Has Daniel Andrews lost his BIGGEST fan? Twitter account famous for strong support of Victorian Premier fires a warning shot over Covid rule changes
- Twitter account famous for pro-Labor stance slammed premier Daniel Andrews
- PRGuy17 criticised Mr Andrew’s move to support new close contact definition
- Anonymous Twitter account has been behind viral Labor and anti-Liberal tags
- It comes as the Premier celebrated his 23rd wedding anniversary to wife Cath
One of Daniel Andrews’ most vocal and mysterious supporters has criticised the Victorian government as the state records a major spike in Covid cases.
The anonymous Twitter account PRGuy17 has become a high-profile defender of Mr Andrews throughout the pandemic, even though no one knows who runs it.
The account has gained more than 45,000 followers with what has been described by some media outlets as his ‘knack for making pro-Dan and anti-Liberal hashtags trend.’
But on New Year’s Eve, PRGuy17 dramatically broke with Mr Andrews’ government – suggesting he would object if the government follows the national cabinet’s relaxation of close contact and isolation rules.
One of Daniel Andrews’ most vocal supporters has criticised the Victorian Premier’s government as the state experiences major Covid case spikes and Mr Andrews celebrates his 23rd wedding anniversary (pictured, photo uploaded by Mr Andrews to celebrate his anniversary)
Anonymous Twitter account PRGuy17 has been a prolific defender of Mr Andrews throughout the pandemic, gaining more than 45,000 followers with what is described by some media outlets as his ‘knack for making pro-Dan and anti-Liberal hashtags trend on Twitter’
‘I don’t criticise the Victorian Government often, but if Victoria has been consigned to Scott Morrison’s “lemmings” plan to stop people having a reasonable understanding of whether they need to test and isolate, then an explanation is urgently required,’ PRGuy tweeted.
The definition of a close contact was changed in most states following a national cabinet meeting on Thursday. A close contact is now defined as a person who has spent at least four hours in a household or a care facility with a positive case. Workplaces do not count.
As of Friday, close contacts will not need to receive a rapid antigen test on day six, if they are asymptomatic.
Later, as a press conference with Health Minister Martin Foley was streamed, PRGuy17 said he was left ‘shaking my head.’
‘(It’s the) first time I’ve felt like serious mistakes are being made.’
‘There is a real downbeat mood at this presser. And it feels like good luck and God speed.
The change in close contact rules comes as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Victoria with the state recording 7,442 new infections and nine deaths on Saturday, with case numbers escalating throughout the week.
The criticism of Mr Andrews comes as the state Premier sets his sights on a state election, scheduled at the end of this year.
Mr Andrews last year faced civil war within his Labor government with rival factions threaten to rip the party apart in the wake of a mass exodus of sitting MPs.
A close contact is now defined as a person who has spent at least four hours in a household or a care facility with a positive case. Workplaces do not count
The change in definition comes as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Victoria with the state recording 7,442 new infections and nine deaths on Saturday
Seven MPs have confirmed they will be quitting Parliament at the next election, and a redraw of electoral map has created further rifts within the ranks.
Bitter rows have broken out as Labor’s Left and Right try to cherrypick the best seats for their candidates ahead of pre-selection battles.
Others face being unseated by Labor’s National Executive in an alleged cull of Mr Andrews’ internal enemies ahead of the election.
Amid the changing alliances one person has remained a strong supporter of Mr Andrews with his wife Catherine standing by his side throughout the ups and downs.
The pair celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on the weekend with Mr Andrews posting a loved-up photo of the pair to Twitter on Friday.
’23 years ago I said “I do” to the love of my life – and I love her more every day,’ Mr Andrews wrote. ‘Happy anniversary, Cath.’
Changes to close contact rules
New definition of close contact: Someone who has spent at least four hours in a household or a care facility with a positive case. Workplaces do not count.
New isolation period: Positive people and close contacts must isolate for seven days or 10 in SA
Timing: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT have already implemented the changes.
Tasmania will follow on January 1 while the Northern Territory and Western Australia will not adopt the scheme until they get more Covid cases in the weeks ahead.