20,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Care Homes.  (The official figures are massaged; so this is based on ONS data analysed by academics at the LSE).
There are two important articles in today’s Guardian. The first shows how the Government explicitly rejected a radical lockdown of UK Care Homes. It is specifically this radical lockdown that would have saved the 20,000 people. We can note that even now there is no lockdown of Care Homes. Elderly people continue to die needlessly. Not even to protect the economy. Just pointlessly. For example; there was a proposal by Public Health England on 28 April (2 months too late but better than nothing) for Care Home staff to move into Care Homes – so as to isolate them (this would be the “protective ring” that the Health Minister said had been implemented but existed only as a piece of spin). The government rejected this on the grounds that not all Care Homes can accommodate staff. This is pathetic. A practical difficulty that could easily have been solved. For example; those Care Homes that could implement this should have done. In other cases there are different options; put temporary living Units for staff on site (caravans); people in many industries work like this – it is nothing unusual. Move residents from homes where this can’t be done to where it can be, and so on. As one Care Home operator reported on in the article points out if staff had been offered 24 hour pay there would have been no shortage of volunteers. And money can hardly be an issue – hundreds of billions have been spent on furloughing healthy adults whose risk from Covid-19 is comparable to flu. There is no valid reason not to have done this. It is inexplicable that this hasn’t been done. The only possible conclusion is that the government has deliberately decided to let thousands of old people die needlessly. It is as if it is some kind of primitive sacrifice to the Gods. Maybe, the magical (pre-rational) thinking goes; if we offer the Gods these 20,000 people we will be spared. I cannot see any rational explanation. Continue reading “The UK’s Covid-19 care home scandal”
I don’t know anything about Piers Morgan (other than he is a controversial media figure). But, anyway, this short video extract which I’m posting a link to from the Metro shows that he is a real journalist. He marshalls the necessary points and presents a challenge to those in power (at least an MP) in a clear and systematic way and nearly manages to keep his cool while doing so. He tries to break through the evasions and spin and ask the questions the government is trying to avoid. Excellent stuff. All too rare these days.
Piers Morgan launches tirade at MP Andrew Bridgen after he’s accused of ‘diatribe against Boris Johnson’ amid lockdown rules confusion
At every stage in this crisis we have been guided by the scientific advice and have been making the right decisions at the right time.There is often a wrong time to put certain measures in place, thinking about sustainability and everything else, and at all parts of this we have been guided by that science. We’ve been guided by making the right decisions at the right time, and I stand by that. 
Rishi Sunak – Chancellor
In the same piece the government’s deputy Chief Scientific Officer told the press that it would be “interesting” to explore the connection between the deaths from covid-19 in Liverpool and the decision to allow fans from covid-19 infested Italy to attend the match in Liverpool on 11 March (about 6 weeks after the WHO put out an alert about a serious health problem of international concern). Continue reading “They’re lying to save their careers as the corpses mount up.”
This is someone called Professor Paul Cosford. He is Emeritus medical director of Public Health England. And Emeritus professor in lying.
Everybody involved is frustrated that we haven’t got to the position yet [on testing] that we need to get to… You’ve heard about the 2,000 yesterday [NHS staff tested] – nowhere near where we need to get to but it’s a good start.
No. 2000 is not a “good start”. It is a dismal place to be in more than 8 weeks after the WHO announced an imminent global health emergency in connection with coronavirus.
I know 2,000 doesn’t sound a lot compared with the many hundreds of thousands of NHS staff that we’ve got but that is now ramping up quickly … This is an incredibly complex operation to put in place in a very short period of time.
If only that were true. Again – 8 weeks is not a very short period of time. The reason there is a short period of time is because Public Health England did not start on this in February. They missed the boat. Stop lying.
End Notes (which show Professor Cosford is lying)
Editor of The Lancet explains why there is no valid reason for the delay. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30727-3/fulltext
Guardian article explaining that the reason for the delay in sourcing tests is that the effort to source tests was delayed while the government pursued the now abandoned “herd immunity” scheme https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/fall-in-covid-19-tests-putting-lives-at-risk-critics-claim
The UK government’s actions, that is inactions, on coronavirus have undoubtedly cost hundreds of lives. That this is so has been explained by senior epidemiologists and scientists and medical journal editors time and time again in the last few days. This site has reported on some of these criticisms.
The UK Government – Cabinet Ministers, The Prime Minister and senior advisers, will at some point have to face some kind of reckoning, hopefully in the form of a public inquiry, for their lunatic and unscientific “herd immunity” plan and for their lack of preparedness. (E.g. the WHO was warning of a global health emergency as far back as 31 January but it has only been in the last two weeks that it has occured to UK.gov to try to order some more ventilators – and then they seem to have allowed an ideological preference for UK manufacturers to dictate their buying decisions). This should be a matter of criminal charges but of course it won’t come to that.
Now in a truly disgusting diversion tactic they are getting their defence in early and trying to blame China for “cover-up and delay”. This is pure diversion. China has its own case to answer no doubt but this is just a PR strategy cooked up by some consultant in Downing Street to try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Maybe even the same one who came up with the criminal “herd immunity” scheme in the first place?
When Gove says “As a result of Beijing’s cover-up and delay, global health experts are convinced the rest of the world had insufficient time to prepare for the pandemic, which means the effect of the outbreak has most likely been worse” people should be aware that this is sheer lying. The WHO was warning of a global health emergency on 31 January. The UK had weeks to prepare. It is fully the fault of UK government that they did not use February to prepare – as the editor of prestigious medical journal The Lancet, explains here. Mr Gove is lying through his teeth on a matter which affects the lives of countless British citizens.
This is truly truly sickening.
As expected and predicted on this site  faced with rising numbers of deaths the interesting ‘concept’ of “herd immunity” (apparently a misunderstanding of a valid scientific concept; the idea is valid in the context of a vaccine not self-infection) has been hastily abandoned.
The government is now recommending social distancing measures. This categorically means they have given up on the idea of infecting 60% of the population (the percentage needed to achieve herd immunity).
This is half the battle. Now they need to stop the not-testing farce. They should test as per WHO guidelines. For example, the guidelines that health workers should self-isolate at home when they experience symptoms and not be tested misses what everyone else now accepts as the science. There is some degree of asymptomatic transmission of this virus. Only gov.uk is still living in a Victorian phantasy world where people who don’t show symptoms are assumed to be safe – for example to treat your granny. So, as WHO says: “test, test, test”. Not just health workers. Everyone who reports as symptomatic – everyone you possibly can.
I’m not vindictive but I really hope that when this is over the people responsible for the UK’s botched handling of this – including the Prime Minister, The Government’s Chief Scientific adviser, the Chief Medical Officer for England and those SPADS and others advising them not to follow WHO recommendations – are in some way required to answer to an inquiry of some kind. Let’s call it a post-mortem.
- https://newobs.wordpress.com/2020/03/13/the-latest-on-uk-gov-strategy-for-covid-19/ (OK. I said “let’s hope”; rather than predicted exactly!)
The UK has backed the US in supporting Juan Guaidó, head of the parliament in Venezuela, against the elected President Nicolás Maduro. Even if Maduro fixed the election it is a short-circuit to go from there to intervention – as we have now. Continue reading “Transitioning to democracy with the usual lies”