lets the mask slip...
...according to a government whistleblower...
He told me that while there is little appetite in the Cabinet for a full lockdown, Covid Passes are 'oven-baked' and ready to go.
In my opinion, the UK government's Winter Plan was always about Plan B.
This seasoned government insider plays a key role on a Covid task force and has decided to speak out now because he is disturbed by the unethical reasons for mandating masks.
Boris Johnson is a fan of deadcatting, a technique to deflect attention from one issue to another, akin to throwing a dead cat on a table during a heated debate to change the topic.
Face masks are increasingly discredited, but certain journalists fell hungrily upon a recent new study which concluded that,
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as a result of this above 'Fact Check'.
However, that fragrant soupcon of a percentage was based upon weak evidence, there were confounding factors and caution was required when interpreting the study, as Fullfact explained.
As I set out in my book A State of Fear - How the UK government Weaponized Fear during the Covid-19 'Pandemic' masks are a nudge, even described as a 'signal' by David Halpern, the director of the UK government's Behavioral Insights Team...
Similarly, Neil Ferguson said that masks remind us,
They serve as a visible public reminder of the 'pandemic', turning us back into walking billboards pronouncing danger.
My source concurred:
For this government insider the implications are now too serious to remain silent because 'we are lying when we say masks work. They are a signal, a psyop.
And we've criminalized not wearing them.
Masks also transfer the blame onto individuals for the epidemic spreading. We have people counting the unmasked on public transport, policing each other. It is deeply unethical that we have set people against each other in this way.
It allows the creation of,
He points out that it is the government we should be blame for not increasing healthcare capacity.
The timing of our conversation is interesting. He speaks to me just before the news about Downing Street Christmas parties breaks. People are rightly angry about hypocrisy and the pain of their own cancelled plans last year.
The nation suffered last minute restrictions while Downing Street enjoyed revelry.
More than one million pounds in fines have been served to nearly 2,000 Covid-19 rule breakers at Westminster magistrates court, including throwing and attending parties, while Boris Johnson evades punishment...
But the real point is not the hypocrisy, or that we suffered while they did not.
Rather it is that those who organized and attended the party had a different risk calculus.
What we are expected to believe is another matter.
As these distasteful double standards are unmasked, Ministers are considering whether to,
When the Winter Plan was published, we were told that the trigger to move from Plan A to Plan B was if the NHS comes under 'unsustainable pressure'.
This was left deliberately vague. If you were watching cases and hospitalizations with an anxious eye, I'm afraid you were missing the more important signs:
There is an army of behavioral scientists, communications specialists and Covid task forces focused on Covid.
The government insider told me there are hundreds of people in this Covid apparatus, even though we are no longer in an emergency.
Robert Higgs talks about the 'ratchet effect' in his book Crisis and Leviathan whereby the state expands in response to a crisis and then doesn't recede afterwards to its former level.
The aura of emergency will not fade and we risk ever more stringent and unpalatable restrictions unless this apparatus is dismantled...
Furthermore, public reputations have been staked on enforcing restrictions, including journalists, scientists and politicians.
The government insider is brutal about the reality of our situation:
On his primary reason for calling me, he said he is,
Our leader's masks are slipping, exposing hypocrisy, psychological manipulation and barefaced lies.
Frankly, I am ashamed of them...