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Hey, Hancock, leave those kids alone

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THE Telegraph reported this week: ‘One in ten children absent from school as self-isolation wreaks havoc with education’. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, while acknowledging that it is extremely rare for children to be badly affected by Covid-19, looks favourably on plans to vaccinate them. Not for their own benefit, but for the sake of the already-vaccinated (whom the jab has apparently failed to protect) and to prevent the disruption of education, as children testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 and all those who have come into contact with them are forced to self-isolate. 

‘I want to protect education,’ he says, ‘as much as anybody does . . . and so making sure that we don’t have those whole bubbles having to go home . . . that has upsides for education.’  

Perhaps before resorting to the drastic measure of injecting novel medications untested for long-term safety into young people with years of life before them, Mr Hancock should have a chat with Armando Di Finizio, head of Eastern High in Cardiff, which he has turned round from a failing school to an oversubscribed one since he took over in 2014. Mr Di Finizio and his staff have seen at first hand the devastating effects of the pandemic restrictions on young people. He described seeing some of his pupils ‘break down’ and said he found a suicide note dropped in a corridor. Child protection referrals have soared.

‘Children are not as resilient as we like to think,’ he said. ‘There are shoots of green recovery but trauma is still emerging and will be felt for years.’

He said children and teenagers can catch up on knowledge; the bigger priority is to re-establish relationships and good habits of learning. His school, and others, have seen the effects of a rise in cyber bullying during school closures which has seeped back into school as pupils return. There have been more altercations between pupils than usual and broken relationships need to be re-built.

‘Pupils want normality. It’s not the knowledge but the skills and habits they have lost during this time. Habits like being resourceful, or showing resilience. They need to learn to get on with each other and work collaboratively again.’

He is calling on scientists and politicians ‘to ensure their responses to the pandemic in relation to children is in proportion to the risks they cause to others and to themselves and to consider all of the evidence coming out on a daily basis’.

Eastern High pupils have never been asked to wear masks, because their school is a well ventilated, new building. ‘We have had cases,’ said Mr Di Finizio, ‘but through test and trace we know we had next to no transmissions within school.

‘We need more research into whether or not children pass it on. I would hope the government would look at the transmission data in schools and from children to families along with the hospital data, not just the number of cases.’

Think about that, Mr Hancock.

And think, too, about this curious case reported in Cornwall: ‘Covid outbreak at Kenwyn Care Home where every resident is fully vaccinated’. 

There have been ‘an unspecified number of positive tests’ among staff and residents but ‘every single case is asymptomatic’. In other words, had no test indicated otherwise, all those allegedly suffering from Covid would have appeared not to have it. This calls into question the efficacy of both vaccines and tests: if the tests are right, the vaccines are ineffective; if the vaccines are effective, the tests must be wrong; or perhaps the tests may be wrong and the vaccines ineffective at the same time. Who can tell?

Any reasonable person must understand by now that endangering the lives and futures of millions of children and young people by injecting them with novel gene therapies to prevent the spread of this comparatively run-of-the-mill virus would be not only futile but insane. These medications offer children incalculably more risks than benefits. The sensible policy would be to protect the vulnerable in whatever way they themselves think best, while offering them safe and proven treatments, should they succumb to Covid; and to call a halt to the mass testing which results in gross exaggeration of the dangers we face, and in unnecessary school closures. 

Matt Hancock, it seems, is unable to weigh up these simple, well-known facts for himself, and has delegated his responsibility to a committee of ‘experts’. The heart sinks. If we are to have committees, it would be more sensible to stock them with people like Armando Di Finizio: people who have kept their heads clear and their feet on the ground throughout the nonsense meted out by government during the past fifteen months, and who have done their very best to make life as normal as possible for the children in their care, in the teeth of official ‘guidance’ which has frequently defied both evidence and common sense. As it is, we can only hope that the carefully selected unelected who are even now deciding whether or not to order the coercive vaccination of minors will rule out any attempt to include our children in the Great Vaccination Experiment.

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Gillian Dymond
Gillian Dymond is 78, a mother and grandmother living in the north-east of England.

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