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The Hancock Files – no scoop, just propaganda


THE Daily Telegraph has acquired another ‘scoop’ in the fine tradition of its ‘MPs fiddle their expenses’ scandal. In other words, it’s no scoop at all.

This one involves the leak by Isabel Oakeshott of 100,000 WhatsApp messages sent between then Health Secretary Matt Hancock and various ministers and officials during the ‘pandemic’. She acquired them while ghost-writing his memoir, Pandemic Diaries. She is presenting this indiscretion as an act of public service. She writes in the Telegraph: ‘That’s why I’ve decided to release this sensational cache of private communications – because we absolutely cannot wait any longer for answers.’

Well, here’s something I can guarantee: we are not going to get a semblance of an answer to anything that matters from this distracting, overhyped and likely orchestrated data dump. It is classic Limited Hangout, calculated to deceive and muddy the waters, not to illuminate.

Here, for example, is the headline on the first day’s revelations: ‘Hancock rejected Whitty’s advice on care home tests’. We are treated to the apparently shocking fact that ‘Prof Sir Chris Whitty told the then health secretary early in April 2020, about a month into the pandemic, that there should be testing for “all going into care homes”. But Mr Hancock did not follow that guidance . . .’

Suppose Hancock had followed that ‘guidance’, what then? Would a single life have been saved? To believe it would have done, you would have to accept at least two palpable untruths: first, that PCR tests were reliable and effective, and second, that there ever was such a thing as ‘asymptomatic transmission’.

In the guise of telling us exciting new stuff that we’ve never heard before, what this ‘scoop’ is actually doing is attempting to prop up a very stale, old narrative. The reason all those old people died in droves in their care homes, we are being encouraged to believe, is that the biomedical Establishment (as represented by Chief Medical Officer Whitty) did not have sufficient control over government ministers, that the rules weren’t strict enough, and that testing wasn’t done extensively enough.

So, far from being a case of the plucky Fourth Estate doing its job and speaking truth to power, this is just more Establishment propaganda. It promotes the (very dangerous) notion that ‘experts’ from institutions such as the (Bill-Gates-funded) World Health Organisation rather than mere elected politicians should have the whip hand during ‘pandemics’. And it reminds waverers that Covid really was an unprecedentedly deadly threat which required dramatic restrictions and impositions on the populace and which definitely wasn’t just rebadged flu.

Meanwhile, the much more likely causes of all those elderly deaths are conveniently brushed under the carpet. These include: inappropriate restrictions on effective treatments ranging from zinc and vitamin D to ivermectin; loneliness and despair brought on by insufficient access to loved ones; the blanket application of DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) notices to chronically ill patients; and, perhaps above all, to the overprescription of the death pathway drug midazolam, which speeds the demise of the sick by restricting their breathing.

When I confided some of my reservations about this scoop to social media, a pleasingly large majority of respondents seemed to share my scepticism. Here is one of the rare ones that didn’t, from one Matthew Evans: ‘I respected James and agreed with most of the things he said throughout the pandemic. But I think James you have become so obsessed with purity of thought that you miss it’s things like this that will bring the dam down and help the majority realise what happened.’

With the greatest respect, Matthew, well-meaning folk like you are exactly the target market for psyops like this purported WhatsApp ‘leak’. You are sceptical – as who wouldn’t be? – about the official Covid narrative. You want, as you put it, to ‘bring the dam down’, presumably to drench the populace in the floodwaters of truth.

Unfortunately, though, to use your metaphor, this story is most definitely not designed to burst the dam wall. Rather, it is designed to prevent the cracks getting any bigger, at least for a bit longer, by stuffing them with papier-mâché. Far from giving the enquiring reader a clearer idea of what happened during the ‘pandemic’, it fills his or her head with distracting irrelevances.

There is nothing our corrupt, mendacious and hopelessly compromised political class would like more than for you to think that Covid was all about cock-up not, conspiracy. That’s why the clownish Matt Hancock makes such a convenient fall guy. No one takes him seriously – especially not after his appearance on a TV game show, which was no doubt planned as part of the strategy. The quid pro quo for Hancock’s agreeing to play the sacrificial lamb, I would guess, is that the story is focused on his bumbling incompetence rather than on his role as Midazolam Matt, serial killer of the elderly.

Not in my most cynical imaginings could I have predicted that at this late stage, with the vaccine-dying and injured all around us, the legacy media would still be trotting out the line that it was all just cock-up and that next time all we need to do is be a bit more authoritarian and ‘trust the experts’. But then, unlike the Telegraph, Bill Gates didn’t pay me $6million, so what would I know?

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James Delingpole
James Delingpole
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