.
The ideological power game is now is a death sentence too many Australians, old and young and is developing into what should be a criminal offence.
Politicians and no different to bosses, they have a duty of care to their constituents and this total crap about waiting the election cycle to justify their actions especially when people are dying now.
These are different times we are told, their words, we have to adjust, their words, well isn’t it time politicians were opened up to legal charges if they fail their duty, My words?
There are last count 700 children in NSW hospitals with covid and no one knows what the after effects of that are, yet the toxic 2 continued to spouse the line that kids were safe to sell their “Keep BUSINESS OPEN IDEOLOGY”
THEY BOTH stated they took advice from Business and Health Professionals to justify fostering the spread, even after knowing that the virus was different to previous strains. Thats criminal.
What is also criminal is the media failing to report, question our investigate all the data including child hospitalisation instead just playing the daily game of scripted pressers tell us the same shit making the average person just turn off.
They have left the field (The Media) and reverted into an echo chamber of the morning brief, repeating exactly the same crap on the hour every hour.
What happened to them holding them to account? Answer : Im too scared because I might not be allowed back into the next presser.
From experience I know lockdowns do cause mental health problems but that pressure can be eased if peoples livleyhoods are guaranteed by governments, and worked with the previous strain with Job Keeper but now we have a more infectious strain and they discontinued, and if they recovered and charged all the billionaires who forged the books last time this time would not be such a issue now.
They won’t because they are the Donors to the LNP cartel.
Yes cartel. I say that because the LNP in no longer a true political entity. It now sanctions cover ups, money laundering, rapists and child mollesters and pedophiles openly, without consequence and that was never tolerated in years gone by as that party did have ethics, and the present party is a disgrace to its forefathers, and their genuine members and supporters.
So, with that all said no wonder the people in NSW are basically our nations Lepers, not of their own doing but lepers non the less all caused by total incompetence of the elite who will just walk away when its politically opportune as they have always done.
You Don’t Hold the Hose. Eh Scotty and Gladys ???
Well if the Poms can get one thing right its their Media Scrum. They are pretty relentless in questioning of their leaders but sadly I believe it can be said the quality of the politician in England is not of the highest quality.
Good accountability can only be achieved and maintained a strong media who are fearless in questioning and investigative journalism.
Yes that via the way it WAS, not now. Our media now has descended into what can only be described as protection rackets who cover the arse of who gives them the inside running, be it news or business that in the past would be done by the Marfia.
In Australia Murdock has a monopoly, all blessed by the current government who get their propaganda out guaranteeing their control over Pay Tv and media digital and what’s left of hard copy.
If that’s not fertile ground corruption ill stand naked, and explains the acrid attacks on the public network who honestly tries to deliver a balanced view,
Sadly a “Balanced View” is ridiculed as a lefty socialist when the commercial media is that of the far right that would make Hitler smile.
The classic example is America with the assistance of a imbecile Trump split the already split nation into tribal warfare. Fox and CNN both abandoned true journalism and went to their corners and put on a show about as informative as a Jack and Jill book, but was feasted on by total fuckwitts on both sides.
The damage done is irreparable and before Trump it was a fractured nation racially ,economically and without any social conscious, and that capitalistic inbred culture will eventually destroy their society.
Enough with the Failed State, looking at our media does not take much analysis. Take a look at the wet behind the ears so called reporters fronting our leaders daily and they have about as much talent as my dogs squeaker.
Check out the mobile phones, all with questions texted to them by their bosses back in the office, while every now and then a real war horse pokes up his or her head and fires a ouch, and them who do don’t get asked in fear of having to respond off script.
Playing the game, a serious game that creates or destroys players who make decisions that effects every one of our lives. These mouth peaces in suits are often pay back jobs from the incest culture within the media organisations, and gone are the middle class kids running for anything that will get them into a building let alone a news room, and that flight for culture reflected in their journalistic style on and off air.
They are the real journalists, the ones that are memorable by their stories that shape our nation and shake the cages of the rich and powerful or the urban crook ripping off the granny.
Todays news is like quote “going to a Pizza shop”. You get to select which flavour you like and which truth you feel suits your lifestyle.
I object with passion outlets calling themselves News when its Opinion or more than that Entertainment, and it’s sad how people cannot define the difference out of pure ignorance.
ABC News Breakfast V Sunrise, Radio National V a million shock jocks, stark comparison you may say but answer the question: Do I Have the Intelligence or information to define what is the difference ?” OR do I want to?
If you can’t you should just think, because that what the fake news, conspiracy theorists thrive on and you’re their prey.
Struggle with that? You’re not alone just look at America an entire nation fell for it and it really boils down to a IQ test, cruel but true.
They’ll sell you a car with a free bumper bar, and they bought it hook line and sinker, and still do as we speak.. And that both sides..Dumb Down the population, starve them of news outside their bubble and the population can be manipulated much easier.
Yes I’m opinionated, an observer of human behaviour broadly and a belief we all should help each other up, not crawl over them to get up which puts me in the socialist category I suppose and I’m pretty comfortable in that seat.
After I reached the counter of my local grocery store the young girl asked me what was on my rag bag and had a look and it was the younger er versions of 4 State Premiers and one Prime Minister, underlined by QLD Labor.
She seemed hesitant after that to converse and I understood in her role it may have been a “silent moment”.
On leaving the clear park I thought it was sad that it just seeing a piece of rag screen print makes a young person so defensive these days.
I suppose at that age I was a interested enough to be politically aware, probably been on a few protests and listened and understood the political landscape all before my 17th birthday.
I’d been involved in disputes to gain a lunch room, showers, sick pay, compensation, overtime rates, safety shoes, overalls, adequate staging to stand on when working at heights, just to name just a few all now taken as granted by the today’s society.
Many of these “New Age” people have never fought for a thing in their working life, in fact they may have traded off some of those conditions fought with often actual starvation charity from fellow workers in support, knowing well if we won a dispute it would flow on to them.
It would be hypocritical of me to just blame our present society as they had to get their education from some where and that parental history often was ignored as they too rode on the back of the Union gains without loosing a penny.
They just took and often ridiculed the worker who did the hard yards and that is happening today by the majority now living on their Superannuation that was fought for in the branches pressuring the politicians to change living standards, and it really sickens me when people are totally ignorant of industrial history nationally and internationally.
At this point I do not discount one minute those who have chose to work for themselves, the entrepreneur, the person who takes a punt on his/her instinct or being in a family business, it’s tough I know, but that was my choice, my punt and like any punter you have to be prepared to loose too.
The inequality comes is when support is not proportional to the distance from the poverty line, and l now I hear the “socialist “ cries but if looking after the least equiped to survive is a crime then I’m guilty in trumps, and quite proud of it in fact.
The loss of education on how we built our living standard cannot be left to politicians as you will never get a balanced view, my education come from listening to the elders, the ones that saw progress from their pain not only in money but marriages and family ideologies.
They stood up and walked the walk, unlike today where if you went into a fight you have to have reservations on the person in the trench was prepared to hold the line or make a pathetic excuse check his shares or iPhone.
In closing it would be amiss of me not to mention and credit the women that stood by their man, run the house and kids lives as best they could, they gave the men and women on the streets the support and confidence that their fight was a good fight, and if that was to happen today would that character re-emerge?
I live in hope but………excuses come cheap and blame is important strategically.
At 70+ I was bought up with the respect of the institution of marriage and all that goes with it.
That institution can be good for some but toxic and downright dangerous and life threatening for others. Over time the institution has diminished but mainly in all faiths it is a inhibitor for those who are abused and do not want the added stigma of divorce if they are permitted.
Marriage the prison keeps victims close and secure under the screen of normality and privacy and is a barrier to police knowing exactly what is happening but cannot act where in normal circumstances violators can be just taken with appropriate evidence.
Has the marriage institution past its use by date?
OMG I can hear the religious lobby going for the voodoo dolls as a income stream comes under threat. Send in the Marriage Mafia to put the heavies on the natives as if people moved from institutionalised relationships to free relationships would be incomprehensible.
Nothing to stop individual agreements, legal or whatever but not religious or society driven contracts, just two people deciding to live together and if it fails the law not the churches to sort it.
No I have not got this right, but I want to start to question to stop #domesticviolence and it seems we just blame game in circles and we should start from where relationships are locked in and see if that is a issue that needs to be included.
Well I’ve been involved in all sorts of political associations since I was 15, joining the union and becoming active within my realm.
Ive watched my country change governments and PM’s sometimes too quick but that’s history, but now I think we are at the lowest base the man on the street sees politicians and politics.
We’ve had rapes, DV’s, theft, corruption, and really its irrelevant but you really can’t get any lower in Australian politics.
Lying is a daily occurrence and now is accepted as the normal as in America.
Integrity is seen as weak as the battle ground has been dumbed down across all parties.
Thank Christ covid is controllable at this time thankful to the Premiers not the Federal Government, as everything the Federal has failed other than covering up their failures.
We have weak media, with wet behind the ear cadets being dictated to by the politicians PR mafia with the threat of being scolded by the teacher if any hard questions are asked. The accountability police are now little wimps with only a handful of older war horses who cut through the bullshit but struggle to get traction in key reporting times.
We are in trouble with the accountability stakes and if we are not careful we will descend into a banana state like America is now.
So whinging and wining won’t fix it. We have to get the masses to take notice and realise their loosing their freedoms and actually too politically ignorant to know. Himmler would be excited to have this happen naturally.
Our politicians need to get credibility and that won’t happen in parliament or offices, its on the street. Face to face contact, open the old soap boxes of sorts, copping the blasts and shouts from the punters but reestablishing the true grass root culture. Talk to the punters, all punters rich and poor, homeless to the well off, managers and owners to the unionists and non unionists and working poor. This should be fertile ground for the Labor Party but its not. they’ve talked the talk but not walked the walk, and that need to change if we are to achieve change.
To be honest I have 2 Pollys that do hit the ground but need to do more even though they have safe seats but never should be taken for granted, they have been reminded by history.
I guess what is needed we have to make the difference stark, before we go to the polls not just polling day. That starts now and that’s my point, the endorsed need to be on the ground in all seats, highlighting the gap between the people and establishment ideology.
The Greens also ask the questions inside Labor are scared to ask, and that’s not a bad thing, and it hits home runs in the Watermelon factions and Labor need to listen. I truly believe the punters are interested in climate and our environment and any alternative away from the capitalist solutions only should be welcomed.
Base line is we need to have a government where its people are the priority and it that too much to ask?
I have the upmost respect for the article presented by Brian Bennion and John Nugent referring to the new council format and what they regard as flaws in the system.
Change is always hard to accept especially as we age and it’s easy to live in the past but the past of the Ipswich City Council is nothing to be proud of.
We had some good councillors and some not so good but that’s local government but we had a culture that was toxic and that firmly on the record.
The case put was because present councillors were all not on the same page is expected and view issues from different lights should not be seen as a flaw. That is is what a democracy is all about, and different views matter or you have what we had in the past that allegedly know one knew what was going on from the top down.
Ignorance reigned supreme and was bliss to our many of our former councillors. That too is firmly on the record.
The electoral boundaries were judged on population not navigation so equal representation per head was attempted, not exactly but marginally correct.
I expect and encourage vigorous debate and it’s up to the top table to keep it within the corporate governance accountabilities and ensure we all are properly represented with infantile politics put aside.
No one ever said democracy was easy, in fact it is bloody hard and the thing that is most important is accessibility to our representatives, which I might add does not mean taking them out of the kitchen and giving them a comfy chair in the suburbs surrounded by mates, but making the come to you to earn their wages on a phone call or letter.
We are the employers people, never forget it, and we should never be condescending, as remember in the past those who boasted were playing with our money not theirs.
Well I am blessed to be able to sit and write this little ditty as a few of my mates have not been so lucky and left the stage.
Over my life I have not stayed inside any bubble for any great length of time in my work life therefor my social experiences have been as expansive yet as my son grew up my “street wise” credentials have expanded even further. That’s not a reflection on him its a reflection on our parental interest never failed him and like all kids he had to make his own way and I think we gave him that freedom. He was not in our bubble but knew where home was to clarify the point.
The reason I started on this is I am so thankful that I was introduced to what the younger set were thinking, and being a baby boomer we thought we knew the ropes and I /we discovered their were different ropes. Times change and we the old farts have to adjust.
Yes ADJUST, learn and let go and learn again.
Many of my age played the too old or don’t want to card and expected the world to feel sorry or adjust to them, be it business practices, technology, travel even basic shopping they played the victim card not realising it was their choice in the majority of cases so as time progressed that victim card turned into well get onboard and stop the poor me shit.
Personally I’m a self taught bloke, very fortunate to be involved in the biggest technology shift in the world at the leading edge. Thanks to PMG, Telecom Australia , Telstra i was involved in watching learning and partaking in changing the nations communication systems from open wire to fibre.
That knowledge sits with me today as vivid as it was when it happened as it was just exciting to be part and to grasp the knowledge so you could progress to the next level, be it physically and professionally.
I watched my initial trade Boilermaking progress in equipment, techniques but the 4 pound hammer is still a basic requirement. I left for my good and my family’s future taking a massive wage cut to gain security. The punt worked in so many ways I no regrets.
Then it was the Retail phase where we went into the family business, and lived out of the till. My/our decisions, and that was a necessary step we felt at the time. A great experience I don’t regret but it was a tough teacher.
Throw in cab driving, fruit and vegetable at the markets, car detailing, football coaching semi professional, leaves me I feel with reasonable credentials to in my older phase to look where we are, and where I fit.
It seems the older you get the more invisible you are to the busy or self indulged.
Self indulgement was a blessing we never claimed in my set but it was part of the elite lifestyle we never aspired to join for the fear of loosing real friends. Many tried and never has the breeding, and realised it was a inbred thing as it still is today.
Back to our secret power of invisibility we can talk at gatherings and be ignored, stand in line at the shop and people talk past you, say hello or make eye contact and people turn their head, offer advice and help from actual experience to absolute Fuckwitts and be looked at like a dog turd.
Such is life as older human who should be parked up out of sight out of mind.
No I’m not bitter I’m amazed and question myself strongly if I was that discourteous to my elders.. I question that daily. I often disagreed as I did question, but never ignored out of respect.
We old farts are guilty of our own destiny too as many especially in retirement cannot let go of their past and try to remain in roles of importance after retirement, not to the benefit of the organisation but for self importance and relativity.
All good but comes a time for the good of that organisation you have to stand aside a become a mere mortal.
An autocrats nightmare I know but that attitude does nothing for the elder reputation overall, and dare I suggest successive planning.
What a stupid idea is that… “look at me, I’m a senior citizen and there no-one to take my place”, without thinking its you job in reality to find and train people to do your job for the good of the organisation you represent.
Ego won’t allow that too many.
Yes it happens and happening in your bubble. Just look.
Well I’ve calmed down a bit, taken by blood pressure and I’m good to go. So what about the present me?
After being in positions of captain and presidents of football and golf clubs and being active in a playing only capacity for about 5 years I had to stop because of oxygen, or lack of.
Asbestos is not you friend so of late I’ve been asked if I want to help with the golf club Pennants side and I will do the job as I always have in a business like perspective. Results are a priority then comes the social aspect as it costs the club business to compete even though the players are amateur.
All of my “volunteer” roles have been based on the same princiopal which some find it hard to comprehend. That’s my business brain at work and it has cost me friends as they can’t grasp business outside the kitchen table wanna be professionals who have never moved outside their bubble, but know the power point presentations by heart.
Sister too has moved back into the workforce and I admire anyone regardless of age steps into the unknown and challenges themselves outside their bubble.
Pop that bubble and you will see life outside, but be prepared for some push back from those who have taken you for granted, or scared to move outside theirs, directly and indirectly, and be prepared to be challenged. You have no status other than your clipboard even though you may have a title bestowed.
It’s a test of your Basic skills not the ones you may have acquired in your former career.
In closing for now I was pleasantly surprised when a young person asked me if they could contact me for advice in a new role , so my superpower of invisibility is penatratable to some who actually want to converse to another human in a most unfashionable way face to face. Let’s see if that eventuates..
Bye for now, and if I’m still up i’ll be back oxygen permitting..