I watched the budget speech. Found it very boring of course. Billions here, billions there, billions almost everywhere. Debt on its way to a trillion. Who cares? I remember caring when debt and deficits mattered. Wayne Swan was always chasing surpluses without ever catching one. Though it didn’t stop him from being named by the publication Euromoney in 2011 as “the world’s best treasurer.” Those were the days.
I suppose the Coalition was in sight of achieving a surplus before Covid. All dashed and diddled now. If only Joe Hockey had understood how little people care; how little it matters apparently. He wouldn’t have introduced that hari-kari budget in 2014, which did in Abbott. And worse, laid the groundwork for Malcolm Turnbull and Zali Steggall and, maybe now, a whole cohort of Climate 200 activists to keep company with Labor and the Greens; long to reign over us.
Anyway, I became distracted and focussed on superficial things. In a word, masks; or, in two words, face nappies. So far as I could see only Josh and the PM went maskless on the Coalition benches. I assume all on the opposition benches were masked. They love masks. Don’t ever want to see the back of them. Only Sigmund Freud would be able to uncover why; by plunging into the deep recesses of their warped minds. Unfortunately, he’s not around anymore and the modern lot are simply not up to it. Probably all schooled themselves in left-wing politics in medical-cum-psycho school. Think it’s normal.
Don’t know why Morrison got away with being maskless. Judging by the comments of Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, I suspect he might have threatened to bully the clerk of the house of representatives Claressa Surtees unless given an exemption. Can’t vouch for that.
I looked up Canberra rules. There doesn’t seem to be any requirement to wear masks in Parliament House but then businesses can make their own rules. Presumably, that’s the answer. There they all were, cowering in their masks for fear of Covid singling them out. Punishment for their transgressions? Karma? Who knows what guilt they feel for causing so much misery and distress, and robbing us of our God-given freedoms, for the past two years? Given their character and given half a chance, not enough to make them stop, I’d venture.