DAN Andrews, the brutal ‘lock ’em up and jab ’em’ Premier of Victoria, Australia, is finally gone but – shamefully – not yet publicly disgraced. How the citizens of Victoria have allowed a man who used fearmongering lies and police brutality to remain in office to this point, and now to enjoy a well-paid retirement, beggars belief.
Dan Andrews will, however, be despised. So said the legendary Australian political commentator Alan Jones, one of the very few vociferous media critics of Andrews at the time, on ADH TV in response to the news. You can watch his full and scathing condemnation of this despicable man below.
In this TCW article from February 2022, James Delingpole grappled with the question of why ‘so relatively few people resisted when Dan Andrews used the “pandemic” as an excuse to turn Victoria into an analogue of communist China’.
The Premier’s measures included a declared ‘state of disaster’ giving police carte blanche to enter your home and carry out spot checks without permission or a warrant; an 8pm to 5am curfew; a ban on leaving home in the day except for food and essentials, care and caregiving, daily exercise or work; exercise to last no longer than an hour and to be conducted within a 5km radius of your home; mandatory masks, even outdoors. And that’s before the compulsory jabs.
In this article we are shown the brilliant documentary Battleground Melbourne by Topher Field (extraordinarily never taken down by YouTube) which you can watch here.
As James Delingpole wrote, ‘It records how those few who did try to resist were ruthlessly crushed by the authorities: “ringleaders” who tried to organise protests (including a pregnant woman) were arrested in their homes; police tactics at demos grew increasingly thuggish. On one occasion 500 protesters were “kettled” for hours without water in the heat and arrested one by one; on another, the police fired baton rounds at unarmed demonstrators, causing hideous bruising; finally the authorities sent in hardcore anti-terrorist police to patrol the streets in armoured cars, raising understandable fears that sooner or later a civilian was going to get killed.’
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about these horrors, James commented, was how little traction they got in the world media: ‘It was bad enough in Australia where, apart from rare oases of sanity such as Sky Australia’s Outsiders and Alan Jones’s radio show, almost none of the glib, plastic TV show presenters or compliant newspapers seem to find anything weird or objectionable about the Lucky Country’s rapid descent into totalitarianism. Stranger still was the deafening near-silence from the kind of trenchant commentators and rent-a-quote politicians who normally love the chance to speak out against injustice in a tub-thumping tabloid editorial.’
He concluded his article with the following comment: ‘The bad news is that they can get away with rather a lot. The good – well, you really need to watch Topher’s documentary to see how when a few brave men and women work together to fight against evil, their courage proves infectious and miracles can happen. Thanks, Topher, and thanks to the Victorian resistance for showing us the way!’
And they have got away with rather a lot. Acting Sergeant Beau Barrett, who was caught on camera head slamming Daniel Peterson-English to ground at Flinders Street train station in September, 2021, causing him multiple disabling injuries – a case Paul Collitts reported in detail here – was, earlier this year cleared, yes cleared, of assault. Dan Andrews has not even had to suffer the indignity of being charged with anything. He might now be gone but the record of his crimes cannot be forgotten. If there is justice in this world he must still be held accountable for them.