Lockdown Skeptics

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Rishi Moves into Poll Position In the race to succeed Boris, Rishi Sunak moved into poll position yesterday with a cash giveaway that was widely welcomed in the press. The Telegraph‘s Camilla Tominey is in no doubt whose star is rising, and whose is falling. “Where’s Boris?” is a refrain that...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Did AIDS Hysteria Prefigure Covid Hysteria? Today we’re publishing an original contribution to one of the most interesting sections on the right-hand side: “How Have We Responded to Previous Pandemics?” This one is by veteran science and medical correspondent Neville Hodgkinson, who covered the...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Take Back Control Brendan O’Neill has written a blistering piece for Spiked in which he urges the British people to take back control – not from Brussels, but from Boris and Dom! We can’t go on like this. We cannot continue to allow the Government to control every aspect of our lives. We cannot...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version

10pm Curfew? Time For Bed, Prime Minister Our hopeless, busted flush of a Prime Minister is going to announce today that pubs and restaurants will have to close by 10pm from Thursday, with table-only service for the foreseeable future. Exceptions to the “rule of six” for weddings and funerals...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Oxford University Scientists Demolish Government Case for Second Lockdown Professor Carl Heneghan and crew at the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine have been working overtime at the weekend pushing back against the Government narrative. The Mail yesterday published their demolition of...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Second Lockdown Underway. Fines Increased to £10,000 Will the madness never end? From September 22nd, areas across the North of England and the Midlands will see additional restrictions imposed. People won’t be allowed to socialise with anyone outside their households, cafes, pubs and...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Emperor Boris Spies Second Wave; Declares War on Neptune Today we wake with the depressing news that the Government doesn’t appear to have learnt a thing from the past six months. Here’s the Mail. Boris Johnson last night warned that Britain was “seeing a second wave coming in” as he...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

The Care Home Scandal – A Call For Evidence Lockdown Sceptics has asked an award-winning investigative journalist, David Rose, to investigate the high death toll in Britain’s care homes. Did 20,000+ elderly people really die of COVID-19 between March and July or were many of them just collateral...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Follow The Covid Rules Or Get Kicked Out, Cambridge Tells Students Students at a Cambridge college have received a coronavirus “Community Statement” that they must sign and adhere to or risk being ejected from college accommodation. Lockdown Sceptics has seen the draconian rules issued by...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

ONS: Flu and Pneumonia Have Killed More People Than Covid Since June That’s the headline finding in the ONS’s latest release, as far as the Telegraph is concerned. But there’s another pretty striking finding in the second paragraph too. Influenza and pneumonia has contributed to more weekly...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-15 - Original post - cached version

YouTube Censors Think Tank For Disagreeing With WHO YouTube, which is owned by Google, has removed a video by a leading think tank merely because it features views at odds with the current position of the World Health Organisation. Townhall has more: The Hoover Institution at Stanford University...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Second Wave of Hysteria Arrives Here we go – brace positions. The UK’s “Rule of Six” ban on social gatherings over six people comes into force today, and the Government confirmed yesterday that it includes children in England (unlike in Wales and Scotland). Denmark – the country once lauded for...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-13 - Original post - cached version

A Ferguson Worth Listening To James Ferguson, who runs a financial research company called the Macrostrategy Partnership, has produced a research paper on the FPR (False Positive Rate) of the PCR test in which he explains why the PCR test is a poor diagnostic tool when the prevalence of COVID-19...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Simon Dolan To Challenge “Rule of Six” in the Court of Appeal Simon Dolan’s legal team is intending to bring up the “Rule of Six” in the Court of Appeal when it appeals the High Court’s rejection of its legal challenge against the coronavirus regulations. The Telegraph has more. The new ‘rule of...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Operation Moonshine We’ve been hearing for some time that the Government hopes to return to “normal” through mass testing of the population with enforced quarantine for those who fail the test. Boris Johnson has now dubbed this “Operation Moonshot” and to say it has not gone down well with...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-10 - Original post - cached version

“I will be voting to curtail the Government’s powers in this area” – MP backlash begins Sir Charles Walker, the Vice Chairman of the influential Conservative 1922 committee of MPs, slammed the new restrictions on social gatherings saying he would vote to “curtail” the Government’s powers. The...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Panicking Boris Imposes Second Lockdown Late on Tuesday night the Government announced a raft of new restrictions would be imposed in England from next Monday. The BBC has more. Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday – with some exemptions – amid a steep...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-08 - Original post - cached version

Postcard From Dystopialand I’ve had a very busy day and unfortunately don’t have time to do a proper update. So I thought I’d just publish this marvellous postcard I’ve received from Disneyland Paris. Disneyland has become Dystopialand. We all need a little normalcy in our lives. And a little...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Do Medical Complications and Lingering Effects Make COVID-19 an Unusually Dangerous Diseases? In the last few weeks, as the evidence mounts that the infection fatality rate of COVID-19 is not much higher than seasonal flu and that most areas that have experienced bad outbreaks are well on their...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Piers Corbyn Arrested – Again Piers Corbyn solicitor has written to let us know that he was arrested again yesterday at an anti-lockdown rally in Sheffield. Just to let you know that Piers Corbyn has been arrested and roughy handled by police in Sheffield today and was detained overnight while...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Sunetra Gupta Censored? According to Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University, she’s finding it difficult to get journals to publish the work of her and her team. Many journal editors consider it “dangerous” because it challenges the lockdown orthodoxy. The...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Herd Immunity May Be Closer Than Thought The idea that more people may have immunity to coronavirus than show up in standard antibody surveys is getting more oxygen by the day. It is what may explain why the epidemic often goes into decline when 10-20% of the population has antibodies, why the...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

“No Sign of Second Wave”: Experts Rubbish Matt Hancock’s “Alarmist” Claims The Mail has been doing a good job of late, countering the Government’s narrative of fear and doom (and social control) by giving a platform to some solid sceptical scientific voices. Here it is again today: Health...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-02 - Original post - cached version

School Threatens to Send Children Home for Joking About Covid A school in Hastings has told parents it will send their children home if they make “humorous” or “inappropriate” jokes about Covid. The Independent has more. Pupils could be excluded for “malicious coughing or sneezing” or making “...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-09-01 - Original post - cached version

The UK’s “Second Wave” is a Costly Myth Lockdown Sceptics contributor Will Jones has an excellent piece in the Conservative Woman about Matt Hancock’s mysterious obsession with a “second wave” and the ruinously expensive steps the Government is taking to prepare for this non-existent threat....

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-31 - Original post - cached version

UK’s Covid death toll rises by ONE In spite of all the hysterical talk of a ‘second wave’ this Winter and rising cases in England, the number of people who died in Britain on Sunday was precisely one. The Mail has more. The country’s death toll is remaining low as just one person died after …...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Largest Anti-Lockdown Demo So Far The pictures from yesterday’s anti-lockdown demo in Trafalgar Square are quite impressive. Some reports put the turnout at 35,000. The Express was one of the first newspapers to report on the protest. Pictures of the large crowds show people holding signs that...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-29 - Original post - cached version

Hospitals “Like the Mary Celeste” Given that there’s a cancer care backlog predicted to cost up to 30,000 lives and NHS waiting lists have exceeded 15 million, the news of empty hospitals will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the catastrophic conversion of the NHS into a...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Mass Gatherings Back On in Sweden Another step back to normality for the country that brazenly refused to lock down. Reuters has the story (hat tip Alistair Haimes): Swedish concert goers and soccer fans can be allowed back in venues from October after the country’s Health Agency accepted a...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Getting Schoolchildren to Wear Face Masks is Impractical The Spectator has published a great piece by Calvin Robinson, the teacher who featured in a recent job advertisement put out by the Department for Education. He thinks it’s completely impractical to get schoolchildren to wear face muzzles...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Yet Another Bloody U-Turn Boris often sings the praises of the first-class education he received at Eton and Oxford. But the most valuable lesson he ever received was when he was taught to drive. After all, that’s where he learnt how to do a U-turn. The Prime Minister has now performed so many...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-25 - Original post - cached version

Sturgeon Makes Masks Mandatory in Schools – Boris Urged to Follow Suit Nicola Sturgeon has made face masks mandatory in Scottish secondary schools and now Boris is facing calls to do the same. The Telegraph has more. Boris Johnson is under fresh pressure to introduce face masks in schools after...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Children More Likely to Die of Flu than Covid – Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England, told Sky News this morning that children are more likely to die of flu or be killed in a road traffic accident than succumb to COVID-19. “The long term...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-23 - Original post - cached version

The Left-Wing Case Against Lockdown It really annoys me that lockdown sceptics are so often dismissed as Tory-voting, Brexit-supporting, libertarian-sympathising, white, middle-class, middle-aged Gammons. Okay, yes, that’s me, but there are plenty of other sceptics out there who don’t fall into...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-22 - Original post - cached version

New Restrictions For Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn Yesterday, the Government announced Oldham and parts of Blackburn and Pendle are facing extra restrictions to deal with local viral outbreaks. Residents in those areas are not allowed to socialise with anyone from outside their household, as of...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Zero Hospital Deaths in English Hospitals Yesterday Several people tweeted out this graph yesterday, accompanied by the news that zero deaths were recorded by NHS England on August 19th. While that’s true (I checked the NHS England website this morning), it isn’t the first time that’s happened...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Croatia Added to Quarantine List First it was holidaymakers in Spain who were told they had to quarantine for 14 days on their return to Britain, then France. Now, Croatia has been added to the “red list”. According to The BBC the 20,000 Brits currently holidaying in Croatia have until 4am on...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-19 - Original post - cached version

Handy Cock’s Brilliant Solution to Ending the Covid Crisis – Even More Tests! In a move that will surprise no one, Matt Hancock has announced that the Government will carry out even more tests in an attempt to better understand how prevalent the virus is. The BBC has the story. The Office for...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version

Bonkers Advisor to Scottish Government Warns of “Stream of Incoming Infections From England and Wales” Apologies for being late on this one. Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at Edinburgh University, had a piece in the New York Times on Saturday in which she warned of “a stream of...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-17 - Original post - cached version

Saint Jacinda Postpones General Election Remember the outrage on the liberal left last month after Trump raised the possibility of postponing the November election? This was treated as the last word in undemocratic, populist demagoguery. How dare he?!? Well, Jacinda Arden has done precisely that...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-16 - Original post - cached version

Handy Cock Sacrifices Scapegoat in Bid to Save Political Career Matt Hancock has axed Public Health England! The Telegraph has the story. Public Health England (PHE) is to be scrapped and replaced by a new body specifically designed to protect the country against a pandemic by early next month,...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-15 - Original post - cached version

Government Admits it’s been Double Counting Tests Embarrassing story in the Guardian today. The Government has quietly wiped 1.3 million COVID-19 swabs off the official testing count. This was disclosed on the Department for Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) website on Wednesday. Under a section...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

France’s Rise in Infections Due to Increased Testing Yesterday the Government removed France from the “Green List” of countries you can travel to without having to quarantine on return, along with the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba. From 4am on Saturday, anyone...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-13 - Original post - cached version

The Re-Adjustment Bureau Hats off to Carl Heneghan and Yoon Loke. Three weeks ago, they wrote a post on the Centre For Evidence-Based Medicine blog drawing attention to a peculiarity in the way Public Health England (PHE) recorded Covid deaths. They discovered that if you’d ever tested positive...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

It’s Official: UK Plunges into Recession The Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed this morning what we already knew: the UK economy suffered its largest contraction in Q2 since records began. (Caveat: the ONS only started keeping records in 1955.) GDP shrank by a whopping 20.4% and,...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Three Quarters of a Million Jobs Lost During Lockdown According to the Office for National Statistics, UK payrolls fell 2.5% from March to July of this year, amounting to the loss of 730,000 jobs. The Telegraph has more. Meanwhile, the number of people claiming benefits climbed to 2.7m in July,...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Love in the Time of Covid Well, that set the cat among the pigeons. Yesterday, I launched a dating section in the Forums called “Love in a Covid Climate” and within hours it had been invaded by trolls posting satirical comments. Some of them were quite funny, although they took it for granted...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Another Computer Simulation, Another Alarmist Prediction Last week, a paper was published in the Lancet saying that re-opening schools would cause a tsunami-like second wave of Covid deaths unless the Government improved its test-and-trace programme. Based on a similar computer simulation to...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-08 - Original post - cached version

Sunseekers Ignore Official Guidance on Britain’s Hottest Day of the Year Seeing pictures like this of the beach in Bournemouth yesterday, it’s hard to believe the opinion polls about the extent of public support for continuing lockdown restrictions. Looks to me as though the great British public...

Lockdown Skeptics - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Yes, Kids Can Get Covid. But They’re More Likely to Die of Flu Last week, there was a hysterical story in the New York Times about how hundreds of children had become infected at a summer camp in Georgia. It led to crazy, paranoid “guidance” being written by bedwetting journalists, such as this...


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