Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
It makes no sense, ladies and gentlemen. Australia’s borders seem to be both impenetrable and leak like a sieve. On the leaky side, SARS-Cov-2 continues to evade our border restrictions causing virus outbreaks in our largely unvaccinated capital cities. On the impenetrable side, around 250 Australian children are stranded in India without their parents and cannot return home without an adult to accompany them on the flight and in quarantine. Fair enough, but at the same time parents have been refused permission to travel to India to collect their children, and grandparents, with whom the children are staying, have been denied permission to bring children home because they (the grandparents) are not Australian citizens.
Is our government devoid of all compassion and imagination? If it can vaccinate Aussie athletes to attend the Tokyo Olympics, or it can allow foreign movie stars to come to Australia to make a movie, surely it can vaccinate the parents of those stranded kids, so they can travel safely to India to bring their children home or it could bend the rules to allow grandparents to accompany their grandchildren?
If as a country, we can’t solve these easily surmountable problems, what hope is there to solve the really big problems, such as getting to net zero emissions by 2050? So if a government minister tells you that Australia is going to be first in line for vaccines or that we are going to meet our emissions reduction targets in a canter, will you be filled with confidence? Do you even care?
My song choice today is Hunters and Collectors’ Holy Grail. I’m a fool for the holy grail. Enjoy.
Here is another one for US readers.
A little compassion goes a long way, ladies and gentlemen.