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Dear Editor

After careful consideration, I decided not to be vaccinated with any of the mRNA vaccines introduced earlier this year.  

Readers will be familiar with the thinking behind my decision – the very low fatality rate from coronavirus among healthy under-65s, unease about the use of cells from aborted babies, concerns about the long-term effects on our bodies of these substances and, more recently, doubts as to whether they are that effective anyway.

Less than a fortnight ago, I tested positive for the virus, so duly placed myself under ‘house arrest’ for the prescribed period of isolation.  

I’ve felt worse with other bugs in the past, although I cannot pretend that it has been a pleasant experience – being ill never is. I have felt very tired and rather weak. My taste buds went a bit haywire for a few days and I have been coughing a bit, although not persistently.  

I’m grateful to have a decent-sized garden, but walking round and round it to get some early morning exercise doesn’t compare with trekking down the country lanes and footpaths nearby.  

 Still, I’m through the worst and as freedom beckons, I have no regrets whatsoever that I didn’t sign up to these experimental vaccines. Indeed, not only am I more convinced than ever that I made the right decision, but I believe that the decision to try to vaccinate the entire population is totally bonkers.  

The virus is real, it can be fatal to the most vulnerable and can cause long-term health problems for others, but it is not like the Black Death or even the 1918 Spanish Flu.  

 It’s a difficult call if you have serious health problems, but for the rest of us, our bodies’ immune systems can cope without the aid of these dubious substances.  

Children and young adults certainly don’t need to be vaccinated. Based on my own experience, I’m sure they will cope fine if they fall ill.  

What is more, a number of studies suggest that people such as myself who have suffered from the virus are, on recovery, a minimal risk to others and likely to be better protected from future infection than those who have been vaccinated.  

It is time that government policy reflected this, especially with regard to staff working in care homes. Furthermore, I now believe more firmly than ever that the decision to lock the country down last year and again this year was a ridiculous over-reaction and I say three cheers for Anders Tegnell in Sweden, Ron DeSantis in Florida and other anti-lockdown champions.

 You can find plenty of accounts of people who made the same decision as me, caught the virus and ended up in hospital or in some cases even died from it. They are all recorded as wishing that they had been vaccinated. While I have every sympathy for anyone who has suffered like this, I remain unrepentant. The facts are that for most people, Covid-19 is unpleasant and an inconvenience – but nothing worse than that.  


John Petley


Dear Editor,

In the context of the Covid pandemic it’s worth recounting this story.

In 2006 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic in New Hampshire an intern developed a terrible cough. A doctor suspected whooping cough, and if so it would need to be contained before it spread into the community.

To definitively prove the presence of the whooping cough bacteria they could either culture a sample from the patient in a lab which can take many weeks, or they could do a quick PCR test. Unfortunately, as it turned out, they chose PCR. The test turned out positive. Over the next eight months 134 suspect cases were diagnosed largely based on PCR. Hundreds of health workers were furloughed, vaccinated and received antibiotics. Then they were told that it was a false epidemic because samples cultured in labs didn’t confirm a single real case of whooping cough.

Geoff Moore

Ross and Cromarty


A letter from a TCW Defending Freedom reader to his MP 

Mr So-Called Tory

I am an Oceanographer by profession which means I spend a considerable amount of time at sea in various parts of the World.

Last week whilst I was on a ship out in the Arabian Gulf. I had a WhatsApp call from my wife saying she had tripped at home landed badly and was in immense pain around her pelvic area. She told me she had phoned 999, but they were ‘extremely busy’.

None of our immediate family live in this area so there was nobody we could call to be with her. Luckily we have some fantastic neighbours who went to her aid. They recognised the seriousness of the situation and phoned 999 multiple times. I could hear what was going on via WhatsApp, I could hear our neighbours talking and my wife whining like a wounded animal.

Twelve hours later, yes you read it correctly, 12 hours, the ambulance turned up. The ambulance crew were magnificent apparently but needed assistance from another crew who had to come from Ivybridge. A broken pelvis is a very serious condition, all it takes is one bone shard to penetrate the femoral artery and the patient bleeds to death in front of your eyes.

Two questions I have for you:

1. Who is to be held accountable for this monumental farce?
2. All this lockdown to ‘save the NHS’ we have endured over the last year or so, for what, so my wife can wait twelve hours on a stone floor in agony for an ambulance to turn up?

I know the NHS is in trouble due to the incompetent, bureaucratic, management more concerned with ‘fighting climate change’ than saving lives. Somebody needs to be held to account for this and I don’t mean the staff at the sharp end either.


(Name withheld)


Dear Editor

Mary McGreechin is right to call out the Daily Mail. However, it would be more useful if she and others made a formal complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, on two grounds :

1 Inciting persecution of the Other, as she so eloquently outlines in the article.

2. Promoting an unproven experimental product that has safety issues, by recommending a jab. This should be backed up with indisputable clinical and research studies by eminent virologists, vaccinologists and epidemiologists. 

It is not the place of untutored journalists to recommend inoculation or otherwise. Personal liability should apply if they do so. Their job is to investigate and inform without fear or favour to enable the public to make informed choices.

Rhydwenna E Jones

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