SO, ALL the useful idiots who thought the lockdown was a great idea, and were very vocal in enforcing the petty, idiotic and cruel rules, ‘feel like fools’. So says Alice Thomson in a Times article headed ‘We feel like fools for following the rules’.
I have to say I am perplexed at all the wailing and gnashing of teeth when it comes to the ‘we followed the rules but Johnson and the rest of them didn’t’ complaint. Examples include: I feel like such a fool for not being able to say goodbye to my dying wife/dying mother/missing my dad’s 90th birthday. Indeed, this was a terrible tragedy and suffering imposed on you by people who should have known better, people who should have known that ‘I was just following orders’ is a very unattractive defence.
But I thought the reason you followed all those rules was to ‘save lives’. I thought all those who didn’t follow the rules were callous granny killers. So surely, it doesn’t matter what happened in No 10 Downing Street over lockdown? You believed in The Rules. You believed in The Science.
It was The Rules and the Rule Followers that were saving ‘Our blessed NHS’ and ‘Saving Lives’. If you kept the rules, you should be happy whether other people broke them or not. Boris Johnson is a rule-breaker, you always knew that. Nothing new here.
So no, you don’t look like fools now for following The Rules and The Science. You look like monsters. In my eyes the government were monsters for imposing the cruellest rules from the very beginning. That’s why I opposed them. That’s why I wrote from the very start of the lockdown, myself and Peter Hitchens out there, swaying in the wind, that these rules taken together were cruel, immoral and disproportionate. And I can tell you we got a lot of blowback for our trouble.
Thomson gives an example of such petty cruelty. ‘We can’t blame the officials who enforced the rules; a few appear to have enjoyed their draconian powers but some are feeling desperate. There’s the local vicar who told me he’s now horrified that he demanded young children sit separately from their grieving families at funerals. He remembers with shame reprimanding a widow with dementia who started singing softly as her husband’s coffin was carried up the aisle.’
Let that just sink in there. It may seem small but it’s monstrous. It’s inhumane. This behaviour is disgusting in its cruelty and the fact that a vicar could ever think it was appropriate to treat either children or a widow in such a manner tells you how monstrous the Covid propaganda was, and how easily people went along with it. That’s why the Rule Followers’ howls of rage have such a distinctly hollow ring. As Kathy wrote last week, ‘Partygate reveals not just the charade they so willingly bought into, but how much they relished lockdown for its own sake; and, damningly, how it was their own unthinking compliance with Johnson’s irrational and cruel sanctions that left elderly people, including their own parents, dying isolated and alone.’ https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/my-tv-clash-with-edwina-currie-over-johnsons-lies/
Yes, the vicar is right to be ashamed of his behaviour at those funerals. He was wrong to do such a thing, not because Boris Johnson might have been having a birthday party at the same time, but because it is wrong to do such a thing. Morally wrong. If there are laws that ask you to inflict such cruelty on the vulnerable, you ignore them. That’s my rule, and I follow it come what may.
So yes, I do blame the officials who enforced the rules, the snitchers, the shamers and the boomers. You were all taken for fools. A minority may even have enjoyed the rules while they were there: the power, the preening, the virtue signalling, the shaming of others. Now you have been exposed as the cruel, vacuous boot-lickers that you are.
Thomson still thinks the lockdowns were necessary (a true believer out there on her island in the Pacific) ‘but politicians and advisers should have spent more time balancing the risks. It’s clear now that some were semi-detached from the suffering’.
Yikes on a bike! If only we had a mainstream media who were in position to raise these issues. Give me strength, dear Lord, give me strength. We have written about little else for two years.
Lockdown lovers now have to live with themselves and their cruel unnecessary actions during those lockdowns. Because I for one will never forget.