The UK government’s actions, that is inactions, on coronavirus have undoubtedly cost hundreds of lives. That this is so has been explained by senior epidemiologists and scientists and medical journal editors time and time again in the last few days. This site has reported on some of these criticisms.
The UK Government – Cabinet Ministers, The Prime Minister and senior advisers, will at some point have to face some kind of reckoning, hopefully in the form of a public inquiry, for their lunatic and unscientific “herd immunity” plan and for their lack of preparedness. (E.g. the WHO was warning of a global health emergency as far back as 31 January but it has only been in the last two weeks that it has occured to UK.gov to try to order some more ventilators – and then they seem to have allowed an ideological preference for UK manufacturers to dictate their buying decisions). This should be a matter of criminal charges but of course it won’t come to that.
Now in a truly disgusting diversion tactic they are getting their defence in early and trying to blame China for “cover-up and delay”. This is pure diversion. China has its own case to answer no doubt but this is just a PR strategy cooked up by some consultant in Downing Street to try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Maybe even the same one who came up with the criminal “herd immunity” scheme in the first place?
When Gove says “As a result of Beijing’s cover-up and delay, global health experts are convinced the rest of the world had insufficient time to prepare for the pandemic, which means the effect of the outbreak has most likely been worse” people should be aware that this is sheer lying. The WHO was warning of a global health emergency on 31 January. The UK had weeks to prepare. It is fully the fault of UK government that they did not use February to prepare – as the editor of prestigious medical journal The Lancet, explains here. Mr Gove is lying through his teeth on a matter which affects the lives of countless British citizens.
This is truly truly sickening.
As expected and predicted on this site  faced with rising numbers of deaths the interesting ‘concept’ of “herd immunity” (apparently a misunderstanding of a valid scientific concept; the idea is valid in the context of a vaccine not self-infection) has been hastily abandoned.
The government is now recommending social distancing measures. This categorically means they have given up on the idea of infecting 60% of the population (the percentage needed to achieve herd immunity).
This is half the battle. Now they need to stop the not-testing farce. They should test as per WHO guidelines. For example, the guidelines that health workers should self-isolate at home when they experience symptoms and not be tested misses what everyone else now accepts as the science. There is some degree of asymptomatic transmission of this virus. Only gov.uk is still living in a Victorian phantasy world where people who don’t show symptoms are assumed to be safe – for example to treat your granny. So, as WHO says: “test, test, test”. Not just health workers. Everyone who reports as symptomatic – everyone you possibly can.
I’m not vindictive but I really hope that when this is over the people responsible for the UK’s botched handling of this – including the Prime Minister, The Government’s Chief Scientific adviser, the Chief Medical Officer for England and those SPADS and others advising them not to follow WHO recommendations – are in some way required to answer to an inquiry of some kind. Let’s call it a post-mortem.
- https://newobs.wordpress.com/2020/03/13/the-latest-on-uk-gov-strategy-for-covid-19/ (OK. I said “let’s hope”; rather than predicted exactly!)
The UK has backed the US in supporting Juan Guaidó, head of the parliament in Venezuela, against the elected President Nicolás Maduro. Even if Maduro fixed the election it is a short-circuit to go from there to intervention – as we have now. Continue reading “Transitioning to democracy with the usual lies”
I don’t normally watch the BBC at all. I watched the news at 10.00 tonight.
It was a barrage of extremely crude propaganda.
The Swedish Democratic party has made gains in the Swedish elections. The party was repeatedly described as “far right”. No mention of the huge demographic changes in Sweden in recent years brought about by immigration. I.e a party which has, inevitably, arisen in response to real social changes is sidelined by the BBC as “far right”.
Then on Syria. The report was said to have been made on the Turkish side of the border so we can assume that the footage of White Helmets ‘rescuing’ someone was provided by them. I didn’t see any disclaimers. No mention of the fact that the White Helmets are funded by the UK Foreign Office. The narration referenced the emotive statements about “more babies than terrorists in Idlib” made by Britain’s UN representative. A political regime change project of the British state (the ‘White Helmets’) provide the pictures and the British representative at the UN the words. If this isn’t state propaganda what is?
Then onto North Korea. The BBC reports that ICBMs were absent from a recent parade. In a confused piece of language the reporter tried to make this gesture into something sinister – North Korea is hiding their missiles – but we know they are there. Then there is a claim that the BBC was “not invited” to the parade. Did they ask to go? Based on this non-invitation the BBC then rounds off its story with interviews with two North Korean defectors.
All this is silly and absolutely transparent propaganda. Probably worse than anything North Korea puts out.
Yet people swallow it ..