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Writing on the wall?

By David Southwell - posted Tuesday, 12 October 2021

A case-in-point is The Chaser's online offshoot The Shot, where chief vitriol slinger and darling of Twitter David Milner thought he had a good gotcha when Credlin said there were more than enough baseball bats for Victorian voters to use on both Anthony Albanese and Andrews.

"Peta Credlin took to the unhinged airwaves of Sky News to stoke violence against her employer's political opponents," Milner frothed.

For a commentator on Australian politics, he knows astonishingly little about Australian politics.


Voters brandishing baseball bats is a common trope used by political insiders and commentators. It dates back to Labor Queensland Premier Wayne Goss ruefully bemoaning his government getting the whacking meant for Keating.

This was a case of The Shot into The Foot.

It's symptomatic of the Bizzaro Covid world we find ourselves in that political attitudes have inverted.

Progressive left types have become staunch and harsh cheer squads for the Covid law-and-order approach, emphasising individual responsibility rather than a systems or societal failure.

Previously when lefties encountered something that largely works, such as a mixed economy liberal democracy, they pointed to the problems, which are mostly reflections of stubbornly imperfect humanity, and called them "systemic".

However, when confronted with Victoria's genuine systems failure they become individual moralists castigating "rule-breakers" for undermining the great and glorious government's efforts in curtailing Covid.


This has been encouraged by the Premier's communications, which have been a dark mixture of fear, blame and threat.

It's always useful to find the enemy within – whether that be a sick man with a nebuliser. wrongly blamed by Andrews for another hotel quarantine failure which was traced to multiple covered up managerial offences, or a Jewish engagement party.

After being held up for the ritual two-minutes hate by the Premier for their "shitty" actions in celebrating their love with family and friends the engaged couple said they had to hire bodyguard because of the threats they were getting.

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