Dear Lord Chancellor,
We hear today that there is great concern about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our crowded prisons in the UK. Staffing is short in ‘thousands’ and prisoners are being confined for long hours in their cells. We understand that you are concerned about the 50 pregnant women prisoners. Further, that you are considering the release of 8000 prisoners on remand.
We have written as doctors in great concern about the journalist Julian Assange who is one of those prisoners on remand. There is all evidence that his physical and mental health is in the lowest state.
We have feared that he will die in the Belmarsh high security prison. That risk is now made more certain with the likely presence of the Covid-19 virus within the prison, especially given his current association with other inmates.
We ask in humanity and for the law of our dear country, that he be released forthwith into the care of a fellow doctor’s family where he will be nourished in mind and body, and made ready for the May hearings of the US request for extradition.
David Halpin MB BS FRCS
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2020 21:23:35 +0100
Dear Mr Stride,
Thank you. I am encouraged that you have contacted the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland MP QC. I am copying this to my six doctor colleagues/signatories. I should be grateful to hear his response as soon as possible.
On 06/04/2020 11:54 am, STRIDE, Mel wrote:
Dear Mr Halpin,
Thank you for your e-mails.
You should have received an auto-response to your earlier e-mail, which was not diverted to junk. My apologies that this did not come through.
I have shared the text of your original e-mail on Mr Assange with the Lord Chancellor and will let you know when I have a response.
Thank you again.
With best wishes,
URGENT Mel Stride MP - Central Devon
Dear Mr Stride,
I have had no reply to this, not even an 'automatic' one. I have had automatic responses from Mr Buckland, and the four other MPs of my doctor colleagues.
I 'phoned your HOC office - 'not manned at present.' Your Devon office - no ringing. Just silence.
Under the FOI statute I ask this question - 'Are e-mail's from this address being diverted/filtered into a junk box.?'
The public has heard no more re the possible release of 8000 remand prisoners. We had pleaded that Julian Assange should be among them - the risk of Covid-19 being very great in him given his very poor physical and mental state as induced by deliberate HMG policy.
We have heard of several thousands of convicted prisoners being released - possibly.
Please inform me, and through me my senior medical colleagues, what is the policy and the actions of the MoJ in this. If Julian Assange should contract this virus in Belmarsh whilst he is on remand for skipping bail the guilty party will be the MoJ and HMG, and not the 'justice' system.
David Halpin FRCS
BBC TV ‘News’ at 10pm GMT 28-01-20 showed jubilant scenes at the White House as President Trump trumpeted a final solution for Plan Dalet (1) in company with the Prime Minister of Israel.
There had been extensive coverage of the 75thanniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen Belsen on the BBC. The news reader Reeta Chakrabarti reported from Auschwitz, where the Duke of Cambridge and his wife were part of the ceremony of remembrance and presumed determination against repetition. The Prince of Wales was shown at Vad Yashem, a mile from an unmarked Deir Yassin (2) where he gave a speech after he had shared a warm hand shake with Vladimir Putin. That speech (3) included these words -
“And we must never forget that every human being is be-tselem Elokim, “in the image of God,” and even a single human life is ke-olam malei, “like an entire universe.”
“ …. and to ensuring that those who lived through this darkness will forever, as in the words of the prophet Isaiah, be “a light unto the nations,” to guide the generations that follow.”
Shoah (שואה) , in the text of his speech is spelt with a capital S, just as the Nazi instigated Holocaust is spelt with a capital. These capitals require thought, because they speak of the exclusive, whereas shoahs are common. (4) One was promised by assistant Defence Minister Matan Vilnai (5) to the Palestinian people of Gaza, mostly descended from the largest part of the 800,000 refugees from Plan Dalet.
The Prince of Wales did not refer to the £5 billion attack weapon that is near completion bearing his name. Nor to the other aircraft carrier bearing his mother’s official name, HMS Queen Elizabeth (6). That was with a large US fleet in the Persian Gulf earlier in 2019, waiting for the pretext to attack Iran. The one half of the ‘Peace Deal’, absent of the Palestinian fraction, had been urging the destruction of Iran for a decade at least. Hilary Clinton had echoed this (7) - “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”
ref: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/israeli-warplanes-pummel-gaza 16-01-20
via https://morningstaronline.co.uk/search/results/gaza Very good web site.
Dear News Editor of the Morning Star,
First - a slight apology for the length of this. My deep concern for the Palestinians, and for our nation and world grows daily. As I say - 'Palestine is the hinge of our humanity'. An elemental fight between good and evil, expressed often as 'public good against capital with open talons'. Furthermore, this will be the first page of an 'uplifted' Dove and Dolphin web site, first set up in hours before we left on the Voyage of the Dove and Dolphin by our then neighbour Simon Milton. His team at Thinkology https://www.thinkology.co.uk/ kindly offered their skills in bringing the very factual https://www.doveanddolphin.co.uk/ up to date. I have been headed in this for too long. That the site was sabotaged within hours by a Zionist sayanim who overlooked the quay is symbolic of the fight for our humanity.
You did not reply, but whoever wrote it, and I imagine it was 'off the wire', put a euphemism in the title. 'Pummeling'. It also included a reference to the shooting by the Israelis of the fishing boats, from their 'gunboats', as if this was unusual. I used to hear the rattle of machine guns and see the flashes out at sea. It occurs on every night. Every one in the tiny strip can hear the blasts and vibrations of any Israeli missile or bomb. That is why my late friend and psychiatrist Eyad Serraj reported frequent bed wetting in adolescents. My friend in Gaza, Dr Khamis Elessi, told me how his little daughters were scared in the concrete stair wells during bombardments as in Operation Dreidel. They feared Israeli soldiers. And with only a few hours of electric current, most night hours are dark.
To Michael Buchanan & James Melley BBC ‘News’
Dear Michael and James,
I have corresponded with you before Michael - re the use of opiates in a 'geriatric warehouse' in Gosport and on another matter.
I saw your broadcast last night, and heard your additions on 'Today' today.
As a doctor, and later orthopaedic and trauma surgeon, who started training at St Mary's in 1958, I cannot lie quiet. For this reason I stood as an independent candidate in Newton Abbot in the recent 'snap' election in which the BBC very obviously helped the eventual winner.
The NHS is in free fall and it has been planned, as you both probably know, for a long time. In the annexe to my web site https://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/election-2019
I quote third down Nicholas Ridley -
Conservative Party’s Economic Reconstruction Group
In his report to the Conservative Party’s Economic Reconstruction Group in 1977, Nicholas Ridley wrote that:
"...denationalisation should not be attempted by frontal attack but by preparation for return to the private sector by stealth. We should first pass legislation to destroy the public sector monopolies. We might also need to take power to sell assets. Secondly, we should fragment the industries as far as possible and set up the units as separate profit centres."