CENSORSHIP and deplatforming are unfortunately the order of the day in the newly censorious and bigoted ‘Covid era’ society we are living in. But even I had to draw a breath when I heard that Bath and North East Somerset Council decided that a meeting of some of the world’s leading scientists and doctors in their domain would bring them into disrepute. Yes, the esteemed councillors thought that the Better Way health conference that was due to take place in Bath’s Assembly Rooms next weekend (May 20-22) would somehow tarnish their reputation, so they pulled it. What an extraordinary anti-science and anti-freedom of speech decision; worthy of the former USSR’s agents of the state or Maoist China’s cultural revolutionaries.
It is of course their own action that brings the council into disrepute, not the presence of Dr Tess Lawrie, who inspired the conference, nor the extraordinary collection of distinguished doctors and speakers she is bringing to it – Dr Robert Malone, Dr Ryan Cole, Dr Alexandra Henrion-Caude, Dr Pierre Kory, Dr Jackie Stone, Bret Weinstein, Nick Hudson, Neil Oliver, Robert F Kennedy Jnr and Maajid Nawaz, to name but a few.
After the debacle of the global pandemic response that cost so much in breakdown of physical and mental health, accompanied in this country by the total collapse of normal health services with huge cancer and mental health fallout, and further incalculable collateral damage around the world, you might have thought that Bath – an internationally renowned home of healing for centuries – would have welcomed this event with open arms.
But no, they are either in studied denial or shockingly ignorant. Tragically, such narrow-minded bigotry has resulted in many similar deplatformings around the world.
Having witnessed similar attempts at preventing experts and professionals from speaking, gathering and sharing information, the organisers were prepared, and the Better Way Conference will go ahead as planned on May 20-22 at a different and more open-minded venue. In record time, the conference team have managed to find a superb new alternative still in Bath itself. This will be announced tomorrow.
There will be seven panels and 60-plus speakers over three days. Readers are invited to travel the Better Way path, ‘rooted in freedom, empowerment, education and integrity’, and tickets are available both to view online or attend in person. Details can be found here. This is a fantastic opportunity to see or meet in person some of the most inspiring and courageous scientists and thinkers who have stood their ground, at great personal cost, to question the official Covid narratives of the last two years and to keep science open.
This is an exciting meeting of independent experts, whom many of us have ‘got to know’ virtually over the last two years, who are putting their heads together for the good of all.