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Thalidomide – the Covid vaccine’s unmentionable counterpart


AS A trade union officer I recently represented a nurse who was in trouble with the Nursing & Midwifery Council for spreading ‘disinformation’ on Covid-19. One of her alleged crimes was to warn of another thalidomide scandal. Yet comparing thalidomide to the vaccines is both scientifically and ethically valid. Neither product was safe, and manufacturers were given immunity from prosecution. 

Andrew Bridgen MP alone has investigated the comparison, making him a double-plus heretic. Ejected from the Conservative Party for anti-Semitism after comparing Covid-19 vaccine harm to the Holocaust (as most readers know, he quoted an Israeli doctor whose relational term was ‘since’ rather than ‘as bad as’), he now risks further ignominy for drawing the obvious parallels with the thalidomide scandal. 

Today thalidomide may be discussed only in the approved way, deployed, with insulting irony, to contrast the lack of checks and balances of the past with the sophisticated system of today. That is the deceptive impression – the ‘omerta’ Bridgen has defied.

The pharmaceutical industry has a long record of unscrupulous practice. Its products have improved the health of humankind, but there is a dark side, as exposed by thalidomide. The notorious drug was developed in 1953 by Chemie Grünenthal, a German company founded after the war by doctors and scientists from the Third Reich, and marketed to treat anxiety and insomnia. A million West Germans were taking it by the end of the 1950s. 

Thalidomide was also commonly prescribed to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women. Although it was deemed safe in pregnancy, no long-term safety trials had been conducted. Reports began to appear of babies born with missing or shortened limbs and other deformities, internal and external. Initially the drug company denied any link, but in 1961 the tranquilliser was withdrawn in Germany. Elsewhere it continued in use. Under Franco’s dictatorship, Spanish people did not complain much, and thalidomide remained on the formulary until 1975. 

In 1979 a case taken to the European Court of Human Rights revealed injunctions against newspapers reporting the alleged harm. The judge specifically mentioned the Speaker of the House of Commons, who had barred any debate on thalidomide.This is why Bridgen spoke of this iatrogenic tragedy outside the Palace of Westminster: such suppression of truth and callous disregard for victims is happening again. 

A good illustration of history repeating itself is in last month’s Literary Review, which features David Kynaston’s latest book, A Northern Wind: Britain 1962-65, reviewed by Piers Brendon. Kynaston deprecates health minister Enoch Powell, who was actually a visionary reformer for the NHS, accusing him of closing his eyes and ears to the thalidomide scandal: ‘He was entirely unhelpful to a delegation of affected parents, refused to see a victim of the drug, expressed no word of compassion or understanding, and astounded everyone with his coldness. He also rejected calls to set up a public inquiry.’

This was indeed unjustifiable. Yet a similar injustice is played out daily today by ministers and almost every parliamentarian without comment, except in pages such as these. Almost all MPs have turned a cold shoulder to the tens or hundreds of thousands of British subjects injured by the jabs that the government pushed them to receive (indeed, even by Her Majesty’s decree – otherwise to be condemned as selfish).  Was Powell’s indifference any worse than that of Matt Hancock, Sajid Javid, Therese Coffey and Steve Barclay? Kynaston, like much of the intelligentsia and the professional-bureaucratic class, cannot see what he does not want to see. And of course while the majority of the thalidomide injuries were visible, vaccine injuries such as myocarditis, conveniently, cannot be seen.

The thalidomide tragedy happened due to lack of proper testing. But this lesson did not stop the mass administration of experimental mRNA injections for inoculation against Covid-19, pushed by a campaign of propaganda and punitive pressure. Billions have been injected with a substance that could have serious consequences. Already these vaccines have caused a multitude of deaths, including athletes in their prime. Twenty-seven thousand excess deaths in the UK since the vaccination programme is a correlational signal that should have politicians, medics and media asking questions. Instead there is a conspiracy of silence. 

Bridgen has tried his best in Parliament. He raised a motion for debate but was snubbed by fellow MPs. Those who didn’t stay away or walk out when the Tory reject rose to speak were directed to leave by minister Andrew Mitchell, who even crossed the floor of the House to shepherd Labour MPs to the exit. We must never normalise such surreal events: we are witnessing one of the darkest moments in modern history. 

Physicist Denis Rancourt, giving testimony to the independent National Citizens’ Inquiry on Covid in Canada, estimated that 13million people worldwide have died from the vaccine, for a disease ‘that is most likely fabricated and maintained for ulterior motives other than saving humanity’. According to medical practitioner Roger Hodgkinson, the ‘clot shot’ toll may be 20million. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that mortality is significantly higher in the vaccinated than in the unvaccinated. Worryingly, the trend is upwards, as illustrated by excess deaths in highly-vaccinated Canada, Australia and New Zealand:  

Australia23831106822730(>week 38)
New Zealand -15921605286(>week 49)
Canada310423531825333 (>week 34)

The taboo against discussing vaccine damage is not merely due to political blindness or indifference. Like the comparison with thalidomide, the truth is a threat to the establishment. It is shameful that instead of urgently learning lessons from the past, messengers such as Bridgen are taken out to the Westminster yard and metaphorically shot. 

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