Nice ‘friends’ you’ve got there

Another fine was issued and then withdrawn for not obeying our new fascist overlords:

A Victorian couple was fined $1,652 each for breaching coronavirus restrictions after sharing year-old holiday snaps on Facebook.

Jazz Mot said Victoria Police fined her and her husband Garry for being in Lakes Entrance – two hours from their home – after she shared images on social media earlier this month.

But here’s the catch:

“I posted the photos that we took in Lakes Entrance in June last year,” she told 7NEWS.

The Traralgon woman says police then arrived at her home to issue the fine for “going for a drive to Lakes Entrance (non-essential travel)“.

And in Tasmania, they are using the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to catch ne’er do wells out in the open.

Is this about coronavirus anymore?

Next time you see someone from the UK talking about coronavirus, check out their lectern. Notice the recurring theme of ‘protect the NHS’:

Michael Gove providing a COVID-19 update.

Then there’s this bloke:

Boris Johnson joins the chorus.

Of course, Johnson was just released from hospital where he was seriously ill due to COVID-19.

He was more than effusive:

Maybe it was the drugs talking, but this is pure crap.

Healthcare can be high quality, universal and affordable. But you only get to pick ywo.

If it’s affordable and universal it won’t be high quality. Universal and high quality/ Sorry, but it won’t be cheap.

Boris had two nurses checking on him all night. Here’s a bit of reality for Boris: you’re the PM. You get that service. You from Slough doesn’t.

But look at the way the unspoken argument is framed – as though it’s the NHS or death.

Such strawmen arguments are becoming to common in this crisis. As though we need to stay at home or die.

It’s starting to look a bit like a conjob. A political outcome using a crisis as the cover.

And some of the crisis is of the NHS’s own making. Check out this letter to The Lancet, detailing some of the missteps from the NHS in fighting coronavirus:

“When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.”

So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend.

The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause.

The UK Government’s Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn’t follow WHO’s advice to “test, test, test” every suspected case. They didn’t isolate and quarantine. They didn’t contact trace.

These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that remain opaque.

The UK now has a new plan—Suppress–Shield–Treat–Palliate.

But this plan, agreed far too late in the course of the outbreak, has left the NHS wholly unprepared for the surge of severely and critically ill patients that will soon come. I asked NHS workers to contact me with their experiences. Their messages have been as distressing as they have been horrifying.

“It’s terrifying for staff at the moment. Still no access to personal protective equipment [PPE] or testing.”

“Rigid command structures make decision making impossible.”

“There’s been no guidelines, it’s chaos.”

“I don’t feel safe. I don’t feel protected.”

“We are literally making it up as we go along.”

“It feels as if we are actively harming patients.”

“We need protection and prevention.”

“Total carnage.”

“NHS Trusts continue to fail miserably.”

“Humanitarian crisis.”

“Forget lockdown—we are going into meltdown.”

“When I was country director in many conflict zones, we had better preparedness.”

“The hospitals in London are overwhelmed.”

“The public and media are not aware that today we no longer live in a city with a properly functioning western health-care system.”

“How will we protect our patients and staff…I am speechless. It is utterly unconscionable. How can we do this? It is criminal…NHS England was not prepared…We feel completely helpless.”

But you probably don’t see that when you’re the British PM.

Remember this because the same sales job on the NHS will be given to Australians about Medicare and to US listeners as to why they need a system like the UK and Australia.