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Sweden’s failure

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Over the last year #Sweden has:

  • Failed to deny its children an education
  • Failed to impoverish its people by not denying them employment
  • Failed to destroy their economy
  • Failed to put people under house arrest
  • Failed to deny #science

It’s also failed to:

  • Give into a media enflamed #hysteria
  • Give into the predictions made by poor science

… and as a result has had no significant change in the national death rate.

This is the strategy the UK was following until it gave in to uninformed media pressure. To date the UK policy of Lock-down after #lock-down is believed to have killed or harmed more than 10 times the number of those helped and is responsible for the prolongation of the #pandemic and some of the mutations.

Disrespected …

#Disrespected: A word invented for the use of morons who are unaware of the word “insulted”.
Also used by politicians attempting to garner votes from said morons.

The word is most often used by members of special interest groups when they believe that some privilege they imagine they’re entitled to is ignored.

Also in popular use by UK criminals who feel that the police “disrespect” them and that ultimately this is the reason said criminal felt the need to beat some granny to the ground and rib her pension.

Public sector greed … surely not?

A quick reminder, for anyone in the UK who’s spent the last year dead under a stone the country’s been suffering a Chinese Plague which with government incompetence has brought the country to its knees.

As a consequence of this thousands, tens of thousands have lost their jobs, businesses have been closed, the government has spent it’s revenues for the next 30 years fighting #Covid. One bright spark is that everyone in the public sector, that is, their jobs are paid for by private sector taxpayers haven’t lost their jobs. Their mortgages and rents haven’t been put at risk, their pensions have remained secure and paid on the dot. “I’m all right Jack” has been their watchword. Or at least for the less scrupulous.

Meanwhile those in the private sector have lost their homes, are now relying on charity to feed themselves and their children, no relief on the horizon as the government lurches from one disastrous policy to another. One would think that now would be the time for us all to pull together, for those in the public sector to recognise the #privilege given to them, the obligations they owe to the country and the people of the country who pay their wages.

Not the Royal College of Nursing (#RCN). A newly appointed nurse currently starts on £31,365, a figure that will automatically increase every year regardless of competence or performance to £37,890 but as is shown in the illustration below that’s only the start of the journey to a maximum of £104,927 (plus allowances).

The average wage in the UK is less than £30,000.

The RCN want 12.5% more than they’re getting now.

#Shameful.

In the middle of a pandemic with thousands on the bread line the RCN believes that the tax paid by those living in poverty should be used to increase nurses already bloated wages

Experimental vaccines

Health and wellbeing

Are you going to have the #Pfizer #vaccine when offered?

The head Dormouse here is in an “at risk” group in relation to #Covid19. He’s not going to take the vaccine and here’s why.

First and foremost, The Dormouse is not “anti-vaccine”, #Smallpox, #Polio, #Measles, #Mumps #Rubella and many more besides have been successfully eradicated in the wild or at the very least significantly controlled through the proper use of well developed vaccines. In the normal course of events The Dormouse takes the view that specific medical conditions of the person to be vaccinated aside one would have to be a moron to refuse appropriate vaccines. And ladies and gents if you’re still concerned about the #MMR vaccine for your children, you shouldn’t be. It’s been around long enough for anything to go wrong to go wrong and it turns out to be as safe as any other vaccine, if not more so.

The Dormouse has concerns about the Covid19 vaccines currently being offered though. These are those concerns:

  • Result data from any trial data from any company has NOT been published for any Covid19 vaccine.
  • No Covid19 vaccine trial data has of today been peer reviewed.
  • No compatibility trials (ie how does this vaccine interact with other medicines) have been conducted
  • Phase I, II and III trials are said to have been successfully concluded and indeed a vaccine could not be approved for use if they hadn’t, however no long term trials have taken place, nor could they have been done in the time available.
  • Governments, including the UK government have indemnified Pfizer and other drugs companies in the event of legal claims being made against them in respect of their vaccines.

The first two items are fundamental to the scientific method. If data is not validated by an independent, knowledgeable third party (publish and peer review) it is impossible to judge the accuracy of any claims made. This is basic, if there’s no peer review there’s no validation and from a scientific point of view any claims made by the discoverer have to be viewed with more than a pinch of salt.

The trials results rely only on manufacturers claims to the regulator. The reported results could be entirely accurate, there might be manageable minor errors, there might be major errors that place the whole program in doubt, there could even be catastrophic errors that lead to a public health emergency, this follows from the paragraph above. More than that is that to date we only have short term results available (no matter how correct), will the vaccine provide protection in a year’s time, what side effects will only come to light next year or the year after? We have no way of knowing.

Lack of compatibility trials means that these vaccines may be rendered useless or even worse have catastrophic effects on patients if they react with other drugs a person may be using.

Effectively the vaccines are still experimental. Their development and trials are not yet concluded and The Dormouse is not a lab rat. Having said that there are those much closer to death than him. An ethical way forward would be to offer the vaccine (after explaining its experimental nature) to those at the very pinnacle of risk from #Covid. That is, those with nothing to lose and where the risk of Covid far outweighs possible side effects. This additional test data could then be used to better inform the general population.

So for the general population do the potential risks associated with Covid outweigh the potential risks posed by the experimental vaccines? At this stage the best we can say is that the question is not yet answered. To which The Dormouse also asks, why if companies such as Pfizer have confidence in their product did they demand an indemnity before allowing their vaccines to be be deployed? To The Dormouse, that’s a big red flag.

Note
  • No one associated with this website is a doctor or has relevant scientific qualifications
  • This article was written on the 3/12/20, information is changing constantly and some objections listed above may not be relevant when you read this page
  • Generally The Dormouse advocates vaccines and only demurs from that general principle in this special case
  • If your best friend walks over a cliff, you don’t have to follow him. The Dormouse has explained what he will do and what his views are, you must make up your own mind.

Meanwhile even mainstream news services are raising concerns, for instance here’s what Forbes (a well known politically independent US service) has to say.

It appears that these trials are intended to pass the lowest possible barrier of success. As this is being written, the FDA is poised to announce tougher standards for a Covid-19 vaccine in the near future. It is my hope that these new standards for an EUA will at a minimum include requirements for protections from infection itself, protections from severe virus-related disease leading to hospitalization, and a significant improvement in Covid-19 related mortality.

Forbes

Labour’s true values

Yesterday we reported about how the #Labour Party in #Parliament abducted their role as the opposition to the government and abandoned the people of the UK. Today we show you where many Labour MPs true loyalties lie … and surprise, surprise it’s not with their constituents.

Because of the UKs exceptionally generous and welcoming immigration policies the country has become the melting point of the world. In many ways this is a good thing. The good no matter how real it is is not the subject of today’s little missive though. Along with the good the UK has become the world’s dumping ground for criminals.

So first things first, kudos to Sultana for defying her party whip and voting against the government last night. But then she appears her moral compass has been broken. 50 West Indian rapists, murderers, robbers and drug dealers were due to be deported. Her reaction? To leap to their defence and try and keep them in the UK where they can continue to prey on ordinary men and women.

Sadly she’s far from alone. Copied below is the disgraceful letter sent to the Home Secretary by a coterie of Labour MPs asking that these vile criminals be allowed to remain in the UK. More criminals mean more victims of crime.

Labour, what is it good for?

Hello folks, for those who’re unaware at the time of writing this here in the UK Boris is Prime Minister, his Conservative party is in power and Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition is lead by Sir Keir Starmer and his Labour Party.

It’s a lovely phrase isn’t it, “Her Majesty’s Loyal #Opposition” because of course before Tony #Blair effectively legalised #Treason¹ in the UK by repealing Section 1 of the Treason Act 1795 (and for what it’s worth Section 3 of the Treason Felony Act 1848) attempting to bring down the crown and by extension the government appointed by the crown was an act of treason. By expressly emphasising the “Loyal” the opposition party in the UK Parliament can effectively challenge the government. Ideally they do so by acting as a party of conscience or by playing the role of Devils Advocate.

So far so good, but here’s the thing. The dateline is December 2020, the location is of course The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Biden take note) and the country is still apparently in the midst of an epidemic. The government has instigated lock down after lock down and now with the end in sight have called what is another lock down in all but name by a disingenuous system of “Tiers”. It’s the 1st of December and there’s to be a vote in Parliament if the government wins the UK is tied to “Tiers” if they’re voted down another solution has to be found.

People are starving, businesses are collapsing, the economy is in tatters and the government is insisting on more of the same. This is the time for Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to act. At no time in living memory has the UK been faced with such a threat, pandemic on one side, government policy on the other a third way is needed. #Starmer’s reaction is to refuse to act. The #Labour Party will abstain.

The single most important vote in living memory and Labour do nothing:

  • Nothing to add to the debate
  • No ideas of their own
  • No morality or ethics
  • Opportunism at it’s very worst
  • No compassion for the poor or the workers
  • No compassion for the sick
  • Nothing

If lock down fails (as it probably will) Labour’s position will be, “We didn’t vote for it”
If it doesn’t fail their position will be, “We didn’t obstruct it”

COWARDLY OPORTUNISTS

The Dormouse states for the record that he believes the Lock Down to be wrong in principle, unlawful contrary to all legal precedent and ultimately self defeating. He also believes that #Boris and chief henchman Mr #Gove are behaving like spoilt two year olds who don’t want to be proved wrong. Imbecilic even. But at least they’re trying, they are doing something.

Tonight 53 brave #Conservative MPS voted against their own party and with a few Labour rebels and supporters did what Labour as a party should be doing, providing balance, conscience and holding the government to account.

The Labour MPs who defied Starmer’s instructions voted against the government last night are:

Apsana #Begum (Poplar and Limehouse)
Richard #Burgon (Leeds East)
Mary Kelly #Foy (City of Durham)
Andrew #Gwynne (Denton and Reddish)
Mike #Hill (Hartlepool)
Kevan #Jones (North Durham)
Emma #Lewell-Buck (South Shields)
Ian #Mearns (Gateshead)
Grahame #Morris (Easington)
Kate #Osborne (Jarrow)
Bell #Ribeiro-Addy (Streatham)
John #Spellar (Warley)
Graham #Stringer (Blackley and Broughton)
Zarah #Sultana (Coventry South)
Derek #Twigg (Halton)

The Dormouse hopes that folks remember this abject dereliction of duty is remembered at the time of the next election.


¹ And why did Blair legalise Treason? The truth is he’s not saying and no one knows. The best guess is that there’s an argument that any UK citizen who signed or counselled, aided and abetted etc the signing of the #Maastricht and #Lisbon Treaties for the UK (and probably the earlier ones as well) committed Treason Blair was simply looking to himself in case he got caught out.

If anyone knows the real reason give us a shout and we’ll print it here.

Quislings …

For folks who are unaware the UK’s National Broadcaster, the envy of the world, the non plus ultra of world broadcasting, the #BBC, is considered the least impartial of any UK public service broadcaster.

If you’re not British you might find that hard to believe. If you are then this is old news and you’ll be well aware of the campaign to #Defund the BBC by cancelling licence fees. The issue is not simply the daily broadcast of hard left propaganda, their fawning obeisance to the EU and their denigration of the UK, their adherence of all things #woke and the hatred and bigotry they allow and even promote via their broadcast media; a large part of the issue simply boils down to the people they employ.

As an example this is what folks who have grown rich at taxpayers expense think of those who who have no choice but to pay their inflated wages.

One wonders if she is aware of how grossly offensive her terms are, to describe those who demand democratic accountability in a free and independent nation of being “quislings”. The real #Quisling was a Norwegian politician who betrayed his own country to join the EUs predecessor, Hitler’s Third Reich. An awful, awful thing to say.

Substantial

From the OED.
A. adj.I. Relating to size, quantity, solidity, etc.Thesaurus »

 1. Of food, a meal, etc.: ample and nourishing; (in some contexts) large and heavy. substantial, adj., n., and adv. : Oxford English Dictionary (oed.com)

A meal that’s ample is a meal that stops one’s hunger and a meal that’s nourishing is one that provides nourishment. Whether that be the famous Scotch Egg, a three course meal or a packet of crisps. Under the right circumstances all three of these could be #substantial, surely the test is the reaction of the diner.

Has the packet of crisps stopped the diners hunger, does it provide nourishment? Only the diner, not the #police can answer the first point, as for the second the nourishment is printed on the back of the packet. far be it for The Dormouse to tell folks to disobey the law as promogulated by an ever more authoritarian plod but speaks for himself – assuming he can find a publican brave enough to serve him it’s a pint of Best and a packet of crisp please and *&^% the boys in blue.

Stupid #UK #Covid regulations, an occasional column.

On line harms … but who’s harming who?

Curious one this. The UK’s top anti-#terrorist gruppenführer, Assistant Commissioner Neil #Basu is in the news again. This time it’s not to label children playing video games as suspected terrorists in the making (right wing of course, never left wing or Muslim); but instead to open the doors to “talk” about new censorship laws. And not anti-terrorist laws either, but health ones.

The Dormouse asks, should a police officer involve himself in health policy and more to the point should a police officer be involving himself in gestating new laws rather than enforcing the ones we the public through our elected representatives set?

Fine looking chap

Mr Basu suggested that it might be better if scientific information posted on line that casts doubts on the government’s handling of the Chinese Plague be censored. He didn’t actually put in in those terms, he actually highlighted “anti-#vaccination” articles but effectively that’s what his suggestion amounted to. These remarks of his hit the press on the 19th of November, curiously the following appeared on #Twitter on the same day.

300+ identical tweets, saying exactly the same thing and all calling for internet censorship.
(1) Laura Dodsworth on Twitter: “On 19 Nov there was a coordinated campaign of over 300 tweets, comprised of accounts which look genuine and some which seem to be bots. Who initiated this campaign and who deployed these accounts to push for online censorship? https://t.co/DDKR5GqUf2” / Twitter

Coincidence? I’d like to hope so, maybe some Chinese internet slaves tasked with pumping out post after post that will ultimately undermine the police in the UK by making them appear part of a conspiracy were responsible. One hopes so because no one would like to think any attempt to wrongfully sway public opinion by such clumsy methods could be made by London’s finest. #Covid is being used as an excuse for far to much political excess, lets not allow to much more!

And to answer Dormouse’s somewhat rhetorical questions. No, a police officer should not involve himself in health politics and even more so he should not be involved in setting out new laws. That’s the job of the public and our representatives.