‘Fun policing’ during lockdown has been ‘absolutely over the top’

‘Fun policing’ during lockdown has been ‘absolutely over the top’

let’s talk about some other problems in pandemic management management too with news corp columnist louise roberts good to talk to you louise louise is the editor of smart daily and economists in the news corp uh tabloids and your column today was a cracker louise talking about uh the miserable fun police who stamp out such such joys as singing and dancing during this pandemic it’s over the top isn’t it oh chris good to see you it’s absolutely over the top i mean i don’t know where someone has equated misery with beating the pandemic or dealing with covert or however you want to put it but clearly and we need some joy in our life we need some kind of approach where we’re not completely imprisoned by these sort of terrible emotions and some really poor attitudes out there as well i mean i gave the example in uh melbourne of um the pianist who was playing you know lovely piano music to people who were queuing up to have their vaccinations and whether you’re anxious about having the um the jab or not i mean it’d be lovely to hear that sort of music so soothing i mean we know that music is great for the soul but of course that was all it was like a needle across the groove of the record and stopped because you know we can’t have too much fun and we can’t have too much relaxation and and some of the um the conversations around people outside enjoying the sunshine have you know been some quite bitter trolling and completely unnecessary it does not help yeah it’s horrible people have been very unable at times and judgmental and what’s astounded me is how some of the health officials and premiers have adopted this patronizing tone i can’t believe that they actually speak to us in this way about some of the edicts they’re handing down let’s just have a look at a few of them this is jeanette young the chief health officer in queensland i’m not sure what the definition of dancing is i think if someone is standing up and wriggling their hips that’s fine lydia yeah you know we’ve got to work out what constitutes dancing or not because we’re banned dancing in most states at various times dancing has been banned and another one i’ll i’ll show before coming back to you louise is the south australian premier stephen marshall and this is what we’ve all come to know is talking about vertical consumption the licence premises we will now allow vertical consumption outdoors so for those licensed premises that have outdoor areas there can be vertical consumption whereas previously we’ve only allowed for seated consumption look it turns out that i didn’t know this louise but it turns out i spent a lot of the last 40 years enjoying some vertical consumption well haven’t we all exactly is it any wonder that sometimes the regulations are confusing to people when you’ve got word salad like that i mean why not just say you can stand up and have a drink or you can’t stand up and have a drink or you know actually give it to us in plain english we’re not out to break the regulations or deliberately disobey the rules i mean obviously there is a section that are quite keen to do that to the detriment to the rest of us but i mean we’re not children we can deal with it if we know that it leads to a more positive outcome and some freedoms at the end of it well yeah you’re right if you’re going to do this at least speak sensibly about it but i would argue in a lot of the cases they don’t need to do it let’s have a look at one more this is a new south wales premiere gladys spirit giglion bridal parties of up to 20 can be on the dance floor but i stress it is the same 20 you cannot have a rest roster of different ghosts of 20 i mean this is just astounds me louise this is you know a very very impressive woman who runs the largest state in this country and she’s reduced to telling people who at a wedding is allowed to dance yeah i think that is worried that there will be some road break dancing and that will cause some sort of super spreader event i’m not really sure i’m a break dancer yeah it’s just you know i think that it’s being that the belt and braces approach i think and as you said earlier we’re not children so give up give it to us straight and we’ll follow the regulations because we’ve actually all got the same goal here and that’s not to troll each other surely indeed thanks for joining us louise love your writing good to see you thank you chris flores roberts on the triumph of the fun police during the pandemic we’re not allowed to have fun anymore thank god there was the olympics and we’ve still got the footy
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‘Fun policing’ during lockdown has been ‘absolutely over the top’

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