WHEN evil regimes do something that is clearly quite clever, we naturally don’t want to admit it for various reasons. But the most obvious is that we don’t want to be seen endorsing evil.
So, it’s with reluctance that I’m viewing the Government’s easing of all lockdown restrictions and mask-wearing as a stroke of pure genius.
This act will embolden those who believe that the events of the past 18 months were because of government incompetence in the face of a new threat. They will perceive a return to normal life as ‘job done’.
Sure, some may complain that it took longer than they anticipated, but will shrug this off, telling themselves that the Government was bound not to have all the right answers straight off the bat, when it had never before had to deal with such a ‘deadly pandemic’.
But the two boxes that this easing of restrictions will tick the most lie in the demonisation of the so-called ‘conspiracy theorists’, no doubt with the mantra: ‘See, we told you it was all just temporary, and you were wrong’ – thus making anybody even more reluctant in future to listen to anything truth-seekers say.
This will also have a bonus for the Government scientific advisory body SAGE, as it will ramp up division even further amongst those able to think critically and read between the lines and those who devour every word the BBC says as gospel and believe the Government has their best interests at heart and would never harm them.
The second box it will tick is that it will make it much easier for the Government to lock us down in future. After all, the scene has now been set – the Government knows all it has to do to remove our basic freedoms is create a narrative around a pandemic. The majority won’t ask questions and any level of lunacy will be accepted with barely a murmur.
This all puts me in mind of the experiment at Johns Hopkins University in the US the 1950s, when Professor Curt Richer used rats to test the value of hope in enabling survival.
When he placed several rodents in a bucket of water, they swam round before quickly dying of exhaustion, sometimes after only a few minutes.
Then a second lot of rats were put in the water, but rescued on the point of death. They were helped to recover before being placed back in the water – and then swam around for an astonishing length of time before drowning, in the hope that they would once again be rescued.
I suppose it’s not going too far to assume that so many people will be busy enjoying their new-found freedom that they will take even less notice of what is going on around them than they did prior to the first lockdown.
So by the time the Government locks us down again, no doubt blaming a new immunity-resistant variant, our history will have been erased thanks to the race-baiters, and the Internet as we know it will then be North Korea 2.0 thanks to the upcoming ‘Online Harms Bill’.
As for the future government narrative around an even greater need for a vaccine. Well, let’s just say that one really doesn’t need to be Mystic Meg.