The clunking government fist on corona echoes Stalin’s Soviet ...

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The clunking government fist on corona echoes Stalin’s Soviet Union

Shutting out citizen input, science fakery, academic witch-hunts. It’s sounding very pre-1950s Russia

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“The National Coronavirus  Command Council”, which for past 10 weeks has governed our lives sans any input from parliament, sounds ominous enough to be plucked from the old Soviet Union playbook.

Actually it is far more a case of command than council. On Sunday evening, beyond the clichés and warmed-up rhetoric of Cyril Ramaphosa, he suggested that his self-selected “consultations” with various role players were sufficient. There would, it is implied, be no opening for you, dear ordinary citizen, to have your say on the regulations to be introduced to govern us under level 3 of the lockdown. Not only is this arguably unconstitutional (yes, do remember there is such a document, although most members of the command council with their bewildering and erratic edicts seem wholly ignorant of it), but it directly contradicts the process followed with the previous level regulations.

Mind you, our new-old national commander, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, entirely cherry-picked the inputs which pleased her prejudices and ignored the thousands which did not. She also famously refuses to share her documents or papers which inform her decisions with the public. She is an authoritarian and she infantilises the adult population. ..

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