For world’s vaxxer tyrants, curated “death threat” panic marks a Ceaușescu moment
DESPERATE to wrest the moral initiative away from huge protests against Daniel Andrews’ Führer Forever Bill, last week reporters and Labor politicians swooped on a spray-can in Melbourne like it was Lee Oswald’s Carcano. Nor did the Premier squander the break. With the finest sincerity a PR budget can buy, he imparted best wishes to the ‘hospitalised’ son of Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick and condemned politically motivated violence. Except there was no politically motivated violence – none by the crack shot who left Kielan Meddick with a minor head gash anyway. Trans ‘woman’ Meddick was defacing posters in Fitzroy St on Thursday night when a man took issue with the vandalism and an argument ensued. Police established that Meddick then threw a can of spray paint at the man and walked off – only to have the missile returned with superior accuracy. At the same time, twitter skip riflers also established that Meddick had a record of vile left-wing rhetoric, including incitement to murder George Pell. That should have been a more serious matter than the prop gallows that sent Anthony Albanese rushing for the microphones.
Itself under fire from protesters for Annastacia Palaszczuk’s depraved policy of socially liquidating the unvaccinated, the Queensland Labor government – sensing a handy distraction was live and viable – clambered aboard the doomed Meddick train the following day. The Premier’s team of thirty full-time media spinners got to work crafting a good old ‘death threats’ and sympathy news cycle for the weekend papers. Keppel MP Brittany Lauga got things started on Friday, betweeting that she’d received a “threatening” email about the government’s vaccination mandates.
For the thickset and popular Saturday Courier Mail, a by-line featuring the names of no fewer than five journalists topped an account of how it had been “revealed” (by the government itself) that “MPs have been subject to horrifying threats relating to their vaccination mandate stance.” For Saturday morning’s covid-19 press conference, Education Minister Grace Grace and Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman were theatrically guarded by “several police officers.” By Sunday, the Health Minister was up. At a press conference north of Brisbane, Yvette D’Ath claimed she too had been threatened; she too was now accompanied by what the ABC described as a “security detail” – one of whom was also available for pictures. Because the public reads men complaining about nasty emails as overwrought sissies, no non-damsel MPs were seconded to contribute to the campaign. The ladies of Labor haven’t always been this fragile, as a 2017 column by Des Houghton illustrates.
In September 2020, former Chief Health Officer, now Governor, of Queensland, Jeannette Young, was deservedly criticised for refusing a 26-year-old Canberra nurse’s plea to leave hotel quarantine to attend her father’s funeral. At the time, the state government’s dogmatic ‘border control’ policies were snowballing into a broader reputational crisis for the Premier. Within days, reports appeared that Dr Young had “police officers outside her home” after receiving death threats. This time, a 43 year-old returned serviceman was charged and convicted a year later for using a carriage service to send a threat. The case demonstrates that officials can indeed be unlawfully abused and police may have to step in. It does not demonstrate that Labor’s recourse to exaggerating when its leaders are held to account for their own extremism is anything other than risible misdirection.
The Australian media can ignore it as long as they like but the anti-lockdown-cum-anti-mandates movement is now the biggest protest phenomenon in the world and will only get bigger. As states ban and abuse the non-boosted, periodically incarcerate the “fully vaccinated,” misuse police and military powers, orchestrate demonisation campaigns of the kind essayed here and begin forcing themselves on children and babies like entitled molesters, hundreds of thousands will sign on for the fight. From Vienna to Darwin, leaders have become deranged with an ensemble of compulsive pathologies not seen since the drift into world war in the Edwardian Age. It’s pleasing to say that they do remind me now of Romania’s last communist dictator trying to cajole his former subjects into the obedience of olden days. He realised it was all over as the rocks landed on the balcony. It happened very quickly. Reality always does.