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My inspiring friends who’ve seen the light over climate and vaccine nonsense

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SOMETIMES life takes an unexpected heartening turn. Just recently I was invited for lunch by a couple of friends I had known since university days but had not seen for at least a decade. I found Mark and Anna, both in their late seventies, looking extremely well and not remotely near their actual age.

After some initial chat and catching up, I wondered whether the dread subject of Covid, vaccines and so on would be brought up and if so, who would broach it. On so many occasions when meeting old friends I have hardly dared to mention it, wishing to avoid the barrage of abuse that might follow if they were unbelievers, members of the tribe of the unawakened. And as I have reported before on TCW, you never know in advance who might be one of ‘us’ and who might be one of ‘them’. Over the past three years I have had surprises both ways.

In the end, it was Mark who sprang the surprise, a pleasant one this time. He said: ‘I read TCW every day and I have seen your articles and Neville’s, as well as all those by the other contributors.’  He went on to say that he agreed with every word, and that he also reads five or six other dissident sites before breakfast to keep himself up to date. He is a particular fan of Dr John Campbell. He also admires James Delingpole for his brave and uncompromising stand on the climate nonsense, vaccine nonsense and the way we have been comprehensively misinformed by mainstream media for many years.  Mark and Anna are also major supporters of MP Andrew Bridgen, who has himself had to endure much abuse for his pronouncements that go against government policy.  

Over lunch, this couple, who have been happily married for more than 50 years, explained that at first they had gone along with the official narrative. They obeyed lockdown, mask mandates and trotted along for their first vaccines. ‘We were so careful,’ said Anna. ‘We sat outside in the cold with our children and grandchildren when we were told not to go indoors, and we regularly tested ourselves. We were, after all, elderly, possibly vulnerable and certainly did not want to be accused of being super-spreaders.

‘We were taken in, one hundred per cent.’

Then, gradually, Anna said, the doubts started creeping in until they became converts, perhaps even going further than such as me.

Anna said: ‘Mark had been perfectly well all his life, but just two weeks after one of the mRNA vaccines, he suffered a stroke. It came completely out of the blue, with no warning. Of course, we cannot conclusively prove that the vaccine caused it, but we started to wonder, and then, for the first time, started doing our research. It soon came clear to us that the much-vaunted and highly pushed vaccines were neither safe nor effective, and that was when we decided that we were not going to have any more of them.’

Now, both are completely disgusted with the mainstream media and say they never watch or listen to BBC news any more. ‘I used to be an enthusiastic listener of Today,’ Mark said, ‘but now I wouldn’t dream of turning it on, for all the lies they have been pushing for the past three years or so, not only about Covid, but climate change, the Ukraine war and everything else which passes for news these days.’  Mark reserved particular opprobrium for Greta Thunberg: ‘How has this weird kid, who is not a scientist and has only just stopped being a schoolgirl, managed to inveigle King Charles, who called her ‘remarkable’ and also world leaders at the UN conference? None of it makes any sense.’

Anna and Mark are both very clever people who have had big careers and could now be enjoying an extremely comfortable retirement, but they say they have had all their previous ideas and certainties comprehensively shaken up. They are fervent Brexiteers and go along with TCW contributor Karen Harradine who wrote in April that ‘national treasure’ David Attenborough has been one of the greatest indoctrinators of climate angst and has spent years terrorising children that the world is going to end. And yet Attenborough, as Mark pointed out, has flown around the world and continues to do so with his expensive camera crew while enjoining us all to stop driving our cars or heating our homes to ‘save the planet’.

Mark’s scorn for Sir Jonathan Van-Tam knows no bounds. He is the UK’s former deputy chief medical officer who has recently taken up a post as a senior medical consultant to Moderna, one of the companies churning out Covid vaccines. ‘Did you know that Pfizer made 27billion dollars from the vaccine last year?’ Mark asked. ‘And the lies being spread by vaccinate-the-world Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci and Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, continue to astound me.’ He added that he had signed the Great Barrington Declaration, drawn up by numerous scientists questioning the official response to the Covid outbreak and once again, rubbished by many on the orthodox side.

Anna says she is most worried about what sort of future her young grandchildren might have, as I believe are all of us who have been enlightened and had our consciousness raised by the stalwart researchers, scientists, doctors and others who have relentlessly questioned the official narrative and opened our eyes so wide that they will never shut again.

It was heartening that Mark and Anna, dear old pals I have known for more than 60 years, think alike, because I have met many married couples who can no longer speak civilly to each other: one has seen the light and the other remains in the dark ages. It was also more than gratifying to add them to my list of true friends. As another friend remarked, ‘There are more of us than people realise. It’s just that until recently so many have been afraid to speak out.’

My awakened friends, most of whom have now retired, say that the events of the past three years have given them a new lease of life, an important cause to fight for, when they might otherwise have eked out their days playing bridge, going round the golf course or doing crosswords. 

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Liz Hodgkinson
Liz Hodgkinson
Liz Hodgkinson is an author and journalist. lizhodgkinson.com

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