Andrews enjoys the sunshine of his success but there are clouds ahead

There was something nostalgic about Daniel Andrews’ Sunday media conference as he outlined the easing of lockdown restrictions. He resembled the Andrews of autumn 2020: forthright, confident, buoyant, armed with a coherent story to tell. He was contrite when he needed to be and assertive, even aggressive, when it was it called for.

Success made that possible. The Andrews government, in concert with the Victorian community, does genuinely appear to have overcome the second wave of coronavirus transmissions.

Premier Daniel Andrews has started firing back at Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Health Minister Greg Hunt over Victoria’s lockdown. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Now that the lockdown is easing, Andrews has taken to telling Frydenberg and Hunt, with their constant calls for him to get on with reopening Melbourne, to get lost. As he should; if it went to hell again, he’d cop the blame, not them.

The move away from the lockdown also offers Andrews one opportunity he should grasp, which is to drop the daily marathon press conferences. With his credibility under a cloud and the need for the public to believe what he says, he might find that less is more.

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