THROUGHOUT the pandemic, critics of lockdown have provided much-needed opposition to the Government’s ill-conceived and ruinous policies. No challenge to the myriad restrictions has been forthcoming from the opposition benches.
On the contrary, they always want harsher restrictions, and they want them imposed sooner and for longer.
It has not always been easy for Covid sceptics. Prominent scientists and journalists have sometimes found themselves censored by the Tech giants on social media.
Others, such as cancer specialist Professor Karol Sikora and epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta, have experienced sustained attacks on their reputation, and demands they permanently shut up. Sceptics in general are accused of spreading disinformation and endangering the lives of others.
Instilled with Government-sanctioned fear for the last ten months, most of the public is overreacting. A majority supports unprecedented attacks on our civil liberties, and needless destruction of jobs and businesses.
Covid sceptics have been vital in trying to rebalance the debate, by voicing concerns and providing evidence that the policies pursued look likely to end up being far worse than the damage done by the virus.
But unfortunately, when it comes to Covid vaccines, many sceptics are making a terrible mistake.
I am grateful for Covid sceptics and all they have done. They have challenged the figures given for ‘infections’ because the PCR test is known to produce large numbers of false positives.
They know many so-called cases are of those without symptoms, and that the word cases was never used for the asymptomatic in the past. They ask whether ‘Covid deaths’ are properly categorised, and whether the total figure is inflated.
They compare what is happening now to deaths in previous years to provide context and to reach informed opinions.
They know there is much research showing that lockdowns and masks not only do little good in reducing transmission, but that their effect on our economy is likely to lead to more dying than may be saved by such measures.
Unlike their opponents, they consider a broad range of factors and issues, and are usually open to modifying their opinion should more information arise, if things on the ground change, or if a better opposing argument is presented.
Yet despite all this good work, many sceptics are now handing the Government and other lockdown fanatics a free gift.
It is baffling and frustrating that they are not just enthusiastic there is now a vaccine, but also believe it is everyone’s duty to have the jab. They do not think it should be compulsory, but they believe it is best for all adults, not just the elderly and vulnerable, to get vaccinated.
This is wholly misguided. It is inconsistent with their overall stance against the Government’s response, and contributes to the overblown fear, the basis upon which politicians impose lockdowns and other damaging and lethal restrictions.
The expectation that we all should be vaccinated for Covid will create an unfair moral obligation and pressure on those who do not want to be immunised.
It is, of course, less egregious than a legal obligation. But the belief that the decision whether to have it or not would be free and fair, take it or leave it and forget all about it, is unrealistic and naive.
But here is the most important thing. The Government’s entire disproportionate response, with all the damaging restrictions it involves, rests on the demonstrable falsehood that Covid-19 is high risk for all.
In fact, as sceptics know, it has an overall fatality rate barely higher than that of influenza. If things had been different, and governments had not reacted how they have to a virus of this type, then there is a reasonable case to be made, even if one does not agree with it, that everyone should be voluntarily vaccinated, not just for Covid but also for influenza.
The assumption here, for influenza, as for Covid, is that this would help protect against transmitting it to vulnerable individuals.
Yet governments have reacted in a disproportionate and destructive way, and will keep on doing so, for this virus and for any future ones, even if they have similar low fatality rates.
This is now the standard, unhinged response. It cannot and will not be otherwise in future, if governments get their way, which seems likely, for it would be an admission that the response to Covid was misjudged. For that they would pay dearly at the ballot box.
The expectation that there should be mass vaccination for a low-fatality virus is now part and parcel of the reckless and unnecessary response.
In the real world, if you agree with mass, voluntary, Covid vaccination, you are necessarily giving support to the Government and its response, for which mass vaccination is an integral part, helping maintain the out-of-proportion fear and the deception that Covid is a great threat.
The Government’s policies, as it has admitted itself, have led to tens of thousands of avoidable deaths. Operations and scans were cancelled. Many were either too scared of the virus to seek medical help, or obeyed the mantra to ‘protect the NHS’.
The NHS, for a long period, became a Covid-only service, and is hardly any better as I write. And it is becoming increasingly clear that those policies, and similar ones across much of the world, through their effects on economies, businesses and families, will ultimately result in millions dying. Recession always increases the number who die.
Support for mass Covid vaccination is wrong and has very serious implications. Those who support it must urgently reconsider.