Can no longer spot muppets


Living during lockdown in Sydney meant we didn’t have to wear masks outside. That important freedom distinguishing us from Melbourne. That ended ten days or so ago. Can’t remember what date. Days merge into days these days.

I live in Gladys Berejiklian’s electorate. She’s obviously part of the overwhelmingly majority in her party; the new breed of green-left Liberals. Nevertheless, I still intended to vote for her. Sounding down to earth, looking homely and having an ill-advised affair endeared her to me.  She lost me some time ago when she warned that when we stepped outside we should deal with other people as though they were infected. It’s hard to imagine how destructive that would be of civil society.

One side effect of the new mask mandate is that I can no longer spot ghouls (def: those morbidly interested in death) – my rather pointed description of people, particularly young people, wearing masks outside when they were not required to. Someone in England who I read referred to them in kinder terms as muppets. Anyway, I can no longer spot the muppets – who I partly blame for encouraging the despotism of state premiers, aided and abetted by the wind vane Scott Morrison.


12 responses to “Can no longer spot muppets”

  1. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Everything wrong with central planning is on display in oz.

  2. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    That ended ten days or so ago.

    this is not entirely true.

    If you’re just in “Greater Sydney” (a ‘stay at home area’) and not an ‘area of concern’, and I assume you are – being in the Willoughby electorate, then face gags are only required in ‘outdoor areas’.

    The definition of this is hard to come by – but I understand its any ‘defined’ outdoor area, such as a carpark, park, shopping area etc.

  3. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “I live in Gladys Berejiklian’s electorate. She’s obviously part of the overwhelmingly majority in her party; the new breed of green-left Liberals. Nevertheless, I still intended to vote for her. Sounding down to earth, looking homely and having an ill-advised affair endeared her to me. She lost me some time ago when she warned that when we stepped outside we should deal with other people as though they were infected. It’s hard to imagine how destructive that would be of civil society.”

    Thanks Peter, you’ve just articulated very well what I think of Gladys. You’re in the north, I’m here in Sydney eastern suburbs. However my issue with Gladys is that I’ve suspected that her heart has never been in these lockdowns yet she’s allowed herself to be controlled and cajoled by health bureaucrats…..like a puppet. She’s not stepped up, like a true leader, and said enough. One thing is for sure though and that is that Labor here in NSW would not be any different, in fact I reckon they’d be worse.

  4. Diogenes Avatar
    Diogenes

    As I look out over Pumicestone Passage and its walking track into Caloundra from Golden Beach, I can see many Muppets. Masks are only required indoors or if outdoors, only if you can’t socially distance. Very few people wore them yesterday or this morning at the markets we attended, and nobody was socially distancing, yet on a nice wide track, singles and pairs separated by 10s of metres are wearing them. Then again these are people ‘of a certain age’

  5. Shy Ted Avatar
    Shy Ted

    Got a baseball bat, Peter?

  6. calli Avatar
    calli

    in fact I reckon they’d be worse.

    Welded into your house “worse”?

    The bar is set high.

  7. Peter Smith Avatar
    Peter Smith

    Thanks Duncanm and Diogenes, I obviously misread the Sydney mask rules. Need a legal advisor to interpret them. But it’s good news that I thought they went further than they do. Mind you, if I get fined I’ll blame you.

  8. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Welded into your house “worse”?

    The bar is set high.”

    Not much worse.

  9. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Peter Smithsays:
    August 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm”

    Peter, I live in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, my sister lives in the inner-west but it falls under the Parramatta LGA…..a huge council area. She rang me to tell me that she and her hubby have now got their “official papers” so that they can legally go to their business located in Westmead.

    It’s totalitarian.

  10. Diogenes Avatar
    Diogenes

    Peter,
    I am not in Siderney, but on the Sunshine Coast of Qld.

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Mask wearing isn’t big around our local area, also East subs, which has bushland walks and beaches.

    We take the advice as wear a mask in enclosed carparks, shopping centres, and similar or risk a fine. Don’t wear a mask anywhere else but socially distance. Gladys clearly wants to differentiate from Melbourne. Baby steps.

  12. Shy Ted Avatar
    Shy Ted

    Wrong thread (it’s early). I can spot a Muppet. I give you… Miss Piggy.

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