Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Good on ya, Cobber

Interesting things are afoot down under.  The Oz.Gov is revealing itself to be even more incompetent than the US Fed.Gov.  Adam Piggott writes of the doings over the weekend:

Melbourne now holds the dubious distinction of being the most locked down city in the world. A condition that rests entirely with its rabid Marxist leader, known locally as Dictator Dan or Chairman Dan. But finally one group has stood up to the takeover. Construction industry workers, colloquially known as tradies in Australia, have today finally shown the backbone that has been missing down under for so long.

At 1159pm this Wednesday evening, all construction workers in Victoria need to be jabbed or they will be banned from traveling for their work. The largest of the construction unions in Victoria is the CFMEU. It is also the most powerful and militant union in the entire country. Today on the streets of Melbourne outside its large office, its members gathered to demand that the union boss, John Setka, stand up to the Victorian government on their behalf.

The Union management are, as you'd expect, as corrupt and incompetent as Dictator Dan, and blew them off.  When that happened, the tradies stormed their union HQ and trashed the place.  Well done, Mates!

Well, that was the cue for the Gov to dial the "Incompetent" meter up to 11.  They shut down all building construction for 14 days, "for public health" of course.  Now riddle me this, Big Gov Man: you have tens of thousands of really pissed off construction workers that you've just basically told to go sit quietly in the corner for a couple weeks.  What happens next?

What happens next is, well, what anyone with two brain cells to rub together would have seen coming from a mile away.  So yeah, the Oz.Gov was taken completely by surprise:

On Tuesday in Melbourne, authorities were forced to confront this blazing public anger as protesters executed an "extremely dangerous maneuver" by marching onto a busy freeway and blocking traffic in a tactic that some Americans might remember from last summer's BLM protests inspired by the killing of George Floyd.

Thousands converged on the city for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, with shocking footage capturing dozens moving onto the West Gate Freeway into the path of cars. Traffic on the freeway, which is the busiest stretch of highway in Australia, was forced to a standstill in both directions as police tried to disperse the crowd.

Footage circulating on social media showed protesters tossing glass bottles and flares toward police, while some approached officers with their hands up, chanting "you serve us".

Other chants that were reported included "Every day!"  Enjoy your lockdown, Dan.

One last thing: these are big, strong construction workers, not 70 year old grandmothers or 12 year old kids.  I expect that any of the Melbourne PoPo that try the same thing on them can expect a righteous beat down.

I look forward to an interesting fortnight down under.


Aesop said...

It's far spicier than that Down Under:

They're chasing the police off, en masse.

Murphy(AZ) said...

It would seem that our Aussie cousins have tempers AND balls, and are not afraid to show either.

Beans said...

More than chasing the police off, in the now-becoming frequent clashes, the police, who have been enjoying their Stasi/Gestapo/KGB/NKVD moments in the sun, are being chased and beaten severely by said construction workers.

The matchstick seems to be Grandma being knocked down and sticky-sprayed in the face. I think without that, the tradies would be just non-violentishly protesting. But since Grandma took a face full of sticky glue pepper spray (in someone 70 years old, with old lungs, brilliant, kill her to protect her from der Covid...) the tradies seem to have had no problem going full Mad Max on the jackbooted thugs.

Goober said...

The account that tweeted the video of the 12 year olds being pepper sprayed has been suspended...

Can't have the proles seeing the truth, now can we?

As I've said before, the governments have come by this COVID distrust quite honestly (or, rather, dishonestly).

I cannot honestly think of a worse way to approach the situation than violently assaulting people who won't comply. If you had to sit down and brainstorm a way to get people to start ignoring you, and even to violently resist you, pepper spraying grandma and 12 year old girls for minor violations would be at the top of my list. The cherry on top would be denying people the ability to communicate about those things by not only suppressing the press, but also censoring any grass roots attempt to do so. If you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn't be acting like it. If you have something to hide, then you aren't to be trusted.

Rick C said...

"blocking traffic in a tactic that some Americans might remember from last summer's BLM protests inspired by the killing of George Floyd."


No member of the media or government who was OK with it then gets to complain about it now, either.

ruralcounsel said...

Not only will this building moratorium piss off the construction unions, but the real estate investors who are paying for this construction will be raked over the coals having to pay interest on their loans while nothing goes up.

Let us hope that this poorly-thought out political move ends up being the death sentence of Commissar Dan's political ambitions.

Richard said...

One more time. Leftists are not incompetent, they are EVIL. You make the mistake of thinking they have the same goals as us. The only charge of incompetence that is valid is if they fail in their quest for absolute power. That one is still in play.

Ruth said...

Yes, lets shut down all construction, and building repairs, and the like and see where that gets us. Oh yes, that'll go well. Not to mention that the average construction worker knows how to handle all sorts of dangerous shit safely, which means they know how to use it un-safely too.