I wrote this 13-03-20 - “The virus can settle in the lungs and threaten life in the vulnerable but the mortality rate as reported from China is a very low percent. There the epidemic is said to be waning. Its infectivity appears to be low given the very low incidence in countries like ours in spite of a great deal of potential human droplet transmission.”
What right have I to comment on this ‘pandemic’. I started training in my calling of medicine at St Mary’s in 1958. It was the home of Fleming’s penicillin. We had the best of teachers. In the pre-clinical two years this included bacteriology, virology, immunology under Professor Porter, and pathology. The latter is the study of things that ‘go wrong’ and is, with anatomy and physiology (the normal working), the tripod on which the fascinating and vital science of medicine is based. I have been learning and teaching ever since, and this will be right up to my 80thbirthday 14-04-40, and longer I hope!
Sue and I live at Haytor, here on the edge of the most beautiful and unique Dartmoor, a National Park. We moved here from Combe-in-Teignhead in 2000 so I could think and write in peace. We had lived there in a picturesque thatched house and garden for 25 years so I could be close to Torbay hospital where I served as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. I have loved gardens and gardens since I was a small lad. I am a plantsman. Our garden here has never been more beautiful and lifts the heart in these last wonderful weeks of sun and warmth. Such a wet and dreary winter has almost been forgotten. You can see that I love the beauty of the natural world; with nature by our hand, Sue and I have created 28 acres of broadleaved woodland in Combe.
But what of our fellow beings – cooped up in tight houses with handkerchief gardens. Some thousands live in new ones built in South Devon according to central government diktat and obeyed slavishly by our local representatives on the august Teignbridge Diostrict Council. Some have lost their jobs and fear greatly for the future of their families. They have been ordered, nay ‘instructed’, by Mr Hancock and others to stay in there homes. This was re-inforced by the PM nominated deputy Prime Minister Mr Dominic Raab yesterday – 7-04-20. The Foreign Secretary said the Government's top priority remains to "stop the spread and make sure we can get past the peak" - suggesting there is no imminent end to the lockdown being considered. He said that people should continue ‘staying at home’ this Easter weekend.
Every day there is a ‘news’ conference at No 10, the nerve centre of a people numbering 69 million. The previous spokespersons, PM Johnson, Chief Medical Officer Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Vallance are ‘self isolated’, presumed living and substituted by a succession. This includes Rishi Sunak, the diminutive Chancellor of the Exchequer, with big promises of grants, loans etc to millions of the worried stiff. His title goes back to medieval times appropriately. Three persons come to three lecterns and each has in three colours - Stay at Home Save Lives Protect the NHS. The words would have been approved by the ‘Nudge Unit’, formerly within No 10 but still in Whitehall now. This is lead by a David Halpern. A large team of graduates examine the obedience and gullibility of the ‘great British public’ and tweek its mind where it can find it.
To be brief, Her Majesty’s Government has created mass hysteria through fear and with constant reference to the ‘science’. The draconian directions, especially ‘staying at home’ is slaying the economy; many millions have no income and government promises are pie in the sky. Any recovery will depend on ingenuity and grit, and little on politicians, mostly with their pink, smooth hands which have never done honest work in most.
To Hugh Pym, Health Editor + c. 40 other BBC correspondents/editors - to or bccs
I always watch some BBC 'news' programmes to learn what HMG wants promulgated eg the 'toppling of Assad' as per Boris Johnson former Foreign Secretary, currently 'self-isolated'. **
In regard to corona viruses, a large family I read which is often involved in the common cold/coryza, it is remarkable that the BBC has broadcast NO dissenting or even sceptical voices. Aside from this virus being fatal to susceptible humans, and mostly the elderly near natural death, it is obvious that the 'crisis' is going to ruin many hard working families financially, and for years to come. My sons' 40 employees in the timber business might be among them. You, especially, know your duty is to the truth and that corroboration by two independent sources is necessary.
I reckoned that 'George Antoniou' was genuine. This is is reply to me below. I have seen the video - and my responses are better than I thought,and should be shared. Not easy to collect so many thoughts - and sift them. I had done as Tony Gosling had asked, and after a wonderful day in the woods felling 33 year old ashes for next winter's homes, I had listed ten points with details. (Attached) (I sell fine logs - ash, sweet chestnut, oak and field maple.) Connectivity with Tony, who is ensconced in NZ with his family there, was difficult - line broke twice https://www.bitchute.com/video/ygblNuEEHtVE/ 12.30 minutes
Do consider sending this link on. Note the clip after this video - Porton Down pretends to be purely for DEFENCE against bio-weapons. All research on 'bugs' should be under scrupulous world surveillance.
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