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I love the Proms, especially since we cannot attend in person. I am very grateful for the limited television coverage.
Please help me to understand why the vocal soloists have to walk on to the stage wearing a mask, hardly breathing at all, then unmask in order to let rip with their amazing voices, trained to project to the back of the auditorium, taking in huge amounts of air and expelling the same . . .
Surely the Promenaders are at far more risk from their singing than from their sedate entrances?
Do the vocalists have their voices sanitised beforehand? And, if so, why do they need to wear a mask in order to enter the stage?
And why, in the case of weddings and funerals, are members of the congregation not allowed to join in with hymns, even very quietly?
I would expect Members of Parliament who aspire to hold the great offices of state to be prepared to put their private lives into stasis for the few years that they have the privilege of being in that position. I would not expect them to take foreign holidays. However, I would expect them to be within reach of their control centre, wherever that may be, 365 days a year. For the top people to be out of the country for a holiday either indicates arrogance or a lack of respect for the office.
Below is a reader’s letter sent to Flick Drummond, Conservative MP for Meon Valley, following her vote in favour of mandating Covid-19 ‘vaccination’ for care workers on July 12, 2021.
Dear Mrs Drummond,
What you did last Tuesday was utterly reprehensible: to force people to be injected with an experimental gene therapy treatment, still in its Stage 3 human trials and administered under an Emergency Use Authorisation, was in violation of international law, human rights law and a direct contravention of the Nuremberg Code, which this country has signed up to.
As you are obviously not aware of its terms, I have reproduced the Nuremberg Code Clause 1 for you:
‘The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.’
What is the difference between what you have just done and what the Nazis did that resulted in the compilation of this Code in the first place?
Anybody with a modicum of intelligence knows that any vaccine is effective only for the recipient and has NO beneficial effect to anybody else around them, so giving it to an unwilling participant will not decrease the ‘spread’ of anything. If the care home residents have all received their ‘treatment’ and are apparently protected, why would it make a difference who they came into contact with?
The fatuous arguments made by other members of the House comparing this to medical students being tested for TB, HIV and hepatitis C are just that. This treatment is still experimental and has so far killed more than 1,400 people in the UK; in any previous environment it would have been withdrawn already.
Your action was an absolute disgrace, showed a complete lack of moral fibre and I have no doubt the resultant edict will be swiftly struck down as illegal by a very short court case which will now undoubtedly be instigated.
As I asked you before, what will you vote for next: Yellow Stars to be worn by the unvaccinated?
I really don’t know how you sleep at night!
Reprinted with kind permission
Dear Prime Minister
Due to the destruction of our lives, liberties and livelihoods in your foolish attempt to control Coronavirus by lockdown measures I can no longer remain a member of the Conservative Party.
There is no evidence that lockdown, social distancing or masks work. Pandemics follow a bell-shaped curve regardless of government action, thus now we are somewhat unlocked ‘cases’ (actually positive tests) have fallen 40 per cent in a week. There is no reason you could not have dealt with Covid by ‘focused protection’ on the elderly and vulnerable who were the ones under threat from it.
Instead you have locked the elderly in their rooms in care homes where many turned their faces to the wall and died without seeing relatives again, you have prevented people attending the funerals of these victims, you have imprisoned students in their halls of residence even though that age group is literally more likely to be struck by lightning than die of Covid, you have withheld education from the young for months on end, you have destroyed the country’s fiscal position (it’s our money, Prime Minister) for a generation to come by absurd measures such as paying people not to work, you have blown a hole in our liberal democracy and long-established rights from which we may never recover and treated Parliament with contempt by announcing policy at press conferences, not in Parliament; not that Parliament is allowed to function and scrutinise legislation, due to so-called ‘social distancing’ so most MPs are not even present and because you have passed laws by diktat under the Coronavirus Act and 1984 Public Health Act without any scrutiny at all. Meanwhile businesses, culture and jobs and mental health and fitness are destroyed (locking people up in their own homes is not good for their health). Quality of life is as or more important than quantity of life.
These measures have been ineffective, counterproductive and in many cases downright bizarre. How is sitting outside in the cold supposed to protect against a respiratory virus (pubs only open outside 12/4/21 to 17/5/21), how is wearing a mask when standing up but not when sitting down supposed to help, how is turning everyone out of a pub at 10pm so they mingle on the street supposed to promote social distancing?
Meanwhile we can see what those in power actually think of these measures as you behave normally, maskless and unsocially distanced, at the G7, in Downing Street, with Ferguson ignoring the stay-at-home advice to carry on an extra-marital affair, with Dominic Cummings popping up to Barnard Castle when we were told to ‘stay local’ or with Hancock up against a wall with his mistress whom he appointed to a lucrative sinecure in the Ministry of Health.
The terms of getting rid of this nonsense have consistently been changed. Three weeks to ‘flatten the curve’ has turned into a year and four months so far; cancelling Christmas we were told would be ‘inhuman’ a few days before it was cancelled; freedom once the vulnerable were vaccinated was quietly dropped in favour of freedom once the over 50s were vaccinated which in turn became a ‘roadmap’ of opening on 21/6/21 which was cancelled in favour of 19/7/21 which in turn has been effectively cancelled by continued urges to ‘caution’ and this self-inflicted ‘pingdemic’ of the absurd and ineffective test and trace system. Still we continue with warnings of further lockdowns, vaccine passports (which you have explicitly ruled out several times and is now government policy) and now attempts to control journalists via an updated Official Secrets Act.
What are we supposed to make of a Conservative government that is advised by a Communist (the Communist Party being openly committed to the overthrow of liberal democracy), Susan Michie, and the absurd Neil Ferguson, whose modelling predicted 500,000 deaths in March 2020 (wrong), 50,000 deaths if we reopened this spring (wrong) and 100,000 cases a day if we went ahead with unlocking measures in July (wrong, actually cases are around 30,000 a day and falling).
You have terrified a proportion of the British public with false data (dying within 28 days of a positive Covid test does not mean you died of Covid), last spring and early summer if you died at any point having tested positive for Covid you were put down as a Covid death yet still the false numbers are trotted out. Increased testing of the healthy is not factored into the number of positive tests (if you test 700,000 people a day you will get more positives than if you test 100,000 people a day) and the data shown on these dreadful news conferences would not gain a pass at GCSE maths if students were still allowed to take such a thing.
In 1916 Milyukov warned in the Duma that the Tsarist war effort was so dire that it could be explained only by either ‘stupidity or treason’. Which is it in 2020 and 2021, Prime Minister?
I will always be a Conservative, a Liberal (in the widest sense of the Whig tradition) and a Libertarian; as you are no longer any of these things and are leading our country down an authoritarian road I cannot remain a member of the Conservative Party whose government you lead. Thus I return my party card and, as you / your office has had neither the courtesy nor the organisation to reply to the many letters I have previously sent, I will be sharing this letter with anyone I can think of.