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The horror driven through our nation’s soul

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WHO exactly are inside No 10 Downing Street and what are they doing to our society? The official view is ‘Boris Johnson leading a Conservative Government. Protecting the NHS’.

Do you really believe it?

You were told release from lockdown was based on the R-number. It’s now below one nationwide. You were told vaccines were the route to freedom. The most at risk have been vaccinated. You were told this is a war. Yet the nation’s young and fit are still forced to cower from a virus that their immune systems could battle out of the community without most of them even noticing.

I have a relative who has been in hospital for three months whilst the NHS determine the best course of treatment (Covid delays things, you see.) She is 18. Visiting has not been allowed since mid-December.

This cruelty ‘for our own good’ is something that only the truly sick could inflict. I’d like to know how NHS managers can look in the mirror as they so willingly enforce policy that is detrimental to human dignity.

The elderly die alone after months of enforced separation from loved ones. Dying in despair without a final, familiar hand-hold. I remember that moving hand-hold on my grandmother’s death bed. That was the generation that ignored air raid sirens when the good bit of the film was coming. A night out at the pictures was a freedom Hitler was not going to remove from them.

Children are committing suicide in enforced misery. Ask a young person’s mental health charity if this lockdown policy is proportionate, let alone responsible. One thing is for sure: it will take more than a Zoom call from the royals to repair the nation’s mental health.

The metamorphosis of the narrative from a temporary and regretful measure of collective restriction to a confident assertion of permanent masks, vaccines and health passports has happened without any debate. The message is clear: they want these lockdowns and you will submit.

They don’t like dissent. The ‘operation’ aimed fire at Lord Sumption for challenging policy in much the same way they aimed at esteemed Professor Sunetra Gupta for espousing herd immunity with the shielding of the vulnerable. The Great Barrington Declaration presented a solid case against the chosen policy.

Public health adviser Professor Devi Sridhar has regularly asserted that lockdowns needed to be harder and longer. Unlike Professor Gupta, her opinion is lauded by the corporate media. Do they ever mention that she holds a position at the World Economic Forum, which has clear plans to reshape the global economy? The ‘opportunity’ of Covid is to fulfil our global ‘destiny’.

Davos man Tony Blair failed to get his way on biometric ID cards in his desperate 2006 bid to establish the surveillance state. He is now back advising the government on the strategy. Just over a week ago vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi stated to Andrew Marr that passports were ‘discriminatory’ and the government has ‘no plans’ to introduce them. But of course, what this government says in the moment bears no relationship to what it is actually planning.

In case anyone had forgotten, the months between July and December last year were nearly normal, for those of us who chose to participate in life. Museums were packed. The two concerts I attended were full. Gyms were busy. In the peak of summer cases vanished. We survived those months of near-normality with no surge of deaths.

As cases fall again the media is rallying optimism at mass vaccinations. The framing of an international vaccine championship may keep the tribal Tories happy. But the ease is not lifting for those of us paying attention. I sense that the current hyped-up optimism is a proxy for whatever comes next. This ‘thing’ is being done to us.

My own sense of the current darkness resides in C S Lewis. That Hideous Strength. The silent takeover of society by scientists, rallied by an infiltrated media system ‘nudging’ the minds of carefully controlled demographics to think that what is happening is in their favour. A dark world where the National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments (NICE) seeks to banish nature from man to ‘perfect’ his evolution.

In my last piece for TCW I mirrored my feelings for lockdowns in the music of Shostakovich. His experience living under Soviet tyranny translated to music. It speaks to all of us who have felt the inevitable pain and despair that comes with living like this. His music says if you are despairing you are not alone. At the premier of the Fifth Symphony (post-official denouncement, it was his apology to ‘power’) the audience sobbed through the Largo. Suddenly someone understood.

I still don’t think many understand the scale of the horror that has been driven through our nation’s soul. This lockdown policy has been like those French nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean. You get a shockwave on the surface which soon calms. The devastation of the life on the reefs below however is enduring.

Those occupying Downing Street are not in favour of a conservative order where ordinary people have the liberty to strive for the life they choose. They have corrupted our humanity.  

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Nicholas Orlando
Nicholas Orlando (pseudonym) works in the private sector as well as independently as a counselling therapist.

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