PM rejects complacency claims

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied allegations that he and his government have lost interest in the fight against the COVID-19 virus and its variants.

Claims that Mr Morrison and his government had grown complacent about the pandemic battle were sparked by the use of a television monitor to replace a live sign-language expert to translate his remarks at a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra to update the nation on the fight against the omicron variant.

Sign language experts have been a feature of news conferences on the pandemic since live broadcasts of the COVID briefings began two years ago.

However, observers of Mr Morrison’s news conference this morning noted that the monitor did not appear to show any sign language expert.

Instead it screened a video loop of a scene from an episode from the eighth season of US sitcom Seinfeld in which the character of Elaine Benes reveals her awkward dancing style. (main picture)

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be working overtime to save his job following his apology over his attendance at a party in the garden of 10 Downing Street held in 2020 in breach of strict pandemic lockdown rules applying at the time.

Following his statement to the House of Commons the PM was busy lobbying Conservative Party MPs to sell his side of the story.

“Yah, yah. I’ve been chatting to the chaps, and chapettes of course, in our party,” Mr Johnson confirmed to reporters when stopped in a corridor at the Westminster parliament building.

“I’ve got so many to get around to see that I’ve decided I’ll save a lot of time and effort by inviting them all ‘round for a bit of a knees-up in the backyard at Downing Street.

“I’ll tell them to bring a bottle and I’ll put on some nibblies. Hey ho, that should be a wheeze, what!” he said.

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Consumer behaviour experts say they may have identified the cause of panic buying of toilet paper during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for the University of Queensland in Brisbane said a research team in its Business School had been studying the phenomenon of depleted stocks of toilet paper in retail outlets during the pandemic.

“They have found stocks disappear off supermarket shelves each time there is a new development in the pandemic such as the advent of a new variant, a surge in COVID case numbers, or tightening of public restrictions,” the spokesperson said.

“Basically it’s because whenever any of those events occur there’s a lot of people out there who simply shit themselves.”