I was shocked to read NSW Police Commissioner Fuller’s message to his force regarding COVID-19 restrictions (“Police boss tells officers to go hard with fines”, August 20). It is one thing to direct strict application of the law; it is entirely another to undertake that in doing so wrong actions will be ignored. Our democracy is on shaky ground if policing is controlled by someone apparently lacking in judgment or understanding of the long and proud status of the office of constable in our society.
Operating on the maxim of “never let a good crisis go to waste”, the government is exploiting the pandemic to embed even more private interests across the system.
The normal course for a new contagion is for it to mutate into easier-to-spread but less deadly variants. Killing a host isn’t good for the virus, so it changes over time. Oddly, I rarely hear this mentioned.