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Vaccine doubts coming to light

Dear Editor,

Unusually, the mainstream media have reported on a study which gives bad news on the Covid vaccine. The Imperial College London study was published in the Lancet on October 28 and states: ‘The secondary attack rate among household contacts exposed to fully vaccinated index cases was similar to household contacts exposed to unvaccinated index cases.’

However, the MSM haven’t reported on a Harvard study published on September 30 in a US Government journal, lead-authored by S. Subramanian. This study of 68 countries analyses data provided by the US Government and the website Our World in Data.

For Iceland and Portugal, the study says: ‘Both countries have over 75 per cent of their population fully vaccinated and have more Covid-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10 per cent of their population fully vaccinated.’

On the US it says: ‘Of the top 5 counties that have the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated (99.9-84.3 per cent), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies 4 of them as “High” transmission counties.’ And: ‘Even though vaccinations offer protection to individuals against severe hospitalization and death, the CDC reported an increase from 0.01 to 9 per cent and 0 to 15.1 per cent (between January to May 2021) in the rates of hospitalizations and deaths, respectively, among the fully vaccinated.’

For Israel it says: ‘In a report released from the Ministry of Health in Israel, the effectiveness of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against preventing Covid-19 infection was reported to be 39 per cent, substantially lower than the trial 96 per cent.’

Geoff Moore

Ross and Cromarty

Wake up to the Woke threat

Dear Editor

Surely it is the government that should be held responsible for the rampaging Woke/cultural Marxist movement taking over our society. It is the government that has legislated progressive policies of diversity, equality and protected characteristics, Green fanaticism, imposed and promoted them enthusiastically across the public sector with the private sector now following suit. We had Boris Johnson at the recent Tory conference hailing Britain as the place that allows people to live and love according to their preferences. 

Woke in all of its forms presents a real and present threat to our democracy and freedoms. We need to ban all of its twisted concepts,  thought and language and refer all Woke activists to Prevent since they are as radicalised, ideologically brainwashed and dogmatic as any terrorist group. If we had a responsible and firm PM Woke would be referred to the security services for their attention. Unfortunately, the security agencies are likely as infiltrated as all other institutions. It must be pressed on them however to act because right now we are staring at tyranny of a deluded and demented mob.

Rhydwenna E Jones 


Beware the power of Attenborough

Dear Editor

When I was a child I sat with my parents and my brother as we watched an enthusiastic 30-year-old David Attenborough in his quest to find a dragon. Never was I more disappointed than when, in the last episode, some large lumbering lizards were revealed which our 12’ black and white television clearly failed to do justice to. Where was the fire breathing dragon that my young mind had expected? 

Now 65 years later I am not so full of wide-eyed innocence, though I fear for the children of today who might be on the receiving end of Attenborough’s undoubted ability to plant images and expectations in young minds. 

In the Daily Telegraph on October 27 Emma Gatten, the Environment Editor, reports: ‘Sir David Attenborough issued a warning yesterday before the summit (COP 26) saying: “If we don’t act now, it will be too late”.’

The 95-year-old naturalist and broadcaster said wealthier countries, including the UK, had a ‘moral responsibility’ to help refugees displaced by climate change. ‘We caused it. Our kind of industrialisation is one of the major factors in producing this change in climate,’ he said.

Barbara Elsmore 



Tell Prince George the truth on climate

Dear Editor

The Prince of Wales has told how his grandson Prince George is learning about climate change and how global warming was causing ‘big storms, floods, droughts, fires and food shortages’. For goodness sake, he is only eight years old. Will he be told that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has repeatedly said that it had low confidence that global warming had any impact on the frequency or severity of floods, that hurricanes, tornadoes and tropical storms show a decreasing trend and that droughts were less severe? Prince Charles should tell Prince George that the 2006 Al Gore film An Inconvenient Truth contained nine scientific errors and that a UK judge said it was unfit for schools because it was politically biased and that teachers should point out the controversial or disputed sections. One part said that sea levels would rise by 20 feet ‘in the very near future’. Prince George could ask his grandfather when the remaining 19 feet 11.5 inches will happen and when the Maldives will sink below the waves. 

Clark Cross 



Childish stunts at COP26

Dear Editor

The mascot for the Glasgow COP26 is a seal called Bonnie who wears a dress. Even if this particular seal is gender-fluid (joke!) aren’t we infringing on the dignity of living creatures by presenting them in this anthropomorphic way? Surely this serious global conference where lots of important and clever people get to decide how to save planet earth (while consuming rather a lot of its products in the span of a few days) shouldn’t resort to childish stunts?

Kathleen Carr



An MP’s answer

Two weeks ago, a reader wrote to his MP, the former Cabinet minister Chris Grayling, asking if there is any government documentation on religious or philosophical exemptions regarding Coid vaccines. You can see the full letter here. 

This is Mr Grayling’s response.

Hello there. 

The simple answer is that I know of no such documents. But the reason for that is that there is no plan at all in this country to mandate vaccination outside the health and social care sectors. There, because professionals are dealing with the people most vulnerable to the virus, and given the fact that the vaccines do reduce if not prevent transmission, I think the case is justifiable. But elsewhere it is not and I would not support any kind of mandation.

You are right about other countries, but there is little that we can do about that.

Best wishes

Chris Grayling

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