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(09/09/2020) Covid-19 still causing fewer reported deaths and hospital admissions than ever - so Johnson is tightening the screws again - in case we get complacent ? In case we won't need his ruinously expensive and probably dangerous and likely ineffective-on-past-form vaccine after all?
(17/09/2020) In view of the current mania for "tests tests and more tests" it's worth reminding ourselves that these tests (like all other mass medical tests) are not infallible and cannot be regarded as accurate diagnoses. The Spectator spills the beans.
(30/07/2020) In case you think that my analysis below (14/07/2020) may be off-beam, check out this article in the Daily Mail.
A point of interest: ask a random person in the street "what percentage of the population has died due to Covid-19", and you will likely get an answer in the range 5% to 10% - a factor at least 100 times too large (depending on whether you count died with Covid or died of Covid). Many of those who died with Covid would have died of their other conditions any way, as they do every year. We can very reasonably assume that the official statistics overplay the Covid role . . .
(14/07/2020) It appears that the Covid death rates across western Europe are now in the last stages of petering out, so we can assess the overall situation on the basis of the statistics so far.
According to Worldometers, there are 79 deaths world-wide per million of population, with 660 deaths per million in the UK (second highest in western Europe after Belgium at 844), the majority being amongst the elderly with comorbidities (did they really die as a result of Covid ?).
Germany at 109 per million sports the lowest figure in Western Europe - there's a lesson for us there somewhere.
Worldometers also advise that the overall death rate for cases (number of identified infections) with no comorbidities is 0.9%. This is not strictly appropriate to the UK, since cases identified depend on testing regimes not standardised across different countries.
However, for want of better information we can estimate a figure per million of population. In the UK, there were 4273 cases per 1M population, giving a death rate of 38.5 per million (0.00385%) population for the non-comorbid, around 1 in 26000.
The worst case 660 per million is a 0.066% chance, or 1 in 1500, across all age-groups, regardless of age and state of health.
Clearly these figures are not easily reconciled, but they provide a range, and whatever figure you choose to go with, you are much better off without comorbidities!
(01/03/2020) This site's main purpose is to encourage everyone to think for themselves. I think I can safely say that nobody joins UKIP unless they do think for themselves, so in this we have a vested interest!
Unlike Greta (there is only one Greta!) who said "I want you to panic", this site - like Naomi Seibt - says "I want you to think" - start by watching this:
(23/08/2020) This guy from Sheffield has caught the bug! He may not have everything right but he has grasped the nettle:
Below we offer you links to the points of interest of the day - our objective is not to replicate the same items as can be found elsewhere (well, not too often anyway) but to bring together those significant items that seem to us to be worthy of attention, especially where the mainstream media ignore the issue. This does not necessarily imply that we support the theme behind the linked content - it's always necessary to form your own conclusion.
In this day and age where "fake news" can be found in many places, it would be foolish to think that this site is immune . . .
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(22/09/2020) AIER explores the political implications of the Covid "pandemic", noting that nearly everywhere the previously normal assumption that people should be free to make their own decisions has been turned on its head. The implications for our future relationship with government demand careful analysis.
Also a shameless plug for his new book by Jeffrey Tucker.
And yet more ruminations on Covid from Brexitwatch (it must be infectious to displace their normal preoccupation with Brexit).
t(20/09/2020) As Boris turns the Covid screw tighter (against all the statistical evidence), Citizen X ruminates on what it means today to "be a man". Rudyard Kipling nailed it a while ago, but sometimes it's good to be reminded.
(17/09/2020) The Spectator reminds us that Covid has not put a stop to the depredations that now afflict Europe and Scandinavia; in this particlar case, Sweden. Very definitely food for thought, when all European governments seem afflicted with similar disabilities when it comes to recognising the source of such problems, let alone doing anything about them.
Must our law-abiding populations turn to public demonstration in order to make themselves heard in our so-called democracies?
(15/09/2020) Del takes us through the pandemic from start to present. Remind yourself how we got here and review your own position.
(15/09/2020) Del Bigtree of The Highwire fame gets his chance to tell the CDC what they face (4 minutes - watch!).
(15/09/2020) Lots of huffing and puffing in the media today about Boris "breaking international law", but still no word on whether we intend to repeal the legislation which gives force to the European Arrest Warrant. Torquil Dick-Erikson for the CIB gives us a timely reminder.
(09/09/2020) On the day when the Boris announces that it's now illegal to meet up in groups of more than six (apparently the number of "cases" has "surged" again - no mention of how this translates into cases per million of population of course, or whether it might just be a spike caused by weekend delays in the reporting system . . . etc etc), Lockdown Sceptics reports on a paper by well-qualified authors who can still remember how epidemics are supposed to work.
All in all a very accessible paper rooted firmly in the ever-gowing volume of available evidence.
Perhaps Boris and Matt should read it and ask their scientific advisers some awkward questions, which after all is their job as the people's representatives.
Somewhat to my surprise (and I'm very happy to give credit where credit is due) the BBC has come up with a more thoughtful piece on whether the increase in cases is real or down to other factors. They still haven't quite got their head around the need to report on the number of "cases" as a percentage of the population, but let's not quibble just yet.
(11/09/2020) The BBC (again!) reports on Mr Johnson's "moonshot" plan for testing to be ramped up to astronomical levels . . . but when did testing ever stop a pandemic? Come that, since when did any of the measures being so stubbornly enacted make any jot of difference to the pandemic's trajectory?
If you do nothing else, watch this video (before it gets "suicided"):
(03/09/2020) The redoubtable Ann Widdecombe reminds us in the Express that Boris continues to skate around the thorny issue of our Defence relationship with the EU. Why is he so bashful? If we are leaving, why is this still held so closely under wraps?
See more on our Defence page.
(03/09/2020) The government's mishandling of the Covid crisis (aided and indeed one might say egged on by its scientific advisors) has resulted in massive extra expenditure at a time when
production (GDP in econospeak) has plummeted.
Ewen Stewart (writing for Brexitwatch) explores the situation.
(01/09/2020) A timely reminder from Brexitwatch that we are still subject to the EAW . . . as ever, overriding Habeas Corpus and permitting long terms of detention whilst the prosecuting authorities mull over how soon they would like to charge you.
David Noakes, already having served a prison term in the UK, and now awaiting his fate having been extradited to France for the same offence, knows all about this.
(01/09/2020) Yes, you read that right - if this article in the Express is correct then you may soon be shipped off to Edinburgh to answer for offending a Scots person that you never knew.
You couldn't make it up? They just did.
(28/08/2020) Dystopian future? You saw it here first . . .
Of course, only if we agree to be frightened out of our wits.
(26/08/2020) Not for the first time, Tucker Carlson is the man who comes across as speaking truth in an ocean of make-believe:
You can find more of Del on his site the Highwire. Don't bother looking for his youtube channel because it's been taken down lock stock and barrel (to the detriment of this site). Do I scent a lawsuit brewing . . . ?
(24/08/2020) The Express publishes the viewpoint of Mark Woolhouse OBE, professor of infectious disease epidemiology and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours that advises the Government:
"Lockdown will come to be seen as a 'monumental mistake on a global scale' and must never happen again".
"Sage, the government’s advisory board on dealing with Covid, needed to have members from a wider range of fields".
Quite so. Boris, are you listening?
(20/08/2020) This article from Collective Evolution goes into some depth on the frantic censorship being conducted against the latest presentation on the state of the world health system.
Another such article investigates the proposition (also being suppressed) that vitamin C has been proven an effective treatment for the unmentionable virus at multiple institutions (this site reported on this way back on 9th March!).
These are desperate times when nameless and faceless "fact-checkers" can openly decide what we can and cannot see. How does this differ from the book-burnings of past tyrants that we previously congratulated ourselves could not happen in our enlightened times? No so enlightened perhaps after all.
Prepare to think through the unthinkable implications.
(17/08/2020) The BBC reports on the week-end protest in Madrid against the compulsory wearing of face masks.
This follows on from the Berlin protests at the start of this month.
(27/08/2020) Consistent with our Science Spokesman's position, the AIER reports on a study that concludes "that nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) – such as lockdowns, closures, travel restrictions, stay-home orders, event bans, quarantines, curfews, and mask mandates – do not seem to affect virus transmission rates overall".
But is anybody listening? More importantly, will lessons be learned?
This article from the American Institute for Economic Research reflects the position in America but might equally well have been based upon the situation in the UK. Governments have spent years fostering divisions by race, religion, colour, class, sex, sexual orientation, educational background, and anything else you can think of, but now we must add another to the list - pro or anti the Government's mandatory "pandemic" measures.
This division is being shamelessly used to brainwash the "pro"s who don't want / don't know how to check the advice being offered by official channels, or can't believe that our elected government and its "expert" advisers would tell us such huge fibs; and to suppress the "anti"s through blunt peer pressure and fear of losing one's job, one's friends, one's family members.
No rational argument here, just pressure to comply, or if not willing to comply, then to shut up or be censored.
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It's increasingly hard to give the Tories any benefit of the doubt on illegal immigration when they send the Border Force mid-channel to "collect them from the French" and then put them up in expensive hotels (whilst many British citizens are struggling to retain paid employment due to Government edicts).
How much does all this cost?
Where do these migrants end up?
Who ensures that they are suitably quarantined, as all arrivals from France must now be?
When will they be deported back to France, the safe country from whence they came?
It's very hard to avoid the conclusion that these absurdities will continue for as long as the two-party system endures.
(15/08/2020) Direct from the front line . . .
(14/08/2020) Not quite what this lady is saying - but maybe Covid is the spur that we need to wrest our life back from the dubious scientists and cowardly politicians, and live it for ourselves?
(13/08/2020) The BBC reports that deaths from Covid have been consistently over-estimated by Public Health England: "The way we count deaths in people with Covid-19 in England was originally chosen to avoid underestimating deaths caused by the virus in the early stages of the pandemic."
In other words, they wanted to maximise the scare-factor rather than under-play it. There you have it - the true cause of death (as would normally be written by a conscientious doctor on the death certificate in accordance with his best knowledge of the case) was set aside in favour ensuring that the Covid death statistics would not be too low.
Whatever happened to "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth"?
Graph below courtesy of Lockdown Sceptics shows the extent of the disinformation:
Onward, ever onward - but to what?
And where does democratic accountability fit into this?
(12/08/2020) "We are coming up to five months since the crisis began and the best the Government can offer us now is the inchoate promise that ministers will be fumbling for the reverse gear in any one of a completely unpredictable range of possibilities."
Guy de la Bédoyère writing for Lockdown Sceptics doesn't mince his words in this thought-provoking article that explores the possible reasons for our government's disastrous handling of the Covid situation. Why "disastrous"? One has only to compare the UK performance with that of the remainder of the world to see the truth of it.
Whether you agree with his viewpoint or not, it is essential reading.
Independent journalist Anna Brees has invited contributions from ordinary people for her Youtube channel - the simplest ideas are the best!
This comes with a health warning - you may get hooked . . .
(08/08/2020) Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology of the University of Oxford, Sunetra Gupta (also on the Anna Brees channel), on herd immunity and more :
"... general experience of other infectious diseases has somehow not factored into the way we are thinking about this disease . . . we know what other epidemics have looked like and what's happened in those times and how we reacted and what consequences we had . . . I think we would do well to be bit more mindful of those basic ideas":
(09/08/2020) There is also a lot of good sense in this article from the Spectator - although mixed in with some more contentious assertions it seems to be more or less on the right track.
(05/08/2020) "Our challenge against the UK Government lockdown will continue to be heard after the Court of Appeal yesterday ruled that the case highlighted ‘fundamental’ concerns over the accountability of Government Ministers.
The Judicial Review will now proceed to a rolled-up hearing expected to be held at the Court of Appeal during the week commencing the 28th September after a ruling was handed down by Lord Justice Hickinbottom.
The hearing will decide on whether the case should progress to a full Appeal which would see the Government once again pressed to defend the introduction of measures which were described by the court as 'possibly the most restrictive regime on the public life of persons and businesses ever.'
Lord Justice Hickinbottom said that the legal challenge 'potentially raises fundamental issues concerning the proper spheres for democratically-accountable Ministers of the Government and judges.'
Owing to Government restrictions, our first hearing was held virtually. However, Lord Justice Hickinbottom ordered in his review that the case should be 'considered by the full court in open court, and the Applicants given any opportunity to make good their case at least on arguability.' ”
(04/08/2020) The Express reports that under the existing WIthdrawal Agreement the UK "will still be locked into the loans issued by the EU Investment Bank and the European Financial Stability
Mechanism in the future".
Some of us said as much last year, when Boris was proposing to sign the Withdrawal Agreement instead of leaving with no agreement.
It's true that this is a potential liability arising only if these loans are not repaid, but given the current propensity to throw loan caution to the winds in the face of the Covid situation, I'm not sure that I would place any bets on the bill not materialising. Watch this space . . .
(31/07/2020) This thoughtful piece from Brexit Watch reminds us of the fact that we are still enmeshed in the EU via the Withdrawal Agreement . . . we are not out of the woods and there are still plenty of legal thickets to negotiate before we can reach the "sunlit uplands".
Mr Gove as co-chair of the all-powerful EU-UK Joint Committee (which has power to overule our Parliament and Courts) can by agreement with with his EU co-chair counterpart effectively interpret / adjust the withdrawal agreement, but I'm not sure how the EU's co-chair may be expected to agree to do so.
In similar vein this article from The Critic explores the scope for the EU to exploit the ECJ's interpretation of the agreement on Northern Ireland in order to ham-string the whole UK under many EU rules. As the author notes, it may be a bit ominous that the EU have not emitted any "squeals of outrage" concerning Mr Gove's implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, so they think it's all to their advantage.
(29/07/2020) This is a potential globl catastrophe that we should all be aware of:
(18/08/2020) This article was written back in April - what a pity it took Trump until August to ask its author to advise the White House . . .
(06/08/2020) View from the street . . .
(02/08/2020) Summing up:
1) We may well be approaching herd immunity anyway, as with other infections, so what is the fuss about? Shouldn't this be the first thing to be checked out and encouraged so we can all get on with our lives? If not, why not?
2) Even if herd immunity is not available, we have a cheap safe and effective drug regime in hydroxychloroquine + which has been proven effective with virtually zero side effects by doctors in several countries, and would be needed (at minimal cost and maximum safety) only by those who fall sick - so why are mainstream medical authorities determined to deny or ignore this?
3) Since we have never had a viable coronavirus vaccine before, why are governments worldwide paying huge sums in advance for the pharmaceutical industry to develop a vaccine in record time (how will this affect safety testing?). Is this not entirely unnecessary in view of (1) and (2) above, and almost certainly much less safe and far more costly since a vaccine must be applied to the majority of the population and will almost certainly have injurious side effects for some proportion of the vaccinated (for which Big Pharma will probably demand indemnity! - thus removing their primary incentive to ensure our safety)?
(02/08/2020) This article by a theoretical physicist (you don't get there without a good grounding in statistics) puts forward the quite reasonable and well-supported view that western Europe is approaching Covid herd immunity. Also this article from the AIER tells us more about herd immunity (for those who may have forgotten ... ).
Is our government interested in the views of anyone not beholden to the pharmaceutical industry?
(31/07/2020) Here is a concise reference list pointing to the scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of face masks in preventing viral infection. If you know of more showing different results, please contact me.
Here is an article which reviews the case for Hydroxychloroquine as a safe inexpensive and widely available effective treatment for Covid -19, and queries why the medical establishments have been "suppressing the truth" (you may recall that our site featured the original reports on the success of treatment based on this drug back in March). Articles such as these (and there are many) raise huge questions about who is running the world's medical auhorities, and for whose benefit? Draw your own conclusions.
"If there is a broad-based research study using real data that demonstrates something life-saving about destroying rights and liberties in the name of virus control, I’ve yet to see it. (A disagreeing reader sends me this paper, which you are free to read and consider.)"
"By now it is impossible to attribute the media’s failure to publicize the facts about the coronavirus to mere oversight."
"But to care about the economy is to care about human life, since the economy is how life is sustained."
Even if our situation in the UK is a little less extreme, I think this discussion still relevant to us.
(11/07/2020) Today, I note that we in the UK have managed to reduce the daily death-toll from a high of 1172 in April to a low of 48 on 10th July, and the new cases count from an unlikely outlying high of 7837 on 10th April to a low of 512 on 10th July (despite recent increases in testing, and noting that cases may indicate a positive test rather than illness).
All this says that Covid is to all intents and purposes over in the UK, and we can breath again.
But not so fast! Our newspapers are full of reports this morning that at this very point of virtually total success in containing the virus, Boris is now intending to make facemasks mandatory in shops!
But covid has already been defeated without the need to wear masks in shops, so in the name of all that is Holy, why now?
It's decisons like this that pour petrol onto the already well-alight fires of conspiracy theories.
In the absence of any factual evidence supporting the proposition that we now in high summer face an increasing risk from the virus, we really do have to ask what is going on.
The maker of the following video presents his opinion (albeit from the USA).
Worth consideration? Your decision.
(10/07/2020) There has been a lot of discussion lately about face masks (although very few people in my stomping ground of Petersfield now seem to wear them). Actual evidence of their effect seems to be lacking, and one assumes that supposition must play a part in the thought process.
This video demonstrates how the use of PPE (such as mask and gloves) in the absence of appropriate rigorous (and for most, impracticable) procedure to ensure that the contamination is not inadvertently spread around, is likely only to provide a false sense of security.
(06/07/2020) Yanis Varoufakis made his name as Greece's Finance Minister at the time of the ill-starred Greek negotiations with the EU - he has also written a number of must-read books on economics and the EU that describe events in terms of the interplay between economics finance and politics in the post-war era.
In this video he explains how he considers the world came to the crisis of 2020 via that of 2008, and how capitalism might now be re-imagined to break the seemingly never-ending cycle of accretion of all the world's wealth into the hands of the 1% (or 0.1%?) at the expense of the 99%.
He is one of the few economists that both understands and can explain the interactions of politics economics and monetary management over the last century or so to a world audience.
Don't skip this video.
(04/07/2020) Can things get any more ridiculous? Oh yes they can . . .
Like / Dislike this video here.
There was a time not so many months ago when we were just going to "flatten the curve" and "protect the NHS" for a few weeks - so when and why did this morph into 'be terrified in case your auntie / uncle / neighbour / granny / granpa / any human contact might be an unwitting "asymptomatic carrier" who may infect you (or vice versa) and you-need-to-be-afraid-in-case-you-die-or-cause-someone-else-to-die'? An all for a "flu-like" virus which to all appearances is according to the statistics demonstrably fizzling out?
We need evidence to prolong these restrictions but I have yet to see anything credible on offer - except for this:
Since 19th March, Covid has been declassified as a "high consequence infectious disease" by the public health bodies in the UK (read the official government web page).
"We the people" - are we awake? Why is our Government still pushing fear?
The following videos make for uncomfortable viewing, and you may not agree with their theme, but after reflection I have decided that these viewpoints deserve consideration.
As always, make up your own mind.
Seems like YouTube will not allow you to make up your own mind.
(03/07/2020) We haven't been giving much prominence to Mr Frost's negotiations with M. Barner because, well, we were not too much worried any more. But just to keep us up to date, it seems that the talks have broken up again with M. Barnier complaining that we are still not acquiescing to the EU's stated desire to rule the UK in all but name.
The fact that we voted to leave the EU four times now (the 2016 referendum, the 2017 "Brexit means Brexit" GE, the 2019 EU Parliamentary election, and the 2019 GE) seems not yet to have entered into his calculations, but happily Mr Frost's memory seems to be a bit sharper.
(02/07/2020) A propos of nothing in particular, this article in Independence Daily provides a useful reminder of how we used to power our nation, and how our government intends us to power it in the future.
Something to bear in mind perhaps when purchasing that new house or vehicle . . .
(01/07/2020) Simon Dolan together with other like-minded souls have launched a legal challenge against the UK Govt Lockdown.
They believe that the Govt has acted illegally and disproportionately over the COVID 19 lockdown and are taking action.
"By forcing people to stay at home, and forcing businesses to close, they are, we believe, in contravention of basic Human Rights offered under English Law, that of the right to enjoy your property peacefully.
The lockdown has and will lead to devastating economic impact (massive unemployment, tax increases, closure of businesses, reduced tax receipts etc) It has, and will lead to far more deaths from suicide, undiagnosed conditions, untreated conditions - indeed far more than would have been potentially saved by the lockdown.
What we wish to achieve in bringing this case, is simply the freedom of individuals - the freedom to visit friends, freedom to earn a living, to socialise, in essence, the freedom of choice. That, of course, includes the freedom to stay inside - should you choose."
(Read more and, if you feel so led, you can contribute here).
Our view is that whether or not the lock-down as originally imposed was proportionate, it is now very arguably seriously disproportionate, measured against the original reasoning (slow the curve, prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed).
The ill effects now overwhelm any benefits - it must be fully lifted.
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