A Response to Vikki: A Symbol of Servitude

I posted this on ANZAC Day 2020, less than a month into lockdowns in Victoria. Having read Vikki’s contribution last night, and being 17 months further into it, with even tighter restrictions on some individuals and families, with even more ‘exempt’ people and occupations coming out of the woodwork, I am posting it again.

From Vikki’s article:

“Based on Labor’s logic, all politicians must do as those in the most impoverished situation because some others are going through it.”

When that impoverishment is the direct result of the ill-conceived decisions made by said politicians, the answer is ‘Yes, they absolutely should’. It’s a healthy state of affairs.


A Symbol of Servitude

“The Officer Epaulettes on his uniform is a sign of servitude; servitude to his men.”

It’s a long-standing, yet unwritten rule, that Army Officers are the last to be fed in any meal line. The reasons behind this are twofold. Firstly, in theory, the Officer has the authority to demand more food be provided for his men, and by being last, he’s in the ideal position to judge the shortfall accurately and remedy the problem. Secondly, and more importantly, it is so that he shares, and is seen to share, the discomfort of his most deprived subordinates. The ‘most deprived’, in this instance, being the last man in line.

Far from being limited to the meal line, Officers are expected to be the first out of the plane when parachuting, use the same sub-standard equipment and share the same sleep deprivations. The list of expectations of an Officer is extensive and varied, but the intent is singular and obvious. If an Officer must do what he asks of his men, self-interest has a moderating effect on his decisions and encourages a more thoughtful approach to any activity or mission. The old adage of ‘Leading from the Front’ has a similar effect. Officers don’t like getting shot, stabbed or blown up, any more than the next bloke. Being all in it together is a healthy state of affairs, for everyone.

I write this today, on ANZAC day, because of the stark difference between the leaders of those whom we traditionally gather to remember, and today’s leaders who, quite unjustifiably, like to take the prime seating and centre stage at said ceremonies. I have seen myself, a state politician take umbrage (and express it verbally) at being relegated to the second row of seating, in favour of actual veterans who had a talking part in the ANZAC service. I’ll add that many attendees (and veterans) stand at the back, unable to see the proceedings, and barely able to hear it. Do the politicians up the front know this? I doubt it. It seems that the sharing of deprivation will remain in the military leadership realm. Forgive me if I am cynical about our current political leadership and their understanding of the needs, problems and dilemmas of all sections of our community. Our civilian leaders seem extremely comfortable to roll around in their privilege, adulation and favoured status (like pigs in the proverbial) without suffering the sacrifice that traditionally comes with leadership. Lining up behind the plebs, and sharing their suffering, seems not to be to their tastes. As a start, if I were to have my way, I would commence any ANZAC service with the call: “All politicians to the rear!” (in my finest RSM voice).

Perhaps a little more sharing of the misery, caused by their decisions, would be a good thing for both our politicians and us as a country. After all, is there any aspect that they share with those whom they ostensibly lead? Thinks Pensions, Superannuation Schemes, Wage cases, etc.  The COVID-19 world has bought this to the fore, like never before. Moderation, balance, proportion and nuance, have been sadly lacking. They are the Gamemasters, but they have no real skin in the game itself. “They can get voted out”, I hear you say. Ok, then what? A fat, non-means-tested pension and residual benefits (regardless of age), a seat on a couple of boards, a place on the talking circuit and some paid lobbying. Can’t others lose their jobs, too? The last three weeks seems an apt example. Disconnected is the kindest word I can muster, and it shows.

Many ‘officiate’ at ANZAC services, without the slightest idea of what it really means (or should mean) to people in positions of responsibility. They really should be ashamed, but that would require self-awareness. Student politics doesn’t seem to teach that.

This is what doctors are not permitted to say or permitted to do

So much for free speech and open debate. First there’s this from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Registered health practitioners and students: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and this is what they state (amongst other things).

‘There is no place for anti-vaccination messages in professional health practice, and any promotion of anti-vaccination claims including on social media, and advertising may be subject to regulatory action.’

And then there’s this, Australia’s TGA issues new restrictions on doctors prescribing Ivermectin.

Today, the TGA, acting on the advice of the Advisory Committee for Medicines Scheduling, has placed new restrictions on the prescribing of oral ivermectin….

These changes have been introduced because of concerns with the prescribing of oral ivermectin for the claimed prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Ivermectin is not approved for use in COVID-19 in Australia or in other developed countries, and its use by the general public for COVID-19 is currently strongly discouraged by the National COVID Clinical Evidence Taskforce, the World Health Organisation and the US Food and Drug Administration.

What if there are dangers from taking the Vax and Ivermectin actually helps cure someone of Covid? Don’t worry, it only took medicine 1500 years to find out about blood circulation.

Guest Post: Vikki Campion – Let our PM be human

Attacking ScoMo for visiting his kids sets a new low for Labor

Are we talking out of our backside when we talk about mental health or are we fair dinkum? When a father — in this case the Prime Minister of Australia — follows the state-prescribed health orders to return home to see his kids, Labor attacks because they argue other fathers cannot.

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Who’s in charge of the asylum? A bunch of tyrannical fools, that’s who

Foster's still has long neck exposed

Surely this time they have gone too far: Now they’re confiscating alcohol delivered to locked-down Australian apartments if booze volume exceeds state-sanctioned limits. Continue reading “Who’s in charge of the asylum? A bunch of tyrannical fools, that’s who”

Roadmap to a brave new enlightenment

Under the Gladys Berejiklian’s lauded dispensations, “Only fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions will have access to the freedoms allowed under the Reopening NSW roadmap.” For example, the Monday after the 70% target is reached, retail will be opened. Drool in envy Melbournians. If only Dan was so enlightened. If you doubt that tune in to Sky News.

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Enough!

We need more of you people who believe the vaccine is great to take this stance. It isn’t the vaccine that worries me. It’s the lies, enforcement and coercion around it. Make a stand. They’re compelling people to get injections they don’t want, a medical intervention, just to maintain some minimum facsimile of the lives they’re used to. If you don’t take an active stance here, I doubt you will over anything subsequent.