We are already hearing wails for a return of facemasks and mandatory vaccinations, especially in light of the chaos out of China where its failed zero-covid lockdowns actually made things worse, not better, by preventing people from catching COVID and building up a natural immunity.
Peter Hitchens, a columnist for the Daily Mail, recently responded to an editorial in The [London] Times, entitled ‘Wear a Mask, where the newspaper called for people to start wearing facemasks.
“It is none of my business, and none of the Government’s business,” Hitchens writes. “What other people wear, on their faces or anywhere else (except for the needs of personal modesty).”
“In return, I ask only that you do me the same favour, and do not urge me, let alone try to compel me, to don a garment which I think silly, pointless and politicised.”
Hitchens believes this call for a return to facemasks is ultimately about fear and control.
But he didn’t stop with just that, Hitchens then pointed to the mountain of evidence that showed that facemasks did not work when it came to stopping the spread of COVID.
He cited a comment by Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, who said:
‘There is no specific evidence to suggest the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there’s evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly.’
So why did facemasks become the rallying cry in Britain?
It became political, as Hitchens explains:
In The Spectator magazine, Isabel Oakeshott, who co-authored former Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s Covid memoir, concluded from all that she’d heard during her research that ‘Hancock, Whitty and Johnson knew full well that non-medical masks do very little to prevent transmission of the virus’.
She reckoned the origins of mask mandates in the community were the Prime Minister’s adviser Dominic Cummings’s obsession with masks and a desire to please Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon — ‘and above all because they were symbolic of the public health emergency’. Here is a strong clue that the campaign for mask-wearing was basically political, and not medical.
Speaking of fear and control, I did a podcast on how the British government used psychological specialists to determine the best way to terrorize Brits about COVID in order to bring them into submission.