Australian politicians have expressed anger after British right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins posted a video claiming she is in quarantine in a hotel in Sydney while tens of thousands of Australians are stranded abroad and unable to return home due to reduced flight caps.
The limit on the number of international arrivals entering Australia via commercial flights has been halved from July 14 due to concerns from some prime ministers about the infectivity of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
The reduced cap means that weekly admission from Australian states and territories has been reduced from the previous cap of 6,370 (which included 300 additional places for vulnerable people to return via Brisbane) to 3,070. While the reduction needs to be reconsidered d ‘By August 31, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said she would be in office at least until the end of the year.
Hopkins, 46, broadcast a video of herself live from what she claimed to be a hotel room in Sydney on Saturday morning, describing the Covid-19 lockdowns as “the biggest hoax in the history of the world. ‘humanity’ while joking about elaborate plans to break quarantine rules.
Hopkins used the 28-minute video, initially broadcast live on Instagram and then uploaded to YouTube, to criticize NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her Victorian counterpart Daniel Andrews, including insulting several times their appearance and using Australian accents. .
She then railed against “the bastards”, apparently a reference to governments around the world implementing strict measures to fight Covid-19.
“You are experiencing the greatest hoax in human history, they are trying to take everything from you, and one of the best and most powerful weapons we have is a sense of humor, and someone like me is probably a huge thorn in their side. “
Hopkins made no reference in the video, or in a previous one posted Friday morning, as to why she is in Australia, saying she could not explain how she entered the country, but claimed it was not. It wasn’t because she was a “VIP”.
It is not known if Hopkins is in fact in Australia and his reasons for traveling. She has appeared on UK Celebrity Big Brother before, and it has been speculated that she should appear on an Australian version of the show. The show is slated to air later this year, apparently along with other international contenders such as Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris.
Her apparent presence in Australia sparked anger online, with Labor MPs Andrew Giles and Josh Burns demanding answers on how she was allowed to enter the country.
Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi described Hopkins’ admission to Australia as a new low as thousands of families remain separated from loved ones abroad.
“It says a lot about our priorities that Katie Hopkins can be allowed to come here and spew her vitriol during a pandemic,” Faruqi said. “It’s as breathtaking as it is overwhelming.
“Worse yet, Hopkins is making fun of our hotel quarantine system by openly flouting the rules and bragging about it on social media. These are just things that cause rage from start to finish.
Last year, Hopkins saw his Twitter account with 1.1 million subscribers permanently suspended for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy.
Hopkins, who has been retweeted several times by former US President Donald Trump, has been removed from his post for “keeping Twitter safe,” according to the social media platform.
Hopkins had previously likened migrants to cockroaches and claimed that the photograph of a dead Syrian boy lying on a beach that sparked a wave of compassion across Europe was staged, while saying people with dementia should not “block” hospital beds.
At the time of her ban, she had criticized the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the decision of the British government to offer free meals to children during school holidays, a campaign led by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford.
Last October, she was forced to apologize publicly to the mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, after falsely linking her to a violent incident in May.
The mosque had taken legal action against Hopkins after he tweeted images of five men attacking Met police officers, falsely suggesting that the perpetrators were members of the mosque community.
Although she deleted the tweet, Hopkins told the mosque that she would not be able to pay damages if she lost in court, having previously filed for insolvency in 2018 after losing a costly libel case against culinary writer Jack Monroe.