The scapegoating of Novak Djokovic
The grumbling nature of the final verdict - that the ban was upheld on 'health and good order' grounds - might however linger, unpleasantly, in the air. It suggests that Djokovic was being refused a visa at least partly on similar grounds as might a David Icke or a Tommy Robinson - because there was a whiff of the troublemaker about him. Because he was a threat to the moral purity of the people, rather than their respiratory systems, and to the placidity of the public square. He was thought by Hawke to be capable of fanning 'anti-vaccination sentiment'.