THIS is a letter I have sent to Boris Johnson:
Dear Prime Minister
I have become increasingly concerned about the future of our country.
We must do something about the wanton ransacking of our national heritage, our property and our children’s future which is being sacrificed on the altar of cultural Marxism. The reactionary Left have an unmistakable agenda to undermine our social fabric to bring about a political environment that they have been unable to secure through the ballot.
We are on the brink of societal fragmentation at the hands of a radical minority intent on discrediting and dislodging the political will of the majority who voted for you in December 2019.
It is disturbing that the drift to this dystopian future is being fed and supported by the unbridled activism of some tax-funded organs of State: the parlous behaviour of the BBC; the Supreme Court cherry-picking elements of our Constitution to underwrite their political ambition; the partisanship of segments of the civil service and the conduct of the police has been extraordinary. Add to this the erosion of democratic accountability of our representative government by the never-ending intrusion into daily living by an unelected officialdom: the technocracy has assumed the reins of control over our lives and permeates every aspect of society’s function and daily life. This has become intolerable and does not reflect the conduct of an effective democracy.
This brings me to the current vexations facing society over the response to a seasonal illness that has not been as impactful as previous, recent, ailments such as the 2017/18 common flu which led to 55,000 excess deaths. The unchallenged technocracy with ministerial sanction has taken us on a journey that has instilled such angst in the population that it is now going to be exceedingly difficult to overcome resistance to reigniting the economy.
The claim that following the science gave the government limited, if any real, options has proved both perilous and fallacious. The tunnel vision of those technocracies allows them the privilege of precluding the ‘big picture’ in their advice to ministers. There was, at the time of the lockdown in late March, ample evidence that we were already past the point where lockdown could have made any material impact on the spread of the disease.
The science is never settled and narrow-focus, or even single-issue; scientific opinion has to be challenged and held to account with equally valid alternatives.
Valid alternatives were readily available to the government which, by choice, were entirely ignored. This prevented Ministers from making a balanced and informed options appraisal that could have provided a far more nuanced approach to containment, focused on those who were likely to be clinically susceptible rather than a mass shutdown of the whole of society.
That the government gave credence to computer modelling has proven to be spectacularly misplaced. Computer models can be configured to generate whatever wilful answers the modeller is disposed to provide.
Outsourcing the running of this country to unaccountable scientists and the technocracy may have created a very real hiatus in your own and your government’s authority. This is evidenced by the daily reports of society at large sticking up two fingers to the emergency regulations, as witnessed, for example, on Bournemouth beach recently.
It is not beyond the imagination that lockdown will be seen as the single biggest miscalculation in our recent political history, and it is profoundly regrettable that the disastrous economic consequences that are now unfolding will be your government’s legacy.
In this instance, the credibility afforded the Imperial College models of contagion demonstrated that the Government had not learned from the abject failures of that institution’s previous attempts at disease modelling: ‘mad cow’ disease that led to the wholly misguided culling of thousands of livestock; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease where a minute proportion of the projected numbers succumbed to the malady; SARS; MERS, and now a common flu-like disease that is only differentiated from all other coronavidæ by its disproportionate impact on specific population clusters. With ‘scientists’ like these, we are destined to cower behind closed doors for ever.
Even by the WHO criteria for a pandemic, this has not been a pandemic. Were it a pandemic the UK would have seen approximately 300,000 excess deaths. We have seen circa 43,000 deaths, and more than 96 per cent of these patients had pre-existing, life-limiting medical conditions. Many of those 43,000 did not die because of the disease and many more probably never suffered from it. Because of the adjustments to reporting criteria we may never know the true numbers.
For a death rate of probably 0.03 per cent of the population we have created unprecedented unemployment, taken a hatchet to our children’s education and future prospects, wrecked swathes of industry and commerce and incurred national indebtedness equal to over 100 per cent of GDP to date. This, from a Conservative government, is unfathomable. The debt our grandchildren will still be paying is equally unfathomable.
How can the membership help in addressing the credibility gap that is in danger of permanently undermining our country?