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PETER HITCHENS: Britons are sentenced to a slow, painful death … by No. 10 panic squad

One of the nastiest tactics of the Panic Merchants is to claim that anyone who opposes their strangulation of the country is insensitive and cares only about money, not life.

Dissenters have been pelted with this kind of slime by Johnson, the man who destroyed Britain, and by his close sidekick, Hancock – perhaps the first health secretary in history who is unaware that malaria is spread by mosquitoes. They tell us we want to “tear the virus.”

Well, Johnson and Hancock, if you care so much about lives, reach out to Lisa King like me. Ask her how her husband Peter, a 62-year-old retired taxi driver, died.

One of the nastiest tactics of the Panic Merchants is to claim that anyone who opposes their strangulation of the country is insensitive and cares only about money, not life.

One of the nastiest tactics of the Panic Merchants is to claim that anyone who opposes their strangulation of the country is insensitive and cares only about money, not life.

It’s a horrible, disturbing story about a grown man screaming in pain. And in my opinion, it’s an absolutely direct result of Hancock’s conversion of the NHS into a National Covid Service that sees everything else as a nuisance.

Peter King reluctantly (as so many are now) had a remote session with a primary care physician who, unable to meet him, and apparently unaware of his data, diagnosed his severe chest pain as reflux. I’m not exactly interested in blaming this doctor. Under the conditions created by Hancock, he presumably did his best.

But it was not good enough. In fact, the problem was much more serious – a stone was stuck in his gallbladder – and the resulting delay meant that a few days later he was ambushed with indescribable pain.

Dissenters have been pelted with this kind of slime by Johnson, the man who destroyed Britain, and by his close sidekick, Hancock - perhaps the first health secretary in history who is unaware that malaria is spread by mosquitoes. They tell us we want to 'tear the virus'

Dissenters have been pelted with this kind of slime by Johnson, the man who destroyed Britain, and by his close sidekick, Hancock - perhaps the first health secretary in history who is unaware that malaria is spread by mosquitoes. They tell us we want to 'tear the virus'

Dissenters have been pelted with this kind of slime by Johnson, the man who destroyed Britain, and by his close sidekick, Hancock – perhaps the first health secretary in history who is unaware that malaria is spread by mosquitoes. They tell us we want to ‘tear the virus’

Peter had emergency surgery to reduce the pain, but needed more major surgery. He was put on the urgent list for it. But this was too late.

He fell terribly ill again and died despite the heroic efforts of paramedics. The many years of happy life that Peter and Lisa King would otherwise have were wiped out forever.

This is not just an isolated case. About 25 million GP appointments have been lost due to the Johnson government’s panic (not Covid, as the hopelessly pro-pro-government BBC always says. The government had a choice of how to respond, and took the wrong choice) path).

Millions of people have had no referrals for diagnoses, including cancer and heart disease. Some of them will have been knocked down like Peter King was. Others will be unnecessarily damaged in smaller, slower ways.

But this is what let Johnson and Hancock rip – unnecessary pain, unnecessary death. Never again let them dare to pretend their original junk, and the later months of trying to save themselves from deserved shame, were the only way to save lives.

I suspect their panic will eventually kill more than Covid ever did or could have done. We are in the hands of fools who will not admit they have made a terrible mistake.

That still occupied by the cuddly, caring ‘Boris’ image of Prime Secretary Johnson may want to study his impatient, heartless response to a disturbing question in the Commons last week about the absurd upholstery rules that occur thousands of move, often at terrible personal costs.

Dulwich MP Helen Hayes asked about one ingredient, Luke Thomas, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. He urgently needs to get closer to his family for support, but can’t sell his flat because it doesn’t have the accursed one EWS1 form (listed last here week) that blocks useless so much of moving.

Mr. Thomas has no time to wait for enlightenment. Mrs Hayes asked, ‘When will the Prime Minister put an end to this scandal? ‘He wiped this away and referred her to one he gave an equally useless answer earlier. If he cares, it doesn’t show.

If only this grim nightmare were fiction

So far, the new Sky TV version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s hard to bring this brilliant, bitter book to the screen. So much of Huxley’s fantasy came true long before he predicted it would happen, so much of it just isn’t shocking anymore.

When Huxley wrote it in the 1930s, lifelong marriage was normal and looked like it would stay that way, children were the expected result of sex and drug use was despised.

His clever idea that a future society would actively encourage promiscuity, abolish parenting and privacy, and make drug use mandatory was too good a prophecy. Almost all has happened. And, as Huxley feared, pleasure has led us to love our own slavery.

I always thought Huxley had been absolutely right and that George Orwell’s alternate nightmare of a surveillance state based on terror, secret police spies, and torture had been wrong. But recently I’ve come to the stark conclusion that we’ll get a combination of both.

They both agreed on one thing. Hell, whatever kind we end up, will use the metric system.

Sir Keir shows his true colors: the deepest red

The supposedly moderate Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has finally exposed himself as the fanatic he really is, with his savage calls for even more mass destruction of the jobs and livelihoods of Labor voters in a so-called ‘circuit breaker’.

I am not surprised. Most of the people who report on the politics in this country do not understand the subject because they lack the Marxist education that I had in my distant childhood. They call Sir Keir “moderate” because he is not Jeremy Corbyn. They know a lot.

Jeremy Corbyn is, of course, a wild leftist, a man with clenched fist evaluations, street protests and red banners who probably dreams of storming Buckingham Palace at the head of a Red Guard detachment.

But he’s an obvious old-fashioned kind, steam-powered, coal-fired. You can spot him a mile away and beat him with ease. Sir Keir is much more dangerous. His fanaticism is as smooth as the moisturizer he applies to his handsome face every day. It was designed for the age of the Internet.

But you’ll have to search hard for any major media mention of his mid-twenties in the editorial of a Trotskyist magazine called Socialist Alternatives. The few problems can still be read on the Internet. I have read them, although most of Sir Keir’s articles are written with the blunt end of a bread pudding, and they are difficult to get along with.

Most of the people who report on the politics in this country do not understand the subject because they lack the Marxist education that I had in my distant childhood. They call Sir Keir “moderate” because he is not Jeremy Corbyn. They know a lot

Ah, you could say, this was just youthful folly. People change. He has even been knighted. Except Sir Keir hasn’t changed much. This is the age for which he was born.

In an interview with the New Statesman he recently said, “ I don’t think there are any major issues that I changed my mind … The big issue we were grappling with then was how the Labor Party, or the left in general, connected the wider movement and its strands of equality – feminist politics, green politics, LGBT – which I thought was incredibly exciting and incredibly important. Broadly speaking, I think that the PvdA has done that with great success. ‘

The cult he was confused with in the 1980s helped the pioneer New Left – Green mixed with Red, radical sexual politics. “Red should be made green and green should be made red,” they said. This way of thinking has no time for the faded screams and attitude of the Corbynites.

It wants a cultural revolution that leaves all buildings standing, but changes everything that happens in them. It could find a massive economic and social twitch, as Johnson has visited us, very useful for that purpose.

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