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I note with interest and approval your new name. I have resigned from the Conservative Party due to this appalling lockdown nonsense.
A reader’s letter to the BBC, published with kind permission.
Before the most recent set of coronavirus restrictions were lifted you interviewed Professor Neil Ferguson on what he thought the likely outcomes would be. He said:
• It was ‘almost inevitable’ that daily cases would climb to 100,000 a day and hospital admissions to 1,000 a day following the easing of restriction;
• It was distinctly possible that daily cases would climb to 200,000 a day and hospital admissions to 2,000 a day, which would cause ‘major disruption’ to the NHS;
• The peak of the current wave could occur between August and mid-September;
• ‘It’s going to be a difficult summer for many reasons’.
What actually happened was that infections reduced dramatically since the lockdown was lifted. Professor Ferguson has been getting his predictions wildly wrong since the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. The predictions above show he is either a fantasist, serially inept or just enjoys publicity. What he is not and never has been is correct in his modelling. I feel that by giving him a hearing you are doing the country an injustice by ramping up our fears unnecessarily. I hope the BBC will stop giving him air-time and I ask you to do so.
As the sordid Prince Andrew scandal rumbles on, do we really want to be represented by this family who seem to lack any judgement or morals? The original deal several centuries ago was to keep the monarch from interfering in affairs of state. They got their expenses paid from the Civil List and they gave up the money from the Crown Lands (which meant they never had enough money to start wars). They were now figureheads who represented the country at its great moments of happiness or sorrow. Strangely HM The Queen does not seem to have communicated this to her children. They mostly seem to see their main duty as enjoying themselves. Prince Charles married a young girl who had barely left school in an obviously arranged marriage and yet complained because she failed to adapt to his lifestyle. Charles is always interfering in politics – a veritable ‘king of the greens’ – a subject not popular with most of the population. Prince Andrew and his ‘wife’ in their strange ‘open marriage’ have long been a byword for selfish extravagant behaviour (to which can now be added the appalling judgement of even going near someone like Epstein). Even their son-in-law turns out to be a jack-the-lad frolicking with women who like to remove their bikini tops when they get wet in front of the paparazzi (a really good look when we are supposed to be in a ‘pandemic’). Sarah Ferguson defends son-in-law Jack Brooksbank after he was seen with bikini-clad women in Capri | Daily Mail Online As we wait for the inevitable end of the reign of Elizabeth II, perhaps they could use this time to put their affairs in order and announce the end of The Royal Family?
I agree with Judith Maunder’s letter [TCW Defending Freedom last week] when she questions the Covid vaccine, and I would like to add to it.
The Pfizer covid vaccine efficacy study published December 2020 concludes that its efficacy is 95 per cent. The best vaccine studies are done blind, meaning that the patients don’t know whether they received the vaccine or a placebo. The Pfizer study claims to be similarly blind. However we know that recipients of Covid vaccines often experience side effects including sore arm, fever and headaches. Is this study really blind?
And the Pfizer 95 per cent figure is striking when you compare it with similar studies on influenza vaccines which report efficacy figures ranging from 4 per cent to 81 per cent.
Another issue is the potential conflicts of interest among the researchers conducting the study. These are listed on a separate document which is an incredible 89 pages long. The majority have shares and careers in Pfizer. My findings with the Moderna vaccine study are similar.
Can we have studies where the future wealth of the researchers doesn’t depend on what they write in the conclusion?
Ross and Cromarty
For the first time in 18 months I have been able to dance again (modern jive). Not one person who goes to the dancing venue I frequent has died of Covid, I am very pleased to say. Most people are in the 50/60/70 age range. There are well over 100 of us. We must have excellent immune systems thanks to all the socialising we do week in week out.
My local huge supermarket employs at least 200 people. For the first couple of months they did not use masks or have protective screens. Despite being frequently exposed to the virus none have so far died of Covid.
Some of the staff at my local gym/swimming pool are young students. They have been put under immense pressure to get jabbed (not by the gym owners). This is despicable behaviour by the authorities. I hate the thought of their young bodies being harmed, perhaps permanently, by a completely useless vaccine.
I can shrug off being told that, because I refuse to be jabbed, I am selfish (Gove), that I am mad (Johnson) and that I am scared (Coffey). These insults should not be thrown at the young and impressionable by jumped up bullies.
I read several correspondents in Letters to the Editor, fellow free-thinkers who are disillusioned with the dearth of rationality in our country. They might benefit from joining A Stand In The Park. This is a network of groups around the country where people can meet, usually every Sunday morning from 10am, and find out that they are not alone. Anyone can find their nearest local one via an internet search and through Facebook (for now) and Telegram.
Conversations range from the fun and trivial to the deeply philosophical, and the company comes from all walks of life. I’ve found these meetings incredibly helpful and inspiring and I hope that some of your readers may concur.
I totally agree with the need to dissociate from the Conservative Party. They are a disgrace to the very concept and ideology of conservatism. But also, TCW reminds me of my time serving in the RAF and working with the Tactical Communications Wing.
Thank you to all who contribute to the daily posting of articles. They do much for the maintenance of my sanity.