The last few weeks have seen a series of interviews, revelations and disconcerting findings from studies looking at the global catastrophe called lockdowns and the actions of some of the main characters.
For example, we have learned that, after a series of flip-flops on most aspects of lockdowns, Dame Jenny Harries thinks that perhaps, maybe, next time (as there will be a next time), we should take an approach similar to Sweden.
Then, the Telegraph informs us that low MMR vaccination rates may result in breakthrough measles epidemics. Then we have the same Telegraph airing the view that locking up and masking children may be harmful. Wow!
We are sure we will be treated in weeks to come to many more amazing revelations. For example, restricting access to cancer services led to diagnoses going through the roof when you reopen and more advanced stages than usual when first diagnosed. Or how about leaving the elderly in solitary confinement means they died of dehydration, loneliness and hunger? Or offering quasi-free billions in state aid without basic controls means you will be robbed blind – sorry – taxpayers will be robbed blind.
We are also expecting masses of observational data showing that masks do cut transmission of respiratory viruses down, and so do mRNA vaccines. We know, we know: there are already many trash studies of this sort.
The difference now will be that they will be packaged into systematic reviews led by friendly academics and authoritative new faces that will come to the correct conclusions. It’s amazing what a few quid will do to folk.
Last but not least comes the revelation that Dr. Anthony Fauci did not need to sign in when visiting CIA mission control, perhaps because he was a part of the intelligence club already – ah, sorry, ‘asset’.
All this flipping, backpedalling, hagiography and revelations based on the retrospectoscope lead us to suspect that the main people in the events of the last three years are increasingly nervous about their role and the consequences of their actions (or lack of).
Is it the Inquiry? Is it that they all have their knighthoods, damehoods and pensions and are thinking of their legacies now? Is it something in their tea? Or, is it they got it wrong but don’t want to ‘fess up to their errors?
We may be witnessing the beginning of the unfolding of the narrative, but whatever is going on, we will call them out one by one, ensuring that Trust the Evidence remains a witness to the folly of humankind.
Dr. Tom Jefferson is an epidemiologist based in Rome and lead author of the latest update to the Cochrane review of physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. This article was first published on Trust The Evidence, which you can subscribe to here.