The Common Sense Vaccine

BY ALEX STORY

Sajid Javid, Health Secretary, said during a Downing Street Press Conference last week:

We must learn to live with Covid in the same way we live with flu

The vaccine of common sense was thus injected into England’s veins. In so doing the country stepped out of the COVID tsunami and climbed to sunnier and clearer peaks.

With the skies ahead clear and calm, mandates and restrictions have now entered the history books.

The post-mortem of the last two years is sure to begin in earnest.

We will thereby be confronted by failure on an epic scale, orchestrated by our expert class.

Nationally and internationally, too many extreme decisions were made in so short a period by so few people with so little reflection on the broader impact of society to let sleeping dogs lie.

In pushing for their preferred remedies of lockdowns, mask mandates, social distancing, as well as flirting with vaccine passports and mandates, our experts intervened like never before in the proper functioning of a free society.

In so doing, they have made themselves the inevitable target of future investigations and potential retribution.

The reason is simple. The costs associated with their preferred and most extreme form of social control have been enormous. The vast majority have borne the brunt of these policies and have been greatly impoverished in the process, and for the long term.

To pay for the lockdown, our experts relied on the support of the Bank of England. From March to November 2020, during the first phase of social repression, the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street printed GBP450 billion. Taken together, at close to GBP 900 Billion, the Bank of England manufactured the equivalent of 40% of our gross domestic product while millions were asked to stop working.  

In the meantime, our national debt skyrocketed, growing by a quarter to 103 percent of Gross Domestic Product in less than two years.

As night follows day, inflation took off.

As the Office of Budgetary Responsibility reminded us in a research note released on the 21st of December 2021:“higher than expected debt interest costs reflect higher than expected RPI inflation in recent months, which increased to a 20-year high of 7.1 per cent in November”.

To put these figures into context, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) tells us that household income has grown by 7% over the entire 10 year period ending in 2020, or 0.8% per year over the decade.

Our experts have been responsible in generating so much inflation that the median family was forced to travel back in time wealth-wise over a decade to the Great Financial Crash of 2008-2009 in real terms.

As the ONS tells us, the poor, the young and the old have grown markedly poorer in a very short space of time.

This mass impoverishment, led by our inoculated and protected class, is set to continue.

With interest rates currently on 0.25% and RPI inflation over 7%, bringing inflation under control would require a 3000 percent increase in current base rate at the very least.

As the Autumn Budget and Spending Review published by the Treasury on 21 October 2021 tells us “the fiscal impact of a one percentage point rise in interest rates in the next year would be six times greater than it was just before the financial crisis, and almost twice what it was before the pandemic”, adding that “one percentage point rise in interest rates… is estimated to cost an extra £20.3 billion in 2024-25, rising to £22.8 billion in 2026-27”.

To defeat inflation, in other words, interest rates would have to be raised to over 7%. The debt repayment would then be close to GBP 150bn per year at least. The equivalent, it turns out, to the government’s current expenditure on Education, Defence, Policing, and Transport to name but a few. In short, it will not happen.

Some will say that emergency measures were inevitable. There was no alternative. Lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates were required because COVID was unknown.

Honest research will show, however, that many paths were open; that cheap solutions were available; that many lives could have been saved in preventive care along with our freedoms; and that it is our democracy that saved England from doubling down on further civil liberty erosions and not our bureaucrats.

Those who took so many arbitrary decisions, often so callously, have succeeded over a short period to control the official version of events.

However, too many people, across too many disciplines, have seen their way of life, their family and their reputation smothered over the two year period to January 2022 for the centre to hold for long.

In the coming years, the pressure to release data, to understand this international Blitzkrieg against common sense will become ever greater.

Already, we see demands from the British Medical Journal on the 19th of January 2022 for the release of all data available regarding vaccines, treatments and policy decisions.

The editors of this eminent Journal wrote:

“It cannot be justifiable or in the best interests of patients and the public that we are left to just trust in the system”

They added that “transparency is the key to building trust and an important route to answering people’s legitimate questions about the efficacy and safety of vaccines and treatments and the clinical and public health policies established for their use”.

Perhaps more damningly, the British Medical Journal reminded us that “Big pharma is the least trusted industry” in the United States; that at least three of the many companies making covid-19 vaccines have past criminal and civil settlements costing them billions of dollars”, with one having pleaded guilty to fraud.

In Switzerland, the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, Adrian Lobsiger said that the Federal Office has a duty to make contracts with vaccine manufacturers such as Pfizer, Moderna and more transparent upon request, against huge efforts from the Pharma industry to protect secrecy. The Swiss courts support the Public Information Commissioner’s recommendation and so will the public.

In the United States, Robert F. Kennedy, JFK’s nephew and long standing investigative crusader, has written “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health”. It is Amazon’s top selling book across all categories. And, along with other such works, it will become one of the growing numbers of dissections that allow the Western World to come to grips with the pandemic, the turns it took and where, as individuals and people, we fitted in the grand scheme of things.

It is practically inevitable that questions asking why the most expensive, extreme and divisive avenues were sought when much better alternatives were known to be available are sure to be at the centre of this impending quest for truth.

As more data is released and more investigated, it is very possible that the last two years will reveal our expert class to be anything but aloof, honest and competent. Quite the contrary.

Alex Story is Head of Business Development at a City broker working with Hedge Funds and other financial institutions. He stood for parliament in 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2016, he won the right to represent Yorkshire & the Humber in the European Parliament. He didn’t take the seat.