I TELL you what, that Captain Tom saga is a real humdinger. That Captain Tom debacle is a gift that keeps giving, unless you actually gave a gift to the Captain Tom Foundation, in which case I would say, more fool you and do you require some time in the Hannah Ingram-Moore family pool and spa complex to calm down?
In fact, when I put Captain Tom in the Times search engine, this is what came up:
‘Captain Tom’s daughter was paid £70k despite charity’s woes’;
‘Captain Tom’s daughter accused over awards fee’;
‘Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter challenges spa demolition order’;
‘Captain Tom’s daughter claimed partial credit for his award’
What a turnaround from the media. Now it suits them to reveal the Captain Tom saga for what it was – namely that he and you were used as a government propaganda tool. The tale is symbolic of the entire Covid regime, namely that it was a con and you have been had.
The media hysteria, the government reaction, was not only a disastrous policy but a con. Instead of the media doing their job and examining some of the more outlandish claims made by the government, they not only went along with it, but they were enthusiastic government mouthpieces. A key plank of the Covid fear propaganda campaign was the ludicrous beatification of Captain Tom Moore, may he rest in peace, please give me strength.
I must admit that even I was too scared to call out the bullsh*t that Captain Tom, aged 99, ‘walks’ in his garden a lot. The only one with balls enough to do that was James Delingpole, published by equally ballsy Kathy.
James explained at the time (February 2021): ‘The reason for the cult of Captain Tom is that we are being played by a very cynical and devious political and media Establishment. Captain Tom has become a government propaganda tool. He is our equivalent of Alexey Stakhanov, the Russian miner celebrated as a Hero of the Soviet Union because he dug out such stupendous quantities of coal.’
I can tell you even I was worried about this piece, can I be doing with the push-back, I asked myself, and no one else in the media said the obvious yet the unsayable, that it is not even nonsense, but a dangerous media invention for the purposes of prolonging the ruinous lockdown.
James again: ‘Stakhanov’s propaganda function was to inspire the workers to similarly heroic heights of productivity. Captain Tom’s propaganda function was twofold. First, he helped promote the myth that the NHS is not merely our national treasure and the envy of the world but something so important that our economy, our freedoms, even our lives should be sacrificed to guarantee its survival. Second, his service record (no ex-soldier retains the rank of ‘Captain’, by the way) invited dishonest comparisons with the Second World War, heavy-hinting that Covid-19 is our Hitler, our Mussolini, our Tojo, which if we all pull together we can beat. Both are massive lies.’ Well said, James.
Three years in, the media are running a kind of, oh well that was then and this is now, we are back to doing our jobs. A columnist in the Times explains the propaganda war that was Captain Tom as follows: ‘This small, sweet story swiftly spiralled into one of national importance. This is partly because it happened in the early days of lockdown, when the national mood was completely bananas.’
Just pause there one moment: this is all a bit too passive. The reason why it ‘spiralled’ was because the media did the spiralling. The reason why the ‘national mood was completely bananas’ was because the entire mainstream media whipped everyone up into a state of fear, where most people did indeed go bananas. These things didn’t just happen by accident. It was intended to be that way. It was designed that way.
Today, three years too late, we have got to ‘Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter received more than £150,000 from charity. Payments were made to Hannah Ingram-Moore and companies she controls with her husband.’
Even the NHS is not so wonderful any more: it has taken a bit of a hit with the baby killer on the ward. Never good for one’s reputation, that.
What the Captain Moore story should bring home to everyone, especially the fools who were idiotic enough to donate to a foundation that donates to a socialised health system that can never go bust, is that, you were had. The entire thing, from Captain Tom and his Zimmer frame to the spa in the garden that now has to be pulled down, to the masks, the vaccine and of course the lockdowns was a con.
You should have engaged the brain before you engaged with the media-generated hysteria.