Before they wore physical masks during the pandemic our leaders wore metaphorical masks to hide their sinister motives and also their double standards. But we are now increasingly seeing underneath as it slips off our leaders. We explore this on this week’s Tim’s News Explosion.
With NSW and Victoria abanding covid zero, the Premiers are now tying vaccination rates to ending lockdown. Last week NSW Gladys Berejiklian revealed that modest freedoms would only be restored for fully vaccinated residents once the state reaches 70% of the eligible population double dosed, though her Deputy John Barilaro has now said that most restrictions on the unvaccinated would drop at 80%.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard finally said something sensible that the fresh air is the safest place to be, yet the NSW Government still mandates face masks outside in lockdown areas. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was issued with a $500 mask fine after being photographed and snitched on by a local in his Manly area.
News Corporation media outlets Sky News Australia and Fox News in the US feature hosts and personalities who have been some of the most vocal against mask and vaccine mandates. Yet the New York Post owned by the company mandates masks in its offices and News Corp Australia will mandate the vaccine for workers at its printing presses. Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie claimed and she and other Australians are becoming “agitated” with “anti-vaxxers” and that they are “coming at you, lock, stock, and barrel”.
President Joe Biden announced an indirect vaccine mandate signing an executive order that US companies with 100 employees or more will need their employees vaccinated or to produce a negative covid test every week.
Californians will vote in tomorrow’s gubernatorial recall election. Governor Gavin Newsom despite keeping the state in some form of lockdown for a year has overseen one of the highest covid death rates in the nation. The main Republican challenger is African-American radio host Larry Elder. Elder was abused by a white woman wearing a gorilla mask who tried to egg him. Elder has been endorsed by Hollywood actress and Harvey Weinstein victim Rose McGowan who has accused Newsom’s wife of attempting to stop her going public about Weinstein.
In the UK Boris Johnson’s Government has shelved plans to introduce vaccine passports at nightclubs and large events. Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated that they found there was no medical justification for vaccine passports though the government will still keep them as an option.
Labor Senator and Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally arguably the powerful opponent of the Australian nationalist and patriot movements is attempting to elbow out a daughter of Vietnamese migrants to save her political career attempting to parachute into a lower house seat in South Western Sydney at the expense of the local branch’s preferred candidate. Keneally lives on the exclusive Scotland Island on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Keneally also authored an op-ed in May 2020 stating that migration should not return to pre-pandemic levels because they take Aussie jobs. This was also a view expressed about Asian migrants by former NSW Labor leader Michael Daley.
Health Minister Says He’s Not Concerned About Crowds Gathering at the Beach – Caldron Pool
Melbourne’s lockdown hits peak stupid – Macro Business
Amen to Abbott – Spectator Australia
Deputy Premier John Barilaro drops major claim about freedoms for unvaccinated – news.com.au
News Corp mandates COVID-19 vaccines for printing workers in industry first – SMH
Anti-mask New York Post requires all of its employees to wear masks in latest sign of Murdoch media hypocrisy – CNN
Australian Senator Warns Unvaccinated: “We’re Coming At You Lock, Stock, And Barrel” – Caldron Pool
‘He Lied’: RNC Will Sue Biden Over Vaccine Mandate – Daily Caller
U-Turn: No Vaccine Passports for England, Health Secretary Sajid Javid Announces – Breitbart
Do we want migrants to return in the same numbers? The answer is no – Kristina Keneally
‘Shame’: Labor veteran on Keneally switch – Nothern Beaches Review