As We Predicted The Coronavirus bill Is The Biggest Assault On Freedom Since World War 2

by Ian R Thorpe, 19 March 2020


Coronavirus: Some people are taking the concept of self isolation a bit too far
Picture source: Buzzfeed

Things have gone so far beyond what can be considered a rational response to an outbreak of a highly contagious but for most people relatively minor illness that I am starting to believe even the conspiracy theories I know I made up myself. Along with my fellow Boggart Bloggers I predicted weeks ago the current outbreak  of the so – called coronavirus would see a massive hyping of the threat level leading up to an assault on our freedoms. And that is exactly what we have seen happening over the past week.

The first move was the cancellation of all sporting events and concerts, followed by the enforced closure of entertainment events and though all public gatherings have not quite been outlawed there is enormous pressure on organisers to cancel. Even the Glastonbury music and counterculture festival has been cancelled “to prevent people being exposed to coronavirus,” which is totally illogical, people who go to Glastonbury are exposed to at least a hundred diseases far worse than coronavirs whenever they use Glastonbury’s infamous toilet facilities.

The Glastonbury long drop toilets
A toilet at Glastonbury Festival (unfortunate the smell cannot be photographed)
Picture: Metro.co.uk

In the last 48 hours schools have been closed and people urged to work from home. And people like myself who are aged over 70 have been warned that if we don’t place ourselves under house arrest (self – isolate they euphemistically call it,) for four months the ban on our enjoying any social activity may have to be legally enforced. Naturally we, being a generation that has lived through worse crises, have responded “Self – Isolate my arse.”

It’s only going to get worse of course.

The powers that the “Coronavirus Bill” being rushed through parliament will to give the state levels of power over individuals unprecedented outside of wartime. It is the most extensive encroachment on British civil liberties we have ever seen outside of wartime. In the event of the pandemic being as serious as scientists have warned the government will need some of these powers, but when has reality ever come close to the scale of catastrophe scientists warn of. Remember the Swine flu, Bird flu, SARS and MERS epidemics that were going to sweep the world, all occurred since the beginning of the curent century and are all but forgotten now, because the dire warnings, the attempts to stir up mass hysteria and the predictions of doom heralded only minor events with the dead numbered in hundreds rather than millions.

If we were facing anything like the level of threat governments, bureaucracies like The United Nations and the World Health Organisation, and the mass media are suggesting, some of the powers governments are giving themselves might be justified. But here are a few statistics that put the whole thing in perspective:

104,385 Seasonal flu deaths this year worldwide

537Seasonal flu deaths today worldwide.

8,988 Covid19 deaths this year worldwide

And here’s a statistic that will put the whole thing into prespective: worldwide, slightly over 4000 people die every day from tuberculosis. There’s no panic about that, nobody is screaming it the end of civilization as we know it, yet in the nine weeks since coronavirus reached Europe less than 5000 have died of corona virus, (a significantly smaller number than have died of seasonal flu in the corresponding period.

Bizarrely we also have our governments in the liberal democracies praising the government of China (where the disease allegedly originated after a genetically modified virus escaped from a biological weapons laboratory,) for effectively controlling the epidemic there. Official figures from the Chinese government claim there have been about 80,000 conformed cases and 5,000 deaths to date. But China is a socialist dictatorship run by an authoritarian, tyrannical bureaucracy. Only a fool would believe information released by the Chinese government.

Unofficial reports I’m hearing through my network of business contacts is that the Chinese government is lying through its teeth, the infection is still rampant in China, there have been upwards of 100,000 fatalities and many millions of infections, the stories of hospitals built from scratch being fully operational 30 seconds after work on the foundations is begun (OK, I’m exaggerating for effect, but you know what I mean,) are typical of the bullshit that always comes out of socialist governments to mask the fact that in a crisis bureaucrats (or CHIMPS as they are sometimes known, Completely Hopeless In Most Practical Situations,) never have a clue how to deal with the problems thrown up by a crisis.

The upshot of all this confusing, misleading and downright false information is that it is more more, not less, important to scrutinise what is going on. We must not be seduced by those soothing messages from the authorities that they have everything under control and so long as we obey orders the authorities will protect us. THEY HAVEN’T A FUCKING CLUE.

Many people will not like this process of questioning everything. Just as during a terror attack, they want firm assurances that there is nothing to worry about and everything will soon be back to normal and become irritated with those who ask the difficult questions and reveal that the people who are supposed to be in charge as as ill – informed as. The fact that those in authority do not like being questionedat makes it even more important that we question them and continue to question them. We have a right to be told how being stripped of certain civil liberties will help fight a virus about which little is known.

Yesterday the government published some guidance on what measures its coronavirus bill will introduce. That’s all we have for now, that and the news that the Labour opposition will support the bil in parliament. We’ll will be able to scrutinise the bill properly when the it reaches parliament in a few days time. The Prime Minister’s office expects it to get royal assent by the end of this month (March,). It’s being forced through quickly, for obvious reasons.

If you follow the link above,  the government web site’s text makes for very challenging reading, bureaucratic gobbledegook is never easy, but it gives a sense of how bad the government thinks things could get, or at least wants us to think it thinks things could get. It’s all speculation of course, we have no idea how the disease will spread other that that supplied by “scientists” with their mathematical models. And as we have observed in the case of climate change, mathematical models usually predict the opposite of what really happens. (Anyone remember that hilarious episode a few years ago when a research ship on a mission to study the effects of sea ice melt in Antarctica was stuck for several weeks in ice the mathematical models insisted was not there.

Once of the more disturbing clauses in the bill concerns indemnity from legal redress in cases of for clinical negligence cases arising from NHS efforts to deal with the virus. That suggests an awareness of how grim things could become if the health service starts to buckle under the strain.

There will also be provisions for local governments to take over the death management processes in their jurisdiction if the number of deaths becomes too high for private funeral directors to handle. That would involve local authorities managing and streamlining the work of funeral directors, mortuary owners and crematorium owners.

This is not a normal government bill. These are not normal times. But are governments merely taking sensible precautions or is something more sinister going on.

The powers the government will give itself are extraordinary. “The bill will enable the police and immigration officers to detain a person, for a limited period, who is, or may be, infectious and to take them to a suitable place to enable screening and assessment,” the notes read.’

It will also allow temporary judicial commissioners (JCs) to be appointed at the request of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner which taken at face value does not seem bad.  In fact it is the one of the most critical pieces of domestic legislation for national security and individual liberty. It creates the statutory basis for the use of the investigatory powers by the intelligence and law enforcement agencies, using warrants issued under the act. These warrants provide the agencies with the capability they need to protect national security and investigate and prevent serious crime. Fair enough, but it also paves the way for massive expansion of the mass surveillance systems already in place, particularly facial recognition technology. The Home Secretary, again at the request of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, will also be allowed to vary the time allowed for urgent warrants to be reviewed by a JC and how long they can last before they need to be reviewed. The maximum time allowed for a review will be increased to a maximum of 12 days (up from the current 3 days). So goodbye Habeas Corpus and probably the presumption of innocence and the right to trial by jury with it.

Maintaining national security capabilities at a time of potential widespread upheaval is critical and it is necessary to ensure that the powers to vary specific aspects of the regime are available to the government should they be deemed necessary, for example if there are fewer JCs available than usual.

Read the full Coronavirus bill preview on the UK Government official website – it contains the biggest expansion in executive power we’ve seen since World War 2

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goat of mendesThe Goat Of Mendes – UKIP Candidate for Pendle

UKIP are at risk of being engulfed in another “ism” scandal as Jake Baynes, prospective parliamentary candidate for Wells has resigned his candiacy and party offices, claiming the constituency party has been taken over by “Occultists” (report in The Daily Mail). Jake Baynes had intended to run in next year’s general election but has now decided to stand down as a UKIP candidate, according to the Daily Mail.

Baynes, a teacher, claims that UKIPpers Glen and Colleen Tucker have mounted a “continuous campaign” against him, and that they are “oddballs” who worship ‘the occult’. Supporters of Baynes claim the Tuckers run an “angelic healing group” in the Somerset town of Glastonbury.

Angels? Aren’t they … you know … Christian. White feathers and comforting the soon to be dead and such. No horned beasts or cloven hoofed, sulphur farting monsters to be seen?

The Tuckers obviously agree with my view and have defended themselves by saying that they are not the kind of “fruitcakes and loonies” that Daily Mail readers associate with UKIP. They also say Baynes is not up to the job of candidate and may have a point, he seems a bit Bible Beltish to me and so is on the wrong continent. A bit of dancing naked round a bonfire and carefee copulation as an act of worship may be just what the punters of Wells need to attract them to the party. Mr & Mrs Tucker also deny deliberately stirring up trouble.

According to their website, Glen and Colleen Tucker, practice “alternative healing” and work “hand in hand with the Angelic Realms…and Galactic Beings” (David Icke?). One of Mr Baynes’ supporters described them as belonging to “the Glastonbury occult crowd.”

Graham Livings, who has also resigned from his office in the UKIP constituency party, said of the Tuckers: “They put on these weekend retreats where they guarantee the angels will be present. They are oddballs. The public can be very wary of that sort of thing. UKIP has a prescribed list which states that no one who has been a member of the BNP or the English Defence League should be a member.”

OK but … BNP and EDF are not affiliated to the Aleister Crowley fan club to my certain knowledge. And I still think nocturnal naked dancing and carefree copulation are more likely to win votes than stuffy suburban respectability.

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As the Rolling Stones prepare for their first Glastonbury gig frontman Mick Jagger has been opening his heart. Sir Mick revealed to the media corps he finds his career as a rock star ‘intellectually undemanding’ and said an idea he had as a schoolboy to be a teacher might have been a ‘gratifying’ alternative.

And how long would he have lasted at that job before being thrown out for porking the pupils?

Perhaps the intellectually undemanding job of being a rock star was the best career choice for the womanising wrinkly.

Man tears off his schlong while high on shrooms

A cautionary tale for Glastonbury week we think.

I have never experimented with the hallucinogenic type of mushrooms and after reading this story I am more sure than ever of the wisdom behind that wariness:

The Huffington Post reported today that a naked man was found bloody and screaming after he ripped off a part of his penis during a drug-induced craze from taking ‘magic mushrooms’. The 41-year-old Columbus, Ohio, man was found after Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm set off by a broken window at Ypsilanti Middle School. Upon arrival they found the man on his knees completely naked and covered with blood from his waist down. Sergeant Geoff Fox said “He mutilated his genitals with his bare hands, and was doing a lot of yelling and screaming.”

Well after tearing off his todger he would, wouldn’t he?

Extrudedpolymerhenge

Before we get started, I have to say Glastonbury has not been the same this year. All the usual things are going on but since that flash flood made the toilets overflow people just seem to be going through the motions. (that intro was provided bythe Greenteeth Multi Media Corp. Tired old jokes department)

Since the phrase “reality TV was coined the people who make TV programmes seem to have lost their grip of reality, or perhaps they never had much of a grip on reality anyway. Even when the word “celebrity” is left out of the title the content just gets more surreal. Just as an aside I am disappointed that celebrity reality shows have fallen out of favour before anyone got the idea to do Celebrity Stools, a show in which members of the public vote (£1.00 per call) on which celebrity laid any particular one of six turds; the whole thing presided over by Davina McColon – no relation to the person who presents Big Brother of course. (I am just reclaiming that joke as it popped up on a TV show last week after I did it on a very small radio station about two months ago. It is not the first time people on TV have used my material without so much as a “by-your-leave.” That Jonathan effing Ross had better watch his back I can tell you.)
Sorry, where was I. Ah yeah, reality. The main reality offering this solstice week was a schlockumentary featuring a project to build a life size replica of Stonehenge using … read full post Extrudedpolymerhenge here.

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FESTIVAL!

Hair band, check. Joss – sticks, check, purple kaftan with gold moon and stars motif, check. Che T-shirt, check, Joke Prince Charles ears, check. Bog roll, check. Another bog roll, check.
I’ll just get the brownies out of the oven, I love the smell of hash brownies in the morning…
Its Glastonbury time again…Read full post of FESTIVAL!

Extract from The Sideboard Song,
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“But I don’t care, I don’t care,
I don’t care if he comes round here,
I’ve got my beer in the sideboard here,
Let Mother sort it out if he comes round here.

If he comes round here, I’ve got my beer,
Let Mother sort it out in the sideboard here,
Got my beer, let Mother sort it out,
I don’t care if he comes round here…”

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