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Four years of them and us


IT IS more than four years since the first lockdown was introduced in the UK, on March 23, 2020. Since then, how life has changed, and how the eyes of at least some of us have been opened to what is actually going on.

When we were first placed under house arrest, I had no real idea what was happening. Was a plague so deadly stalking the world that we had to be isolated from each other, wear masks when out and about and not be allowed to travel, hold parties or even see our relatives and loved ones in hospitals or care homes? I remember in the early days of lockdown having a drink with my neighbour in the outside corridor of her home – wearing surgical gloves. This was at her insistence, not mine.

The whole thing seemed ridiculous and yet most of us felt we had no option but to obey, on the grounds that we were being ‘protected’ from this virus which had appeared out of nowhere. It has since transpired that many – including at Number Ten – quite happily broke the rules, clearly feeling that whatever the danger was it didn’t apply to them, and ‘conformed’ only in public view. All the while the government’s efforts to research and develop a magic vaccine were reported nightly across our media channels until – miraculously – a wonder drug became available in December 2020. Vaccinating centres were hastily set up and in February 2022 Professor Sarah Gilbert, one of the developers of the AstraZeneca vaccine, was made a Dame for ‘saving millions of lives around the world’. Broadcasters Andrew Neil, Piers Morgan, Dames Jenni Murray and Esther Rantzen, Sir Michael Caine and endless other actors, celebrities and ‘influencers’, not least senior members of the British royal family and spiritual leaders such as the Pope and the Dalai Lama, urged us to have the jab and the frequent boosters that followed.

Gradually, at first tentatively and then more boldly, a few of us started to ask awkward questions, such as: how did this so-called virus spread round the world faster than  the 40 minutes in which Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream reckoned he could put a girdle round the Earth? How was the vaccine developed so quickly and why were we cajoled, bullied and coerced into having it, often on pain of losing one’s job and livelihood? How was it that billions of face masks had suddenly been manufactured?

Most importantly we asked: how is it that so many people, in so many countries, went along with all this? And why, when study after study has shown that these mRNA vaccines do more harm than good, are people still queueing up for their boosters and are prepared to pay for them if they are not eligible for the free one? Since April 1, covid boosters have been available from pharmacies at around £45 a shot. A doctor wrote in the Daily Mail wrote the other week that he was prepared to pay £99 for his booster. A fool and his money, as they say . . .

Never mind that it is mainly the unvaccinated who have stayed healthy since the jab was rolled out, and the vaccinated who have become ill, often seriously, and sometimes fatally. Blanket MSM  censorship silenced the voices who were speaking out. Even now, after Elon Musk liberated Twitter and the first peer-reviewed studies of vaccine injury risks have been allowed, this fact is still being strenuously denied by the mainstream, who continue to assert that only a ‘tiny minority’ have been adversely affected by the vaccine.

I don’t have all the answers to the awkward questions, but I have to wonder why it is that some of us saw through to the truth very quickly while others – the majority – did not and still don’t? For me, it remains one of the unsolved mysteries of all time.

One inescapable fact is that the events of the last four years have divided the populace into ‘them’ and ‘us’, a division that remains and, I’m afraid, is likely to remain. Those of us who have seen the light hardly dare to bring the subject up in conversation for fear we will encounter a ‘them’ and as such be demonised for our dissident stance.

We who have maintained our sanity throughout these troubling years are the ones likely to be accused of madness. In vain might I say to my detractors: ‘You have known me for many years as a sensible and rational person. Why should you imagine that I have suddenly gone round the bend because I am refusing to believe what we have been told by governments and medical officers, and still are being told?’

It doesn’t cut any ice if I remind them that I have been 100 per cent healthy for the last four years without going along with any of the restrictions or mandates, so why shouldn’t they listen to me? If they say anything at all, they mumble that I have just been lucky, often adding that but for their seven or eight jabs, their illness would have been so much worse. Yes, I am still hearing this.

We may as well stay silent on these issues and quickly change the subject to something innocuous . . . I was going to say such as the weather, but that might lead to a heated argument about manmade climate change, which we awakened ones see mainly as a hoax. So we can’t even talk about the weather as we risk being on the receiving end of a diatribe about how selfish people like us are ruining the planet. Sadly, the same people who have gone along with the covid jabs, testing, masking and all the rest, are those who have taken on board the whole package of climate change nonsense. David Attenborough and Chris Packham are their heroes.

What can we do?  I sometimes wonder whether ‘them’ and ‘us’ are still speaking the same language or even living on the same planet. My only hope is that if we continue to soldier on and speak out, our numbers will eventually exceed theirs and sense will finally prevail.

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Liz Hodgkinson
Liz Hodgkinson
Liz Hodgkinson is an author and journalist.

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