Many of our commentators thrive on equivocation – and a coyness about what they may or may not stand for. They often set up a straw man. You get stuff like the following. We were right to protect our sovereignty over illegal boat people if necessary by armed force. The response of Germany was a dangerous over-reaction. The climate may fluctuate, but the reaction of progressives is alarmist and a threat to the economy. We are not against gay people, but we saw no need for legislation about same sex marriage. The police in the U S may have problems, but Black Lives Matter has become an over-reaction that threatens law and order. The issue with Cofid has been blown out of proportion, and the lockdown is an unnecessary blight. This is just another case of ‘experts’ undermining our freedom. Cathy Freeman is a star but she brought politics into sport with that flag. The opposition to Goodes was not racist and he too over-reacted. We take as our guide the equivocations of the Jesuits in the witch hunts after Guy Fawkes.
There is no restraint or moderation.
In The Weekend Australian, 5 to 6 September, 2020, Terry McCrann said of Cofid:
Of these deaths [Cofid] 650 were in the Stasi state formerly known as Victoria. And of those 505 were in aged care…..
On the health cost-benefit alone, the costs have and will far outweigh the direct virus benefits. Then add on the monumental economic and financial costs, and we are still living through the greatest public policy failure in this country’s entire history.
In the column next to that one, Alan Kohler said:
Research …published this week clearly shows that the fewer deaths a country has, the better its economy does and vice versa. For example, Britain has had 630 deaths per million population and its economy shrank 22 per cent in the June quarter..; Australia has had 27 deaths per million, and the economy shrank 7 per cent, among the least in the world….Pressure on Victoria to open up anyway, and on other states to end border restrictions are pointlessly political and at odds with both evidence and local politics. Any state that has rising case numbers will go back into lockdown, no matter what Scott Morison says.
In the next weekend, a commentator refers to Biden’s reference to Trump as a ‘climate arsonist.’ That obviously over the top response is labelled feral, unhinged, unscientific, irrational, blatantly false and insane. And the same commentator says that Trump’s ‘meandering statements’ are tested ‘against a literal standard not applied to other politicians.’
Stand by for an avalanche of bull about the U S Supreme Court.
Another commentator describes an American as ‘the most brilliant younger Catholic now writing.’ What is the significance of the professed faith of the American? Perhaps it is the reason why ‘he mainly interrogates culture as more important than politics.’