Chairman Dan Disappears into the Sunset of the World Economic Forum By Peter West

So, Dan Andrews has resigned, after so many world firsts, such as staging the world’s longest Covid lockdowns in Victoria. As documented by Rebekah Barnett, it does not end there, with the Australian Financial Review saying  he “trashed Victoria’s finances,” leaving behind “a nasty financial cocktail” of debt and high borrowing costs. Now that is an achievement, so he is getting out on a high note. There is one social media post I saw saying that he will be the Australian delegate to the World Economic Forum, beginning on the 27 September 2023, today. I hope he can aid those globalists as much as he aided the state of Victoria.

And, after the lockdown misery, the majority of Victorians voted for him, so with the ideology of dumocracy, can we really complain?

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/daniel-andrews-likely-looks-to-business-career-after-quitting-as-victorian-premier/news-story/e40d1758de264f803423590107568fa4

https://news.rebekahbarnett.com.au/p/ding-dong-dan-is-gone

“Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, who imposed the world’s longest Covid lockdowns on his state, officially steps down from his position today. Andrews earned the nickname ‘Dictator Dan’ for his strongman style of leadership during the pandemic years. He leaves a legacy of brutality, debt, and corruption.

As Andrews’ abusive relationship with Victorians draws to an end, some have responded with joy, some with relief, and some with gratitude to Andrews for ‘doing what was right’ and ‘keeping Victorians safe’.

I’ve previously covered Andrews’ legacy of brutality in my article, From Australia's most liveable city, to the world's most locked down hellholeThat article links to Topher Field’s documentary Battleground Melbourne, which covered Melbourne’s world-record lockdowns (clocking in at just over 260 days, cumulatively) and related protests.

Footage of police in full combat gear assaulting citizens with mace spray, batons and rubber bullets went viral around the world, it was so shocking. I said of the doco at the time,

“There are so many ‘I can’t believe that happened’ moments. A standout for me is a scene where a policeman in combat gear confesses to a protestor that he doesn’t want to be aggressively policing protests. His wife has lost her job, and he’s “f-ing over” the lockdowns too, but he’s not skilled to do any other job, and his family needs the income, and so he does it because he feels he has to. The hunters and the hunted - all victims of Dan Andrews tyranny and the vaccine mandate death lottery.”

Friend of DDU, MilkBar TV has a great collection of shorts showing the depravity of the Andrews government response throughout the pandemic. A little snapshot below (2 mins).

Listen for Andrews saying, “all of it can be avoided if people don’t protest.” He might as well have said, ’baby, you made me do this to you.’

Dan Andrews says he’s leaving on a high, but the Australian Financial Review says Andrews “trashed Victoria’s finances,” leaving behind “a nasty financial cocktail” of debt and high borrowing costs.

Aside from mismanaged pandemic spending, the AFR notes that Andrews essentially flushed public money down the toilet: “He blew $1.1 billion cancelling Melbourne’s East West Link road project and $380 million on compensation for cancelling the 2026 Commonwealth Games.”

This grim take on Victoria’s fiscal status is across the board in Australian media. See pessimistic articles about Victoria’s growing debt via The AgeThe Herald SunThe GuardianThe New Daily, and Nine News.

Dan’s stans say that Victoria’s fiscal situation is not his fault because ‘pandemic’, but there is no evidence that the excessive spending and harsh measures of the Andrews government achieved anything other than prolonged misery.

The only cost-benefit analyses (CBAs) of Victoria’s pandemic response that I know of were conducted by private think tanks and economists, because the Victorian government didn’t bother to do one themselves. I covered this in my article, Australia's Covid response cost $934.8 billion and resulted in 31 x more life years lost than were saved.

Victoria was the biggest loser in the CBA by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), which calculated that Victoria’s pandemic spending and costs were significantly greater than any other state or territory, despite Victoria being the second-largest state after New South Wales. The IPA described the Andrews government’s pandemic response as a “humanitarian disaster.””

 

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