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Democracy in Decay: Our long, hard battle against covid censorship


IN THE words of Gandhi, first they ignore you; then they ridicule you; then they attack you; and finally, you win. But this can be a laborious  process, and ultimate triumph over an authoritarian regime may be hard to foresee. Mainstream media keep approved narratives at the forefront, censoring and suppressing critical perspectives or inconvenient truths. 

However during the covid debacle various means of bypassing state and corporate censorship have emerged. ‘A Stand in the Park’, open gatherings of ordinary people in their local park to stand for freedom, was one of the first and has spread across the country. ‘Yellow Boards’ were displayed on busy roundabouts. Stickers proliferated on lampposts. The Light, a free newspaper funded and distributed by volunteers, and independent websites such as TCW have played an important role in confronting propaganda and getting an ‘alternative’ analysis and commentary out there.

In some areas the awakening movement has been particularly effective: Totnes in Devon, Stroud in Gloucestershire, Hull, the Sussex coast (excluding woke Brighton) and Cornwall, among others. London, sadly, is relatively asleep. Those huge rallies against lockdown were largely attended by people who had travelled in by train or bus. Only in certain suburbs was there an appreciable resistance. One of these was Carshalton, where I had lived since 1994.

On January 4 2021, after the government, police and judiciary quashed protests, six of us arranged to meet on Carshalton High Street. This was against the rules at the time, and we felt nervous whenever a police car passed. Steadfastly, we met there every Thursday for at least an hour, our number soon reaching double figures. In March a pharmacy next to our meeting place opened for Covid-19 vaccinations, and sometimes we exchanged derisory comments with people in the queue (‘nutters’ from them, bleating noises in retort). 

In April our presence doubled when another local campaigner started A Stand in the Park nearby. On Sundays people met in The Grove at 10am and an hour later went to the High Street. By now the roadside gathering was reaching out to the passing traffic. Our pièce de résistance was a lengthy banner, needing a crew of six, proclaiming ‘We do not consent to vaccine passports’. A brave woman stood in the middle of the A232 handing copies of The Light to motorists. Heckling was a hazard of the job, but the support was very encouraging, with a cacophony of horns from cars and vans. 

I moved to Sussex three years ago but I’m pleased to report that the Carshalton group persists with its Thursday and Sunday stands. They have also organised freedom fairs in The Grove, the latest a couple of Sundays ago. I was honoured to be its compere, back on my old stomping ground. 

On arriving at the park there was an added buzz in the air. Among those milling around were a reporter and cameraman from Sky News. They were not doing a news report, but apparently making a documentary on dissenting voices. They interviewed several of our speakers, although I fear a cherry-picked jab at conspiracy theorists, perhaps competing with the BBC’s Marianna Spring.

First to speak was David Charalambous, expert on communication strategies. He described how behavioural psychology is weaponised against critical thinkers, while coercing the gullible masses into believing that 2 plus 2 equals 5. Charalambous guided the audience on how to converse with those who get their news from the BBC and Daily Mail. You can get a flavour here. Don’t simply state facts, but engage in emotional reasoning. 

Next up was the regular TCW contributor Angus Dalgleish, professor of oncology at St George’s Hospital medical school. Dalgleish is one of the few senior medical figures to challenge Covid-19 dogma. His authoritative criticism of the vaccines has probably saved thousands from iatrogenic harm, but as the vast majority caved in to the intensive marketing campaign, much damage has been done. Cancer incidence has surged and existing tumours have become ‘turbo cancers’, as shown by a recent Japanese study. Someone was livestreaming the event; later we learnt that YouTube wiped it off during Angus Dalgleish’s talk about the vaccines, yet another example of how embedded and routine censorship has become. But he was also filmed, so his speech was not lost and you can see it here

A profound sequel to Dalgleish was given by former geography teacher Nikki Black, who has a debilitating vaccine injury. She had blindly trusted the NHS and medical profession, to her cost. Closing the event was a musical duet with Trevor John on guitar and Mad Mix on vocals, performing the latter’s 2021 hit Killer Covid.  

Other speakers included anti-ULEZ activist Kingsley Hamilton (who brought a coffin marking the death of democracy); Asif Naqvi imparted his knowledge on 5G, advising how successfully to oppose mast installations; former medical journal editor Lisa Hutchinson spoke on new publishing approaches; naturopath Simone Plaut explained why people get sick and how we can remain healthy in a toxic environment; and Eilis, a teacher sacked for refusing to force children to wear masks in the classroom (like me, she was never tested, never masked and never jabbed).   

The range of topics in the sceptical community is broadening, and this causes confusion to passers-by. Often I hear remarks that our protests don’t make sense, with placards about cash, climate, digital identity and the WHO (for the unaware, literally who?). We are trying to help people to join the dots, but many cannot see the dots, never mind join them.  

So enlightenment is a long process, needing patience and sensitivity. For the Carshalton gathering of about two hundred, this was mostly preaching to the already converted. But we must persevere. If each time one or two newcomers hear us and begin their journey of asking questions, we are moving in the right direction. Don’t expect the mainstream media to cover it, but there is a vibrant freedom movement out there, if you haven’t already found it.     

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