Lockdown 2 – the reality

The one and only rationale for lockdown 2 is to prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed. No one cares about deaths. They aren’t even pretending to any more. They just care about avoiding the situation of images on TV of patients lying in corridors in hospitals.

And they are operating on a worst case planning basis. It is now well established that there was a blatant attempt to frighten the public by using fake figures for the numbers of projected deaths. [1] The scare tactic was a “scenario” i.e. just a possibility – for which there was no statistical evidence. [2]

Observers of how the corporate-government world works will not be at all surprised to see the “scientific data” being fixed to support the predetermined political-financial aim. This is how the system works.

The situation is wholly unnecessary. They have had 6 months to build more temporary hospitals. This can be done in a few days. True; field hospitals also need to be staffed. But in 6 months it would have been possible to put together a workforce – without poaching staff from hospitals. (For example; army medics, final year nursing students and people hired from overseas. In 6 months people could have been trained to work as auxiliary nurses as well). That they didn’t do this simply reflects the complete absence of proactive planning which has characterised the inept and dangerous response of this government. Now they are blaming the public – an extraordinary temerity. [Update: There are some claims now coming out of the Health Service that the problem with the Nightingale Hospitals is that they can’t find the staff for them. This is why despite the huge costs of building 7 such facilities they have hardly been used. Assuming this is true, and my guess is they didn’t try very hard, even so there remains a question (quite apart from the rather obvious point – surely this could have been foreseen?); could they not use these hospitals as dedicated treatment centres for Covid patients meaning that they could prevent the problem of people catching Covid in hospital – which is a major problem? Altogether it seems that the government are running this show just thinking that if they throw vast sums of money at some private sector companies somehow this will fix the problems. It seems they don’t realise the situation calls for something different. That is serious thinking and planning based on reality not just spraying cash around. It seems that government, ministers and senior health officials, just don’t have this capacity.]

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The shift to a totalitarian response

My previous two articles have raised some questions about the way that the government’s response in the UK to coronavirus has been somewhat dictatorial. The capacity of civil society to solve this problem (to determine modes of behaviour etc.) has been evaporated and the government has resorted to a quite draconian system of surveillance and punishments.

Interestingly – many people seem happy with this strict regime. But, at the same time, levels of actual compliance with the restrictions are quite low.

This is a report of an ex senior judge who has commented on the totalitarian nature of the response. It is worth pointing out that he is not underestimating the seriousness of the pandemic. His point is about how the measures have been introduced – without debate and based on fear-mongering.

Protect the vulnerable

This is really a follow-on from my last post discussing the arguments for lockdown v. focus on protecting the vulnerable.

This is an article by Craig Murray arguing for a selective and focussed approach – the argument is pretty simple. Covid-19 is really (a small number of exceptions aside) only a mortal threat for people over 70. The harm done to everyone else by shutting down society and the economy is massive. But for the majority of adults Covid-19 will be a mild illness. It is a serious argument and demands being taken seriously.

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