'Do not push the boundaries': We can't just go back to normal

We saw the virus coming, took fast and tough action, the much explained curve flattened, so now it seems half the country has been arrogant enough to relax and return to normal.

'Do not push the boundaries': We can't just go back to normal

What an arrogant lot we are.

We saw the virus coming, took fast and tough action, the much explained curve flattened, so now it seems half the country has been arrogant enough to relax and return to normal.

Don't.

Stop worrying about re-opening schools.

Of course it would be better if the kids went off every day while we headed to the coffee shop or the office. We all want that.

Of course it is unhealthy that the kids could miss almost a year of schooling. But this virus is unhealthy too. In a deadly way.

The kids may not get sick, but they can carry the virus without symptoms, have a cuddle with Gramps or Granny, and the damn thing is spreading again.

Kids are vectors, like mosquitoes with malaria. Schools are petri dishes, just ask any parent who sends the little one off the kinder for the first time and finds the whole family picks up every bug in town.

Now, I am no scientist, I gave all that away in search of good writing and interesting ideas many years ago.

But even the scientists seem to disagree on how and when to let the kids return.

The underlying problem with opening schools and easing restrictions is the message it sends that this may be close to over. It isn't.

People exercise at a park which displays social distancing signage in Melbourne, Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Already many people are arrogant enough to assume the enemy is beaten. They have started gathering in public, hugging, chatting over coffee from a few inches apart.

These are not bad people, unlike some of the idiots who have so blatantly ignored the lockdown. These are just average Australians who hear the latest figures and feel confident or arrogant enough to push the boundaries.

Look at the US. Look at Italy and Britain. This is how bad it can get. Then look at South Korea, Singapore, countries that were doing so well and have had to face a new reality as they eased restrictions.

The danger is the better we do, the more optimistic the message, the fewer deaths, the lower the numbers, the more likely are people to ignore restrictions, take a risk, and pursue life as normal.

I don't blame them. We all want normal. And the economy can't be shut down forever.

But please, it's time for a little more patience and a little less arrogance. Optimism is an Australian trait and there is reason to be optimistic. But not over confident and certainly not arrogant.

Think sport: it is just after half time, we are a narrowly in front, but we are playing a ruthless opponent with a reputation for manufacturing the completely unexpected with deadly results. We don't even know who is on their team.

The cliché today is apt: never take your eye off the ball.

3AW Mornings with Neil Mitchell is on from 8.30am to midday from Monday to Friday. .

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Debt scrapped for man who lost $575k in 'scissors, paper, rock'

A Canadian man who lost A$575,000 in a game of "scissors, paper, rock" has had his debt quashed after a court ruled it was invalid.

Debt scrapped for man who lost $575k in 'scissors, paper, rock'

A Canadian man who lost A$575,000 in a game of "scissors, paper, rock" has had his debt quashed after a court ruled it was invalid.

After losing the classic schoolyard game, Edmund Mark Hooper was forced to take out a mortgage on his house to cover the amount he owed to his adversary Michel Primeau, the National Post reports.

The best-of-three hand game took place back in 2011, but was first challenged in the Superior Court in 2017.

Under Quebec law, for a bet to be valid it must "require only skill or bodily exertion on the part of the parties", rather than luck, and the amount wagered must not be excessive.

In the 2017 judgment, Superior Court Justice Chantal Chatelain found the game didn't just come down to luck.

The game, Chatelain ruled, could, "in certain precise circumstances, call upon the skill of the parties, particularly in the speed of execution, the sense of observation or the putting in place of a strategic sequence."

But she still invalidated the debt as the amount the pair bet was deemed to be excessive.

The decision was appealed by Mr Primeau, however, this month the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the previous decision that the debt was invalid.

When tasked with examining the decision, the appeals court reached a slightly different conclusion in a ruling published April 17.

In reaching its decision the court concurred the amount bet was excessive.

However, it also ruled there was a clear element of chance at play in the game.

"It seems evident … that the game also involves a large part of chance, so that it does not take 'only skill or bodily exertion on the part of the parties,' " the court concluded.

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