Politics, Heroes and Victims

So this is what I wrote 12 months ago on July 9th. A lot has changed and nothing has changed. In Australia, it is Sydney, not Melbourne in Lockdown and facing a new, more contagious form of the virus. I know a lot more people in Sydney than I do in Melbourne and I hear more of the strains of the Lockdown. It’s not easy. But, having been a bit self congratulatory early on, I think Berejiklian has knuckled down and accepted that this is going to be harder than she thought.

Biden is now president in the US and I gather that, in terms of COVID, things are improving.

But personally, last year seems like a doddle compared to 2021. Everything is relative.

Reposted for Fandango’s Flashback Friday

Out of the Cave

As Victoria rushes to stem the tide of COVID, other Australian states look on, both sympathetic and protective of their own safety. Borders are closing. The Queenslanders (with the whole of New South Wales between them and Victoria) even suspect Victorians of smuggling themselves across the border on freight trucks. Maybe it’s true but it seems unbelievable to me.

This year is unbelievable.

World politics is unbelievable.

In the US, the numbers are terrifying. Over 1600 deaths in the last two days and 61,848 new cases just yesterday. P showed me the graphs.

He made the remark that during two days in April, more people died of COVID19 than died in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

And yet Trump still glosses over it and congratulates himself on saving thousands of lives.

Will the dead be remembered every year in memorials all over the country? Will the doctors who tried…

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5 thoughts on “Politics, Heroes and Victims

  1. How soon they forget! It’s easy to get behind a microphone and lavishly compliment emergency workers and healthcare workers; but as to recognising that they don’t receive anything like enough funding or pay that is another matter. Call me crazy but I can’t help thinking that people like nurses, teachers, firefighters, aged care workers, child care workers and cleaners contribute a lot more to society than CEO’s of big companies but they are nearly always at the bottom of the heap when pay rises are being handed out.

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