by Hannes Wessels
I took some flak following my last article on ‘experts’, but since then I’ve seen little or nothing to lead me to believe I should change my opinion. In fact, events since then have buttressed my view.
We can start with Professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College, London. A leading epidemiologist, Ferguson is arguably the pivotal ‘expert’ in influencing the decisions taken by Boris Johnson and Donald Trump that have triggered the collapse of the global economy. Trump was about to get it right when he said, “We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem…”; but in the face of the media storm created in large measure by Ferguson, he buckled and Boris followed.
The professor’s doomsday report predicted upwards of 550,000 deaths in the UK from Covid-19 unless a strict lockdown regimen was implemented. That bombshell continues to reverberate today. But now we know that the lockdown insisted on by this Establishment bullshitter, was apparently intended for everyone except him and his married lover. It would now appear, when not working out how to destroy our lives, the “Bonking Boffin” or “Professor Pantsdown”, as he is now sometimes known, was also applying his great mind to shagging his ‘side-line’, Ms Antonio Staats, a married, wealthy ‘lefty’, and in pursuit of that noble goal, lockdowns and social-distancing did not apply to him. If you can’t trust a man to follow his own rules where does it end? He has since, mercifully, resigned.
If this is not sufficient reason to doubt this man’s credibility, there are increasing calls on him from senior UK politicians to release the codes and the modelling upon which the national lockdown was based. Thus far to no avail. ‘Pantsdown’ has deferred disclosure arguing that the computer code is 13 years old and thousands of lines of it are “undocumented,” making it hard for anyone to work with, let alone take it apart to identify potential errors. This begs the question: why has an old computer-code been used to justify the closing down of Britain? Adding to the high-level drama, the Swedes have announced that his model predicted 100,000 deaths there by June if he was ignored. He was ignored and the latest figure for Sweden is 2,680.
Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme is another ‘expert’ who has had a profound impact on political decisions around the world, leading to the imposition of draconian rules that have ruined hundreds of millions of lifestyles and livelihoods. It was Ryan who suggested confinement might not be enough and that the authorities in affected countries should “actively look” for infected people wherever they maybe including their homes and when found, remove and isolate them. This interventionist approach was seized on in South Africa and may well have had something to do with the decision taken by soldiers to enter a private dwelling in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg where they allegedly assaulted and killed a man for violating the lockdown rules.
Maybe Ryan had just kissed the Blarney Stone when he recommended his hard-line approach because he seems to have changed his ‘expert opinion’ recently. He is now on record appearing to praise the “…very strong public health policy” in place in Sweden which is the most relaxed in Europe and suggested that “….Sweden represents a future model.” I might be missing something but it looks to me like this bloke also got it all horribly wrong to start with but who cares?
There’s more. Dr. Judy Mikovits, formerly research director at the Whittemore Peterson Institute in the US where she worked with Dr. Anthony Fauci, is about to publish a book. Fauci, as most of us know, is the man directing the Trump administration’s response to the virus. In it, the picture she paints of Dr. Fauci is an unflattering one. She alleges his involvement in a cover-up of a research report that involved financial profit for some and accuses him of delivering a narrative on Corona that is “absolutely propaganda”. Her story is a deeply troubling one about the price she paid, which involved arrest, dismissal and a gagging order, for dissenting from views held by Fauci. She looks to me like she knows what she’s talking about and is telling the truth. In Fauci’s hands rests the fate of many millions of Americans.
Unquestionably, these three individuals have played pivotal roles in getting us to where we are today and it seems, as we watch our economies and countries collapse, we are faced with more uncertainty, verging on downright confusion than ever.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has referred to the latest data made available to him as “shocking” because it reveals that almost 70% of the people admitted to hospitals in the state were people who had not left their homes. Obviously, the confinement, he enforced has not done much to help the folk that followed the instructions. NYC has reported over 11,000 deaths with strict rules, while Tokyo, with people allowed to move has had less than 100 fatalities. Reports are coming in indicating a spike in the number of deaths caused by Tuberculosis as a result of the rules relating to confinement and social-distancing. In Australia, The Australian newspaper has reported that deaths from suicide following the implementation of lockdown rules, are likely to exceed those from the virus by a factor of 10. These are just some examples of the unanticipated consequences of the international response which they have orchestrated and there are many more.
With way more questions than answers about the virus; its origins, its lethality, infection rates and what the future holds, and bereft of people who can provide the correct information, we seem to be wondering around in the dark regarding the disease but what is clear as the light of day is that on our present trajectory we are going to self-destruct.
With all the talk of herd-immunity maybe we should be pondering herd-stupidity! I’m comfortably positioned here; wallowing in the knowledge that I’m an idiot, but at least I know when I don’t know and unafraid to admit it. I’m just sorry some of these ‘experts’ are not of the same mind.