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Blood scandal and covid cover-up – spot the difference

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WHEN I saw the general jubilation that greeted the report on the infected blood scandal, and the government’s grovelling shame and promises of amends, my first thought was that this was a template for the eventual revelation that the ‘covid pandemic’ was a massive fraud, which has cost (and will cost) a great many more lives.

I soon realised that there are some vital points of difference between the two events which make it unlikely that we who know the truth about covid will ever have our day in the sun. (I want to emphasise that none of the following is intended to minimise the suffering of the blood victims.)

First, the blood scandal involved only an unfortunate small minority of the public, but the vast majority were complicit in the covid scam. All were free to say, as some of us did, ‘This stinks and I want no part of it.’ Most took the much simpler way of accepting the government narrative (despite decades of proven government lies and obfuscation, including covering up the blood scandal – why on earth would anyone think that they suddenly started to tell the truth in 2020?) and trotting along to the vaccination centre.

(And it was simpler: I was part of a group of five who had been on a training scheme in 1971 and had met for a reunion at a London restaurant every single year since. When I said I was not vaccinated it was made clear that I was not welcome at the meet-up. These four successful people, whom I knew well and was fond of, accepted without question the absurdity that, unscathed, they could walk through and sit in a restaurant packed with people whose vaccination/health status was unknown, yet their trusted jabs would not protect them if they sat with me. I was deeply hurt but had no qualms about parting ways after 50 years.)

As it seeps out, bit by bit, that those who took the jab (whether because they believed they were doing the right thing or because they fancied a week in Benidorm) have been fooled, they will resist it with all the force they can muster. It is the hardest thing in the world to convince someone that they have been had. When the truth is laid out incontrovertibly, there will still be those insisting ‘It would have been much worse if I hadn’t had the vaccine.’ (I am reminded of the When Prophecy Fails scenario when a cult repeatedly came up with excuses for the stubborn failure of aliens to rescue them from the end of the world.) 

The other main difference is that the media were not complicit in the blood scandal. Indeed I believe there were sporadic campaigns over the years in support of those who were damaged and/or bereaved. In the case of covid, as we know, the media not only swallowed the government yarn hook, line and sinker, but enthusiastically embellished it. They threw themselves into Project Fear with gusto. This will have been at least partly because newspapers which were struggling financially were suddenly the beneficiaries of undreamt-of government payments for advertising. I think it was also partly because they saw it as a terrific story. The selfless NHS employees with hardly time to choreograph a TikTok routine. The pathetic old folks being waved at through plate-glass windows. The tragic tales of people who had refused vaccination yet recanted on their deathbeds and begged for a jab. Take it from me, my former trade of which I am now so ashamed will do anything to avoid acknowledging its leading role in the covid disaster, up to and including continuing to publish smears and outright lies.

My best guess is that the truth will be suppressed for a long time. Too many have too much to lose. If it does come out, perhaps in 50 years like the blood scandal, there won’t be any non-government-approved media to report it. Most of the protagonists will be dead. In any case the populace will be vaccinated against every ill the flesh is heir to, including the need to speak, think and act freely.

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Margaret Ashworth
Margaret Ashworth
Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist. She runs the Subbing Clinic in a hopeless attempt to keep up standards, and co-runs A & M Records where she indulges her passion for 60s pop.

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