Coronavirus: Silent Obedience Will Destroy Us
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA
The world is now divided into three camps.
The first camp, which is the largest, contains the people who are terrified and who think lockdowns are a great idea. They honestly believe that if we donít all stay indoors and keep the windows closed then the plague will kill us all. Some worry about the lockdown ending and believe that everyone should stay locked in forever or until the scientists confirm either that the last bug has been killed or that they have a safe and effective jab available.
This camp includes the trade union leaders who are insisting that their members will not go to work until they have all been equipped with the full regalia: gowns, hats, goggles, gloves and, for all I know, white rubber surgical boots and special socks. Moreover, they insist that their members must be kept six feet away from one another at all times.
And the camp includes those parents who say they wonít allow their children to attend school when the schools reopen.
It is these people who write rude things and put thumbs down signs on my videos. (I do find it difficult to understand how and why people insist on putting a `disapproveí sign on a video which is packed with facts. How can anyone object to facts? Perhaps they just press the wrong button by mistake or maybe they come from one of those countries where the thumbs down sign is a sign of approval.)
The ones who want the lockdowns to continue are consumed by terror and believe everything the politicians say. They would happily drink the deadly koolaid if they were told it would keep them all safe. These are the folk who will enthusiastically sell their privacy, their remaining freedom and their souls, and enthusiastically sign up for the privacy eating mobile phone apps and whatever jabs are on offer.
Iím not mocking. I understand why these people feel the way they do. They have been terrified out of their wits by ruthless professionals bombarding them with a potent mixture of pseudoscience and scare stories, and with exaggeration and misdirection. There is much talk these days of conspiracies and fake news Ė well, believe me, in my opinion no nutty website produces as much misleading news as the BBC.
I know of nothing as institutionally biased as the BBC.
For example, I saw yesterday on the BBC website that the coronavirus has now infected four million people around the world. To the ignorant this probably seems a huge and frightening number.
No one bothered to point out that the flu can infect 45 million people in America alone. (And those 45 million people, let us remember, were all ill enough to need to report to their doctor.) The figure for the whole world is one of those huge numbers with loads of noughts that sounds like Americaís national debt. But in one year ten times as many people can get the flu in America alone as have now been infected with the coronavirus world-wide. Those are proper facts and thatís called putting things into perspective.
And hereís another good fact.
Between the middle of March and the middle of April in 2019 there were in New York State around 13,000 deaths from heart disease, cancer, flu, accidents, stroke, flu, murder and so on. In the same period in 2020 the number of deaths from all those diseases came to less than 5,000. But there were a lot of deaths from Covid-19. How can this be? Have doctors in New York suddenly found secret cures for cancer and heart disease and everything else? Or am I being unduly cynical in wondering if it is possible that a lot of people who really died of something else have been officially listed as having died of the coronavirus?
The statistics are bad enough but the thing that really infuriates me is that no one in authority seems to care that real people are suffering because of these stupid policies.
In newspapers and on the TV we have been exposed to a lot of pictures of people who tragically died with the coronavirus and a few who died of it but we havenít had any pictures of the people with cancer or heart disease or whatever else, who are going to die because their treatment has been stopped. There are people who are going to die sooner than they should because their treatment has been halted. Their pictures wonít appear on TV or in the tabloids. And there already are at least ten times as many people in this category as there are in the Covid-19 category.
In the UK, the hospitals are half empty and those doctors and nurses not dealing with coronavirus patients are standing around wondering where all the patients went.
Politicians are enjoying their new power and they donít give a damn about you and me.
If this false crisis ever ends, waiting lists for urgent surgery are going to be years long. Millions will be waiting for life-saving surgery, radiotherapy and so on.
Doctors and nurses know this is happening and they donít want it to happen. But they are doing what they are told to do by moronic advisers and bureaucrats and politicians who probably goose step to work every morning.
And as a few Germans discovered 75 years ago, it isnít enough to say I was just doing what I was told. Doctors and nurses should stand up and speak out. I know it may endanger your career (I buggered up my career long, long ago by speaking out) but this is far more important than anyoneís career. And when the time comes to decide who screwed up and who is responsible for hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths, the politicians and the bureaucrats will wriggle out of the responsibility. It will be the doctors and nurses who allowed all this to happen who will be the ones to pay the price Ė in their souls if nowhere else.
Despite all this, however, there are still millions of people who believe in the lockdowns and the social distancing. They are terrified out of their wits. And they have frozen in obedience.
The second camp is the smallest of the three. It consists of people who believe the coronavirus scare has been wildly oversold. They realise it is a nasty, infectious bug but having studied the real evidence (or at least as much of it as can be found), rather than the fake evidence dished up by bent and unscrupulous politicians and the headline hunting media folk, they realise that the coronavirus is no more lethal or destructive than a nasty flu bug Ė and probably not as bad as the worst flu bugs.
The people in this camp are furious at the way the world has been damned near destroyed for no good reason. They know that the whole terrible mess is too stupid to be a cock up. So they are reluctantly coming round to the idea that it is a conspiracy to take away their freedom, their democracy and free speech, to give a bunch of unimaginative dictators the excuse to introduce oppressive and scary laws that wouldnít have been out of place in Stalinís Russia or Hitlerís Germany.
They suspect that there is money behind what is happening and they rather fear that if someone found a cheap, safe cure then it would be demonised and banned until an expensive, patented cure could be found and made available at great profit. If you think I am being cynical then thatís because you havenít been writing about the drugs industry for half a century.
In the third camp, which is the second largest group, are the people who donít quite know what to think or who donít have the courage to face the facts. They prefer to let someone else worry and take all the responsibility. They see their country being destroyed but they canít quite find the time to look at the evidence or the courage to question the decisions being made. They are terrified about the future because they can see that the way things are going there probably isnít one. They know that todayís children are going to spend their lives impoverished, working hard to pay off the debts incurred as a result of this lockdown lunacy. They know that people with cancer and other serious diseases are dying because they have been abandoned by health care chiefs.
But they donít feel they can support one side or the other just yet. They stand outside at the appropriate times and clap the NHS but their hearts arenít really in it.
It is the people in this third group I honestly canít understand.
This is a crucial time. It affects our lives now and for the foreseeable future. Generations ahead will be affected by what we do now.
The basic question is: are we fighting a virus or are we fighting our governments?
Itís not a question you can ignore. Everyone has to take sides.
If you decide that the politicians are being honest and that their advisers are competent and accurate then you can put yourself in the first camp and just pray that youíll be saved by the mathematicians with their models and the politicians with their threats and hope that the alleged plague doesnít kill you and your loved ones.
But if you think the politicians are lying, in the way they always do, and that the advisors are plucking figures out of thin air, or that for whatever reason the figures are being manipulated, and the lockdowns are going to do far more harm than good then you are spiritually in the second camp and you should do everything you can to fight for freedom and for our future.
You should fight and fight and fight because if you donít then we are all sunk.
I firmly believe that our only hope is to convert as many people as possible from the third group and to persuade them to join the second group.
Only when the sceptics outnumber the gullible, will any of us have any sort of a future.
Copyright Vernon Coleman May 11th 2020
Coming Apocalypse - Vernon Colemanís book about the coronavirus crisis (how it developed and what sort of future we now face) is available in paperback and as an eBook.