NESTLED in the rolling hills of South Devon lies one of the UK’s most imaginative and progressive communities, Totnes, whose folk once ran Costa Coffee out of town for daring to infiltrate a place known affectionately in the county as Narnia.
Its vibrant high street hosts weekly markets and a quite astonishing choice of cafes, eateries, drinking establishments, health-food stores and quirky independent businesses, all affording one the opportunity to mingle with a tribe of disciples to the art of free living. Nobody bats an eyelid here at a druid walking down the road, a Sadhu sipping tea on the pavement, or a troop of gothic Morris-dancers jigging to techno outside the beautiful 15th century St Mary’s church.
The satellite hamlets orbiting the town are moneyed, yes, yet also strewn with low-impact dwellings – cabins, hidden caravans, bow-top wagons and yurts – alongside organic food growing projects, woodland schools and a thriving sense of community. I know all this because I live here.
Unfortunately, however, scratch a little beneath the surface and you will find that the State’s Covid-19 fear campaign has penetrated at all levels the fortress that is Narnia.
The New World Alliance – a local group committed to sustaining a counter-argument to the mainstream Covid-19 narrative, and with ties to The Light Paper – had scheduled for November 20 at Totnes Civic Hall an event named the Awakening Conference, billed as an open-to-all opportunity to discuss the real stories behind the MSM headlines.
It was to feature guest speakers such as lawyer and former British military officer Anna De Buisseret; Patrick Henningsen from UK Column and 21st Century Wire; co-founder of the UK Medical Freedom Alliance Dr Elizabeth Evans; Dr Zac Cox from the World Doctors Alliance, and immunologist and molecular biologist Prof Dolores Cahill PhD, among many others.
However, as the direct result of a hysterical change.org petition (counter petition here) the event was cancelled: the ‘outcry’ garnering enough local support to persuade the town council to renege; the Totnes Times running with the sinister sub-headline ‘Conspiracy group causing distress and division in town, told freedom of speech is not freedom to lie’. You can read more on this story at local government propaganda arm DevonLive here.
I shall leave it up to the reader to explore the quite astonishing text of the petition itself. It is a hateful diatribe comedic in value if not so utterly ignorant, insulting and divisive, and which dealt a blow to what was intended to be a calm, civilised and non-judgmental community get-together.
Totnes’s underbelly of fear doesn’t stop there. Those who come here to sample the nutty and endearing delights of the town – particularly on a fine, sunny market day when the high street is fizzing with activity – but who choose not to wear a face covering will be dismayed to learn that some establishments may refuse entry to those who do not provide proof of exemption.
Current Government guidance clearly states that:
‘You are no longer legally required to wear a face covering in any setting. Therefore you do not need to rely on an exemption if you need one.’
‘If you have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering you do not need to show any written evidence of this [or] an exemption card.’
‘Where businesses require their workers to wear face coverings there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Businesses should be mindful and respectful of these.’
A licensed premises, however, apparently has the authority to eject customers without providing any justification. This leaves open a potential loophole in the guidance which favours those of the mask’s most ardent disciples staffing such premises, who do not wish any customer to enter without one: can they simply be ejected before the topic of exemption is even broached, without needing to give reason?
If so, surely this provides cover for any number of discriminatory practices such as racism or homophobia: if one were racist, and a black customer entered one’s establishment purporting to be mask exempt, then one could simply express one’s racism by camouflaging it within the business’s strict mask policy and eject the person from the premises.
Using a slightly different scenario, if one harboured a quiet hatred of obese people and discovered one walking around one’s hospital unmasked, then it appears one has the authority simply to hoof him out, as Hexham General recently missed a golden opportunity to do.
Devon & Cornwall Police appear not to have the faintest idea of how to interpret the guidance of their own government. From my correspondence with them:
‘Although it is not government legislation it is the store’s discretion about what rules they have in place and who they wish to serve. There is nothing criminal about a store asking you to leave.’
All of this is evidence of medicalised apartheid blossoming not only at a local level, but in a town whose reputation is built upon bucking trends and attacking norms; with DevonLive again showing a particularly keen interest of late in using Totnes to promulgate such a dangerous agenda – which comes at the cost of lives and liberty – with this quite laughable piece on anti-maskers.
It does make me wonder what hope we have as a nation when even Narnia can develop such ideological cracks in its bulwark against propaganda, but please, don’t let it put you off a visit. We truly are a lovable, warm-hearted and characterful lot but, as in all environments, there is always a small minority of troublemakers seeking to spoil it for everyone else.
The Arcturus Clinic have a drop-in safe space for any seeking respite from the State’s relentless propaganda. It is open every Saturday between 11am and 2pm.
The Awakening Conference will go ahead on the same date, November 20, at a location yet to be disclosed for obvious reasons.