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November 2021

Reader KB's heartfelt letter to SA Chief Health Commissar


To the SA Chief Public Health Officer
Dear Professor Spurrier et al.,
  • Thank you for stripping away my role as a volunteer bus driver
  • Thank you for stripping away my wife's job as a kindergarten educator
  • Thank you for stripping away my son's business teaching music at schools
  • Thank you for stripping away my daughter's ability to attend her high school formal
  • Thank you for imposing your health risk/benefit analysis on my family, at the small cost of our careers and livelihood
  • Thank you for bearing that burden
I can't think of anyone more qualified to assume the role of collectivising every South Australian's personal risk/benefit analysis than a woman who is paranoid about footballs spreading Covid-19 into the footie crowd.
I'm especially glad that your health directives haven't impacted your career, income or superannuation.
On behalf of all South Australians who have lost their jobs, careers and livelihoods as a direct result of your decisions, well-intentioned I'm sure, I wish you a safe and happy Christmas.
Yours sincerely,

You got that right UK Government.

What's the moronic variant for '2 weeks to flatten the curve'?

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People may not be willing to accept further coronavirus restrictions and the government will have to find a different policy if the majority refuse to back tougher curbs, Professor Chris Whitty has suggested.

The chief medical officer for England said his “greatest worry at the moment” was that the public would not consent to another round of restrictions on their daily lives after nearly two years of being constrained by the pandemic.

Though he said it was too early to speculate whether fresh measures would be needed to deal with the Omicron variant, Whitty offered a relatively upbeat assessment of the Delta epidemic in Britain, saying the outlook was “actually reasonably manageable”.

He accepted that polling currently suggested support for restrictions if needed, but was nevertheless concerned about “behavioural fatigue”, fear of which delayed the imposition of the first lockdown last year.

Whitty was one of the proponents of the idea that restrictions could not be imposed too early or people would give up on them. That concern that ultimately proved unfounded, but he told council chiefs that he was still worried about public consent to any further measures scientists might feel were needed.

He said: “My greatest worry at the moment is that if we need to do something more muscular, at some point, whether it’s for the current new variant or at some later stage, can we still take people with us?”

Happy 100th birthday to the last surviving member of RAF 617 Squadron The Dambusters



Happy Birthday to Squadron Leader George Leonard "Johnny" Johnson, the last surviving member of 617 Squadron "The Dambusters", born on this day 25 November 1921 in Hameringham, Lincolnshire. He is pictured here sitting on the left, with the crew of Lancaster AJ-T at RAF Scampton on 22 July 1943, a couple of months after the raid (16-17 May).

ENDS - here's an RAF ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the dambusters.