The NSW government has abandoned all hope of elimination and is planning to vaccinate its way out of the mess it created by its failure to impose lockdown early and hard. The Premier still insists that she could not have acted sooner and that she followed the health advice at the time of the initial outbreak. The Delta variant had already ravaged India and other parts of the world before it came to NSW. Its transmissibility and virulence were already well known. If her health advisers were not aware of this, they should resign. What’s most likely, however, is that the Premier and her party risked our health and our economic welfare for the sake of her libertarian ideology, her hubris, and a narcissistic view of her competence relative to other states premiers.