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By-election candidates answer crucial Covid policy questions – 1

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LAST week TCW Defending Freedom published a questionnaire that I sent to all 11 candidates standing in the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election to be held next Thursday, December 2.

I wanted to learn their positions on lockdown, social distancing rules, masks, vaccination, informed consent, mandatory vaccine, vaccine injury compensation and vaccine passports or ‘covid passes’. The constituents and the country have a right to know. TCW agreed to publish their answers in full, and to say if they do not reply. So far just four of the candidates have done so.

Here are the first two of them (please note that they will be in random order).

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David Kurten, Heritage Party

1 (a) Do you believe lockdowns were the correct response to the pandemic? No.

 (b) Were you aware they were not the tried and tested WHO approved pandemic response? (not answered)

(c) Has the collateral cost (national debt, NHS queues, domestic violence, mental health, education disruption, supply chain disruption) been worth it? No.

(d) Have children borne the worst brunt of the Government’s Covid policies, suffering negative health, mental health and education effects? Both children and adults have suffered immensely due to the government’s lockdowns.

2 (a) Do you believe in mass Covid-19 testing and tracing? No.

(b) Do you believe PCR and LFT tests are reliable enough? No.

3 (a) Do you believe in the restrictions imposed on foreign travel? No.

(b) Should these restrictions have come in earlier? No.

(c) Are restrictions any longer justified now we know that Covid has a much lower infection fatality ratio than earlier predictions and is negligible in under 65s, and a mean age of Covid-attributed death of over 80? No. There is no justification for continuing travel restriction, particularly not on the basis of ‘vaccination’ status.

 4 (a) Do you believe the current travel quarantine regulations are reasonable? No.

(b) Do you believe the current domestic self-isolation rules are acceptable? No.

5 With regard to the Covid-19 mass vaccination programme:

(a)  Are you aware that the vaccines have not been shown in clinical trials to reduce transmission, hospitalisation or death and that they were not designed for this purpose? Yes.

(b) Are you aware that the phase 3 trials are not over, that the safety data is not complete and that the earliest trials will run into 2023? Yes.

(c) Are you aware the Covid-19 vaccines are not due to be officially considered for MHRA licensing until 2023? Yes.

(d) Do you agree with the Government’s child vaccination programme? No.

(e) Do you believe that school facilities should be used for Covid-19 vaccinations? No.

(f) Do you agree with the Government’s policy of mandatory vaccinations for care home staff? No.

(g) Do you agree with the Government’s policy of mandatory vaccinations for NHS front-line staff? No.

(h) Do you agree with mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policies for any other group? No.

(i) Do you agree with Covid passes and restriction of access to travel and facilities for those who refuse the vaccination for whatever reason? No.

(j) Do you believe the Government’s Covid-19 vaccination policy is coercive? Yes.

k) Do you believe there has been properly informed consent for vaccination? No. The ‘covid vaccines’ are experimental and the injection programme should be halted given the high number of serious adverse health events and deaths occurring after injections.

6 (a) Do you believe the Yellow Card reporting scheme for Covid vaccine adverse reactions and fatalities is fit for purpose? No.

(b) Should the MHRA (the regulatory body that runs the Yellow Card Scheme) be mandated to follow up every vaccine death and report them as it does Covid deaths? Yes.

(c) Do you believe the Government is spending too much of taxpayers’ money on Covid-19 vaccines and not enough on improving the health and immune systems of the population? Yes.

(d) Do you believe that the £120,000 cap on compensation for Covid-19 damage or death is adequate? No.

(e) Do you think the Government was right to indemnify the vaccine manufacturers against vaccine injury? No. The manufacturers should be liable for civil action for damages if their products cause harm, injury or death – the contract the government signed with them is odious.

 7 (a) Do you believe that freedom of speech and assembly have been adversely affected by the Government’s Covid restrictions? Yes.

(b) Do you agree with Covid regulation breaching fines or punishments? No.

(c) Have Covid regulation breaches rules been fairly applied? Has there been one rule for politicians and another for the people? No/Yes. The hypocrisy is plain for all to see. The global elite fly around the world with no restrictions to events like Carbis Bay summit and COP26, while they use the police to brutally clamp down on citizens for meeting their friends and protesting for freedom.

8 Do you believe it should be compulsory to wear face masks in any setting? Face masks are necessary for some jobs, i.e when dealing with toxic chemicals and biohazards or performing open surgery. However, they should not be compulsory in normal everyday life.

 9 Will you commit to signing the petition for a referendum on the UK Coronavirus Act to put pressure on the Government to abolish it?Yes.          

10 Will you commit to reviewing the Public Health Act 1984 as to its use during the Covid crisis? Yes.

11 Should all Covid-19 restrictions end and all freedoms be restored immediately? Yes.

12 Do you believe the conduct of Government ministers, MPs, civil and public servants, senior NHS and media personnel involved in the promotion of the Government’s covid-19 policies should be investigated criminally? Yes. The links of decision makers to pharmaceutical companies needs to be looked into, and anyone who has profited from imposing lockdowns and coercing ‘vaccinations’ should be thoroughly investigated.

Please write any further comment you may wish to make: While lockdowns, and now restrictions for ‘unvaccinated’ people have been horrendous, we need to understand the end goal of this is the WEF/UN Great Reset, and getting everyone on to a ‘vaccine passport’ or CCP-style digital identity and social credit control system. I have been fighting this from the very beginning and will continue to resist the attack on our fundamental freedoms.

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John Poynton, UKIP 

1 (a) Do you believe lockdowns were the correct response to the pandemicI have no idea as it is impossible to prove a negative. We do not and will never know what the consequences would have been without the lockdowns. 

Generally speaking lockdowns should only be considered as part of a formal state of emergency properly, democratically and legally declared. The costs and disruption are simply too severe to be left to ministerial discretion. There may have been justification in the first two instances but there is certainly no ongoing justification now that we know that death rates are below that of other conditions such as flu, road accidents or cancer.

I am not minded to be too severe on this government over their performance. It has been a very steep learning curve for us all and mistakes were bound to occur. Let us be thankful that we were the first to find a vaccine and delivered the second fastest inoculation roll-out.

We can all be wise after the event, but looking back my own two recommendations at the time were first that HCQ should be made available off-prescription, and second that all incoming travellers should be quarantined on arrival free of charge in budget hotels.

 (b) Were you aware they were not the tried and tested WHO approved pandemic response? No, and so what? One expert is as bad as the next. All experts should be cross-examined to see if a layman can understand them. Otherwise they are probably talking rubbish.

(c) Has the collateral cost (national debt, NHS queues, domestic violence, mental health, education disruption, supply chain disruption) been worth it? Maybe. See 1(a) above.

(d) Have children borne the worst brunt of the Government’s Covid policies, suffering negative health, mental health and education effects? Having not myself suffered any ill-effects or having young children I am not in a position to tell.

2 (a) Do you believe in mass Covid-19 testing and tracing? No

(b) Do you believe PCR and LFT tests are reliable enough? Better than nothing.

 (c) Would resources have been better spent manning fever or isolation hospitals? Absolutely (Yes). I do not accept that volunteers could not be trained up to staff them.

3 (a) Do you believe in the restrictions imposed on foreign travel? Absolute bans are unnecessary. Have plenty of experience of current arrangements which are not too inconvenient.

(b) Should these restrictions have come in earlier? Yes. It is more inconvenient they keep changing.

(c) Are restrictions any longer justified now we know that Covid has a much lower infection fatality ratio than earlier predictions and is negligible in under 65s, and a mean age of Covid-attributed death of over 80? Probably not.

4 (a) Do you believe the current travel quarantine regulations are reasonable? No. People should not be charged to be incarcerated.

 b) Do you believe the current domestic self-isolation rules are acceptable? Yes.

 5 With regard to the Covid-19 mass vaccination programme:

(a)  Are you aware that the vaccines have not been shown in clinical trials to reduce transmission, hospitalisation or death and that they were not designed for this purpose? Yes to part one, No to part two.

(b) Are you aware that the phase 3 trials are not over, that the safety data is not complete and that the earliest trials will run into 2023? No, but I am aware that updates are necessary to keep up with new strains.

(c) Are you aware the Covid-19 vaccines are not due to be officially considered for MHRA licensing until 2023? No.

 (d) Do you agree with the Government’s child vaccination programme? No.

 (e) Do you believe that school facilities should be used for Covid-19 vaccinations? Yes.

(f) Do you agree with the Government’s policy of mandatory vaccinations for care home staff? No.

 (g) Do you agree with the Government’s policy of mandatory vaccinations for NHS front-line staff? No.

 (h) Do you agree with mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policies for any other group? No.

 (i) Do you agree with Covid passes and restriction of access to travel and facilities for those who refuse the vaccination for whatever reason? Only as a matter of discretion for private sector vendors.

 (j) Do you believe the Government’s Covid-19 vaccination policy is coercive? No.

 (k) Do you believe there has been properly informed consent for vaccination? Yes.

 6 (a) Do you believe the Yellow Card reporting scheme for Covid vaccine adverse reactions and fatalities is fit for purpose? Don’t know.

 (b) Should the MHRA (the regulatory body that runs the Yellow Card Scheme) be mandated to follow up every vaccine death and report them as it does Covid deaths? Yes.

 (c) Do you believe the Government is spending too much of taxpayers’ money on Covid-19 vaccines and not enough on improving the health and immune systems of the population? No.

 (d) Do you believe that the £120,000 cap on compensation for Covid-19 damage or death is adequate? Yes.

(e) Do you think the Government was right to indemnify the vaccine manufacturers against vaccine injury? Yes.

 7 (a) Do you believe that freedom of speech and assembly have been adversely affected by the Government’s Covid restrictions? Yes.

 (b) Do you agree with Covid regulation breaching fines or punishments? Yes.

 (c) Have Covid regulation breaches rules been fairly applied? Has there been one rule for politicians and another for the people? Probably.

 8 Do you believe it should be compulsory to wear face masks in any setting? Yes. At discretion of location. I don’t myself think they do much good, but am happy to be reassuring to others. It doesn’t cost anything.

9 Will you commit to signing the petition for a referendum on the UK Coronavirus Act to put pressure on the Government to abolish it? Yes

 10 Will you commit to reviewing the Public Health Act 1984 as to its use during the Covid crisis? Yes

11 Should all Covid-19 restrictions end and all freedoms be restored immediately? Yes. 

 12 Do you believe the conduct of Government ministers, MPs, civil and public servants, senior NHS and media personnel involved in the promotion of the Government’s Covid-19 policies should be investigated criminally? No.

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Anthony Webber
Anthony Webber is an independent political commentator and founder of the umbrella body, the National Alliance for Freedom from Lockdowns. anthonywebber@cwgsy.net

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