The Lies and Incompetence Continue

Boris Johnson doesn’t regret ignoring advice from his own scientists, which could have prevented the Covid-19 ‘worst-case scenario’, his spokesman has suggested. Mikey Smith 8 February 2021

I guess this could be considered a continuation of the article Are they really this incompetent? in which I posed the question of competency of Boris Johnson and the British government over their handling of the Covid-19 crisis. I also asked whether it was incompetence or whether there was hidden agenda behind their actions. I am still asking those questions 3 weeks after writing that article and I still cannot help but feel that their ‘strategy’ has a eugenics feel about it especially after my attention was drawn to an article by James Tapper on 13 February 2021.

According to this article, in December 2020 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that “inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices had caused potentially avoidable deaths last year.” DNACPRs are usually reserved for those who are too frail to benefit from CPR. The charity Mencap has said that in January 2021 it had received reports from people with learning disabilities that they had been told that if they became ill with Covid-19 they would not be resuscitated. This is despite widespread condemnation when the same thing happened during the first wave of the epidemic and the fact that an urgent investigation was conducted by the care watchdog. The CQC has said that it will be publishing a report on this practise within the next few weeks.

The government has not given priority for vaccination to those with learning disabilities despite the growing evidence that even those with a mild disability are more likely to die from Covid-19. Data released by the NHS last week, shows that in the five weeks since the third lockdown began, Covid-19 has accounted for 65 per cent of deaths for those with learning disabilities. According to Public Health England, those aged 18-34 with learning disabilities are 30 times more likely to die from Covid-19 infection than others the same age. Those with Down’s Syndrome were in one of four groups set by the Joint Commission for Vaccination and Immunisation to receive their vaccinations by 14 February 2021. Many others who have different learning disabilities were classified as lower in need and are still waiting. You would think with figures that high the government would prioritise people with all learning disabilities in the same way they did people over 80 but they did not. This is just too reminiscent of how disabled people have been treated until the movement for disabled people and their rights began in the 1960-70s.

In Britain before the Community Care Act 1990, people with learning disabilities were often placed in large mental health institutions along with those with mental health issues. It could be said that they were hidden away from the public. In Nazi Germany it was the disabled people that were murdered in the first experiments with gassing when lorries were converted into gas chambers and carbon monoxide was used to kill them. This happened to both physically disabled people and those with learning disabilities. This was part of the Nazi plan to eliminate those who did not fit their image of Aryan perfection and it would have also fitted in with the eugenics idea of only those genetic lines with no disabilities being allowed to continue.

The governments health and safety watchdog, the Health and Safety executive (HSE) has not shut down any workplaces that put employees at risk of catching Covid-19. This is despite the fact that there has been over 3,500 outbreaks at work since the start of the pandemic. An employment minister stated that Covid had been classed as ‘significant’ rather than ‘serious’ as it “best supports” inspectors in making sensible regulatory decisions. She also said that effects of Covid were “non-permanent or reversible, non-progressive and any disability is temporary” for the working population as a whole. This would imply that the effects of ‘long Covid’ have never been taken into account during the process of making these decisions. Jennifer Trueland wrote “It’s becoming accepted that long COVID is a serious problem. The Office for National Statistics said in December that an estimated one in five people testing positive for COVID-19 exhibit symptoms for five weeks or longer, with one in 10 exhibiting symptoms for 12 weeks or longer.” Severe Covid-19 can cause pneumonia and respiratory failure, which can result in permanent damage and scarring to the lungs. But Covid-19 is not only a lung illness: it can cause other life-changing complications. In particular, because it can increase the risk of blood clots, it can lead to deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks and stroke. Less commonly, it can cause heart muscle inflammation and heart rhythm disturbances, such as atrial fibrillation. None of those complications appear to have been considered when classifying Covid-19 let alone the symptoms of long Covid which can include fatigue, breathlessness, joint and muscle pain, anxiety and depression, chest pains and palpitations and not being able to focus or think straight.

The lower risk designation seems to be interfering with enforcement and some inspectors have said that it restricts their ability to issue prohibition notices or to prosecute. There has been an outbreak of Covid at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea where there are 500 cases reported. This is the largest outbreak in a work place yet and it has happened within a government agency. The inadequate classification and the lack of a hard lockdown shows just how much the government has wanted to keep work places open regardless of the risk posed to workers and their families. It would appear that the economy is of more importance to the government than the lives of employees and their families. The fact that there has never been a hard lockdown in Britain, as there has been in other countries, has meant that Britain now has the highest death rate per capita and and is still fighting Covid after 12 months.

Hopefully with the rollout of vaccines there is now light at the end of a very long tunnel and life may soon return to some semblance of ‘normal’ but things will not be the same. So many businesses have had to close which has meant the loss of thousands upon thousands of jobs; so many lives have been lost and a lot of them needlessly if only the government had acted sooner and done things properly and in the way other countries have; so many people now have had to wait too long for medical procedures or have died due to not being able to get the treatment they need. Boris Johnson and the Tory government have to be the worst in the history of prime ministers and an elected government. They have lied and lied and attempted to distract us from the shambles created by either their sheer incompetence, their laissez-faire attitude or the fact that they just do not care about those most impacted by Covid-19 … the elderly, the disabled, the BAME community and those who are socio-economically disadvantaged. I know I only covered two subjects but they are important ones and I hope that we have no more major outbreaks and will come out of lockdown soon so we can all catch up with loved ones and have lives again. I have 3 family members who have been on the frontline through all this and I will be glad when my family can relax and know they are safe. As ever a lot of this is my opinion and I have included links for the information garnered from other places. Stay safe everyone.

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Gnasherjew, LAAS, Sussex Friends of Israel and their latest tool – “Labour Anti-Semitism Map

Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

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History Repeating Itself Trump and Fascism

The Damage done by False AntiSemitism Claims and the Weaponisation of the Holocaust

Way Past Time to Hold China to Account

The Rise in Islamophobia

Anti-semitism campaign continues part two

Labour Is Now Officially The Puppet of the Israel Lobby

British Actor Spearheads Twitter Dogpiling on Twitter User

Smearmongers Attack Professor David Miller

The Rise in Islamophobia

“Taking pains to remove the pains of others is the true essence of generosity.” Abu Bakr (R.A)

The world, as I see it, has become more intolerant, more bigoted and more racist. There is a rise in all forms of racism but two cultures/religions seem to be under attack more than others. I have already written about one in “The Damage done by False Antisemitism Claims and the Weaponisation of the Holocaust”. Muslims are the second community being subjected to more racist attacks worldwide. I will be using information I have found on sites around the internet and I will provide links within the text so readers can also look at the sites, the rest is my opinion and should be treated as such.

The increase in Islamophobia first became apparent after the events of 11 September 2001 (9/11) in which 2,977 people lost their lives. Immediately after the attacks America went on the offensive and began its endless war against terrorism mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan. There was also a dramatic rise in Islamophobia throughout the USA fuelled by ignorance and bigotry as a result of political and social reactions. This rise in hate crimes against Muslim did not just last for the weeks that immediately followed 9/11, they have continued throughout the 20 years since then. In 2000 the number of reported hate crimes against Muslims was just 28, that number jumped to 481 in 2001. Before 9/11 hate crimes against Muslims were the second-least reported religious-biased incidents but afterwards they were the second most reported.

In the week that followed 9/11 3 people were killed in America because of Islamophobia. Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed in Arizona on 15 September 2001. He was actually Sikh but Frank Roque, who shot and killed him, thought he was Muslim because of the turban he was wearing. Roque had been drinking at a sports bar and had been ranting about immigrants and saying that he wanted to “kill a Muslim”. Roque was later tried and imprisoned for life for first degree murder. On the same day Waqar Hasan and Vasudev Patel were shot and killed in Texas by Mark Anthony Stroman who said he did it because he wanted to “avenge” the United States for 9/11. He was later tried for the murder of Vasudev Patel but not Waqar Hasan. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was executed on July 20 2011 by lethal injection. The hatred towards Muslims has not stopped and in 2017 75 per cent of American Muslims said there is a lot of discrimination against them and 48 per cent of those who responded said that they had experienced at least one incident of discrimination during the previous year.

After the start of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign in 2016, Islamophobia peaked and the number of assaults on Muslim Americans rose appreciably between 2015 -16. In 2016 there were 127 reports of aggravated or simple assault against Muslims compared with 91 in 2015. Intimidation would appear to be the most common type of hate crime against Muslims and other religious groups, and the reported number in 2016 was 144 compared with 120 the year before. Overall there were 307 reported incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes which was a 19 per cent increase from the previous year. On January 27 2017 Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that banned nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. Entry for all Syrian refugees was suspended indefinitely and all other refugees were prohibited from entering America for 120 days. Although this executive order was challenged by ACLU in Washington and other organisations it fuelled anti-Muslim feelings in America, particularly amongst those who had voted for Trump. When Joe Biden became the American President one of the first things he did was to issue an Executive Order ending Trump’s Muslim ban which was one of several positive immigration policy changes.

A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand in 2019, the number of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in the UK increased by 593 per cent. The majority of the incidents were acts of intimidation and verbal abuse but some mosques and Muslims were physically attacked. In the week following the attack on the Manchester Arena the reported number of hate crimes against UK Muslims rose by 700 per cent. Some believe that the rise in anti-Muslim feelings in the UK is being fuelled by irrational fears among the middle-class. According to statistics, 18 per cent of people in the UK have very negative views about Islam and 44 per cent of them fear that Islam is a massive threat to the Western way of life. On the positive side 32 per cent of people in the UK believe that Islam is compatible with the British way of life compared to 31 per cent who don’t.

In January 2021 Sofia Akel conducted research about The Rise of Islamophobia in Higher Education at London Metropolitan University. In November 2020 London Metropolitan University became the first UK university to adopt the working definition of “Islamophobia” as offered by the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims. Some Muslim students who responded remarked on how their academic spaces could often become places where they were ridiculed and could be subjected to injustice and discrimination. Some of them recalled lectures where their beliefs had been called “medieval” and “not compatible with the modern world” by their lecturers under the guise of “academic discussion.”

“A lecturer made a remark ‘I bet you get searched everywhere you go with a name like that’ to a student in a large gathering. The student was lost for words and clearly upset.

5.4 per cent of students felt that their contributions to academic discussions were disproportionately scrutinised by lecturers and their peers due to prejudice against Islam. Some felt unable to research topics of interest because they were afraid of being branded as radical or dangerous. As somebody who thoroughly enjoyed their time in college and at University I was saddened by this. Having access to materials that enable students to research topics that really interest them is one of the great joys of being a student and I feel that the students who made those responses were deprived of that experience. I was also disturbed about the fact that lecturers are displaying their prejudice and are discriminating against students because of the students religious beliefs.

A poll conducted by Hope Not Hate in 2018, found that of those who voted Tory in 2017 49 per cent thought Islam was a real threat to the British way of Life. Of the Labour voters who responded, 22 per cent thought Islam was a threat. The report stated that the Conservative party could do more to challenge this negative view of its voters. Hope Not Hate also suggested that Brexit could be exploited by the far-right and stated that “Divisions within Britain are likely to increase and this will further split communities and boost the far-right’s populist anti-politics message.” In February 2020 Abdul Rahman al-Hussein wrote “In the shadows of the Brexit vote and a new movement toward nationalism, the U.K. has seen a significant increase in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in the past few years.” He went on to say that it was Muslim women that are targeted the most in recent hate crimes so some have started to wear caps instead of the traditional hijab. In 2018 Tasnim Nazeer wrote that “Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s Facebook page has played host to hundreds of Islamophobic messages following his comments where he described Muslim women who have chosen to wear the burka as looking like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers.” She goes on to write “He cannot deny the fact that his comments have fuelled the recent spike of anti-Muslim hate in the UK.” In my opinion, his racist views and his campaign slogan “Get Brexit Done” is what won the Tories the general election in December 2019. It appealed to the right wing, racist element of this country who have blamed immigrants and even British born people from ethnic minority communities for all that is wrong in their lives. This is fuelled by right wing mainstream media like the Daily Mail and The Sun with banner headlines. On 30 May 2018 the Daily Mail’s headline was “Most Brits believe that migration has harmed communities and fear the nation’s culture and traditions are being lost, Left-leaning think-tank claims” The so called left-leaning think-tank was Demos which was once thought of as being close to Tony Blair who is centrist. How many people were polled? Where in the country were they? Was it a good representation of communities within Britain? I could not find answers to those questions so for all I know it could have been members of EDL or the National Front questioned. This seems to be a trait of right wing media … banner headlines and no actual facts or evidence to back up these headlines.

The cross government working group on Anti-Muslim hatred commissioned new research, and found that Covid-19 sparks online Islamophobia as fake news and racist memes are shared online. The research showed that Islamophobic online ‘Cyber Hubs’ were being created which linked Muslims to the spread of Covid-19, spread fake news and shared anti-Muslim memes. Among fake news theories being shared were – Mosques are responsible for the spread of Covid-19; Muslims are super-spreaders of the virus; Muslims are not observing social distancing rules and police give favourable treatment to Muslims for fear of being classed as racist. One video that was shared on the Tommy Robinson News channel on the messaging app Telegram, claimed to show Muslim men leaving a secret mosque in Birmingham after prayer. Although West Midlands police have checked and confirmed that the mosque is closed and the fact that the video is a fake, it has been watched more than 14,000 times. This type of bigotry reinforces the “us vs them” narrative by referencing issues like poverty, social standing, social mobility and cohesion as well as deprivation. This fuels the hatred and bigotry and leaves Muslims more at risk once lockdown is finally lifted. One particularly foul, offensive tweet stated “We all need to avoid muzrats who are still attending mosque. They believe allah will fly down from his rainbow and save them while infecting infidels.” Muzrat is a word that bigots use to label Muslims as vermin and a disease. I am both saddened and angered by this blatant display of hatred and ignorance. Studies and statistics have shown that people from BAME communities are more susceptible to Covid-19. The first 11 doctors who died were all from BAME backgrounds. Would these bigots refuse treatment from Muslim doctors and nurses if they were unfortunate enough to catch Covid-19? Of course they wouldn’t because they value their lives and are not beyond hypocrisy.

Lizzie Dearden wrote about the use of old and fake videos being used to blame Muslims for the spread of Covid-19. She stated that Tommy Robinson, Gerard Batten (former leader of UKip) and Katie Hopkins were all sharing posts that targeted Muslims. Bigotry seems to have become almost socially acceptable and not only is it fuelled by fake news, racist memes and ignorance, it is also being fuelled by right wing mainstream media and politicians, and so called celebrities, like Katie Hopkins, on social media. Mainstream media and far-right groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) made a “hero” out of Tommy Robinson when he was arrested whilst filming outside a court during a trial for grooming underage girls. He was courted by Gerard Batten and became a social media star with many followers who all thought of him as a patriot and a hero.

I could write a lot more on this subject as it is not only America and the UK that has seen a rise in Islamophobia but basically it will just be more of the same which is just so very frustrating and disappointing. We are now in the 21st century and the time of bigotry and hatred should have been over long ago. It seems that every time something out of the ordinary happens, like a pandemic or bombing, or when peoples lives are not going the way they wanted them to, then some of us have to find somebody to blame. They seem to always end up blaming on people who follow a different religion or live in a different way to them. Is it fear or is it ignorance and the need to lay blame at another’s door? Maybe it is all of them or maybe it is something completely different. All I know for sure is that I do not and never will understand this almost pathological hatred that some people have for others.

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Gnasherjew and Fake Anti-Semitism Claims on Facebook

Gnasherjew, LAAS, Sussex Friends of Israel and their latest tool – “Labour Anti-Semitism Map

Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign Continues Part One

Anti-Semitism from one of Labour’s Loudest Anti-Semitism Accusers

A Legacy Squandered

How Did Labour Come To This?

Chief Rabbi, Mainstream Media and the smears against Jeremy Corbyn (Guest post by Peter Gregson) Chairperson of LAZIR)

History Repeating Itself Trump and Fascism

Are they really this incompetent?

The Damage done by False AntiSemitism Claims and the Weaponisation of the Holocaust

Way Past Time to Hold China to Account

Anti-semitism campaign continues part two

Labour Is Now Officially The Puppet of the Israel Lobby

British Actor Spearheads Twitter Dogpiling on Twitter User

The Lies and Incompetence Continue

Smearmongers Attack Professor David Miller