‘Has BoJo been infected with SAGE and turned to the Dark Side?’

October 3, 2020

BUTT OUT: “By decree, it has interfered in our family lives and our private lives telling who we may meet, when we may meet them and what we must wear when we meet them. There may be one day be a virus that threatens our very way of life and this isn’t it, even if we were behaving as if it were.” – Sir Desmond Swayne, Conservative MP for New Forest West.

RESOLUTE RESPONSE: “Very strongly and fundamentally we are going to ruin millions of people’s lives – we already are. I think a major rethink is needed, primarily we know more about this virus now. We are never going to defeat it – like all other viruses – it is probably going to be with us the rest of our lives.” – Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset.

FEAR MONGERS: “When they presented that graph – with a caveat that it wasn’t a prediction they presented it as a plausible scenario by its 50,000 cases per day by mid-October by the doubling of infections by the week. It was the purpose of the Fat Boy in the Pickwick Papers – ‘I want to make your flesh creep. It was Project Fear. It was an attempt to terrify the British people, as if they hadn’t been terrified enough.” – Sir Desmond Swayne on the press conference held by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical adviser Chris Whitty.

TIME MATTERS: “I need at some stage more than three minutes to discuss the fundamental hardships that are going on in my constituency. Ninety minutes is an utter disgrace. It is disrespectful to this House and to colleagues. A lot of us in this place are angry. – Charles Walker, Conservative MP for Broxbourne, who threw down his parliamentary papers in making saying these words. Picture by Richard Townshend.

 

 

 

CONSERVATIVE backbenchers have condemned proposals by government advisers to amend Covid-19 legislation in response to the threat of a second wave of infections.


Regulations have recently been brought into to ensure a rule of six in public spaces to reduce the rate of transmission of the virus and a mandatory curfew for 10pm for pubs and restaurants that police themselves have already found difficult to enforce.

‘Covid-19 NHS app is voluntary, not mandatory’

This site can also reveal that on going out to restaurants and pubs in recent days, some pub managers are arbitrarily deciding customers will only be admitted if they have downloaded the Covid-19 for Track and Trace reasons even when it is not mandatory. A friend of mine who has downloaded it tried out and it failed to work.

The resultant atmosphere it can be argued has reduced the relaxed atmosphere and increased tensions between hospitality businesses and their customers.


Despite some resistance from the Mayor of Middlesbrough Andy Preston to the new restrictions, most Opposition MPs – with exceptions – have passively accepted the legislation and it has been left to Tory backbenchers to ask the searching questions.

Speaking to local reporters, Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, says the new amendments to the Coronavirus laws do not address the concerns of those who have a train of thought that questions the rules and says the elderly and the vulnerable should be protected but consulted, and the public had to live with the virus.

Mr Drax said: “Very strongly and fundamentally we are going to ruin millions of people’s lives – we already are. I am not making a personal comment against the scientists and medics who are advising the Government but there is another team who fundamentally disagree with this.

‘Even with a vaccine, you won’t defeat this’

“I think a major rethink is needed, primarily we know more about this virus now. We are never going to defeat it – like all other viruses – it is probably going to be with us the rest of our lives. Let’s look at other viruses, let’s take flu, when a vaccine is found we still get flu, you are not going to beat this.

“We got to learn to live with this and learn to get on with our lives, keep our economy going – which we are not doing at the minute – and those who are vulnerable, the elderly, they quite old and wise enough to make up their own minds what they want to do.”

Tory MP Charles Walker threw down his papers in outrage at the Government’s parliamentary behaviour in allocating 90 minutes on legislation that was fundamentally transforming people’s lives for the worse.

‘Three minutes is not enough to discuss these changes’

“I need at some stage more than three minutes to discuss the fundamental hardships that are going on in my constituency, the jobs and opportunities that are being lost.

“Young people struggling to find work or going back to university or to come back from university.

“Ninety minutes is an utter disgrace. It is disrespectful to this House and to colleagues. A lot of us in this place are angry.

“We want to see this virus beaten, but it would nice, just nice if this House was shown some respect.”


In a barnstorming Parliamentary speech widely shared on social media, Desmond Swayne, MP for the New Forest West, called for the sacking of chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical adviser Chris Whitty after their joint press conference in which they used a graph to suggest that there would be 50,000 daily Covid-19 infections by the middle of October. They were fronting the press conference for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

Sir Desmond said: “I wonder if the Prime Minister has been abducted by Dr Strangelove and re-programmed by the SAGE and turn over to the dark side.

‘Presenting that graph was a sackable offence’

“The purpose of politicians is to impose a measure of proportion on science and not to be in thrall to it. I believe the appearance of the chiefs last week (Professor Vallance and Dr Chris Whitty) should have been a sacking offence.

“When they presented that graph – with a caveat that it wasn’t a prediction – they presented it as a plausible scenario by its 50,000 cases per day by mid-October by the doubling of infections by the week.

“Not on one day since March have there been infections on that day that were double of the day of the week preceding, not once.

‘It was an attempt to terrify the British public’

“What was their purpose in presenting such a graph? It was the purpose of the Fat Boy in the Pickwick Papers – ‘I want to make your flesh creep. It was Project Fear.

“It was an attempt to terrify the British people, as if they hadn’t been terrified enough.

‘Covid-19 is 24th in list of UK killers’

“I don’t for one moment underestimate the horrendous nature of this disease and its post-viral syndrome but in terms of the UK’s killers, it is 24th in the league accounting for only 1.4 of us and as a consequence I believe the Government’s policy has been disproportionate.

“By decree, it has interfered in our family lives and our private lives telling who we may meet, when we may meet them and what we must wear when we meet them

‘Stop behaving as if this virus threatens our way of life’

“The crushing of entreprises and the destruction of livelihoods and the unemployment we are going to have to face for young people all as a consequence of an over-reaction. The last administration to restrain celebrations at Christmas was during the Commonwealth

“There may be one day be a virus that threatens our very way of life and this isn’t it, even if we were behaving as if it were.”

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Nodge #NoDealBrexit October 4, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Sage and onion, BoJo can get stuffed!

Last year Parliament were all too keen to do their damnedest to block BoJo’s Halloween Brexit at any cost so surely they can challenge him on these restrictions.

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S October 4, 2020 at 12:41 pm

I think he’s just surrounded by “scientists” & “experts”

He did agree with backbenchers that lockdowns should be debated in Parliament though.

Who knows. Let’s hope not.

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