Writes UK's GRAHAM BRADY, Chairman of the Tory 1922 Committee.
A few snippets from the lengthy article (link below to full article):
"For 16 months, the British population has been subject not just to minute control but to a constantly changing menu of restrictions.
First, you were banned from sitting on a park bench but could walk through a park. Then you could sit with a friend but only at opposite ends of the bench. Next you could talk to a friend outdoors – but not in a private garden.
For months we could leave our homes for only one form of exercise, for shopping or for work. Then we were told it was safer to be outside all the time.
We could walk right across a golf course with a friend – so long as no funny business like playing golf was involved."
"...We see this divide most clearly in the near hysteria about facemasks. Almost nobody is asking the serious questions about whether facemasks are actually effective in stopping the spread of Covid."
"Many politicians and advisers will admit privately that the policy change compelling people to wear masks was not really about the spread of infection at all but about the psychological effect that they would have.
That real purpose is social control – to provide a constant reminder to maintain distance from other people."
"This is exactly the same approach that the Government’s behavioural experts on the sinister-sounding advisory group known as SPI-B – the Independent Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours – has admitted using.
‘The perceived level of personal threat needs to be increased among those who are complacent, using hard-hitting emotional messaging,’ said the SPI-B paper of March 22, 2020.
This will be one of the most important questions when the inquiry into the handling of the pandemic begins: just how far it can ever be right for the state to use fear to manipulate the population of a free democratic country?"
"The person next to you on the bus is no longer a fellow human being but a filthy vector of transmission. Hugging your grandchildren has been turned in the minds of many into a game of Russian roulette.
Surely, after 16 months of behavioural science being used to heighten fear and anxiety, the Government should turn the dial the other way."
We couldn't agree more.