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Vaccine-related heart problems must be investigated
We are often told that the main benefit of the Covid vaccine is to reduce hospitalisations. Indeed the latest Scottish Government data states that hospitalisations per 100,000 people for those with 1 dose are 12.6, for 2 doses are 21.9, for 3 doses are 6.1 and for unvaccinated are 27.5.
It thus appears that the vaccine has positive efficacy in this context. However, it’s not that simple. These figures don’t include hospitalisations due to adverse events caused by the vaccine itself, which wouldn’t apply to the unvaccinated of course. A Nordic study lead-authored by Oystein Karlstad and published on 20 April analysed data for patients hospitalised with myocarditis or pericarditis following vaccination, involving 23million people. Both of these diseases are serious; with myocarditis the British Heart Foundation says that long term cases ‘may need a heart transplant’.
Of particular concern is males aged 16 to 24. Karlstad found 18.4 serious myocarditis excess events per 100,000 with the Moderna vaccine within 28 days of the second dose, for Pfizer it was 5.6 per 100,000, for anyone who had a mix of vaccines it was 27.5 per 100,000.
Health services urgently need to look into this.
(This letter refers to the same study as covered in Will Jones’s TCW article of 26 April, but from a different context.)
Ross and Cromarty
Thank you, TCW
I’ve been keeping an eye on the articles that have been published at TCW.
I wanted to say a really big thank you for the quality of journalism you put out, whether it’s about the Covid vaccines or Biden’s son’s business dealings.
I despair slightly at the current state of affairs but I am glad you’re shining light on topics other journalists don’t seem to want to discuss.
Brussels will never engage on Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Protocol is in the news again. It is part of an agreement between two parties so describing it as international law – as a reason not to amend it – is disingenuous.
No other sovereign nation has compromised its sovereignty in exchange for a trade agreement with the EU and neither should the UK. That would conflict directly with Article 36 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) – which upholds UK sovereignty – and so the NIP is not fit for purpose.
It also runs counter to the UN Charter on the Sovereignty of Nation States, to the Vienna Convention on Treaties and to the 1800 Act of Union.
As a UK/EU contract, which is unworkable, it needs to be amended or replaced. But it should be clear by now that the EU is not inclined to contemplate any amendments.
So since UK sovereignty is not negotiable, Article 16 needs to be invoked because the EU will not accept anything unless it leaves NI under ECJ jurisdiction.
Roger J Arthur
Nationalise the wind industry
Wind farms either under construction or newly completed in the North Sea all agreed to sell power to the grid at low fixed prices under the government’s ‘Contracts for Difference’ (CfD) scheme. However newly completed wind farms are delaying taking up their CfDs because they can earn much higher prices on the open market. Moray East, a huge wind farm off the Scottish coast, recently reached full operational capacity, but announced that it was delaying taking up its CfD contract until 2023. Electricity consumers will potentially have to pay this one wind farm an extra £500million in its first 12 months of operations. CfD contracts allow a great deal of flexibility on start dates, with delays of up to three years possible so £500million could turn out to be £1.5billion. Remember this is just for one wind farm with more to come. I never thought I would say this, but surely it is time to nationalise the wind industry which is mostly owned by foreign investors.
Dubious morals of the Parish telltales
Nobody likes a telltale, or so I had always understood. However the case of Neil Parish, who has just resigned as an MP, would suggest that at least in politics the position is otherwise.
Given the layout of the Commons chamber, only his Tory colleagues could have known that Mr Parish was watching porn on his phone. Did they raise the issue with him? No, of course not. Did they raise the matter with the Conservative whips’ office? No, instead they saw fit to pass the matter to journalists, not just destroying their colleague’s career, but damaging their own party’s campaign in the local council elections.
Who knows what mitigating factors might have applied in Mr Parish’s case? It is too late now.
Is his crime uniquely serious? Worse than a conviction for a campaign of harassment? Worse than calling out the Prime Minister over the very thing you are even more guilty of than him? Worse than starting a witch hunt for sexists over something that you have said yourself?
Whatever Mr Parish’s faults, I find the idea of being represented by the kind of vipers who have no sense of proportion and shop their colleagues to the press far more concerning.
EU centralisation is true to form
During the 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union, the public was reassured on multiple occasions that the EU would never have an army and never remove the veto. These steps are now being taken as the organisation centralises more power in Brussels to the determinant of the member nations’ democratic accountability.
These are not surprise steps taken due to unforeseen circumstances. Ever closer union has been the stated goal ever since it was stated in the opening line of the 1957 Treaty of Rome.
MPs should act like professionals
Agreed, reducing the number of male MPs is a crass and desperate response to a drunk and disorderly collection of politicians. Women look at porn and are active in the lucrative porn industry. Women behave just as badly as men. Why do female MPs think it is appropriate to flash the flesh in the Commons? There should be a dress code for covering up to look dignified while at work. Aside from depravity, it’s the staggering absence of professionalism that marks out Parliament from other occupations today. It needs an HR department together with a team of psychotherapists, line management, regular training, annual performance reviews, and restrictions placed on access to alcohol. An entirely new purpose-built Parliament building must be considered, Westminster reeks of ages past, its attitudes and practices.
Of most concern is that degenerate politicians with mucky minds and associated impaired judgment hold the power to legislate on our behalf and to regulate our lives. Maybe behavioural problems in part reflect low intellect and comprehension deficits necessary to do the job. This in turn creates stress which finds expression in delinquency. Clearly many of them are unfit to hold public office. How to recruit better quality MPs is a major problem with no easy answers.
Pornography should be banned as an industry. It’s a corrupting presence which is as addictive as drug and alcohol abuse, sex addiction and gambling. It becomes compulsive behaviour that wrecks lives, relationships and careers, as Neil Parish and his family have sadly discovered. He obviously needed help long before his conduct became a public issue. It doesn’t just emerge suddenly from nowhere or by accident. There was distress and discontent somewhere in his being that went unnoticed and unidentified or ignored eventually resulting in public humiliation. It’s not good enough to dismiss his recklesness as stupidity. The cause and reason that needs to addressed. This is why a counselling team might be very useful in Parliament for confidential discussions that may prevent a descent into self-destructive patterns of activity. The availability of porn attracts the most vulnerable, adults and young, with lives spiralling out of control as it grips their attention.
Rhydwenna E Jones
Not voting is a democratic act
It is not unexpected that the public are cynical and despondent over politics. Many boycotted the local elections in disgust.
But bad as it is here in the UK, and it is bad, the global situation is much, much worse.
A low turnout at the local elections and more importantly the political establishments response should be critically scrutinised.
Will our disgust with politics be recognised or ignored? We know the answer to that and the mainstream media propaganda will cover up and gloss over the failure of democracy and its lack of accountability.
However, just because global democracies are greatly inferior to ours we should not be grateful and accept what we are given. There has to be a better way of a civilised life than the one we have now.
At the heart of this failure is capitalism. It matters not who we vote for: at the end of the day it is the billionaires who are in control of everything. This includes brainwashing. We have only to look at the public’s slavish unthinking behaviour about Covid to see that.
The world is in crisis where dictators in both monarchies and republics are abusing the human population for their own benefit.
Those who refused to vote are in fact voting as an expression of severe dissatisfaction with the system. They must not feel guilty and a ‘no’ vote is just as democratic as casting a vote for someone they do not know.
As the American writer P J O’Rourke said, ‘Don’t vote! It just encourages the b*stards.’