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PETER HITCHENS: We’ve all changed from normal people to muzzled masochists!

When this madness started, I behaved as if a new and fanatical religion was spreading among us. Be polite and tolerant, I thought. It may be crazy and harmful, but it will disappear over time.

Now it is clear that a new belief, based on fear of the invisible and quite immune to reason, has almost taken over the country. And it turns out to be one of those beliefs that doesn’t have much tolerance for those who don’t share it.

I suspect that about 85 percent of the population now adore it and will continue to do so. The rest of us, as every day goes by, a persecuted minority, are forced to go along with beliefs we don’t have.

This obsession with telling us how to look and transforming ourselves from normal people into submissive, mouthless herd animals, all decked out in a mandatory uniform, is, in my opinion, part of an unprecedented assault on our personal freedom in general. Passengers are seen on the London Tube network

This obsession with telling us how to look and transforming ourselves from normal people into submissive, mouthless herd animals, all decked out in a mandatory uniform, is, in my opinion, part of an unprecedented assault on our personal freedom in general. Passengers are seen on the London Tube network

The evangelists are not leaving you and me alone, but are constantly trying to force us to participate. This is why I am making such a fuss about the requirement for all of us to wear muzzles. This is not about health.

There simply is not enough evidence to compel us to do so. It is an attempt to impose submission to unbelievers in Covid.

Therefore, it spreads despite the fact that there is no good reason for it. In an uncanny development, one of the most powerful scientific papers arguing against it, Why Face Masks Don’t Work: A Revealing Review, suddenly disappeared from its usual place on the web last week (I still have a copy).

Scottish tin pot despot Nicola Sturgeon now demands that muzzles be worn in shops, as well as on public transportation, north of the border.

In Texas, of all states, the governor is trying to make muzzles mandatory in all public places. The small-run Guardian newspaper, which happens to be the BBC’s home diary, compares absurdly muzzles with seat belts (proven a million times to save lives, no doubt) and demands in the editorial ‘Cover your face’.

Now it is clear that a new belief, based on fear of the invisible and quite immune to reason, has almost taken over the country. And it turns out to be one of those beliefs that doesn't have much tolerance for those who don't share it [File photo]

Now it is clear that a new belief, based on fear of the invisible and quite immune to reason, has almost taken over the country. And it turns out to be one of those beliefs that doesn't have much tolerance for those who don't share it [File photo]

Now it is clear that a new belief, based on fear of the invisible and quite immune to reason, has almost taken over the country. And it turns out to be one of those beliefs that doesn’t have much tolerance for those who don’t share it [File photo]

The BBC then does this carefully. Don’t be surprised if the government follows soon. But, as government documents and experts have repeatedly said, there is little evidence of the usefulness of these snouts. The Department for Business and Enterprise says clearly, “Evidence of the benefit of using a face cover to protect others is weak, and the effect is likely to be small.”

This obsession with telling us how to look and transforming ourselves from normal people into submissive, mouthless herd animals, all decked out in a mandatory uniform, is, in my opinion, part of an unprecedented assault on our personal freedom in general. Stay at home. Stop working. Do not see your friends or relatives. Send, submit, submit. Get used to being told what to do.

And we do it. I’m beginning to understand why the horrific drone of Fifty Shades Of Gray was so popular. It seems that we have really become a nation of surrendered masochists.

The decision to force poor Leicester back into the misery of a total shutdown is an example of this. The strangest thing is the closure of schools in that city, when school-aged children are hardly touched by Covid.

As a result, plans to reopen schools in September should become even less likely. Does the government believe that education unions will not notice and use this panic to keep schools closed? Of course.

I am pretty sure this was not done because it is necessary, but because the hysterical future director Matt Hancock wants to keep us under his thumb.

Behave, he’ll be startled, or the store will stay closed. Leicester resembles the poor boys who were beaten by such headmasters to set an example for the rest.

In this he is supported by the ever brash Prime Minister Al Johnson, who debunks the myth that all these hardships have reduced the incidence of the disease.

“Don’t undo the sacrifices you have made with reckless behavior,” says the man who recklessly destroyed our economy and has no idea how to save it from himself.

The truth is, there is still not one-eighth of our evidence that the economy collapsed and kept us all at home, saving a single life. Let’s investigate the case for this punitive Leicester shutdown.

First of all, there are these things called “infections” that sound pretty nasty. But what are they? How many of those who test positive for Covid-19 (in a test that is highly questionable) have no symptoms? The government couldn’t tell me.

I suspect only a small portion is seriously ill. As I keep saying, for most people the disease is a minor occurrence. It is not the plague.

It seems that we have really become a nation of surrendered masochists. The decision to force poor Leicester back into the misery of a total shutdown is an example of this. The city center is pictured above

It seems that we have really become a nation of surrendered masochists. The decision to force poor Leicester back into the misery of a total shutdown is an example of this. The city center is pictured above

It seems that we have really become a nation of surrendered masochists. The decision to force poor Leicester back into the misery of a total shutdown is an example of this. The city center is pictured above

Then there is the simple question: are there more infections because we are looking for them harder? Well, I can tell you this. I asked for a list of test stations in Leicester and the dates they opened.

One opened on May 1. All others – seven of them – have been open since June 18, when the alleged wave took place.

In any case, it is absurd to imagine that the people of Leicester can be locked up in their city and that they cannot venture to nearby towns and villages to take advantage of the limited freedoms now returned to us (as they are ).

Even the level-headed, narrow-minded Lord Hancock will not lock Leicester in a steel ring, as if it were East Berlin in 1961 (although he may dream of such actions).

This is about power and freedom, and has less and less to do with Covid-19. Once the terrible economic consequences of Mr. Johnson become apparent to all, this can become much more important.

The last crime? Make a cup of tea

Many in the media consider this period a joke, a light-hearted interlude and a spectator sport, such as a holiday or a foreign crisis seen from afar.

Not me. It scares me. I think something has gone wrong deep in the operation of this country. A fire that smoldered under the decks for a long time has now burst into the open.

Let me share a letter I received from a reader: “I run a small coffee shop, and when the state decreed this, I opened it up again for takeaway (I was also allowed to use ‘a small area’ outside my building where people sit down and drink their takeaways). Occasionally, if the weather is bad or someone with a disability is unable to bring their drink, I have left them indoors.

“This morning I was visited and warned by the police. I was told that two complaints had been filed against me for serving drinks on the premises. All to make someone a cup of tea and be human enough to let it in. Last year my company was broken into and destroyed and drug trafficking continued in the park that my company overlooks. And what happened then? Nothing. This is not the kind of country my grandfather fought for. ‘

At the same time, the political cleansing of our schools and universities continues furiously. I hear confidentially of the heavyweight intolerance of conservatives in Oxford who have objected to the planned removal of the Cecil Rhodes statue there.

Now I receive this from another university, where all academics have been ‘invited’ to an online ‘discussion’ intended to ‘disrupt’ structural factors that cause white privileges and systemic backlog …

‘We invite all employees to reflect on their identity and social positions, with an’ intersectional ‘approach. Participants will have the opportunity to share perspectives and experiences of institutional racism at work, including any recommendations for change, with the university’s senior academic leadership team. ‘

I wouldn’t give much for the future careers of someone who doesn’t like this inquisition.

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