Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was nowhere to be seen at a Thursday press conference to report to the Victorian public that the number of Covid cases had risen to 200 – a day after declaring his tenacious fight for a ‘Covid-zero’ state was finally over.
Instead, his hapless health minister Martin Foley rolled in front of the cameras on Thursday to explain why the prime minister had ditched his quest for “doughnut days.”
Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton – the architect of the state’s crackdown on the virus – was also absent when Mr Foley tried to explain that the change in the plan was entirely due to science.
‘You have to follow the advice of science. Delta changed the script,” he said.
The Labor government’s capitulation comes as Victoria’s active Covid cases have risen to 176 – the highest number in more than a year.
The Melbourne outbreak now appears to be spiraling out of control, following the same ominous trajectory to the Sydney outbreak.
Meanwhile, the sycophants who have blindly stood behind Andrews during what will be the longest lockdown in the world have begun to turn.
It hit like a freight train on Wednesday when the man dubbed ‘Chairman Dan’ declared that he had finally given up his locked-down state to eliminate Covid-19.
The backflip came amid rumblings within his own health department that he had lost not only the state’s confidence in his leadership, but their own.
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On Thursdays, Melbourne’s The age newspaper published an extraordinary editorial targeting the Prime Minister with the title: ‘Victoria Can’t Go On Like This’.
The editors begged Mr Andrews to free captive Victorians, who by the end of September will be incarcerated longer than any other civilian on the planet.
“Wednesday’s announced ‘easing’ was a hard and brutal blow,” it said.
In a long-awaited dose of reality; The champions of Andrews’ Covid leadership during months of lockdowns and hundreds of needless deaths had finally turned on him.
“There is a point coming, and The Age believes that point has been reached, where the damage caused by the toughest and longest lockdowns in the country needs to be more seriously calculated,” it said.
The editorial content marked an epic face for the publication, which was a staunch supporter of the prime minister’s hardline Covid playbook.
It was met with immediate disdain by its leftist leaning: ‘I stand behind Dan’ readers, most of whom have gone through lockdown in comfortable homes with large gardens, with the most ‘respected’ comment among the editors receiving hundreds of ‘likes’ ‘ received.
‘Not a useful contribution from the era. We can’t go on with tantrums like this editorial. The state may have hit the figurative wall with the finish line in sight, but to raise the collective weapons in desperation will not cut the mustard,” noted the reader.
“You are not the same as the thousand jerks of a few weeks ago, but you express the same irrational and childish emotions.”
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‘Today is a good day,’ tweeted Mr Andrews with a selfie on reaching Covid zero. “I said I’d go a little higher up the shelf. To you, Victoria,” he added next to a picture of Starward Whiskey.
But others supported the public blow.
“It’s not a tantrum, it’s an expression of the righteous thoughts of a rapidly increasing number of Victorians. We are tired of this,” writes one reader.
Andrews had convinced his followers that he would be the man to tame the virus.
In July, in an outburst of hubris, he reminded the Victorians that he had once again “rejected” Delta, something no other jurisdiction had achieved.
After letting Covid-19 seep out of his bungled hotel quarantine plan, more than 800 elderly Victorians died as Mr Andrews and his health advisers tried to clean up the mess.
His solution was, and always had been, to lock up Victorians.
Health advice told him that playgrounds and schools should be closed, businesses should be sacrificed and generations of Victorians should be buried in near silence.
On October 26, the day Andrews announced his ‘Lockdown 2.0’ restrictions would be easing in Melbourne, Victoria recorded zero active Covid cases for the first time in more than four months.
It was called ‘donut day’ and Mr Andrews and the state’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, celebrated by treating themselves to a day.
The Prime Minister posted a photo of himself beaming with joy as he was about to feast on the deep-fried dough.
He posted pictures of himself sipping a whiskey and continued to brag about the ‘donut days’ until Covid taught him what most experts have been saying for a good year.
Covid was unbeatable.
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Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was summoned yesterday for his reasons for closing Victorian playgrounds two weeks ago. Last year, he also had them closed for months.
Mr Andrews’ confession on Wednesday looked like a man playing by the political playbook.
By the summer, Victorians should have reached the vaccination milestone that the Prime Minister says we ‘may’ be able to roam free again.
The man who stood by and claimed to know nothing about the decision that sentenced hundreds to death last year has already made it clear that he believes he can win next year’s election.
History has been rewritten before, it will probably happen again.
When former Labor Prime Minister Joan Kirner died in 2015 at the age of 76, leftist media poured in on her as they lashed out at others who she believes had treated her unfairly during her 1990s leadership.
She had, of course, cost Victorians billions of dollars selling the State Bank and crippled a generation of children with her slap-dash implementation of the VCE—her answer to the Higher School Certificate.
So far, Mr Andrews has masterfully manipulated much of the mainstream media attention during the pandemic, with nightly news bulletins virtually ignoring his repeated flip-flops on Covid policies and advice.
Former Prime Minister Joan Kirner brought Victoria to her knees in the 1990s. Hospitals are now named after her
If Mr Andrews wins the next election, he won’t be the first Melburnian to recover from a scandal based on short memories and forgotten history.
Former AFL footballer Wayne Carey not only slept with his teammates’ wife, he glazed over a girlfriend and sexually assaulted a woman as she was walking down the street.
Carey told ABC’s Enough Rope in 2008 that he was not being sincere when he apologized for the 1995 drunken incident.
He has since been reborn as a regular TV identity and columnist for The Age newspaper.
AFL bad boy Brendan Fevola is now considered the darling of Melbourne radio.
Lest we forget his many disgrace not so long ago, including allegations of sexual assault at the Brownlow Medal.
With Covid cases set to rise in the coming months, Andrews Government’s spinner is poised to hit fifth gear.