Humanity and Fear 5.0 The Reprehensible Covert Use of Fear In Britain During The Pandemic

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During the course of the Brexit process Project Fear was shockingly overt and  substantial, although it ultimately failed. However the covert manipulation of Project Super Fear during the pandemic has broken all records and social norms in Britain, with far reaching consequences for democracy as we know it today. In many Murrinations over the past 14 months, I have written about the slowness of HMG to respond to the pandemic from January 5th 2020 onwards, when Taiwan sounded the warning bells over the magnitude of the pandemic in Wuhan. As it was, over 10 weeks later HMG finally woke up the tidal wave of infection on its way to UK shores. From an initial position of a policy of herd immunity based on the observation that the virus was already in the UK population, to the realisation that HMG had failed to protect and shield the most vulnerable  older sector of society. The latter's failure was the one that bounced HMG into a lockdown strategy. A total lockdown strategy that mistakenly became the mantra for HMG.

This is the point where Project Super Fear came in, as it was determined that only by scaring the public, would it comply with the lockdown measures. Thus a systematic campaign was initiated by the lockdown brigade, to amplify the dangers and impacts of the pandemic, to scare the willies out of the population so that it complied with the lockdown rules. However, rather than using overt fear, this has been a strategy of covert manipulation on multiple fronts; a strategy that in all probability had Gove as its senior architect. It manifested through the exaggeration of the numbers of infected and deaths in the pandemic. To date, there have 126,000 reported Covid deaths. However, the way they are reported with a positive Covid test within 28 days of death is far from accurate and there are many reported cases of disputed causes of death by family members who claimed that Covid was not the cause of death. The magnitude of this exaggeration has yet to be determined.

Using a conservative estimate of exaggeration of 23% of deaths with COVID rather than from COVID (as confirmed by the National statistics office)  puts the deaths down to around 100,000 which is only 4 times greater than those that died from the flu epidemic 3 years ago i.e. 25,000 deaths that no one noticed. So for a 4x loss of life, has the proportionality of HMG response has been appropriate? We would argue that this was certainly not the case. Rather that the HMG pandemic response was shambolic, poorly considered and consequently disproportionate and inefficient.With such failures it is understandable why Gove would want to cover his tracks with lashing of fear, that could then justify the  poor policy response.

Certainly, the use of statistics with absolute deaths rather than excess deaths was intentional as it exaggerated the pandemic's impact. For over 12 months the UK news services have focused on the pandemic to the exclusion of all other world news. What is most concerning is that the lockdown brigade has used its fear engine to gain greater control of government policy, even holding the PM in its sway. In this regard, Gove as the Lord of Lockdown should be held responsible.

The use of fear has also been applied to silencing any dissent from the HMG policy line, which amounts to the greatest abuse of democracy, by suppressing all those that scientifically disagreed with the total lockdown policy of HMG. The impressive Barrington declaration signed by 4000 scientists was dismissed out of hand and all but suppressed by HMG as it argued against total lockdowns like the ones that have been imposed.

The UK TV stations have been singing off the same song sheet provided by the HMG, whilst the UK press has been on the whole rather limp in questioning HMG. Meanwhile Labour, the UK’s opposition party, has been extremely ineffectual, leaving only some 60-70 conservative MPs that have operated democracy and held HMG to account when and where possible and in so doing, have kept democracy alive in the UK.

With evidence mounting that the HMGs lockdown strategy was not the optimal strategy, the fear that has been created within the British public will persist long after the pandemic ends with massive economic productivity and mental health consequences. That same fear will also no doubt persist within the government, in a self generated feedback loop that has only added to their caution at unlocking the nation from its self made prison. Strengthening the lockdown brigades hand to add tunnel, just as the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.

The irony that Boris who proclaims himself a great libertarian has presided over the greatest construction of individual rights should not be lost on History. Before we can prevent such covert manipulations of British society we first need to recognise that it has been taking place, by exposing its exponents and making examples of them. Because if Britain is to stand up to the fear based systems of Russia and China, to maximise it polarisation levels and defensive response we must define itself as the very opposite of such system.

Meanwhile, whilst HMG and thus the nation are mistakenly focused on the artificially raised threat of the pandemic, whilst blind to the systematic threats from Russia and China which have been increasing rapidly and significantly. The threat of China was even downplayed during the recent Defence Review The Never Never Defence Review Part 3; The  Failures of The UK Integrated Strategic Review. Shockingly, no one in HMG seems to be asking the key questions as to why China has avoided the degree of impact of the pandemic that other nations have, despite the virus originating in China. Similarly, no one seems to be asking vigorously as to the origins of the virus. But then, as we have seen, fear focuses the mind on a single threat and makes us blind to other threats close at hand. The key questions around China's role in the pandemic will be examined in our next Murrinations.

The geopolitical message in all this is that the West seems to be, collectively and within its own nation states, almost deliberately looking for distractions to divert attention from the fear that is embodied by the threats of China and Russia, who could well in future act together to launch a knock-out blow to the Western democracy their regimes both dislike so much.

We would argue that if there was one threat that we should be really fearful of, it is China as described in my new book Red Lightening. Certainly it would be appropriate to harness that fear to dramatically increase our defence expenditure to secure Britain's island home with a full spectrum deterrence capability or risk the scenario outlined in Red Lightning


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29 January 2022 Covid tactics of ‘nudge unit’ likened to China

28 January 2022  ‘Grossly unethical’ government ‘nudge unit’

28 January 2022 Grossly unethical’ government ‘nudge unit’ accused of scaring the public over Covid

11 January 2022 Omicron has humiliated Britain’s dismal lockdown establishment

14 May 2021 One month later on 14th May 2021 the above views on use of Covert Fear were validated in a Telegraph article that can be read in full below.

3 June 2021  Seven weeks later on 3 June 2021 Lockdown 'had no effect' on coronavirus pandemic in Germany ;Scientists at Munich University found German infection rate was already falling before lockdown was imposed By Justin Huggler Berlin

Red Lightning

Since the end of the Cold War, the majority of the populations of the West have lived with the assumption that World War III (WWIII) would and could never take place. However, what if an aggressive and expansive hegemonic challenger believed that the combination of the West’s collapse in collective moral fibre and resolve and the use of powerful and decisive new weapons deployed en masse, could make WWIII winnable? This is the story of how the past ten years and the next five years comprise the road to war in 2025 and the moment that China mounts surprise attacks on the free world. Red Lightning then precisely details how the PLAN wins WW3 in only a few days and ends the rule of democracy globally.

This is not just another book, but a warning to peoples and leaders of the West that unless we act now, we face the destruction of global democracy within five years.



Use of fear to control behaviour in Covid crisis was ‘totalitarian’, admit scientists

Members of Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour express regret about ‘unethical’ methods

By Gordon Rayner, Associate Editor 14 May 2021 • 9:00pm


One scientist said the Government ‘was very worried about compliance and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down’ Scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was “unethical” and “totalitarian”.

Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) expressed regret about the tactics in a new book about the role of psychology in the Government’s Covid-19 response.SPI-B warned in March last year that ministers needed to increase “the perceived level of personal threat” from Covid-19 because “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened”.

Gavin Morgan, a psychologist on the team, said: “Clearly, using fear as a means of control is not ethical. Using fear smacks of totalitarianism. It’s not an ethical stance for any modern government. By nature I am an optimistic person, but all this has given me a more pessimistic view of people.”Mr Morgan spoke to author Laura Dodsworth, who has spent a year investigating the Government’s tactics for her book A State of Fear, published on Monday.Ministers have faced repeated accusations that they ramped up the threat from the pandemic to justify lockdowns and coerce the public into abiding by them – a claim that will be examined by the forthcoming public inquiry into the pandemic response.

Ministers have been accused of ramping up the threat from the pandemic to justify lockdowns Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA SPI-B is one of the sub-committees that advises the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), led by Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.One SPI-B scientist told Ms Dodsworth: “In March [2020] the Government was very worried about compliance and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down. There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear. The way we have used fear is dystopian.

“The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable. It’s been like a weird experiment. Ultimately, it backfired because people became too scared.”

Another SPI-B member said: “You could call psychology ‘mind control’. That’s what we do… clearly we try and go about it in a positive way, but it has been used nefariously in the past.”One warned that “people use the pandemic to grab power and drive through things that wouldn’t happen otherwise… We have to be very careful about the authoritarianism that is creeping in”.Another said: “Without a vaccine, psychology is your main weapon… Psychology has had a really good epidemic, actually.”

As well as overt warnings about the danger of the virus, the Government has been accused of feeding the public a non-stop diet of bad news, such as deaths and hospitalisations, without ever putting the figures in context with news of how many people have recovered, or whether daily death tolls are above or below seasonal averages.

Another member of SPI-B said they were "stunned by the weaponisation of behavioural psychology" during the pandemic, and that “psychologists didn’t seem to notice when it stopped being altruistic and became manipulative. They have too much power and it intoxicates them”.Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Tory MPs, said: “If it is true that the state took the decision to terrify the public to get compliance with rules, that raises extremely serious questions about the type of society we want to become.

“If we’re being really honest, do I fear that Government policy today is playing into the roots of totalitarianism? Yes, of course it is.”