Category: Free Speech and Censorship

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What with one thing or another we’ve been a little busy this last year

Normal service will be resumed soon but in the meantime take a peep at this, it’s a new draft law that the conservative government wants to impose on the UK. Lots and lots of high sounding snippets combined with #Orwellian overtones of the worst kind. Here it is, the Online Harms Bill 2021.

It boils down to this under the pretence of protecting people on-line it seeks to make social media companies and search engines responsible for censoring what #British people can see on the internet. It mentions dealing Indecent Images of Children and related sexual offences, it mentions threats to kill, it mentions dealing with grossly offensive messages and the like – doesn’t that sound all good and proper? What it doesn’t mention is that all these matters are already covered by British Law – extensively so and no reform is needed.

As they say though the Devil’s in the detail. The #Bill also seeks to make the spreading of #disinformation on-line a criminal offence (carrying up to 5 years imprisonment no less) – in particular it refers to Covid (but it won’t stop there). In essence, criticising HM Govt and posting information that establishes them as fools or liars will be a crime. Once their “expert” determines what is true anything else will be regarded as false. Repeat it and go to prison. More than that, Search Engines and Social Media sites will be compelled to search out “disinformation” and remove it from the web or if that’s not possible remove links and mentions to it. Once enacted if you’re British what you will find on the web will be little more than what a hard-left leaning internet company feels you’re entitled to see and nothing else.

As a reminder here’s a short list of some of the things that were claimed to be disinformation in 2020 but are now known to be true and which if the Online Harms Bill had been in force in 2020 you could have been imprisoned for repeating.

  • The real death rate for #Covid is about a tenth of what is claimed by HM Gov.
  • Mechanical ventilation is a not a valid treatment for Covid and it kills people with chest infections.
  • Ivermectin is an effective early treatment for Covid
  • Face masks cause respirator infections (through serving as breeding sports for bacteria) and mental health issues whilst do nothing or next to nothing to stop the spread of viruses.
  • Lock downs do nothing or next to nothing to stop the spread of viruses and long term kill more than they potentially save.
  • PPE contracts were not being issued in accordance with good business practice and ripe for fraud.
  • HM Govt was employing a secret unit to spread fear amongst the population to ensure compliance with increasingly demented government edicts.
  • That the Covid Crisis would be used to introduce a biometric social credit system disguised as a “Vaccine Passport” based on the Chinese Communist Party system for population control.
  • That the Covid Crisis would be used as camouflage to bring in other anti-social and harmful policies to fruition, an example being the “net zero” campaign.
  • That Covid emerged in a lab in Wuhan and is a man made engineered virus developed from something previously harmless.
  • That Covid would be used to impose totalitarian forms of government on to once free democracies, Italy, Austria, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Canada being particular examples.
  • That the anti-Covid drugs sold as vaccines are not such thing and are at best experimental treatments that even if they give some temporary benefit will quickly cease to work.
  • That as the anti-Covid drugs have not completed long term testing they should only be given to those most at risk.
  • That the anti-Covid drugs sold as vaccines will actually make people vulnerable to infection (even if that infection is mild) and will extend the life of the pandemic.
  • That Covid just like any other viruses will naturally mutate to a harmless or near harmless form.

And that ladies and gents is just the tip of the iceberg … we also know that the anti-Covid drugs are damaging the hearts of young people, athletic young men especially leading to death and long term disablement.

How many more people would have died or would be dying now if the facts above weren’t now well known? How many people would be due to die in the next few years if mentioning any of the facts above resulted in imprisonment?

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?” / 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.

Political policing by the Met … again

Compare and contrast. Early in the epidemic when staying at home might have made a difference we have the #Metropolitan Police facilitating the #BLM riots by circulating the meeting place.

By early November though we can see that the tone has changed and the Met are now bragging about the arrests they made at a recent event. The major difference being that the #BLM event was a violent riot and the November event was a peaceful protest march conducted by ordinary men and women complaining that their businesses have been destroyed, that the rights commonly afforded to people in the UK are being trampled into the dust, that the Met are out of control and that that generally the #Covid crisis such as it is is being mismanaged on a colossal scale.

The Dormouse suggests that the bragging below makes the point quite adequately.


But don’t take our word for it here’s what the police have to say. Complain about lock down and we’ll deal with you.

Thou shalt not complain …

And you know what? In law he’s correct. the right to protest has been removed from the current regulations. Do as you’re told, don’t complain or we will arrest and prosecute you …

… The Dormouse suggests that enough is enough.

As a final note for today, this is how the Met, Lock Down and UK policing generally is seen from abroad.

Mike Yeadon speaks

So who’s Mike #Yeadon and why should you care? He’s a top rank #virologist, he’s also a previous vice-president of #Pfizer, holds a first class honours degree and relevant doctorate. Pfizer is one of the companies producing a #Covd19 vaccine. What he’s not is some lone wolf, conspiracy theory fruitloop living in his parent’s attic.

Dr Yeadon like a great many scientists is critical of the SAGE advice to the UK government and also believes that the the UK government is significantly mishandling its response to the Covid19 virus

There’s nothing unusual about this. For instance we can turn to the #Great_Barrington_Declaration signed by thousands of real scientists, many of whom are world leaders in their fields and who have been saying fundamentally the same thing from the international perspective for some time now. Many of you dear readers though won’t have heard of these people, this is because there is a process by which some social media companies are actively removing content.

Here’s what a rather alarmed but well known journalist had to say on #Twitter.

We say that it’s not the role of Social Media companies to edit what we as adults (and rather good looking rodents) can and cannot read. It’s bad enough when the subject of the censorship is the aforementioned roof dwelling conspiracy fruitloop but when social media companies decide what is and what is not good science the outcome for us all takes a turn for the worse.

Dr Yeadon’s censored video can now be seen here …

Dr Yeadon spouting wrongthink … you decide, it’s OK, unlike YouTube and HMG we trust you.

Today in the UK we are living under unprecedented restrictions. As a society we’re currently accepting these restrictions because we’re told by our government that the restrictions will prevent more deaths than they will cause. They base this advice on the advice of SAGE and SAGE alone. A group of advisors that we now know went to #wikipedia for information – yes, really! We know that the current government imposed restrictions on the people of the UK are causing deaths, causing poverty and are causing long term social and economic harm. Some political groups and organisations such as the UK #Labour Party and the #SNP are calling for even tighter restrictions despite the harm these will cause.

If these restrictions are genuinely saving more lives than they’re costing then so be it. The UK’s survived much worse. But what if these restrictions are doing the opposite and killing more than they’re saving? This is the question we and government need to answer and before doing so we need the very best advice, from the very best people whether than advice plays to our preconceptions or challenges them.

This means that we have to listen to real scientists on both sides of the debate, if we don’t then it’s axiomatic any policy decisions made are going to be flawed. For this reason we have to say no to #YouTube and the other Social Media companies censoring what we say and read and view. Social media companies are our clients, that make money out of their users and as such they they are our servants, not our masters.

Dr Mike Yeadon's letter to the UK  health secretary debunking government claims about the safety of the new Covid viruses being known and concluding that he does not trust the Health Secretary Mr Hancock.