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John Church: What Is Really Going On?

 “Freedom is only ever one generation away from extinction”. Ronald Reagan

It really started for us with pictures of overrun hospital wards in Lombardy and Madrid. True, we had seen similar images from Wuhan a month or two earlier, but that is a place no one had previously heard of, and seemed very distant and foreign. Those awful European images understandably created a sudden sense of urgency and concern. Future historical analysis, done in the cool light of day, will no doubt demonstrate that we did over-react, but given the uncertainty at the time, we might all be forgiven for not knowing what to do. And so the country agreed to have restrictions on our liberties imposed upon itself.

However, what has transpired since then has moved from ‘understandable’ to ‘debateable’ to ‘illogical’. And now to absurd and downright scary. It seems as though, with every comparable indication that the situation is infinitely better than it was in the Spring, we are subject to a constant stream of further rules and restrictions. Particularly egregious are the instructions around wearing masks, and only being allowed to meet in groups of 6 or less.

We are in a new dystopian world. These instructions came at a time when there were almost no deaths and hospitalisations. So why are we getting treated this way ? Before answering the question as to what is really going on here, it is worth just articulating a few key facts about this ‘epidemic’ and where we are in it.

  • Over 40,000 people in the UK have died of (or with) Covid-19. As we normally suffer ~ 1600 deaths a day in this country, that equates to about 3½ weeks worth of deaths. The average age of these deaths is over 80 and it is reported that 95% of those dying had other serious conditions.
  • At the peak in April we had nearly 1000 deaths a day (7 day average). We now have around 20, a factor of 50 less.
  • The stated objective of the lockdown we underwent, starting on March 23rd, was ‘to avoid overwhelming the NHS’.
  • If 40,000 people have died in the UK of (or with) Covid19, it means the rest of us have survived with a survival rate of 99.94%.
  • The global death toll is around 960,000, which is about 5 days worth of normal global deaths. The global survival rate is 99.99%, and save a handful of countries which still show some growth in cases and deaths, almost all countries are now in decline.
  • At a global level, comparisons with the Hong Kong flu of 1968-69 and the Spanish flu of 1918-19 show they had fatalities per capita which were some 10x and 300x more deadly respectively than with Covid-19.
  • Although it is a subjective statement, there appears to be no real correlation between death counts in countries and the imposition of any lockdowns. To give three examples of geographically diverse countries that did not impose significant social interruption: Pakistan, Sweden and Brazil have deaths per million at around 30, 580 and 650 respectively. Not any worse than many similar countries in their respective regions which did see the imposition of serious restrictions.

So, given these uncontested facts, why on earth are we now facing further nationwide lockdown threats and why do we have a population that seems so happy be compliant with these directives? Why have we so willingly relinquished centuries of hard-won freedoms and continue to seemingly accept whatever new undebated diktat comes along? What is really going on?

It is sad to say, but I have come to the conclusion that in every society there is a substantial element that unconsciously yearns for an authoritarian form of governance. And this pandemic is an absolute hard-left socialist’s dream. Hard left in philosophy and authoritarian in nature. In one fell swoop they have achieved what decades of effort have not. A cowed and controlled population, money printing galore, stay at home orders, restricted travel, enforced compliance, demonisation of non-compliance, Stasi-like informers, and on and on. In short, a truly hard-left socialist society. I think to understand what we are seeing, one just needs to put it into the framework that there are forces in our society that want to maintain and strengthen this socialist situation. There are three key components :

  1. Fear propagation: It has long been known that pretty much all our mainstream media are hopelessly biased towards left-wing agendas. The current situation is a perfect alliance between catastrophe story telling (which is what sells papers) and the required doom-mongering to keep the population in perpetual fear. And they know that a fearful population will just keep doing what they are told. They know that! It doesn’t matter what the truth is. The news outlets just keep pumping this catastrophe narrative. It is not news. It is propaganda. Every story is told from the worst possible angle. If the USA breaks some new infections record, it is splashed all over the news without any real context that infection cases there have almost halved in the last month or so. Two months ago we heard that Africa was going to be a death zone. What do we hear now on Africa ? That there doesn’t seem to be a problem ? No, we hear silence.
  2. Socialist tendencies: As I stated above, the societal pendulum regularly swings back towards social conformance and loss of individuality. Even though, decades after it has been shown that Communist regimes always impoverish their peoples, the drive towards it is so strong. Just look at the last election when the UK genuinely considered electing a Marxist government, and very nearly upended the democratic mandate of the 2016 referendum. As the amazing politics of that period showed, almost all of our institutions demonstrated sympathy for that goal. Sympathy towards an authoritarian unaccountable Europe. And now there is zero resistance towards anything that opposes the push towards a compliant population. No recognised institution or body is standing up to say “Stop this nonsense”. It is almost like they see this as an opportunity to punish their foolish and simple compatriots for the ‘mistake’ with Brexit. It is almost as if they wish this country impoverished.
  3. Sunk cost: It is a shame that Boris Johnson does not have the numerical literacy to understand the depths of the problems with this mistaken lockdown strategy. Even now, he could correct the wrong. He could stand up and say “I have been misled”. And he would be forgiven. But he won’t because he cannot face that music with the minimal understanding he has of the statistics, of the context. And neither can any of his henchmen. Nor the opposition. They are alI wedded to a strategy that has no possible success outcome. I watched last week’s Question Time in disbelief as both a Government Minister and the Shadow Secretary for Health aligned in their illogical disregard for the view of one of the country’s leading epidemiologists, as she called for an alternative strategy, given that lockdowns clearly don’t work.

How this ends is difficult to predict. All I know is that unless there is some major uprising of true resistance, we can all go a lot deeper down this rabbit hole of economic and societal destruction. It is very easy to visualise a country where we are perpetually restricted from any former freedoms in the name of our own safety. For our own good. And in a world where Covid-19 has long gone. What is there to stop it?

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9 thoughts on “John Church: What Is Really Going On?

  1. What this debacle has always lacked is perspective.

    For example, what the television coverage of ‘overwhelmed’ hospitals in Lombardy and Madrid failed to point out was that Northern Italy and Madrid have the worst air quality in Europe and Northern Italy has the second oldest population in the world…

    …the television pictures were showing a perfectly normal respiratory virus season in these regions. As a Spanish consultant confided to El Pais, at the time: ‘The only difference between this year and last year, or any other year for that matter, is that this year, for some reason, we are stepping around a lot of TV cameras.

  2. “… why do we have a population that seems so happy be compliant with these directives?”

    Stepping back in time to the American Revolution, it appears that the population of the then-colonies was divided very approximately evenly between 3 groups — those who wanted independence; those who wanted continued rule by the Crown; and those who wanted to keep their heads down. The minority who wanted independence won, and (since the victors write history), the fact that they were a minority was largely ignored.

    Stepping forward in time (and I know this is difficult for Brexiteers), something fairly similar happened with the famous 2016 Referendum: a minority of the population, 37%, voted Leave; a slightly smaller minority, 35%, voted remain; and another smaller minority, 28%, kept their heads down by not voting.

    Extrapolating to Infinity & Beyond, perhaps the situation is always that the majority of a population is either in favor of the status quo or simply wants to keep their heads down. It is only on those rare occasions when a minority is able to force a new paradigm on their reluctant fellow citizens that change can occur.

    Bottom line — unless the Anti-Lockdown crowd get their act together and become much more organized & more vociferous, we will likely be stuck with Lockdowns without end.

  3. John, very good, thanks

    punish their foolish and simple compatriots for the ‘mistake’ with Brexit. It is almost as if they wish this country impoverished

    Agree on both points. The ‘punishers’ believe they are all ‘elite’ and will be unaffected – like Pret Woman

    They are all wedded to a strategy that has no possible success outcome. I watched last week’s Question Time in disbelief as both a Government Minister and the Shadow Secretary for Health aligned in their illogical disregard for the view of one of the country’s leading epidemiologists, as she called for an alternative strategy, given that lockdowns clearly don’t work

    Yep, the only difference is Labour opposition want more lockdown, punishment and spending

    QT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VssAgWca0VE

    Elections are now a farce as they’re ‘vote for least worst’

  4. Boris Johnson does not have the numerical literacy to understand the depths of the problems with this mistaken lockdown strategy. Even now, he could correct the wrong. He could stand up and say “I have been misled”. And he would be forgiven. But he won’t because he cannot face that music with the minimal understanding he has of the statistics, of the context. And neither can any of his henchmen

    Boris didn’t need to admit wrong. He should have said “We’ve won, daily deaths now x10 lower than Flu, x100 lower than Cancer and x100 lower than heart problems. All restrictions gone, take off your masks and celebrate”

    However, he like rest in power – Raab – are ignorant of facts

    Julia Hartley-Brewer left Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab momentarily speechless on her talkRADIO show yesterday as she informed him of the number of healthy under-60s who had died with COVID-19 since February

    A very senior member of the Government seems to be completely unaware of exactly how innocuous Covid is to the majority of the population. Beyond that, it’s nothing short of outrageous that a senior Cabinet member should have no grasp whatsoever of the basic numbers of the single biggest issue that has faced this country for decades. The Government is clearly making decisions based on narratives and ideas presented to them without scrutinising them at even the most basic level.

    Can you imagine anyone running a serious business in this way – not having a clue for example how many clients one has or how much money the business turns over, more or less?

    There is no conspiracy here, just colossal incompetence and negligence”

    We all know Hancock is clueless and doesn’t understand False Positives – ONS 2.7%, PHE 2%; seems the “experts” don’t either

    Seven deadly sins of omission by the Two Doomsters
    I listened to the apocalyptic Government news briefing on Monday by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, suggesting a horrific second wave of coronavirus could be on its way. Here are a few things they ‘forgot’ to mention:

    1. False positives

    Immunity, Sweden…
    —-
    I had witnessed an abuse of scientific and mathematical method so grievous it would disgrace the Diane Abbott Mathematics Faculty.

    To the adage ‘there are lies, damn lies and statistics’, we must now add ‘egregious data manipulation to suit a political narrative’, later embellished in the Commons by Matt Hancock, exposed as having no grasp of the meaning and significance of a False Positive Ratio…”

    It’s funny how everybody says the same thing about Hancock: The horrid child at school who bullied junior years and nobody liked

    And Finally
    TPTB Cancel Van Morrison for wanting Freedom

  5. @Fin
    Spot on

    @Gavin

    Bottom line — unless the Anti-Lockdown crowd get their act together and become much more organized & more vociferous, we will likely be stuck with Lockdowns without end

    First they need to stop inviting 5G & Anti-Vaxxers {most RoI] to speak at Freedom Rallies. I’ve watched numerous speakers who sound correct, then descend into OT beliefs which turn people off. Concentrate on deaths, IFR, age, co-morbid, false positives, lockdown deaths, masks etc leave rest till later when we’re free again.

    Hector, Joshua, Nigel F, Toby – put yourselves forward and speak publicly to add credibility

    And don’t hold back as Carl H did on Sky News on Sunday – great DM article, then woke line on Sky

  6. It is politically very difficult to ignore medical advice. Get it wrong and there’ll be 60m calling you a murderer.
    And the “experts” are in favour of this stuff and more. I suspect it is more to do with maintaining their public importance than anything else, but who knows?
    The public doesn’t see medical people as humans with human self interest, they put such people on a pedestal, with the result that those who see through self serving advice struggle to get a hearing.

  7. “… It is very easy to visualise a country…restricted from…freedoms in the name of our own safety…”

    During WW2 when German soldiers were asked by Jews why they should get on the train, the reply was..

    es ist für ihre sicherheit, alles für ihre sicherheit

  8. Good post – all true. No doubt there are latent dictatorial tendencies in the best of us. Never mind the worst.

    At the same time its global character, that Covid isn’t just a power grab by SW1 cabal or ‘deep state’ but part of a co-ordinated exercise in political control and mass surveillance via digital technology which takes as its model the CCP Social Credit system, can’t be overlooked.

    No different to Climate politically or Diversity in respect to West. The recycling nonsense was also an exercise in mass compliance – I say nonsense because the cost of recycling far outweighs any gain. But trigger the correct emotional association and you can get people to ‘buy’ all manner of things, whether the price is their money or obedience.

    Covid can be understood as an investment in finger-pointing resentment under auspices of “saving lives” as distinct from “saving the planet”. Straight out of the communist playbook in terms of sowing distrust among the populace. Ditto Diversity as a means of dissolving traditional loyalties.

    The next step is abolishing cash. Some businesses are using the virus as a pretext for insisting on cashless payments. City of London is already the most centralised banking system in the world: five banks responsible for 90% of money.

    In a presentation recorded two years ago Prof Richard Werner, exposing the banksters, said that Bank of England have already developed a microchip to be implanted in each person. The ‘bribe’ will be universal Basic Income.

    At Ikea they’re not taking cash at all. I got a text message from Barclays yesterday with this instruction: ‘you’ll need to display an NHS QR code at the entrance to your business. This is to support the government with its track and trace scheme.’ Again this is a compliance test just like masks and recycling. Banksters and officialdom in lockstep. Again no different to Climate / Diversity.

    The most rehearsed ‘climate’ argument was the “scientific consensus”: how could official bodies be universally wrong? But why shouldn’t such unanimity over something as inherently speculative as a long term weather forecast in itself be suspicious?

    Again no different in principle to Covid. How could they all be mistaken? says my sister. Anyone directing attention to the co-ordination, to global entities such WEF and UN Agenda etc is dismissed as “conspiracy theorist”.

    These entities are never investigated by the media. And since the media define public discourse it’s easy to dismiss what isn’t reported as unfounded. The media are interpreted via personalities not as political agents in their own right. Piers Corbyn alluding to WEF WHO etc can be dismissed as “conspiracy theorist” vis a vis Peter Hitchens et al who can’t report on globalists as a condition of being employed by them.

    I’ve already aired my opinion on “conspiracy theories” on here, i.e. that conspiring entities isn’t so much a theory as an observable fact hidden in plain sight.

    I’ve just copied and pasted this comment from another site, Off-Guardian which in my expert opinion is a more genuine source of truth re Covid than Lockdown Sceptics which looks to me like misdirection. On a par with Free Speech Union where ‘free speech’ is defended for all except the only people routinely subjected to police harassment and even imprisoned for their speech transgressions:

    This reply wouldn’t be published by Lockdown Sceptics where the commitment to free speech mirrors that of Free Speech Union, operated by the same phoney:

    **A great, very interesting, well researched and presented essay, but it lacks one vital component: The author clearly believes that medicos and politicians and others ‘over-reacted’ in a blind panic to the over-exaggerated danger of the virus, which they based on information provided by either incompetent ‘experts’ such as Imperial College’s Neil Ferguson, or those experts and the manipulated, lying mainstream media (which he acknowledges) were incentivized to ‘lay it on thick’; all to terrify the public, so they would accept, even welcome the over-the-top, repressive response to the ‘deadly pandemic’, they believed threatened their very existence, (thanks to the incessant, rampant TERROR campaign being propagated 24 / 7 by the hysterical, lying media).
    Most of us here realise that is not the whole story at all.

    The lockdowns and all the other bizarre violations of people’s freedom and civil rights abuses were and still are today, a rather cleverly planned ruse to introduce the UN’s planned (over several decades), totalitarian New World Order, by stealth.

    The NWO is essentially global tyranny for all, under a centralized one world government, that will along with the fourth industrial revolution (i.e. cashless society, constant tracking / tracing / surveillance, ‘smart cities’ etc.), control every aspect of our lives.

    Under this abominable new regime, ruled by unelected bureaucrats in the WHO / UN, the WEF and phoney billionaire ‘philanthropists’ and other bottom dwelling swamp creatures; there will be no freedom of movement or speech, no human rights, no love, no humanity for anyone. If all of humanity doesn’t WAKE UP and RISE UP as one angry entity and reject the entire agenda, with strong opposition through unrelenting civil disobedience, life as we know it, will abruptly end and end very soon.

    Few will survive under this despotic regime they have planned for us. Nobody wants this appalling ‘new normal’, so why accept any of it by ‘obeying’ this tiny, humanity loathing bunch of sub-humans, who ultimately plan to destroy our whole way of life and eventually exterminate us for THEIR ‘greater good’?

    The author of this beautifully written article, doesn’t appear to realize that this ‘pandemic’ has been well planned over a long time and will be used as kind of ‘secret weapon’ to declare war against all of humanity. We need join together and RESIST this tyranny right now, or it will be too late. .**

    https://off-guardian.org/2020/09/22/do-you-remember-a-winter-without-a-cold/

  9. @Pat
    Maybe vested interests revealed will be a turning point in ‘Trust Medics/Experts’

    Statement from Government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance

    Lockdown Supportive MSM, if they do, only reporting on the £600,000 shares he still holds. He’s already sold most for £5 Million profit

    Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, has already cashed in more than £5 million worth of shares he received from GSK during his tenure from 2012 until March 2018. How can this man be impartial?

    Every medical science journal in the world has a ‘disclosures’ section for the authors. If they are not filled in properly, the consequences can be dire. But here we have Vallance who has walked the UK into an economic & social graveyard whilst making no disclosures with no consequence. He and probably all the other lockdown zealots, have millions invested in companies that are developing key vaccines for COVID

    We are being pulled by the nose into an economic wasteland by psychopathic control freaks and greedy criminals.

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