The bizarre behaviour of the New South Wales government in dealing with the recent outbreak of Covid-19, which started in the northern beaches and has spread to several other places, is mind boggling. The motivation seems impossible to understand until you realise that the lockdown and mandating of face masks instituted by the premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews during the recent outbreak in that state, worked spectacularly well. The reason the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian cannot adopt those tried and true methods to suppress or eradicate the virus, is precisely because they worked in Victoria and to emulate them would be to admit that the Andrews got it right, and the abuse he received at the time from members of the Victorian opposition, the ‘ruperters’ of the Murdoch media and members of the federal Coalition government, was just toddlers throwing their toys out of the playpen. Given the content of the opprobrium aimed at Andrews during the Victorian lockdown, the metaphor is appropriate. One can only hope that Berejiklian’s unwillingness to cause all those toddlers to lose face by instituting a more stringent lockdown and mandating facemasks, as well as her allowing the third test to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground does not end up killing people. Playing politics with people’s lives is a very low act.