This part of the article reminded me of another manager who was given a long contract by an owner who then seemed to lose track:
'And it's that absence of fight and that level of acceptance from people like Koeman and defender Gerard Pique, who shrug their shoulders and come out with phrases like "it is what it is", that is driving Laporta to distraction. It is why the two men will never be able to sing from the same songsheet.'
And if people going to work are attacked (and the police are some of the people going to work) then any legitimate freedom based protest is nullified in the eyes of many, some of whom may agree with an assertion of positive freedom - the right to do as you please, in the simplest of terms. Because being attacked tramples on another view of freedom, negative freedom or the right not to be interfered with. Actually this also applies to police who overreach their authority and 'a few beef head tradies get a blood nose' in your words without due process being followed then more people get marginalised to the point of extremism.
Trying to tie this all together, and coming back to the opening of my previous post - I've never been to Australia but when travel restrictions, practicalities and the health situation ease up enough it has stepped up quite a few places on my bucket list. I have had a hankering to go ever since I read Les Murray's 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever', which even gets used by your tourist board:
But I think I will be avoiding the suburbs and the malls for the main part of the trip, maybe a jaunt or to in tribute to Kath and KIm...
I've never been to Australia so I don't know what I am talking about, but...
I read recently that Aus is the most urbanised nation in the World, which puzzles me given that relative to most other nations there is quite a lot of space to stretch out - even when you discount the deserts and inhospitable tropical bits. Living as I do in a part of the United Kingdom where it is easier to avoid crowds I have appreciated it being easier to cope with the lock downs and wish that some of the densely packed towns and cities eased the transmission burden on the rest of us. But real estate economics don't work well for that and I have also read that new arrivals in Australia are often shocked that there is so much land yet building land is fearfully expensive.
And on your Europe in World War Two point, yes I agree - Melbourne isn't Sharpeville in 1976 either. But urbanblue does have a point about the police response, one of the issues that came out of the George Floyd protests was how militarised the police in the United States are. Like real estate, there is a whole industry and market forces movement that seems to be allowed to expand in an apparently unregulated manner to the detriment of personal human agency.
Hmmm, different vibe to when I saw just him and an acoustic guitar supporting King Creosote (who chose to play an entire set on accordion that night...you never know what you are going to get with Kenny). Showed up the age difference with my date, I thought Hamish looked like Niles out of 'Frasier' and she said Sheldon out of the 'The Big Bang Theory'. Tragically it didn't work out.
Anyway, as Dubtractor's Jerome has set my tinnitus off I thought I would post something with singing on it: