by Don Franks
Uninclined to try and fathom the myriad various arguments about covid and its dangers and treatment, I’ve lazily trusted the government with this one.
Their restrictions have in my view saved lives, although at what overall social cost we have yet to see. Deferment of other serious illness diagnosis and treatment, social, mental and economic costs. It will take some time for the balance sheet to come through.
Being old and asthmatic I’ve done what’s been asked, taken the shots, worn the masks, stayed home, washed my hands.
Several of my good friends have concerns about the vaccine and the mandate. I don’t share their concerns but, who knows who’ll be found right in future years. I’ve totally bought into several issues in my life to later find they had little or no basis. We’ve all just got to try and find our way.
Amidst all the shit going down today I had this reaction.
“I don’t share the protestors’ concerns but am disgusted with so many former protestors cheering on the police. And abusing the demonstration in the way that they have. These are ordinary working people with grievances. The government could have left the tents alone, they would not have stayed forever.”
As scores of protestors have been accused of all sorts of things and arrested I stand by my statement.
As a person regularly participating in many protests, strikes and occupations since 1968 I have some idea about this sort of struggle. I recognise and respect the determination and bravery anti mandate protesters showed today. The bulk of them are ordinary working folks, stepping outside of their normal day to day life to make a point about something concerning them deeply.
Disowned by every party in parliament they will not bow down. Our government’s unnecessary crackdown today will only strengthen these people’s resolve.