Out of Touch Much?
I don’t understand politics. All that doublespeak dividing opinions ad nauseam …
In this age of Covid, with two years’ worth of confusing (and some truly rubbish) government mandates, we could be forgiven for thinking that just maybe politicians also don’t understand politics. And now, the monumental cockup apropos Novak Djokovic has turned the ‘maybe’ into a hard no siree Bob. They do not.
The argument for sending Mr #1 packing is to do with his high-profile status and position as a role model:
- ‘He might foster anti-vaccination sentiment.’
- ‘He might influence others to fail to comply with appropriate health measures following a positive test, which could lead to the transmission of the disease and serious risk to their health and others.’ So said the Immigration Minister.
Oi, pollies, we’re part of this democratic system. Come down from your ivory tower, depoliticise the matter and walk in your voters’ shoes.
We’re largely a cooperative lot, but here’s the issue: Giving one more celebrity a free pass would’ve been the last straw. You know, the one that broke the camel’s back.
Just ask the couple kept apart from their three-year-old child for two months from the not-so-sunny state up north while movie stars and footy players and their families got exemptions. Ask those who couldn’t cross the border to attend a parent’s funeral. In fact, ask all of us who were subjected to draconian restrictions, particularly the residents down south recently emerging from a world record lockdown.
Had Djokovic’s visa not been cancelled, others failing to ‘comply with appropriate health measures’ might have been the best-case scenario. The worst and most likely? Think: ANARCHY.
It comes down to rights. Personally, I don’t give a frog’s fat arse if #1 in something gets you a better table at a restaurant. Small stuff, that. But I care bigtime when your number oneness affords you more basic human rights than me.