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 Lockdown equals untold damage

24.05.20. Our democracy, liberty and wealth have been decimated by a policy put in place by hysterical mob rule led by idiotic public servants screeching doom. The best example has to be Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, who warned: “In a worst-case scenario, 15 million people would get the coronavirus and 150,000 would die and best-case scenario was an infection rate of 20 per cent where about 50,000 people out of 5 million infected would die”. (Actual 7000 infected 101 deaths). These powerful people used their influence to get weak-minded governments to crucify our nation in ways we may never overcome. As they keep telling us we can’t go back to clear thinking and logical Australia we must accept their new norm. Yes, we make the new norm for the people to rise up and remove such insidious bureaucracy and we are not alone in that thinking that.
Covid Britain feels like a one-party state. Normal political life has been suspended. Political protest and industrial action have been banned. Even small gatherings that question the ruling ideology of this strange new nation – the ideology of lockdown – are violently broken up. Witness the police brutality that was visited upon lockdown sceptics in Hyde Park a few days ago. You dissent at your peril.
The role of the citizen in the Covid dystopia is to applaud the state, not question it. Every Thursday night, on your doorsteps or your balconies, you must clap for the benevolent state and its gracious health service. Big Brother loves you and you must love it back. Vast propaganda billboards remind us of this duty. From Wembley Stadium to motorway hoardings to the front windows of the most respectable citizens’ houses, the same three words loom, like an omnipresent reminder to the masses of the only opinion you’re allowed to hold in Covid Britain: ‘Thank you NHS.’
The despotic instinct runs riot. We have seen police officers telling people to get out of their own front gardens, to stop walking in the Peak District, to get off park benches and return to their house arrest. Snitching is the only thriving business. By the end of April, British police forces had received 214,000 calls from Covid Britain’s willing army of spies. ‘Always the eyes watching you’, as Winston Smith put it.
New rituals ensure order and obedience. A face mask, like a burqa in Afghanistan, signifies your fealty to the new religion: social distancing. ‘Stay two metres apart’, the relentless propaganda instructs, even though the medical benefits of such distance are far from clear. People do the awkward pavement dance to avoid getting too close to passing strangers, and take their place in long, silent, fractured queues outside supermarkets, keen not to displease any lockdown fanatic who might be watching.
Not only is work strictly regulated in this one-ideology nation – so is play. There will be no hugging of people from outside your household until autumn at the earliest, says Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for human touch. A survey found that some people (possibly as high as one in five) are breaking lockdown to have sexual intercourse. Sex is an illicit activity in Covid Britain, as in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Hancock is our one-man Junior Anti-Sex League keeping a watchful eye over citizens and their wandering hands. In Orwell’s dystopia, ‘the sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion’. Same here. Just ask Neil Ferguson. He lost his job for having sex (when it should have been for his dodgy models).
Public debate has disintegrated. Do not for one minute be fooled by the noisy media discussions of the government’s failures or the pantomime yelling matches between TV presenters like Piers Morgan and some hapless minister. All of this takes place within the lockdown ideology. The only ‘dissenting’ view you may hold in Covid Britain is that the lockdown didn’t come early enough / wasn’t severe enough / is being eased too early. The media-government spats over the Covid crisis are the narcissism of small differences. The very shrillness of these discussions is an indicator that what we have here are groups devoted to the same cause – locking down the country – but who differ over how successfully the cause has been implemented. Hell hath no fury like fanatics bickering over details.
It’s the same in politics. Every clash and row takes place within the parameters of acceptable thought. Genuinely demurring voices are notable by their absence. Lockdown scepticism is staggeringly absent. Jacob Rees-Mogg is right to say that MPs must get off their Zoom calls and physically return to the Commons. But it isn’t their physical absence that’s the problem – it’s their intellectual absence. Where are the voices for reason and liberty and a return to work and production? The speed and thoroughness with which our allegedly conflictual political system was bent to a singular, myopic cause raises profound questions about the health of our democracy.
In lockdown Britain, there’s one way to think and one way to behave. You must accept the lockdown or risk being demonised as a hateful individual and possibly being beaten by the police. You must mask your face, keep your distance, foreswear sex, go shopping, go home again. Question nothing. Eat your meals, get your exercise, watch the news, go to bed. And await deliverance by officialdom. Although deliverance will be into a ‘new normal’, we are now chillingly told, in which the low-carbon, socially distanced, populace-managing dreams of the technocratic elite will finally become a real-world nightmare.
‘But it is all necessary’, the lockdowners cry. This was questionable from the very start of the lockdown. Now it is utterly untenable. The lockdown was justified as a temporary measure to ensure that the NHS was not pushed to breaking point by the hundreds of thousands of Covid cases that the ideologues of doom predicted. The cases never came. Many hospitals are half-empty. The lockdown’s justification has evaporated.
And yet it continues. And it’s easy to see why. It’s because lockdown has become a political, ideological cause, not a medical one, on to which so many of the elite’s prejudices – about the harmfulness of economic growth, the undesirability of mass society, the unimportance of liberty, the need for mass compliance to expert advice – have been projected. The lockdown is now separate from the pandemic. It has its own logic. It is the ruling ideology of our age. That is why Covid-related reason – whether one is pointing out that the models were wrong or that cases in London have plummeted – is proving such a feeble tool. Because the lockdown is no longer really about Covid.
How has the subjugation of democracy, liberty, daily life and reason to Covid hysteria been so successful? Through terror. It is not an exaggeration to say that the government launched a campaign of terror against the populace. Government adviser Professor Robert Dingwall is right to say that officials have ‘effectively terrorised’ people into believing that coronavirus will kill them. We have been incited to fear not only a disease, but each other. Misanthropy is the fuel of the lockdown ideology. Steer clear of people. Do not touch them. Do not sit next to them. They might be diseased. And you might be diseased. That baleful instruction, now rescinded, to ‘Stay Home’ and ‘Save Lives’ made it clear: you are dangerous, and if you go outside you could kill people. The purest form of the culture of fear.
Polls show that many people are now reluctant to go back to normal life. Many want schools to remain closed. There is fear about returning to work. Things are so bad that the government is having to redirect its resources, away from terrorising us to stay indoors towards trying to coax us to come out again. It is reported that Boris Johnson recently joked with his colleagues, saying: ‘I’ve learnt that it is much easier to take people’s freedoms away than give them back.’ That isn’t funny. The use of terror to cow much of the public, decimate economic life and suspend everyday liberty is not a joking matter. Terror has consequences, especially in a situation where any form of meaningful dissent from the terror was demonised and even criminalised.
How do we get out of this? With truth and reason. With facts about the virus, not hysteria. With clear information about the very small risk that Covid poses to the vast majority of us. And with a renewed commitment to freedom and democracy and to the thing that makes those things possible: the treatment of citizens as adults to be engaged with, not miscreant children to be terrorised into changing their behaviour. For the sake of liberty and the economy, the lockdown must end. But that isn’t enough. After that we need a reckoning with the ideology of the lockdown, and with the pre-Covid prejudices, elitism and hysteria that are its fuel.
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  • luk1955 24/05/2020, 7:59 am

    Haven’t heard much about the test kits reliability other than the kits return many more false positives than negatives, and that the kits themselves spread wuhan virus. The masks cause more harm than good and prevent proper human interaction. Any vaccine coming out within the next 3 years will be an unsafe vaccine, as vaccines have not been tested for safety for the last 33 years. And with Bill Gates pushing these vaccines, and stating several times that we need to reduce the population (us, that is, not him or his family) one would have to be an almighty fool to get vaccinated against this chink virus.

    • Pensioner Pete 24/05/2020, 8:39 am

      luk: You are on the money. I read this form suggested for one’s GP to sign prior any vaccination is administered. https://cairnsnews.org/2020/05/22/take-this-to-your-doctor/

      London to a brick on, not one GP would be brave or silly enough to sign.

      In any case, the medical scientists have been trying for decades to create a vaccine for the coronavirus (common cold), without success, and given as of last week there were 26 mutations of the Chinese Wuhan Virus already, clearly, there is no hope of an effective vaccine being created anytime soon.

      Then, chuck into the equation, the ineffectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccines, with the WHO called in to investigate the massive failure of effectiveness in Australia last year. The WHO declared there were issues with the influenza vaccination in Australia being only 43% effective. No wonder, by the federal governments own health website, hundreds of thousands were diagnosed with seasonal influenza and over a thousand deaths, all of whom were vaccinated except two persons.

  • Lorraine 24/05/2020, 9:01 am

    I have friends that are happy to be restricted as they believe this will be the saving of their lives. I see my dearest girl along with her hard working husband lose a business they had started and put heart ,soul and money into go down the drain over night. That same business will be 18 months away from restarting. I know at my age and underlying medical problem I will be in a coffin if I catch this virus, I do wish to stay ,but then I wish to live, not just be alive.

  • ozisceptic 24/05/2020, 9:14 am

    the actions of the medical advisory team have saved our lives, the call for early social distancing, closing borders, asking visa workers to go home and early lock downs enabled low transmission and also allowed easier tracing.
    There we mistakes, some over zealous policing and the arbitary 70 year sanction ( I mean, at 69 years and 11 months all was ok? )
    No one, no one, would have predicted we would do as well as we did. Look at UK, Sweden, USA.. all late adopters.
    With hind sight, the perfect response would have included the cruise ship issues and stopping the Iranians earlier ( they lied to us about just about everything ).

  • ozisceptic 24/05/2020, 11:41 am

    yes but its not for bloody ever is it?
    it is a pandemic, so grow up and move on.

  • Philippe Armstrong 24/05/2020, 8:12 pm

    Not sure who the writer of this article is, but it is breathtakingly ACCURATE. In fact it is so darn good I have just sent to dozens of people to view.

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