There is this game I like to play.

I didn’t invent it, but I find it enjoyable and it goes something like this… whenever I come across someone saying something about a particular group of people; men, women, blacks, whites, the rich, the poor, the vaccinated and unvaccinated… whatever. Replace the “in group” with some variation of the word “Aryan”, and replace the “out group” with some variation of the word “Jew”. Then, if what the person is saying sounds like something that would have come from the 1930’s Austrian painter scene, then that person probably needs to go away and rethink their life.

Let’s keep that in mind, because buckle up kids… we’re going to talk about the vaccines.

But first, since it is the Current Year, and it is apparently illegal to hold a nuanced opinion about anything, let us begin with the standard disclaimer… I like modern medicine, and that also includes vaccines. I’ve travelled a fair amount, so I’ve had a bunch.

It is nice not dying of preventable diseases.

That all being said, I also have this funny penchant for my vaccines to be tested and not politicised. Humanity doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to drug safety, even under ideal conditions, and so early on I adopted a “wait and see” policy when it came to the COVID vaccines. This is especially true for the current batch of vaccines, which are based on an entirely novel set of technologies (mRNA and Viral vector DNA respectively), for which the long term health effects, despite all assurances to the contrary, cannot possibly be known.

Don’t get me wrong, these classes of drug aren’t necessarily bad, indeed, they show a lot of promise. Since they’re basically programmable, they’re a very fast way of producing vaccines, and the COVID ones do appear to be effective. Things seem to be ok, at least in the short term… although while there are some disturbing side effects already starting to come to light, they are… so far… quite rare.

Time will tell.

Life is all about calculating risk, so as time moved on and we learnt more about who COVID seriously affects, it increasingly looked that, for me, the unknown longterm effects of an experimental drug seemed the bigger risk (vs the relatively well understood and low risk from the virus). I am in an overall low risk demographic – still relatively young, healthy weight, no known underlying health conditions. My parents, both in their 70s, have had the shot, and I’m relatively comfortable with this as it makes sense for them. If you’re clinically vulnerable, or elderly, then by all means take the vaccine, it probably makes sense for you… I don’t know, talk to your doctor.

… but for me?

This is my opinion, and I’m not going to tell you what you should do… “my body, my choice” … and here is, as they say, the rub. Because, increasingly, governments around the world have moved way past just recommending you take the vaccine, and onto coercion, mandation, and out and out threats. Seemingly, governments are of the view that it is the state’s body, and increasingly, it is not your choice.

As De Blasio proclaimed, “The voluntary phase is over”.

I wonder, can you claim that something was ever truly “voluntary” when it seems that it had always been the plan to, once the majority had volunteered, use increasing levels of force and coercion in order to “volunteer” those remaining?

The Aryan and the Jew should have different freedoms

Tony Blair

From the beginning of August, the Aryan pass will apply to cafés, restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, and long-distance transport: planes, trains and coaches for long journeys

President Emmanuel Macron

Some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on being Aryan.

Boris Johnson

Having one’s human rights contingent on undergoing a government mandated medical procedure, especially an untested experimental one, doesn’t sound particularly “voluntary” to me. Indeed, it definitely starts to make you sound like “The Baddies”.

This all started last March, when the whole world threw out decades worth of pandemic planning in favour of a policy used by one of the world’s most nightmarish totalitarian regimes, sketched on the back of a napkin by Winnie-the-Pooh’s evil cousin. Since then, all I have had are questions.

Why are we taking a public health steer from a bunch of folks who have concentration camps, and who like to weld people into buildings?

Why are we quarantining healthy people and shutting down our economies, deliberately destroying small businesses, and making it much harder for us to fund future healthcare?

I suppose you’re going to tell me that when the money printing, and inevitable inflation, simultaneously reduces the purchasing power of regular people, and at the same time inflates asset prices with cheap cash, it’s just an accident that this directly benefits the powerful and politically connected who own lots of those assets? What about all that property that various investment firms are gobbling up at rock bottom prices?

Why is it, when deaths were falling, did everyone quietly start to ignore the stat and instead begin leading with the larger cases figure instead? Did everything start looking too good too quickly? Were people not yet desperate enough to accept what you had planned next? Better get those rookie numbers up and have another Lockdown I suppose…

Why did we base every decision on obviously flawed and wildly inaccurate modelling? Why do we keep going back to Neil Ferguson, a guy who has built a career from being spectacularly wrong about everything, and yet is somehow still listened to? Pretty sure I’d get a more accurate prediction from throwing chicken bones on the ground than from anything that comes out of Imperial College.

Why the omissions? Why are recovery rates never reported? Why are deaths from other causes not also reported for context? Why do the graphs not include data from the previous “waves” (or indeed, in some cases, a scale)? What is the false positive rate of the PCR test being used? How many cycles? Indeed, why is a diagnostic test being used for population level screening in the first place?

Is it legitimate to use YouGov polling still, in order to claim public support for government policy, when the company was co-founded by the current vaccine minister?

Perhaps most importantly, why is it seemingly no longer ok to ask these kinds of questions without being shouted down and called a “conspiracy theorist”, or some similar dismissive and thought terminating phrase?

Is this the “new normal” everyone is talking about?

You lack credibility…

If you are trying to convince me that you have my best interests at heart when you’re asking me to take an experimental drug, then trust is vital… and I generally don’t trust people who attempt to manipulate me.

We know that SAGE and the government, right at the start, adopted a policy of psychological terrorism in order to get compliance. It worked, and we have a largely traumatised population as a result. This was, frankly, unforgivably evil. It also shows the significant level of distain the “intellectuals” in SAGE have for the population at large.

Next, if you want me to believe you, then your actions should also be consistent with your message. If you want me to accept that COVID is such an existential threat that it requires the demolishing of our liberal democracy, me to surrender my human rights, and surrender the right to control what I put in my own body (rather than, as it appears to me, something that is serious, but which has been catastrophised out of all proportion)… then perhaps government ministers should obey their own rules, even when they think the cameras are off? Perhaps at least cancel the activities elites like, as well as those enjoyed by regular folks?

If you want me to accept that these vaccines are perfectly safe, maybe take them yourself Mr Macron? Indeed, if these vaccines are so prima facie beneficial, why the secrecy over the contracts being signed with the drug companies? Why did it take a leak from the Albanian government for us to find out about Pfizer’s profiteering, blanket immunity from prosecution, and decade long gag clause?

I’m sorry, but I just don’t trust you. You lack credibility.

While it’s all too easy to see patterns where there are none, there are far too many inconsistencies, and it is starting to look an awful lot like we are being played. It is starting to look an awful lot like there are agendas being served here, and that those agendas increasingly look like they are not in our best interests.

Today, we live in a world where governments are using increasingly coercive measures to force people into surrendering their bodily autonomy. This is something we have, in the past, executed people for doing, and in terms of medical ethics, this is a line I never believed we would be crossing again.

Maybe I’m just an old kamudgen, but I’m just not prepared to let deeply untrustworthy people, who I wouldn’t even trust to wipe their own noses, inject me with an experimental drug against my will. It seems bizarre to me that this is even a controversial thing to say, but hey, this is apparently the timeline we’re on now.

Under government threat of reimposing restrictions, the populations of the world are being turned against each other. Friends against friends, parents against children, employer against employee. I’m sure I am not alone in having relationships strained, and in some cases fractured, over the events of the last 18 months.

The Jew is selfish, and putting other people’s lives at risk

Michael Gove

Jews are potential variant factories

Dr. William Schaffner

There is a chance that some restrictions may be brought back as a result of Jews winding up in hospital, putting pressure on our NHS services

Conservative MP Tom Hunt

With suspiciously convenient gleichhaltung, governments around the world are rolling out a de facto social credit system, in order to control the population at the individual level. Corporate, and social media, quietly suppressing descent and “fact checking” opinions. While we are being distracted with toxic division, a world of medical apartheid is being built up around us, and nobody who has been paying attention seriously believes that this is where it is going to stop.

Perhaps this was the plan all along? Tony Blair tried to bring all this stuff in the early 2000’s, but unfortunately for him “Terrorism” just wasn’t scary enough. Perhaps, all around the world, there were a lot of plans, in a lot of draws, waiting for a good crisis?

Who knows, doesn’t really matter. We’re here now.

For me at least, if the government wanted me to line up to get on this particular cattle cart, the messaging and manipulation has backfired. If I was ever on the fence, I am now firmly of the view that, when it comes to the current vaccine offerings, they can vaccinate my cold dead corpse.

I accept that this probably means I will never travel again, and will increasingly become a second class citizen in my own country.

We are on a very dark road, and we know where it goes. How far will we have to go before we go down a different path? Will we have to repeat all those mistakes again I wonder?

I guess we will have to wait and see.

The Dear Leader has requested that we all reflect on the last year, as today marks the one year anniversary of when the country I am currently stuck in went into its first (of many) lockdowns.

One year. One fucking year.

One year of dodgy models and disingenuous press conferences.

One year of the theft of hard fought for liberties, and of ever shifting goalposts for when we will get them back.

One year of shattered lives, livelihoods and and stunted futures.

One year spent minimising non-covid deaths.

One year of our lives stolen from us.

Urgh. I could go on.

Mine is a minority view, or so it would seem. Covid is a real virus of course, but it is increasingly clear that the hardship we all face now is down to government policy, not as a direct result of the virus.

Truthfully, I am not even slightly concerned about the virus these days. Do I want it? No. Of course not. But hiding inside the house, not seeing friends and family, not travelling, not doing any one of the number of things, now verboten, which give you a reason to get up in the morning, is not a way to live your life. Especially for a virus which, while serious if you’re unlucky enough to get a bad case, is far from being airborne Ebola or the Zombie plague.

We have several highly effective vaccines now, and say what you want about the government, they have at least done that right. All the elderly and vulnerable have had their dose, and death rates are plummeting as a result. All the data indicates we should really already be almost back to normal. So, why are restrictions tightening rather than relaxing? Why are we talking about internal Covid passports, mandatory vaccinations, ongoing travel bans, and masks and social distancing until 2023 or beyond?

Whenever a minister is pressed on the question of exactly when we will get our freedoms back, they always avoid the question, dissemble or deflect. The goalposts are constantly being shifted. Whenever we reach one of their arbitrary criteria, and we see the end in sight… Lucy moves the football… and the funny thing is we all know she’s going to move the football. Each time we all go along with the lie, we try convince ourselves that she won’t, and run at that football all the same. We pretend it will all be ok.

It’ll all be ok if everyone just obeys the Rules!

“The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.” 

Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs

I want my God given freedoms back, if it’s all the same to you. They were never yours to take in the first place! But, the medium is the message and the message is crystal clear.

We’re not going to get our freedoms back unless we take them back.

Sadly, if the polls are to be believed, a large swathe of the population are in favour of these restrictions, and the only thing our useless opposition leader would have done different would have been to go tougher, harder and earlier… Charlie big potatoes loves to stand behind that podium. Never mind the decimation of the working classes his party ostensibly is meant to represent, ah yes, but those class traitors in the North voted the wrong way didn’t they? This was meant to be your time, wasn’t it Keir. I guess they get what they fucking deserve, don’t they?

I can only wonder what world the supporters of all this lockdown insanity are living in. I can only imagine it’s a world where they live in a comfortable house, with a comfortable family, where they can comfortably work from home. Or a world where they can play video games all day, getting fat on a year long tax payer sponsored holiday from a job they hate. Charitably, I can only imagine that the fear pumped out in the media has warped their perception of reality, and with everyone around them reflecting their emotionalism back at them, I guess I can understand.

But am I crazy? I’m looking at all the data, and the outlook is better not worse. We have a vaccine. Covid isn’t as deadly as we thought last March. We won. Well done! Take the W, Boris, and let us get back to our lives!

But no.

It seems to me that we are held captive, not by the virus, but by fear. Held captive by emotionalism. Held captive by a “safety at all costs” government, myopically obsessed with covid (and the future public enquiry), as if it was the only thing going on and the only thing anybody ever dies from. Held captive by, frankly, a bunch of hysterical pearl clutching cowards who are afraid of the fucking flu.

Bah. I’m angry, and I’m running my mouth. My blog.

Look, it looked bad back in March 2020, I get that. I got caught up in that wave of emotionalism as well. However, as more and more data came out, the outlook kept on improving… and yet, here we are. One year on, facing increasingly authoritarian measures, not a cautious and proportional response based on a realistic assessment of the threat.

If you’re vulnerable, I get it. But we have the vaccine now, and Covid isn’t the only thing that can bump off someone who’s clinically vulnerable. Nobody wants someone to die, but unfortunately that’s just a fact of being alive and mortal. If you care about someone who’s vulnerable, I get it. We all have elderly parents and grandparents, I’ve not seen mine in over a year, and given that two of my more elderly relatives are in failing health I doubt I’ll ever see them again. Nobody is saying don’t take precautions or exercise good judgement.

But honestly, for the rest of you, I’m out of sympathy. All you fit and healthy folks virtue signalling with your mask selfies. All you Karens glaring and spitting passive aggressive venom when someone dares to walk slightly too close past them on the street. All of you who are so scared to go outside, and because of that fear, want to place restrictions on other people… except of course unless they’re delivering your Amazon packages or Waitrose tender stem broccoli.

Fuck all of you. You are all cowards. You want to limit the lives and opportunities of others because you feel scared.

Sorrynotsorry, but it’s time for you to put on your Big Boy pants, harden the fuck up, and go outside.

Like many people around the world in countries struggling to deal with with the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the state in which I’m currently living has put its entire population under a “lockdown”.

We are only meant to leave our houses for a set number of reasons – buying food, a short bit of exercise, a medical emergency – and when we do we’re meant to keep a strict minimum distance away from each other.

If the numbers are accurate and are to be believed regarding the mortality rate of Covid-19, I can understand the reaction. Things haven’t got bad here yet, and with the sun shining brightly outside it’s hard to picture the scenes from China or Italy happening anywhere near here.

But, knowing something of what is going on behind the scenes to prepare, as I do… I know the threat is real. Even if, as we all hope, it turns out to be nowhere near as virulent as feared.

The police are patrolling and even setting up checkpoints in order to check that anyone outside has a reason to be. They’re patrolling the cities with drones and helicopters.

I fully expect we’ll be required to produce some sort of documentation to be let out of our houses before long, like they are already doing in Europe (but at least they’re not welding us into buildings like in China, so thank heaven for small mercies).

I have an individualistic libertarian streak a mile and a half wide, and I find this (as well as people’s acceptance of the new world order) more disturbing than the virus threat. I had no problem with these measures when they were suggestions, but now they’re orders I find myself … deeply troubled.

Fundamentally, I recognise that this changes our relationship with the state at a very fundamental level. Our rights are no longer inalienable, they’re now granted to us by the state, and will be given back to us when those in charge deem it appropriate.

Troubling, and something I personally find more troubling than the virus. After all, history has taught us many many times that rights quickly surrendered will often take years (and more often than not, a whole lot of bloodshed) to get back.

I don’t know. I guess we’ll see how this plays out. Perhaps I’ll be singing a different tune when the bodies start stacking up in the street and people are collapsing all around me.

Perhaps this current state of emergency will be over relatively quickly, and the government will hand back the liberties it has taken from the people.

Right now I’m just thinking about hypotheticals… what if… but to those who say that I’m just being paranoid and you reason that it couldn’t happen here… well… who amongst you would have scoffed had I said to you at the beginning of this year that we’d all be stuck in lockdown right now?