I watched part of a recent press conference of Ron DeSantis introducing Florida’s new surgeon general. “No more noble lies,” he said, speaking of Covid. Apparently, in Florida at least, people can handle the unvarnished truth.
And what about ignoble lies, I thought, when thinking of Australian health authorities.
On 28 October in Victoria twenty-five people were reported to have died of Covid. How many were vaxxed, a reporter asked. We have that information but are not giving it out, came the reply. So far as I know, the intrepid reporter did not follow up. Nothing much is ever followed up anymore unless it’s to do with baseless conjecture about the historical sex life of a conservative politician or a catholic priest.
It’s quite important to know whether vaccinations are preventing deaths.
An ABC report dated 15 October revealed that 36 of the 49 aged-care residents who had died of the Delta strain in NSW were fully vaccinated. Seems interesting. But it’s all going on under the radar.
Andrew Bolt who revealed himself on air to be a “vaccine believer” – the first time I have come across this kind of descriptor since Julia Gillard revealed that she was a climate-change believer –admirably expressed curiosity about the reticence of those paid by the public purse to tell the public what they knew. Of course, there are such things as state secrets, but the circumstances of deaths from Covid hardly fall into that category.
I suspect foul play. Dissemblance-cum-deceit is afoot. It seems likely, does it not, that it would have been trumpeted from the rooftops; if all, or the overwhelming majority, of the twenty-five people who died had been unvaccinated. Public health gurus would have danced on their graves. Those rascally unvaxxed deserve everything they get; bar them from hospitals etc.
With no-one remotely resembling DeSantis in our political class, anywhere in Australia, we can look forward to an unremitting diet of dissemblance and deceit, whether on Covid or climate change or on anything else of note. The Australian people can’t handle the truth. Government and main opposition parties are at one when it comes to that; and they can rely on the tame media.