IF you can’t find a genuine expert, somebody from the University of South Australia will have to do. Earlier this month, the ABC troll-commissioned Professor Adrian Esterman to tart up fear of the unvaccinated as rational. This called for the ‘do yourself a favour’ brio of Molly Meldrum and the make-up skills of the late Jeanne Little but Esterman was not deterred. He insisted – with no evidence – that the unvaxxed would be a danger to everyone at your Christmas lunch. Regardless of the global mental health catastrophe caused by oddball autists in the epidemiology ‘profession’ and the known risk of addiction relapse and suicide among vulnerable people during the holiday season, Esterman incited the ‘vaccinated’ to ostracise those of their intimates remaining unclean. “I would say, look, we’ve been friends for 20 years, but unless you have been vaccinated I’m not willing to have you in my home,” he unctuously thundered.
Astute news surfers will have noticed that covid neurotics are bobby soxers for Omicron. The ABC especially is screaming for the Big O, positively willing it to finally kill somebody so the emergency – and, more importantly, the laptopper Shangri-La of the past twenty months – can go on forever. Because the national broadcaster is also eager for things to worsen in New South Wales, it follows that the aforementioned Professor Esterman was called in again – this time to reassure pandemic fans that the Liberal-ruled northern neighbour of Dear Daniel was heading for a new spike. What interested me was his subtly changed tune.
Ten days ago, the excitable professor was encouraging people (more or less) to pelt plum puddings at unvaccinated kin well before they sashayed merrily down a decked hall to a tinsel-strewn table. Esterman now says “very high levels of vaccinations…won’t be sufficient” to protect society. “And that means we do have to retain our public health measures, not relax them.” Strictly speaking, you should therefore cancel Yuletide cheer altogether because endangering this crisis with unimpeded normality is not worth the risk. The most illustrative thing about Omicron is how ‘experts’ continue to claim they know very little about it – apart from the fact that it’s harmless. Why? Because unlike officials (and adults) in times past, reassuring the public is these days seen as the ‘wrong message’ and possibly even right-wing. The latest variation in public ‘health’ propaganda – the final one for 2021 – is a two-pronged, symbiotic coping strategy: you must get vaccinated plus vaccination isn’t enough. The former yields the dividend of demonisation: it’s all the fault of the unvaxxed. The fruit of the latter is a fear-filled stasis that protects and sustains profitable emergency.
Meanwhile, in Queensland, new Chief Health Officer, John Gerrard, is proving himself to be even more of a Labor government loyalist than his predecessor, Jeannette Young. Yesterday, he gave a masterclass in the new symbiosis – whose actuating principle W.C. Fields would have recognised: if you can’t dazzle them with ’demiology, baffle them with bullshit:
Vaccinated Queenslanders are being reassured they will not be struck down by Covid-19.
On his first day as Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, John Gerrard said vaccinated patients would either have no symptoms or would simply experience a mild cold.
Dr Gerrard said Queensland’s focus would now be less on individual cases and more about trends and monitoring the number of cases in the community and in our hospitals.
“Most patients, the vast majority of people with Covid-19 in the future, will be managed at home, we have systems set up now to start managing patients at home,” he said.
Amazing fact: totally unvaccinated Queenslanders will almost certainly not be “struck down” either and will have no symptoms or a cold. That has been true ab initio and remains the official advice of the WHO. That hasn’t stopped the Palaszczuk Labor government’s perfectly named Small Business Minister, Di Farmer, from double-daring stores to proscribe the unvaccinated. “There will also be a range of other businesses who may make the choice to only have their vaccinated staff and patrons using their business,” she said. Nothing demonstrates better the total moral collapse of this nation. The Labor Party was formed in Barcaldine by shearers fearful of being deprived of a living by harsh pastoralists during the depression of the 1890s. Their scab heirs want men of commerce to ban the vulnerable from buying food.