- “Events promoters ‘ready to go elsewhere’ over jab passports” – Concert promoters are considering cancelling live events in Scotland or moving them to other parts of the U.K. amid concerns over the impact of vaccine passports, reports the Times.
- “NHS staffing crisis fears as Sajid Javid pushes ahead with compulsory Covid vaccines” – All NHS staff could be required to have a jab, despite a major staff shortage prompted by a similar requirement for care workers, according to the Telegraph.
- “Care workers in England leaving for Amazon and other better-paid jobs” – The retailer is luring staff with 30% higher wages, while some workers object to the sector’s ‘No Jab, No Job’ policy, says the Guardian.
- “Don’t jab children just to keep schools open, Tory MPs urge Whitty” – Children aged 12 to 15 should only be vaccinated if it is in the interests of their health, rather than a tactical move to keep schools open, according to a letter signed by MPs Sir Graham Brady, Sir Desmond Swayne and Esther McVey and organised by UsforThem, the Times reports.
- “Professor slams U.K. for spending more on test and trace than primary care” – Oxford’s Professor Carl Heneghan has hit out at the amount being spent on mass testing, which he believes should be invested into primary care instead, reports the Express.
- “We’re all likely to catch Covid – and that makes continuing restrictions obsolete” – Why, when the worst of the pandemic is over, is the Government seeking to renew its emergency powers for a further six months, asks Dan Hannan in the Telegraph.
- “Bangladesh mask study: do not believe the hype” – “This is one of the worst studies I’ve ever seen in any field,” says El Gato Malo on Substack. “It proves nothing apart from the credulity of many mask advocates.”
- “Denmark overtakes Sweden as the restriction-free Nordic nation” – Denmark, a country whose approach earlier in the Covid pandemic was thought of as the opposite of Sweden, with early border restrictions and school closures, has now overtaken its neighbour as the most restriction-free country in Scandinavia, writes Freddie Sayers in UnHerd
- “Who we are, and where we’re going: Some observations and suggestions to those opposed to lockdown ideology.” – A sceptical position statement from Resist New Normal.
- “Governments Must Pay $800,000 in Legal Fees to Church for COVID-19 Overreach” – California officials have agreed to pay $800,000 in prevailing-party attorneys’ fees to a popular Christian megachurch in Los Angeles after state and federal courts in California issued permanent injunctions barring government officials there from ever again imposing discriminatory restrictions on houses of worship, the Epoch Times reports.
- “Florida to Start Fining Businesses $5,000 for Violations of Vaccine Passport Ban” – The Florida Department of Health has issued a notice indicating it will start issuing $5,000 fines to businesses, schools, and Government agencies that require Floridians to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, according to the Epoch Times.
- “Biden voter-rejecting Florida diner forced to close due to popularity” – A diner in Florida which said it would no longer serve anyone who supported Biden has had to close temporarily after it ran out of food, reports the New York Post.
- “U.S. ‘funded Wuhan virus lab’s research to make diseases more deadly’” – The Wuhan Institute of Virology was creating a database of potentially lethal viruses with the help of Shi Zhengli – aka ‘batwoman’, who collected thousands of coronavirus samples, a new book claims, according to the Mail.
- “The Masked Ball of Cowardice” – How fear of admitting error in trusting China’s coronavirus propaganda is driving Western societies into a doom spiral, writes Michael P. Senger in the Tablet.
- “WATCH: Thousands flood Paris streets protesting against COVID-19 health passes across France” – In Paris alone thousands of people joined protests against vaccine passports, RT reports.
- “The Covidian Cult (Part III)” – C.J. Hopkins in OffGuardian continues his series on the ‘New Normal’ as a global totalitarian ideological movement.
- “Covid antibodies ‘tumbling’ among elderly, experts warn” – Antibodies are declining in those aged 70 and over, says new ONS data, the Independent reports.
- “A COVID-19 Vaccination Quandary: Israel’s Infection Rates Continue to Shoot Up Despite Mass Inoculation” – COVID-19 data in Israel continues to confound the logic of one of the most heavily vaccinated countries, as it has one of the world’s highest infection, reports TrialSite News.
- “India’s DNA COVID vaccine is a world first – more are coming” – The ZyCoV-D vaccine heralds a wave of DNA vaccines for various diseases that are undergoing clinical trials around the world, reports Nature.
- “Doctors advise against intensive sport after Covid vaccination” – Doctors advise against intensive sport soon after receiving a coronavirus vaccination after three young cyclists suffered cardiac complications, reports the Brussels Times.
- “Boris has totally lost touch with conservatism” – The plan to increase taxes is the latest Labour-lite lunacy of a Government that only cares about polls, writes Camilla Tominey in the Telegraph.
- “The threat from the illiberal left” – Don’t underestimate the danger of left-leaning identity politics, says the Economist.
- “Watch out for the Gimp!” – Let’s have a look at cancel culture, the bastard offspring of our rather older friend, political correctness, writes Tom Forrester-Paton.
- “The transgender delusion” – Shon Faye’s book confirms that transgenderism is about control, not autonomy, writes Brendan O’Neill in spiked.
- “We must stop pandering to the workshy woke generation” – Between the siestas and wellness weeks, it is hard to figure out how anything will ever get done, says Matthew Lynn in the Telegraph.
- “Let Roy Chubby Brown perform” – Simon Evans comes to the defence of the overweight stand-up in Spiked.
- “Wokeness is bad for your health” – Katie Herzog is the guest on the Brendan O’Neill Show.
- “JCVI member says there’s little benefit to be had from immunising children” – Professor Adam Finn, a member of the JCVI, tells Sky News 12-15 year-olds aren’t at serious risk from Covid so there’s little benefit in vaccinating them.
Day: 4 September 2021
There follows a guest post by Daily Sceptic reader Tim Cooper.
At the end of June the preprint of a paper was published, showing that accidentally injecting vaccine into a blood vessel, rather than into the muscle, could be a factor in the incidence of clotting events (VITT, etc.) associated with the AstraZeneca-type vaccines.
This concept has been mulled over in academic circles and on social media, But the issue has rather gone off the boil, possibly since these types of vaccine are not currently being widely used in developed countries (although they are still being used elsewhere).
It may be about to hot-up again though. A new paper has now been released which shows that a similar phenomenon could be associated with mRNA vaccines like Pfizer’s and Moderna’s and suggesting that faulty injection technique could be behind the adverse events.
According to Wikipedia, the purpose of intramuscular injection (as used for the Covid vaccines) “may be preferred because muscles have larger and more numerous blood vessels than subcutaneous tissue, leading to faster absorption”.
When delivering intramuscular injection, nurses are often trained to ‘aspirate’ the needle by pulling back on the plunger, with the absence of blood indicating that they haven’t hit a blood vessel. For some medicines, the product insert specifically states that “special care should be taken to prevent injection into a blood vessel”.
In general terms, though, no hard-and-fast rule exists about avoiding injection into blood vessels, because, some argue, there is no clear evidence that it matters either way – though NHS guidelines from 2006 recommended that aspiration should always be used in intramuscular injections.
Currently for Covid vaccines, U.K. health authorities do not insist on it, with Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi relying on Public Health England guidance to state that: “There is no need to pull back on the plunger … because there are no large blood vessels at the recommended injection sites.” (14:08)
In America, the CDC guidelines are frankly disturbing. They appear to acknowledge the issue by stating that if you aspirate and get a flash of blood, the process should be abandoned. But then they add: “This is a waste of expensive vaccine that could be avoided by simply not aspirating.” Ah, the close-your-eyes-and-pretend-it’s-not-there approach to vaccine safety.
We’re publishing an original piece today by Dr. Rachel Nicoll, a post-doc medical researcher, about the enduring problem of chronic disease. These are diseases for which there is no cure, condemning sufferers to live with them for the rest of their lives. Examples of chronic conditions include Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions, dementia, lung disease and cancer. Here is an extract:
Why is there still no cure for chronic diseases? By ‘cure’, I am not referring to medical management through drugs that have to be taken for the remainder of life, I mean a complete reversal of the disease, so that the patient can say, for example, that they no longer have Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes. With the trillions poured into medical research over the last several decades, we can be forgiven for asking what scientists have been doing all this time, as there seems to be very little to show for it in terms of reducing chronic disease. Furthermore, part of the definition of chronic disease includes the damning fact that it has no cure. So according to the current medical model, we apparently cannot prevent chronic disease and nor can we cure it; instead we must take ever-increasing numbers of drugs for the rest of our lives. In 2021, after decades of highly funded research, this is truly shocking. Not only is conventional medicine failing to cure chronic disease but the incidence of all chronic diseases is increasing dramatically.
Worth reading in full.
There’s a good piece in the Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf, a staff writer, asking at what point Australia will have to stop calling itself as a liberal democracy and acknowledge that it has become a police state. Here is an extract:
Up to now one of Earth’s freest societies, Australia has become a hermit continent. How long can a country maintain emergency restrictions on its citizens’ lives while still calling itself a liberal democracy?
Australia has been testing the limits.
Before 2020, the idea of Australia all but forbidding its citizens from leaving the country, a restriction associated with Communist regimes, was unthinkable. Today, it is a widely accepted policy. “Australia’s borders are currently closed and international travel from Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” a government website declares. “International travel from Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.” The rule is enforced despite assurances on another government website, dedicated to setting forth Australia’s human-rights-treaty obligations, that the freedom to leave a country “cannot be made dependent on establishing a purpose or reason for leaving.”
The nation’s high court struck down a challenge to the country’s COVID-19 restrictions. “It may be accepted that the travel restrictions are harsh. It may also be accepted that they intrude upon individual rights,” it ruled. “But Parliament was aware of that.” Until last month, Australians who are residents of foreign countries were exempt from the rule so they could return to their residence. But the government tightened the restrictions further, trapping many of them in the country too.
Intrastate travel within Australia is also severely restricted. And the government of South Australia, one of the country’s six states, developed and is now testing an app as Orwellian as any in the free world to enforce its quarantine rules. Returning travelers quarantining at home will be forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation. The state will text them at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the location where they are supposed to be. Should they fail, the local police department will be sent to follow up in person. “We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,” Premier Steven Marshall explained. “I think every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.”
Pretty proud? It’s beyond parody.
Worth reading in full.
We’re publishing an original piece today by Jacinta Taylor, a freelance investigative journalist, about the aftermath of the Panorama investigation into biosecurity lapses at the Lighthouse lab in Milton Keynes, one of seven Lighthouse laboratories that processes PCR tests. Longtime readers will recall that we ran a piece about the risk of cross-contamination at this lab last November by Dr. Julian Harris, a virologist who briefly worked at the facility. He was so concerned by what he witnessed he called in the Health and Safety Executive who identified five material breaches of health and safety legislation at the lab that included inadequate health and safety training for staff and employees working too closely together. The reason this matters is because these lapses can lead to negative test samples being contaminated by positive samples, thereby leading to false positives.
Dr. Harris also complained to the DHSC, but according to him the complaint was never adequately investigated and he also expressed concern that the security breaches exposed by Panorama weren’t properly followed up, even though the DHSC issued a statement to the programme saying: “We take concerns extremely seriously and we will be fully investigating all the allegations that have been made.”
I asked Jacinta to see if she could find out what investigation had been carried out at the behest of the DHSC, who had carried it out and what the conclusions of the investigating team were. She did eventually get an answer from a senior medial relations officer at the DHSC, but it was vague and unsatisfactory.
We have done our best to follow-up the Panorama programme, but the Daily Sceptic lacks the resources to mount a proper investigation, even with readers’ generous donations. It’s a pity no mainstream media publication has pursued this story (although the Independent ran something based on Dr. Harris’s revelations last October). The governments of the four nations of the United Kingdom have relied on PCR testing data to base decisions on whether and when to lock down and nearly every MSM publication faithfully reproduces the daily positive cases from the Government’s coronavirus dashboard, so you’d think they would be a little more curious about the reliability of this data, particularly in light of the lapses flagged up by Dr. Harris and Panorama. But apparently not.
Another reason to properly investigate these failings and whether the DHSC has done anything to make sure they’ve been addressed is that vast sums of public money have been spent on building and developing these labs, which are run in partnership with private firms including the pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca.
Forcing care homes to sack staff who choose not to get vaccinated will create a staffing crisis that could put homes at risk of closing, warns Unison as the Government seems set to march on with its plans. “Staff… say they are heartbroken to have to leave the jobs they love,” says the union, the largest in social care. “However, many feel totally undervalued and bullying is the last straw for them.” GB News has the story.
Unison said ministers were “sleepwalking” into a disaster, and revealed an exodus of staff had already begun.
The union said the controversial mandatory vaccination rule for England was pushing thousands of workers to the brink of quitting care work ahead of the September 16th deadline to get their first vaccination or face losing their job.
Mandatory vaccination has been a “massive distraction” from the job of caring for people, diverting time and resources from employers and the Government, said Unison.
General Secretary Christina McAnea said: “Minister have been told repeatedly that using force instead of persuasion will fail, but they’ve not listened and now their ill-considered policy is backfiring. …
“The Government must scrap the ‘no jab, no job’ rule now. Widespread care home closures could be the consequence if they ignore the warnings.”
Worth reading in full.
We are starting to get a better picture of what the Government means when it says vaccine passports will be required at ‘large events’. Reports this morning suggest that ministers are set to impose Covid vaccination checks on those attending football matches, concerts, conferences and more – but the wider hospitality sector is likely to be left out of the scheme for now. The Mail has the story.
Boris Johnson announced plans in July to make double vaccination a “condition of entry” for nightclubs in England because of fears that they could become Covid hotspots.
But ministers will meet next week to discuss extending the requirement to a string of other “mass events”, the Mail has learnt.
Although final decisions have not been taken, a Whitehall source said the plans were likely to be “very similar” to those unveiled by Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland this week.
The SNP leader said vaccine passports would be mandated for all unseated live events attracting more than 500 people indoors or 4,000 outdoors. All events with audiences of more than 10,000 would also be covered, whether seated or not.
A Whitehall source said precise audience caps might vary in England but the types of events covered was likely to be the same.
The rules would make Covid passports mandatory for most big sporting events, as well as music concerts, festivals and some exhibitions. Sources said large theatres could also be covered.
But in a concession to Tory MPs, the Government is expected to rule out imposing the new system on the wider hospitality sector for now, meaning pubs and restaurants will escape.
The move will put ministers on collision course with more than 40 Conservative MPs who have pledged to vote against any plan for vaccine passports. It will require legislation, meaning there will be a crunch vote in the Commons. …
A Whitehall source said: “The evidence is that certification can help put a bit of control around an event and provide reassurance.
“Everyone understands the concerns around freedoms but we may be in a situation this winter where the alternative is more closures and economic damage to sectors that have suffered hugely already.”
Sources also suggest some affected businesses such as the Premier League, exhibition organisers and West End theatres have expressed interest in using vaccine passports to provide greater reassurance to customers.
Worth reading in full.
It is interesting to consider just how different the past 18 months would have been without dozens of Government briefings and constant Covid ad campaigns. The propaganda pushed by the Government as part of its Covid response is the subject of an upcoming public lecture by Dr. Colin Alexander, Senior Lecturer in Political Communications at Nottingham Trent University, on September 13th at 7.30pm. He will argue that the Government has “more or less copied the British wartime propaganda strategy from World War II when dealing with Covid”.
In a previous blog post, which gives a taste of lecture’s content, Dr. Alexander writes that: “The best propaganda is the propaganda that the audience doesn’t realise is propaganda.”
The public information briefings that occurred at about 5pm each day from Downing Street during the first lockdown in spring and summer of 2020 were episodes in propaganda straight out of the wartime playbook. Rather than being ‘public information’ events as they were so described, they were in fact filled with ‘strategic communications’ intent on manipulating the public to the ends of the powerful. They were carefully staged, choreographed and scripted by spin doctors and other political communications professionals working for a Government that is addicted to propaganda and cannot fathom engagement in public communications through any other prism.
Furthermore, the U.K. Government’s approach to Covid briefings in the first half of 2020 may harm the long-term trust of the public in governance and the various organs of state that are entwined with the crisis. Public Health England, for example. Indeed, Chris Witty [Whitty], Patrick Valance [Vallance], Jenny Harries, et al – by standing next to the cabinet minister of the day – may end up tainted as manipulators-in-chief themselves through their (and the organisations that they represent) implicit endorsement of the Government’s approach to public communications.
Tickets for the event, which is free and which anyone can attend, are available here.
- “Child Covid vaccines roll-out to be pushed through by ministers” – The Government insists its programme will go ahead despite scientific advisers saying benefits are “too small”, reports the Telegraph.
- “Vaccine passport hypocrisy” – The U.K. is following China’s restricted access QR code digital ID system, while all the time seeking to take the moral high ground over Beijing. It’s hypocrisy at its finest, writes Neil Clark in Russia Today.
- “The pointlessness of vaccine passports” – The Delta variant has obliterated the case for this illiberal policy, writes Paddy Hannam in Spiked.
- “Half of Brits believe Boris Johnson will impose another lockdown” – An exclusive poll for MailOnline suggests 50% of people believe another national shutdown could be on the cards in 2021.
- “Save us from the Gradgrinds of SAGE” – “We are currently governed by a cabal of Gradgrinds, determined to stamp out all habits of human joy,” writes Sean Walsh in TCW Defending Freedom.
- “Anti-vax protesters storm U.K. drug regulator’s London office in protest over planned Covid jab for children” – Protesters have stormed the headquarters of the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in London’s Canary Wharf and clashed with police amid a demonstration against plans to roll out Covid vaccines for children, reports Russia Today.
- “Nicola Sturgeon’s vaccine passport plan could force live events to move to England” – Scottish Chambers of Commerce tells the First Minister that organisers are already drawing up contingency plans, reports the Telegraph.
- “World Health Organisation Leadership Urges a Delay on Covid Boosters” – The Director-General of the WHO has requested once again that the governments of the wealthiest member-states hold off on the distribution of Covid booster shots through at least the month of September, reports TrialSite.
- “Reports of rare body inflammation after Covid vaccinations being reviewed by E.U. watchdog” – The European Medicines Agency has announced it is reviewing a possible link to a rare inflammatory condition following the administration of coronavirus vaccines after a case was reported in a 17 year-old post Pfizer vaccination.
- “The Covid Tyranny of the Anointed” – “Like a virus, the Leviathan is indifferent to who it destroys as it spreads,” writes Brendan Patrick Purdy in Law and Liberty.
- “Dr. Robert Malone, mRNA Vaccine Inventor, on Latest Covid Data, Booster Shots, and the Shattered Scientific ‘Consensus’ (Part 1)” – “We need to confront the data and not try to cover stuff up or hide risks,” says Dr. Robert Malone on Epoch TV.
- “Health Officials Advise White House to Scale Back Booster Plan for Now” – Federal regulators have warned they may not have enough data to recommend boosters for anyone except certain recipients of the Pfizer vaccine by late September, reports the New York Times.
- “How (and why) Israel changed what ‘fully vaccinated’ means” – Just as “three weeks to flatten the curve” turned into around 18-months (and counting), “double jabbed” is now evolving into “triple jabbed”, writes Kit Knightly in offGuardian.
- “Australia Traded Away Too Much Liberty” – How long can a democracy maintain emergency restrictions and still call itself a free country, asks Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic.
- “‘Covid Zero’ New Zealand has completed its transformation into a full-blown Police State” – “New Zealand has transformed from a highly-touted Covid ‘success story’ to a full-fledged house of horrors, and sadly, there is no end in sight to the ongoing madness,” writes Jordan Schachtel in his latest substack update.
- “Andrew Neil poised to quit GB News” – The veteran interviewer has not presented his evening show since June 24th, just two weeks after launch, and insiders believe he will not be back, reports the Telegraph.
- “Don’t be fooled – the new £100 contactless limit is really about killing off cash” – No one is calling for the contactless limit to be raised to £100 – it’s just yet another ploy to do away with physical pounds and pence, writes Sam Brodbeck in the Telegraph.
- “The climate scaremongers: A weekly round-up” – “Under the terms of the Paris Agreement, China is under no obligation whatsoever to cut emissions or do anything else for that matter,” writes Paul Homewood in his latest climate update.
- “Amid the lies and cover-ups, the green ambitions of Germany’s car giants can’t be trusted” – Deutschland Inc was once universally admired, but the emissions scandals have broken the public’s faith in its carmakers, writes Ben Marlow in the Telegraph.
- “Review of ‘Unsettled: What climate science tells us, what it doesn’t, and why it matters’” – “This is a book stressing the importance of rigorous and ethical science which is scrutinised and challenged rather than being allowed to furbish a narrative of ‘the Science’ of climate which gets a life of its own,” writes Ian Hore-Lacy on Steven E. Koonin’s book.
- “Prince Harry is the one who’s peddling falsehoods ” – “If Harry actually ever read the news, he’d know there has been no ‘mass-scale misinformation’ about the benefits of vaccination in our mainstream newspapers and their online outlets. Quite the contrary in fact,” writes Mick Hume in the Mail.
- “Why we are reclaiming history from the distortions of Critical Race Theory” – “History Reclaimed is aimed at journalists, teachers, academics, politicians and members of the general public mystified by the claims of ‘Critical Theory’,” writes David Abulafia in CapX.
- “Guy’s Hospital statue battle ‘is only about looking woke’” – A charity has been accused of committing itself to an expensive legal battle “just to show how woke they are” as it tries to remove a statue of the founder of Guy’s hospital, reports the Times.
- “Professor Karol Sikora says people have been ‘brainwashed’ into believing schools are unsafe” – “Schools are safe. Children are not a problem here. They’re not even transmitters of the virus. Should they be vaccinated?” Asks Professor Karol Sikora on talkRADIO. “I say no.”