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Dispatches from the British civil war, 2021


WHILE medical apartheid spreads across Europe, British ministers choose not to condemn it but, via their tannoy system in the mainstream media, to prattle on about Christmas parties and the perils of mistletoe-snogs. This, shockingly, is how they endorse our neighbours’ politico-medical moves.

There is an insidious fallacy creeping into the public psyche that as a nation we are holding out against authoritarianism: we are the last European bastion of freedom. Beware!

No, a lockdown for the unvaccinated, universal health passes, or a mandatory, nationwide vaccination mandate have not yet been inflicted upon us, but that doesn’t mean that Government haven’t already lassoed the moon, ready to give it a good old tug and thus precipitate a tsunami of new controls before informing us that, powerless, they simply washed up on the pandemic tide.

At present they are drawing at this leash piecemeal and with customary British restraint. Yet the chances are that at some point in 2022 the somnolent public will wake up under the very same apartheid being implemented across the water; a step ahead, the EU will have banned inter-country travel and supermarket shopping for the unboosted, and begun jailing the unvaccinated. 

The British, tutting about holiday travel, appear almost totally unaware of the psychotic gravitational pull towards yet more devastating losses of self-determination. 

Civil war has already arrived across this country, but being of unfamiliar form it escapes the attention of all but the few. It is very real for those innocent civilians caught in the crossfire between the great pandemic lie and the division between the citizenry it fosters.

Tell the patients (and their concerned families) in any of the hospitals that have chosen severely to restrict services and visiting rights, that there is no civil war.

To a reprehensible lack of condemnation, hospitals in Hull – as if the region has suddenly become a microstate – is now allowing visits in ‘exceptional cases only’ in the face of Omicron’s spread, with permission to be gained in advance and even then dependent upon multiple negative lateral flow tests. 

How many other hospitals are either adopting the following cruel measures, or are about to do so?

‘At the current time, hospital (ward) visiting has been stopped, and will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.’

‘Patients attending appointments or receiving treatment are asked to attend alone to support social distancing. In exceptional cases, where an adult is vulnerable or requires assistance, arrangements can be made.’

‘Compassionate visiting can be facilitated e.g. when a patient is at end of life, where it is considered safe to do so. This should be discussed/arranged with the relevant nurse in charge.’

‘One parent will be able to visit children in our paediatric wards.’

‘Patients attending the Emergency Department must attend alone, with the exception of children who may be accompanied by one adult only (no siblings, please).’

‘Women who need to stay in hospital after their babies are born can pre-book a four-hour visit for their named birth partners in consultation with staff.’

‘Parents with babies in Neonatal Intensive Care are both allowed to attend the unit at any time but are asked to, where possible, limit themselves to one at the cot-side as much as possible. They should wear hospital-provided masks.’

‘All visitors must cover their mouths and noses with a mask, bandana, buff/snood or scarf as soon as they enter any of our hospital sites. Please note people cannot come into any hospital building unless they are wearing a mask, even if they have a medical exemption.’

How is it that Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have not been slapped down by the government for imposing such harsh measures, when on a national level it is only the mask guidance for shops and public transport, the Test and Trace protocol and PCR travel-testing that have been updated in light of Omicron?

Marry this travesty with the prioritisation of the vaccination campaign above the treatment of vulnerable patients, the cancer catastrophe born of the reinvented Covid-19-only NHS, and the normalisation of post-vaccination myocarditis and pericarditis (covered here by Kathy Gyngell), amongst myriad other atrocities, and it is plain to see that Britain is in no way getting off lightly in this global pandemic war.

Your average narrative believer in Britain feels as if it is peacetime, yet pity the fool who contentedly dons his mask and follows the rules: he will be in for a rude awakening should he need help for a medical issue of his own or a loved one. Only then will he taste the bitterness of a medical civil war that has been raging out of sight for almost two years.

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