Whenever the Boris Johnson government has something ‘STUPID’ to say – it trots out ‘common sense challenged’ Grant Shapps to say it, doesn’t it? (IMPORTANT UPDATE that includes a ‘COVID news’ revision of 20 December 2021)

Yep. And in the aftermath of a retrospective but damning Commons inquiry into the government’s mayhem handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, Shapps has insisted that the government was

‘prepared for A pandemic’,

but the problem was just they

weren’t prepared for THIS one”

idiot!

 and events occurred as reported below from the  Guardian:

The inquiry ‘Coronavirus: lessons learnt’ (or NOT?) found the Covid response was ‘one of UK’s worst ever public health failures’, when the early handling and belief in ‘herd immunity’ led to more deaths,

Britain’s early handling of the coronavirus pandemic was one of the worst public health failures in UK history, with ministers and scientists taking a “fatalistic” approach that exacerbated the death toll, the landmark inquiry has found.

“Groupthink”, evidence of British exceptionalism and a deliberately “slow and gradualist” approach meant the UK fared “significantly worse” than OTHER countries, according to the 151-page “Coronavirus: lessons learned to date” report led by two former Conservative ministers.

A 2016 exercise warned of the need to stockpile PPE four YEARS before the Covid pandemic hit. Coronavirus report warned of impact on UK four years BEFORE the pandemic

The crisis exposed “major deficiencies in the machinery of government”, with public bodies unable to share vital information and scientific advice impaired by a lack of transparency, input from international experts and meaningful challenge.

Despite being one of the FIRST countries to develop a test for Covid in January 2020, the UK “squandered” its lead and “converted it into one of permanent crisis”. The consequences were profound, the report says. “For a country with a world-class expertise in data analysis, to face the biggest health crisis in 100 years with virtually no data to analyse was an almost unimaginable setback.”

PM Boris Johnson did not order a complete lockdown until 23 March 2020, two months AFTER the government’s Sage committee of scientific advisers first met to discuss the crisis. “This slow and gradualist approach was not inadvertent, nor did it reflect bureaucratic delay or disagreement between ministers and their advisers. It was a deliberate policy – proposed by official scientific advisers and adopted by the governments of all of the nations of the UK,” the report says.

“It is now clear that this was the WRONG policy, and that it led to a higher initial death toll than would have resulted from a more emphatic early policy. In a pandemic spreading rapidly and exponentially, every week counted.”

Decisions on lockdowns and social distancing during the early weeks of the pandemic – and the advice that led to them – “rank as one of the most important public health failures the United Kingdom has ever experienced”, the report concludes, stressing: “This happened despite the UK counting on some of the best expertise available anywhere in the world, and despite having an open, democratic system that allowed plentiful challenge.”

The report from the Commons Science And Technology committee and the Health And Social Care committee draws on evidence from more than 50 witnesses, including the former health secretary Matt Hancock, the government’s chief scientific and medical advisers, and leading figures from the vaccine taskforce and NHS Test and Trace.

It celebrates some aspects of the UK’s Covid response, in particular the rapid development, approval and delivery of vaccines, and the world-leading Recovery trial that identified life-saving treatments, but is highly critical of other areas.

Some of the most serious early failings, the report suggests, resulted from apparent groupthink among scientists and ministers which led to “fatalism”. Greg Clark, the chair of the science and technology committee, said he dismissed the allegation that government policy sought to reach “herd immunity” through infection but the outcome came to be seen as the only viable option.

“It was more a reflection of fatalism,” Clark said. “That if you don’t have the prospect of a vaccine being developed, if you think people won’t obey instructions to lockdown for very long, and have a wholly inadequate ability to test, trace and isolate people, that is what you are left with.”

The “impossibility” of suppressing the virus was only challenged, the MPs say, when it became clear the NHS could be overwhelmed.

The report questions WHY international experts were not part of the UK scientific advisory process and why measures that worked in other countries were NOT brought in as a precaution, as a response was hammered out.

While Public Health England told the MPs it had formally studied and rejected the South Korean approach, NO EVIDENCE was provided despite repeated requests.

“We must conclude that no formal evaluation took place, which amounts to an extraordinary and negligent omission given Korea’s success in containing the pandemic, which was well publicised at the time,” the report says.

The MPs said the government’s decision to HALT mass testing in March 2020 – days AFTER the World Health Organization called for “painstaking contact tracing and rigorous quarantine of close contacts” – was a “serious mistake”.

When the test, trace and isolate system was rolled out it was “slow, uncertain and often chaotic”, “ultimately failed in its stated objective to prevent future lockdowns”, and “severely hampered the UK’s response to the pandemic”. The problem was compounded, the report adds, by the failure of public bodies to share data, including between national and local government.

Further criticism is levelled at poor protection in Care Homes, for black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and for people with learning disabilities.

Prof Trish Greenhalgh, of the University of Oxford, said the report hinted at a “less than healthy relationship” between government and its scientific advisory bodies. “It would appear that even senior government ministers were reluctant to push back on scientific advice that seemed to go against common sense interpretations of the unfolding crisis,” she said.

“It would appear that Sage, Cobra, Public Health England and other bodies repeatedly dismissed the precautionary principle in favour of NOT taking decisive action until definitive evidence emerged and could be signed off as the truth.”

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said the report was damning. Hannah Brady, of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group, said the report found the deaths of 150,000 people were “redeemed” by the success of the vaccine rollout.

“The report … is laughable and more interested in political arguments about whether you can bring laptops to Cobra meetings than it is in the experiences of those who tragically lost parents, partners or children to Covid-19. This is an attempt to ignore and gaslight bereaved families, who will see it as a slap in the face,” she said.

The content of the Commons inquiry report is particularly galling considering that articles were posted here in real time and updated daily identifying the ongoing multiple government failures like ignoring success in other countries and which not least included concentrating primarily on a vaccine solution with solely long term applicability instead of prioritising developing ‘immediate’ medication treatments or indeed the government ordering millions of vaccine doses with no plan whatsoever to actually jab people, so they left that critical exercise to a twelfth hour bodge job requiring volunteer efforts!

The worst thing about it all is that government incompetence has continued unabated since those early days, hence back in July this year the new Health Secretary Sajid Javid together with PM Johnson courted popularism by abandoning England’s crucial defences against the virus, widely dubbed as “Freedom Day” JULY 19 (postponed from original 21 JUNE by four weeks), combined with a total absence of leadership from the Government on mask wearing, or doing things differently which meant looking out for each other and not buying the “Freedom Day” rhetoric, when implementing the badly mistaken opinion that the pandemic virus had already been defeated so basic life could return to normal – England removed COVID-19 restrictions as cases rose again and while the rules vanished the virus didn’t! The decision to ditch most coronavirus restrictions was strongly criticized by many medical professionals who had been at the forefront in the fight against COVID [The decision to remove the restrictions came as the UK reported 48,161 new cases and 25 COVID-related deaths over a 24-hour period]. Since then, there has been many million more virus cases and thousands of deaths which could have been avoided – Javid through his irresponsible action and following inaction is accountable but like the others before him, he doesn’t take responsibility, does he? NO AND WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO SAY NOW TO THE BEREAVED? Also, countless people of all ages will now suffer for years with long-covid [unexplained symptoms that are usually in younger people and usually people who didn’t initially have to be in the hospital or weren’t severely sick with COVID] and for which there is a severe lack of treatment centres

Our incompetent government is relying alone on non-compulsory vaccinations, and booster jabs to save the day when boosters themselves were ONLY currently approved for the over 40s and those with underlying conditions (yet HASN’T brought in legislation to stop anti-vaxxers actively spreading ‘misinformation’ about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines on social media to discourage others from taking up offered vaccinations, and at a time when vaccination been made neither compulsory, mandatory, nor materially beneficial for the general population, so the irresponsible and evil clandestine murderers  who are responsible for the deaths of countless innocent others, can completely undermine the country’s virus control measures [the wilfully UNVACCINATED should be FINED and NOT be eligible for ANY free treatment under the NHS and should pay 100% of ALL their health costs including expensive hospital ICU stays (even if they die there)].

Be aware, that its commonly predicted that new Covid variants will both be more infectious and will be able to overcome vaccination protection, so vaccination alone isn’t enough to keep the virus under control and current Covid measures are ‘insufficient’ to deal with the virus over Christmas, expert Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and the lead scientist on the Zoe Covid Study app, warns vaccines alone are NOT ENOUGH to control coronavirus and current measures are ‘insufficient’. He says that this coming Christmas is not the only one to be worried about, and that Covid could be a concern for the next five years. He said experts now have a better picture than they did last year, when they thought they just had to get through the year ‘And that’s clearly turning out not to be the case, as we realise that just vaccines alone are not the final solution to this – we need a combination of measures’.

As reported in the Sunday Times, doctors and nurses are venting their anger as unvaccinated Covid cases delay vital operations

The NHS had a backlog of 5.8 million waiting for surgery and specialists are increasingly frustrated at how the unvaccinated have left them unable to tackle it (despite that massive backlog, in the last two months (October & November) at least 13,000 UK hospital surgical operations have been cancelled due to people sick with Covid-19 (and that is a major under-estimate to boot!)

Doctors and nurses have told of their anger and frustration at not being able to treat other seriously ill patients as new figures show that more than 90 per cent of Covid sufferers requiring the most specialist care are unvaccinated.

Between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of critical care beds in England are occupied by Covid patients and three quarters of those have not been vaccinated, according to the latest data up to July this year.

Separately, NHS England said that between July and November more than nine in 10 patients receiving the most specialist care, in which artificial lungs were used to try to save their lives, were unvaccinated.

This is undermining efforts to reduce the backlog of surgeries and the overall NHS waiting list, which had grown to 5.8 million people by the end of September Doctors have warned that some transplant operations cannot go ahead and that complex cancer surgeries are being delayed, risking tumours becoming inoperable.

All nurses understand they have to provide non-judgmental care. But what we find difficult is that giving care to patients who have chosen not to be vaccinated has a knock-on effect on other patients. We are still human beings and we still get angry at things that we think aren’t just

Some patients who are being rude, disrespectful and even violent to some nurses trying to look after them was behind high levels of mental health problems in ICU nurses, who are already reporting increased levels of post-traumatic stress after their experiences of the past two years

Dr Dhruv Parekh, a consultant in critical care at the University Hospitals Birmingham trust, which has Europe’s largest critical care unit with 100 intensive care beds across a whole floor of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: “When you can’t provide the services you feel you need to for the rest of your community and other patients who’ve got life-limiting illnesses, there is a degree of frustration and anger. This is stopping us from doing that really important work and helping the rest of the patients we need to be trying to help.”

The 43-year-old said that it was “infuriating and frustrating” to see patients die when their deaths could have been prevented. “It’s heartbreaking and upsetting because ultimately, when that happens, for the patient and the family, the realisation dawns that this potentially could have been prevented .

  • Covid patients had a significantly LONGER length of stay in CRITICAL CARE than other patients, with an average of NINE days; longer (IF they SURVIVED the infection – ICU Consultant Dr Dhruv Parekh), Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (while Consultant Dr Zudin Puthucheary reports that 40% of unvaccinated COVID-16 patients are dying in critical care and DIDN’T NEED TO if only they HAD been vaccinated)
  • In the unit this meant that as many as 100 to 140 OTHER SURGERIES, which would require stays of only one or two days, had to be delayed each week
  • These are transplants that can’t go ahead. These are patients waiting for complex cancer surgery where every week counts. It could tip them over from an operable cancer to an INOPERABLE CANCER
  • Between July and November, 150 patients were referred for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or Ecmo, where blood is cycled through an artificial lung machine before returning it to the body. Of these patients, ONLY 6 PER CENT had been fully vaccinated (The treatment is usually reserved for younger patients and is a last-ditch effort to buy their bodies time to recover from the virus) – NHS England

Yet our Health Secretary Sajid Javid (who readily had admitted that Covid-19 cases here could reach 100,000 a day – AND NOW IT HAS!) but the government continued to sit on their hands and refused even recently to implement coronavirus ‘Plan B’ in England on top of its new guidance, where people are advised to test for Covid before going to crowded places or spending time with those who are at greater risk from Covid

[Plan B which could include: Vaccine passports (used for entry to large indoor events, entry to nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls and many other indoor and outdoor events); a return of ‘mandatory’ face coverings in some settings like on public transport, and in shops and hospitals; recommending that people work from home; or reintroduction of social distancing?]

That’s despite the government being heavily criticised as Covid cases in the UK continue to soar with the NHS Confederation warning the UK risks ‘stumbling into a winter crisis’.

Besides, recent research in South Africa has uncovered that those who had been infected with the original virus, so then had natural antibody protection against it, WEREN’T now protected against the new Omicron variant – that raises the basic question as to whether current approved vaccinations will also prove to be ineffective against Omicron, doesn’t it?

Moreover, the COVID-19 infection has actually progressed out of a pandemic stage and is now classified as an endemic in this country, which means the virus can be experienced at all times, at low levels, and is now characteristic of, prevalent, and native to our country. This is a direct result of those ignorant, irresponsible individuals who have refused to be jabbed so have allowed the virus safe haven to persist in their midst.

England is today in even more of a dire situation than ever, as a new variant B.1.1.529 [the worse ever seen, first identified earlier this month in Botswana [a prime breeding ground for potential variants due to the country’s low vaccination levels), but since then detected in Hong Kong, Israel, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Czech Republic, and possibly Holland, as well as UK), designated name Omicron (from the Greek rather than using country name eg South Africa where identified), has emerged from South Africa and with our government’s usual ineptitude in protecting the borders with too little too late, has been allowed to enter the Country (hardly surprising when reportedly 15,000 people have flow into the UK from South Africa this April since the mutation was first identified there [whence as a financial consequence over £70billion was wiped off the value of London’s top shares]. Because Omicron displays 50 mutations with 30 in the virus spikes, the grappling hooks used to attach to human cells, made it dramatically different from the original Wuhan strain for which the world was building up immunity, it is actually a totally NEW disease that not only threatens pandemic recovery, but may well now herald a brand-new pandemic of its own!

Our Johnson government allowed Omicron into the UK, and now Scientific Advisor, influenza expert, Professor Mark Woolhouse, warns

The FIRST Omicron cases in England (Brentwood Essex and Nottingham) were indeed linked and involved travel to South Africa, but WHO brought it here and WHY weren’t they screened-out? (Worryingly however, it had spread with at least 22 in England and 10 in Scotland, amid fears there are already hundreds of others, many of who possibly haven’t actually had direct links to that part of the world) Boris has boasted about how quick he was to ban flights from African counties, but obviously what was needed was more stringent action and perhaps even banning non-British visitors – we know for example that two plane loads of people from South Africa landed in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with Covid infected people on board. The Netherlands found 61 Covid cases in air arrivals from South Africa, and is checking for the newly discovered Omicron variant (the passengers on two KLM flights were already in the air when the Netherlands announced travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa). This means that anyone transferring from Schiphol or arriving here from the Netherlands could have been carrying the Omicron virus into the UK unless successfully screened – why weren’t they?

Our Johnson government allowed Omicron into the UK, and now Scientific Advisor, influenza expert, Professor Mark Woolhouse, warns:

it’s ‘too late to make a ‘material or significant difference’ to a potential surge of omicron infections in the UK or on increasing Omicron cases as the UK is to be hit by an Omicron wave

the UK has been issued with this Omicron wave warning after the variant’s overall cases jumped by 50 PERCENT in one day – the total number of recorded Omicron cases rose to 246 after a further 86 were added to the overall tally [experts predict “hundreds” of cases are circulating undetected because not all PCR tests are sequenced for variants and Omicron is spreading through the UK much faster than initially feared (DOUBLING every two days and on course to overtake some of the 11 countries from where travellers to the UK are now required to quarantine, so probably over one million NEW cases by Boxing Day and six million by NEW Years Eve, and yet in a farfetched statement at PMQs Johnson bizarrely claimed we were in a ‘much better’ situation than last Christmas!). Clearly Omicron is now transmitting in the community with numbers now up again to some 568 WITHOUT many with connections to South Africa, [the officially estimated true numbers are about 10,000] and if stricter measures DO prove necessary, delaying their introduction until AFTER Christmas (Boris though is determined to party AGAIN this year, like on December 18th 2020 (‘supposedly’ now being investigated for retrospective breaches of the Covid-19 regulations by the Met Police – but also how much did those last year cost us British taxpayers, eh?), will only lead to even TOUGHER rules in the ‘New Year’ – travel restrictions at best  might slow the variant a very little but will NOT stop it says Government Advisor Sir David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University)].

The hopes that Omicron (the new variant that IS NOW dominant in London, and soon WILL BE in the whole UK, and which has shown a higher resistance to vaccines), would though prove to be just a ‘mild’ illness compared to the Delta variant, have finally been dashed by the news of the first UK Omicron EIGHT DEATHS, as well as another EIGHTY-FIVE patients HOSPITALISED in England with that mutated strain.

(Then with hospital admissions and health worker absences rising substantially, combined with a huge increase in COVID cases in London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a ‘major incident’) [past ones were declared in 2017 for Grenfell Tower and the Westminster and London bridges’ terror attacks], to help ease the pressure on the capital’s HOSPITALS [more than 26,000 daily infections recorded – the largest number of NEW infections since the coronavirus pandemic BEGAN]

(Previously only weeks ago and worryingly, it had spread with just 22 cases in England and 10 in Scotland, nevertheless amid valid fears there were already hundreds of others, many of who possibly haven’t actually had direct links to the African part of the world)

Boris had boasted then about how quick he was to ban flights from African counties, and has since rejected suggestions the government as usual acted ‘too late’ in reintroducing travel restrictions after the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, but obviously what was needed was more stringent action and perhaps even banning non-British visitors – we know for example that TWO plane loads of people from South Africa landed in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with Covid infected people on board. The Netherlands found 61 Covid cases in air arrivals from South Africa, and is checking for the newly discovered Omicron variant (the passengers on two KLM flights were already in the air when the Netherlands announced travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa). This means that anyone transferring from Schiphol or arriving here from the Netherlands COULD have been carrying the Omicron virus into the UK unless successfully screened – WHY weren’t they?

The situation with the new Omicron super-strain, more contagious than the prevalent Delta strain, has forced the government’s hand so our bungling PM has announced in a another typical wishy-washy response shambolic performance at a Covid briefing, where he reluctantly confirmed, but without a deadline, that face coverings would be compulsory in shops and on public transport (but due to expire on Monday 20th December (review was expected 17th December), as well as PCR tests for arrivals in the UK within 2 days, and a 10 day self-isolation for close contacts of positive cases – but still no mention of the necessary other significant Plan B measures urgently recommended by viral scientists – yet this situation came at a time when some 10,000 Test and Trace call handlers are being axed, hence that already flawed system will now be further decimated, when also Johnson himself has utterly undermined medical support for mask wearing as a virus spreading prevention and self-protection aid, by repeatedly REFUSING to wear one in public places [like at Cop26 (including siting mask-less beside vulnerable ’David Attenborough’, 95), or in a London theatre, on a hospital tour, on a packed train, in a school, on a prison visit] despite even when being required by the rules, or flouting official requests to wear a mask or being surrounded by others correctly doing so.

Masks are ‘almost’ CERTAINLY an ‘effective’ public health measure for ‘preventing’ and ‘slowing’ the spread of SARS-CoV-2: ‘masking’ prevents the transmission of the disease by ‘blocking’ the atomization of virus-containing respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing, talking) and their subsequent inhalation by uninfected people, and it is thought the ‘airborne spread’ of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is the dominant route of infection (heavy duty N95 and KN95 masks are BEST at warding off COVID-19, while commonly worn surgical cloth face coverings provide only limited protection but filter about 10 percent of exhaled aerosols

It has now been exposed by a news organization in America that Missouri state withheld and hid data on the SUCCESS of mask mandates, making it painfully evident that some US states cared more about politics than public health – misinformation thereby prolonged the deadly effects of the pandemic. State attorney general Eric Schmitt was aggressively against implementation mandates, while Republican state governor Mike Parson was also against masks on freedom grounds. Donald Kauerauf Missouri Health Dept Director has affirmed by email that mask mandates had been very effective in places where implemented, like say the larger cities of St Louis and Kansas, and had significantly REDUCED both Covid transmission and death rates from April to October, compared to the stringently un-masked places

THIS IMPORTANT FIELD RESULT MAKES MASK WEARING IN ENGLAND EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL THIS WINTER, not least in light of the new Omicron variant’s potential ability to swerve vaccines – Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid need to heed!

Moreover, Boris has further demonstrated his despicable policy of one rule for others while none applied to himself and his friends (a Survation poll for the Mirror newspaper determined that 60% of people and a majority of Tory voters agreed that indeed was the case) , with the revelation that 12 months ago members of his No 10 team held their own festive party days when reportedly In each case, there were 40 or 50 people crammed “cheek by jowl” into a medium-sized room before Christmas last year, while London was under Tier 3 restrictions (the law clearly stated ‘NO PERSON may participate in a gathering which consists of two or more people and takes place in ANY indoor space) and also the Country under lockdown with people banned from seeing their loved ones at Christmas even those dying, whence any festive event would have been against the rules that applied in 2020 –  the rules that were in place at the time, are very clear: ‘you must not have a work Christmas lunch or party’. However, while serial liar Johnson at first would not deny that a “boozy” Christmas party was held in Number 10 during the lockdown, he is taking the British public for fools by insisting that

no rules were broken and

“All guidance was followed completely”

– how the hell can you pretend to have had multiple large drinking parties in limited room spaces at Number 10 with everyone wearing permanent masks and applying the 2-meter social distancing rule, eh? Johnson has now belatedly at PMQs actually denied there was ANY such party, despite the indisputably strong evidence to the contrary with numerous reports that staff drank alcohol, played games and exchanged secret Santa gifts?

Into the bargain there have also been multiple rumours of an earlier party on November 27th, again while the UK was supposed be in NATIONAL LOCKDOWN, reportedly a leaving party for Cleo Watson former aid to Dominic Cummings. Moreover, Cummings himself has claimed that more parties were held in Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, including one when the country was in the grip of the second national lockdown and another was held there on 13th November last year (the day he himself was sacked from his job at Number 10) while the country was also in lockdown and at the time, the public had been told to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect the NHS – it’s pretty amazing that our own Prime Minister who is supposed to know everything needed to run the country, yet doesn’t know what goes on in his OWN FLAT nor his Downing Street residence, so has to repeatedly seek assurances from others that there was no party and that no COVID rules were broken, eh?

[despite Boris’ further futile denials about parties, the news on the grapevine is that Jack Doyle, the PM’s most senior communications advisor, with 50 people present, made a thank you speech and handed out awards of paper certificates to his team  for work done during the year at the alleged Downing Street Christmas party on December 18]

Oher parties reportedly include 13 November 2020 in the PM’s flat with his wife (a BAD influence?) when Spad Cummings left; a leaving party for a staff member on 27 November 2020 during the second lockdown when Boris gave a speech; 16 December 2020 at time of tier 3 restrictions banning indoor mixing; 18 December 2020 party with 40 people and ‘Secret Santa’ presents; 22 December 2020 the infamous daily press briefing rehearsal spoof

A photo has now emerged of Boris himself personally seemingly BREAKING Covid laws by mixing with aides while hosting a Christmas QUIZ in No 10 last year on December 15 (so 3 days before the disputed big Christmas party) when London was under tier 2 regs banning ANY social mixing  between households and a work Christmas lunch or party was NOT permitted under tier rules; the PM was flanked by two members of his top team, one wearing a Santa hat and the other draped in tinsel, as some two dozen staff huddled together conferring on questions, quaffed fizz, wine, and beer brought-in from a local Tesco Metro

Then of course there is also another matter of BORIS Johnson being accused of flouting THREE Covid lockdown rules in a late-night dinner date with then fiancée Carrie on October 21 last year, when the pair were a mile and a half from Downing Street at fashionable London restaurant Darby’s until 10.25pm — despite the CURFEW imposing 10pm closing. it is said also that at one point, Boris went out to circulate with other parties in the main dining room. He WASN’T wearing a mask at times and he spoke to a couple of customers while standing at their table, when it was also revealed that new mum Carrie spotted pals dining nearby, whence the friends wandered over to speak to her and the PM – this despite a total BAN on mixing with other groups at tables [at the time, venues in the capital were subject to strict rules which also REQUIRED diners to wear masks when moving around in restaurants and a ban on different households mixing at tables – but he is said to have breached those curbs too (one rule for us and another for him!)

[at the time, Covid cases in London were on ‘a steep upward path’ with rates doubling every ten days, so staff were taking’ extra care’ to ensure they WOULD be ‘shut’ by 10pm, hence the bill was sent to the Prime Minister’s table by around 9.40pm, but by 10pm Boris, Carrie, and team, REMAINED seated with the nervous staff trying to say ‘politely’ that it was closing time and saying: ‘We need to clear the house’, but Boris was deep in conversation, then finally left the premises via the emergency exit LATE at 10.25pm!]

Moreover, we are now reliving March 2020[ [(when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the FIRST national lockdown), and once the nationwide stay-at-home order was lifted in May 2020, it was replaced by regional restrictions, social distancing measures, self-isolation laws for those exposed to the virus, and rules on face masks, while in autumn and winter 2020, further nationwide lockdowns were introduced in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases]. THIS year we have had mixed Govt messages on Xmas parties, which is ‘killing’ hospitality, since experts have reported companies are cancelling office Christmas parties after fears about the Omicron variant’s rise, prompting pleas from pubs, bars and restaurants for clearer messaging from ministers on festive celebrations.

That comes for example as Business Minister George Freeman told LBC that he had cancelled his in-person Christmas party with staff this year, but added he did not want to be telling businesses what “they should or shouldn’t be doing” in terms of festive celebrations

That decision to cancel the in-person party contradicts Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s advice, who in contrast told LBC that there was “no need” for the public to change festive plans. Boris Johnson also echoed similar messages to the Health Secretary whilst speaking at a Downing Street press conference early in the week. The Prime Minister said the Government doesn’t “want people to cancel such events”, assuring the public it was not “necessary to change the overall guidance” Also, Gillian Keegan, Minister for Care told LBC people should “go about their plans” with Christmas parties.

All that, despite Dr Jenny Harries, who heads up the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), suggesting people should LIMIT their socialising to stop Omicron getting around, and saying people should try to “DECREASE our social contacts” and avoid mixing “when we don’t particularly need to”.[She suffered an immediate ‘put-down’ by Downing Street, claiming that her role was solely to provide advice to the government and not to advise the population – but in true Boris Johnson wobbly shopping trolley style, they forgot that UKHSA is actually now a new GOVERNMENT department in the United Kingdom, replacing Public Health England, since April 2021 and fully operational on 1 October 2021, and it is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), so Dr Harries’ statement as Chief executive of UKHSA is in fact YOUR government POLICY, Boris!]

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said whilst people should enjoy Christmas, she added: “I don’t think there should be much snogging under the mistletoe.”

Also though, as demonstrably in the past, the government apparently has learnt nothing from its  s   l   o   w  reaction to the spread of the Delta variant, which then ravished this country with unacceptably high hospitalisations and deaths, including fast growth in children aged between five and nine, and which is still rampaging across Europe with Austria, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Switzerland all now suffering high infection rates, so it could not afford to fail again as it has, with Omicron, which according to Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty will inevitably’ spread across the world in the next days.

It has now been exposed by a news organization in America that Missouri state withheld and hid data on the SUCCESS of mask mandates, making it painfully evident that some US states cared more about politics than public health – misinformation thereby prolonged the deadly effects of the pandemic. State attorney general Eric Schmitt was aggressively against implementation mandates, while Republican state governor Mike Parson was also against masks on freedom grounds. Donald Kauerauf Missouri Health Dept Director has affirmed by email that mask mandates had been very effective in places where implemented, like say the larger cities of St Louis and Kansas, and had significantly REDUCED both Covid transmission and death rates from April to October, compared to the stringently un-masked places

THIS IMPORTANT FIELD RESULT MAKES MASK WEARING IN ENGLAND EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL THIS WINTER, not least in light of the new Omicron variant’s potential ability to swerve vaccines – Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid need to heed!

Moreover, Boris has further demonstrated his vile policy of one rule for others while none applied to himself and his friends, with the revelation that 12 months ago members of his No 10 team held their own festive party days when reportedly In each case, there were 40 or 50 people crammed “cheek by jowl” into a medium-sized room before Christmas last year, while London was under Tier 3 restrictions (the law clearly stated ‘NO PERSON may participate in a gathering which consists of two or more people and takes place in ANY indoor space) and also the Country under lockdown with people banned from seeing their loved ones at Christmas even those dying, whence any festive event would have been against the rules that applied in 2020 –  the rules that were in place at the time, are very clear: ‘you must not have a work Christmas lunch or party’. However, while serial liar Johnson at first would not deny that a “boozy” Christmas party was held in Number 10 during the lockdown, he is taking the British public for fools by insisting that

no rules were broken and

“All guidance was followed completely”

– how the hell can you pretend to have had multiple large drinking parties in limited room spaces at Number 10 with everyone wearing permanent masks and applying the 2-meter social distancing rule, eh? Johnson has now belatedly at PMQs actually denied there was ANY such party, despite the indisputably strong evidence to the contrary with numerous reports that staff drank alcohol, played games and exchanged secret Santa gifts?

Into the bargain there have also been multiple rumours of an earlier party on November 27th, again while the UK was supposed be in NATIONAL LOCKDOWN, reportedly a leaving party for Cleo Watson former aid to Dominic Cummings. Moreover, Cummings himself has claimed that more parties were held in Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, including one when the country was in the grip of the second national lockdown and another was held there on 13th November last year (the day he himself was sacked from his job at Number 10) while the country was also in lockdown and at the time, the public had been told to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect the NHS – it’s pretty amazing that our own Prime Minister who is supposed to know everything needed to run the country, yet doesn’t know what goes on in his OWN FLAT nor his Downing Street residence, so has to repeatedly seek assurances from others that there was no party and that no COVID rules were broken, eh?

Moreover, we are now reliving March 2020[ (when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first national lockdown), and once the nationwide stay-at-home order was lifted in May 2020, it was replaced by regional restrictions, social distancing measures, self-isolation laws for those exposed to the virus, and rules on face masks, while in autumn and winter 2020, further nationwide lockdowns were introduced in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases] with mixed Govt messages on Xmas parties THIS year which is ‘killing’ hospitality, since experts have reported companies are cancelling office Christmas parties after fears about the Omicron variant’s rise, prompting pleas from pubs, bars and restaurants for clearer messaging from ministers on festive celebrations.

That comes for example as Business Minister George Freeman told LBC that he had cancelled his in-person Christmas party with staff this year, but added he did not want to be telling businesses what “they should or shouldn’t be doing” in terms of festive celebrations

That decision to cancel the in-person party contradicts Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s advice, who in contrast told LBC that there was “no need” for the public to change festive plans. Boris Johnson also echoed similar messages to the Health Secretary whilst speaking at a Downing Street press conference early this week. The Prime Minister said the Government doesn’t “want people to cancel such events” assuring the public it was not “necessary to change the overall guidance” Also, Gillian Keegan, Minister for Care told LBC people should “go about their plans” with Christmas parties.

Concerns about the original source of the current pandemic are resurrected as suspicions are growing that the virus was manipulated in a lab in the city of Wuhan amid claims that Covid is a BIOWEAPON that leaked from Wuhan lab during military ‘Frankenvirus’ tests, claims Chinese whistle-blower

A CHINESE virologist who fled to the US after alleging China covered up the Covid outbreak has insisted the virus is an “unrestricted bioweapon” that leaked from a Wuhan lab.

All this, despite Dr aJenny Harries, who heads up the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), suggesting people should LIMIT their to stop Omicron getting around, and saying people should try to “DECREASE our social contacts” and avoid mixing “when we don’t particularly need to”[She suffered an immediate ‘put-down’ by Downing Street, claiming that her role was solely to provide advice to the government and not to advise the population – but in true Boris Johnson wobbly shopping trolley style, they forgot that UKHSA is actually now a new GOVERNMENT department in the United Kingdom, replacing Public Health England, since April 2021 and fully operational on 1 October 2021, and it is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), so Dr Harries’ statement as Chief executive of UKHSA is in fact YOUR government POLICY, Boris!]. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said whilst people should enjoy Christmas, she added: “I don’t think there should be much snogging under the mistletoe.” Also though, as demonstrably in the past, the government apparently has learnt nothing from its s l o w reaction to the spread of Delta which then ravished this country with unacceptably high hospitalisations and deaths, including fast growth in children aged between five and nine, and which is still rampaging across Europe with Austria, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Switzerland all now suffering high infection rates, so it could not afford to fail again as it has, with Omicron, which according to Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty will inevitably’ spread across the world in the next days!

Whistle-blower Dr Li Meng-Yan In her March 31 report, wrote: “SARS-CoV-2 was created based on template viruses ZC45 and ZXC21, which were originally discovered in bats by scientists of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) The subsequent laboratory modifications had enabled its ability to infect humans as well as had enhanced the virus in its pathogenicity, transmissibility, and lethality

Dr Li even claims that a trove of Dr Anthony Fauci’s emails proves her allegations and that he was among scientists who KNEW about it but tried to HIDE it – following the release of the emails, Fauci an American immunologist and past director of the National Institute of Allergy finally acknowledged the “lab-made” Covid theory may have some weight [Senator Rand Paul claimed Fauci spread lies about American-funded research in the Wuhan lab, where Covid is increasingly thought to have originated]

Dr Li Meng-Yan, formerly a virologist at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, has previously backed claims Beijing tried to silence anyone who attempted to raise the alarm when the virus first broke out in Wuhan last year She has also backed claims that the virus came NOT from a meat market in Wuhan, as is widely thought by scientists, but from a virology RESEARCH centre in the city

Furthermore, Shi Zhengli a top Wuhan virologist from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which carried out pioneering research on almost identical viruses, warned that more COVID mutations are coming, as deadly new mutations of COVID-19 will continue to emerge  – and a so-called Doomsday variant . She fled to USA in fear of her life after coronavirus cover-up claims and vows to publish evidence PROVING virus is manmade

The corona virus might of course also adversely impact flu season as we could see COVID-19 and the flu exist in the same seasons.

POSTSCRIPT [Government U-Turn on Plan B]

Boris Johnson is ridiculed for making policy U-turns so another one on Covid is no surprise, is it? His record is one of 20 U-turns on a range covering free school meals, exam grades, Christmas lockdown, Owen Paterson suspension, and vaccine passports

Now following the country-wide spread of the Omicron variant, Boris has announced the tightening of virus restrictions in England with new Covid rules laid down by the Government, which will see latest ones rules will come into force these two weeks involving:

  1. the introduction of mandatory COVID vaccine passports (a negative lateral flow test will also be acceptable!) to enter large venues (affecting indoor venues holding more than 500 people and outdoor venues with a capacity of more than 4,000) and nightclubs coming into force Wednesday 15 December (‘devastating’ for nightclubs)
    NOTE: lateral flow tests results ARE totally UNRELIABLE – BECAUSE there’s NO actual ‘proof’ the person reporting actually TOOK ‘any’ test whatsoever, let alone performed it correctly, OR even reported the ‘true’ result. Also, Omicron can be very, very ‘fast’, so any test result expires very quickly – it is hours that we are talking about here
  2. From Monday 13 December, working from home where possible
  3. mandatory adult mask-wearing will be required in more public settings including theatres and cinemas from Friday10 December – also shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire) plus shopping centres (malls and indoor markets, Auction houses, Post offices, banks, building societies, high street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses, Estate and letting agents, premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (barbers, hair salons, tattoo and piercing studios, nail salons and massage centres)  Pharmacies [fixed penalties of £200 for the first offence (reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days)]
    [The Plan B measures will be reviewed on ‘January 5’, before their expiry date of January 26]

However, the PM while naively insisting the new measures do NOT amount to a lockdown and people can CONTINUE with Christmas parties and children’s events such as Nativity plays, as long as they “exercise due caution” (when past behaviour shows that can’t be relied on), has sparked a fierce REBELLION within his own party as MPs turn on him over unveiling ‘the long put-off’ Plan B of Covid measures in the wake of the alleged Downing Street 2020 Christmas party, whence ordinary people might ask the question ‘Why should we follow rules?’ when the government itself doesn’t [indeed a Survation poll for the Mirror newspaper determined that 77% are LESS LIKELY to follow Covid rules if government officials broke them!). This MP backlash though clearly demonstrates that the Tories care more about their party politics of popularism and winning the next byelection than UK public health, or indeed saving people’s lives from Covid, doesn’t it? One HUNDRED of the Tory MPs, amounting to half of Boris’ backbenchers, voted against him in favour of MORE covid-19 DEATHS in England.

These crass Conservative MPs are ones who really bury their heads in the sand while hoping that simply denying the existence of the problem avoids having to face something negative, whence they are persons ignoring the obvious facts about the Omicron surge and refuse to accept scientific advice [England Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warns that hospital admissions from Omicron was now ‘nailed-on’ and he reports ‘this is a really serious threat’ – there are several THINGS we don’t know, but ALL the things we DO know are bad]

[There is a popular ‘but untrue’ metaphor, believed to have originated with observations of ostriches that appear to bury their heads in the sand to avoid predators, when in fact the ostrich might dig a massive hole to bury their eggs safely in the ground or later ostrich parents may dip their heads below the ground to gently turn the eggs]

The very next 3 days after these idiot Tory MPs who refused to ‘follow the science’ (only thwarted by those of Labour) carried through on their vile 14th December rebellion against essential Omicron protection measures for England, in favour of COVID deaths, the number of infections hit progressive massive new record DAILY HIGHS of 78,610, 88,376, and 93,045, then on 19 December 2021 82,886, with the 7-day total UP over 50% since 6th December, (its highest DAILY cases totals EVER of the pandemic – so more than 10,000 up on the previous record high (68,192) set on January 8 at the pandemic reached a PEAK last winter), and with now over a hundred more deaths each day (totalling 780 DEAD in the past 7 days), also with expectations that Covid records will be broken a lot over the next few weeks (with another 900 in hospital with coronavirus and on 13 December 6,056 people with the virus in 7 days admitted into hospital in the UK, slightly down from 7,488 a week earlier, but the hospital admission rate of COVID-19-confirmed patients in England has increased to 7.06 per 100,000 people in the week ending 12 December 2021). Hospitalisations and deaths have specifically impacted the elderly and particularly the over 75s

We also saw the UK pass 11 million cases of COVID-19—only the fourth to country in the world to reach the tally (only three other countries having more cases—the US, India and Brazil, yet the UK has a significantly smaller population, so NOT a record the government should be proud of, eh?). Omicron was FIRST detected in the UK on November 27th. Two days earlier Britain had recorded its 10 millionth COVID infection, so it has taken just three weeks for another MILLION people to be infected – BUT CONSERVATIVE MPs DON’T GIVE A DAMN, do they? No, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is doing essentially nothing to combat Omicron in continuance of its already discredited herd immunity agenda. The sole aim of the government is to protect the profits of big business!

THE Omicron Covid variant could lead to 4,000 deaths a day as the more transmissible strain continues to spread, new research claims Professor Neil Ferguson.

The study, carried out by a team led by Professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London, comes as daily Covid cases hit another record high.

[Meanwhile a study just released found that Omicron was FOUR-TIMES ‘more’ infectious than the ‘original’ Covid strain and TWO-TIMES more infectious than the Delta strain. Scientists said this was because Omicron’s highly-mutated spike protein was better at binding to human cells, which then infects the host with Covid]

Furthermore, during questions about the introduction of the new rules, the Conservative launched a damning takedown of Health Secretary Sajid Javid as he HADclaimed how the variant did NOT support the introduction of fresh restrictions, and he had added how protection against serious disease “remains strong” through vaccination before sharing his concerns over how much longer Britons will have to endure Covid restrictions!

Now, sage expert, Professor John Edmunds has said that the restrictions were a NECESSARY evil ….but  very damaging for parts of the economy, particularly the hospitality, and retail sectors, which are going to be affected

The real ‘problem’ though behind the new restrictions is that despite massive additional funding the NHS has failed miserably to expand its capability as promised, so it remained vulnerable and had to be protected when an issue like the new variant arose

Nevertheless, tory MP cynics say that Boris Johnson advanced his Plan B limited reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions and the timing of his recent announcement, was a dead cat diversionary ploy to distract from ongoing scrutiny on alleged Christmas Parties held by his Downing Street staff LAST year (a media conference outlining the festivity gatherings was to have happened the following day!)

[Deadcatting – or the ‘dead cat’ tactic, is a tried-and-tested ‘political manoeuvre’ to deflect attention from a damaging subject. It springs from the notion of throwing a dead cat on to a table as a diversion, so that people talk about the cat rather than the issue causing problems]

However, the fight against the OMICRON variant will become “much more challenging”, expert Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health for London, has warned (many national conversations are going to have to take place as we move from our second and into our third YEAR of the pandemic) – officials have ALREADY started considering a “Plan C“, which could see the return of having to check in at the pub and a more blanket USE of the face covering mandate.

All the scientific evidence indicates the urgent need for limits on indoor mixing, an 8pm curfew and another LOCKDOWN (a COBRA meeting is set to go ahead 20th December as leaders from across the UK discuss spiralling Omicron cases), but as those SOLELY responsible for the chaos, the blocking of hospital ICU beds, the cancellation of countless life-saving operations, and the current threat of the virus overwhelming the NHS, are the wilfully UNVACCINATED who have provided a reservoir sanctuary for the virus to exist in and mutate, then they alone should be the SOLE object of the lockdown, and NO new measures should apply to those who have done the right thing – had two jabs and a booster. Those who haven’t should rightly have their social lives curtailed until they learn the lesson that there’s a personal price to pay for utter selfishness – just watch how quick they change tack, eh?

Scandal-hit Boris Johnson has cancelled THIS year’s Downing Street Christmas party amid mounting anger and public fury over claims his staff held lockdownbreaking parties LAST year, but said he hoped people would go ahead with festive events while exercising events while exercising caution – which won’t happen, will it?

Jun 12, 2020 · Masks can reduce the growth rate of coronavirus infections by 40%, according to researchers who studied the experience of places in Germany that promoted their use.

Searches related to german us study on masks shows 259 times more effective

Aug 22, 2021 · Study finds N95 masks more effective than surgical, cloth coverings against COVID-19 … Omicron variant spreads to six more US states

Correctly wearing of the surgical masks was shown to be more effective than using the N95 masks even the latter has a better facial fit (Noti et al., 2012). Davies et al. ( 2013 ) recruited 21 healthy volunteers and collected air samples of each volunteer in three different conditions: 1. wearing a mask made of T‐shirt, 2. wearing a standard surgical mask 3. wearing a N95 mask – Author: Yuxin Wang, Zicheng Deng, Zicheng

Masks are almost certainly an effective public health measure for preventing and slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2

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