The Prime Minister of Australia has criticised the Premier of Victoria because a public holiday was declared for The Day Before, I repeat, The Day Before, the Grand Final of a football match.
Daniel Andrews, who is the Premier of Victoria said it would put Melbourne on the map. Shoppers will flock to the city and the economy will boom. People will come from all over to spend their cash.
Well, the grand parade took place yesterday and Melbourne is not rolling in gold coins as Andrews promised. There was the little problem of overtime pay etc. etc. so businesses could not afford to stay open.
Nevertheless, there was a parade yesterday of footballers and thousands came to watch. Now that was for free, of course. So much for the economic boost.
So when the Prime Minister of Australia lamented the loss of productivity, and its cost to the nation, Andrews retorted that Turnbull obviously doesn’t understand football and Melbourne.
Well, neither do I.
There is something nasty about Melbourne which causes crime to flourish here. So if you are into crime and drugs Melbourne is the place to be. In the rest of Australia smoking is not allowed in outdoor venues where food is served.
But here in Melbourne, you can smoke all you want because the liquor lobby is too powerful.
You cannot walk the streets on Friday and Saturdays nights because the druggies and the drunks are out in force.
And as for aesthetics, Melbourne is ugly. It’s full of alleys desecrated with grafitti. The public transport system is unreliable and archaic.
And yes, everyone agrees something should be done about it, so let’s have a discussion about it, shall we? What hypocrisy!
Now for some more distressing facts about the effect of this Holy Football event. Surgery has had to be postponed because the doctors and other staff have escaped from Melbourne for the long weekend. Those people who are in hospital and ready to go home cannot leave because there aren’t enough doctors to release them. So they are crammed into rooms all because of this special holiday.
Would you believe that 690 surgical operations have had to be postponed because of this footy fiasco?
By the way, it is the entire state of Victoria that has an extra holiday today. Just to watch a bunch of footballers in a parade in Melbourne.
And for some mysterious reason our Prime Minister cannot understand why people on full pay have the day off so that they can wave at a bunch of footballers prior to the actual day of the match.
I know one thing for sure. If the Melbournians weren’t allowed to get drunk and gamble there would be no interest in “sport.”
But perhaps that’s the case with all of Australia. What surprises me is that they feel they need an extra pretext to drink.
Surely living in Melbourne is reason enough to reach for the bottle.