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Demanding accountability for the Covid scam Marcel de Graaff - Member of the European Parliament for FVD.09 March 2023Back in 2021, we had the revelation of emails from the German Interior Ministry which showed that it enlisted scientists to scare the population.Last year it, was revealed that the Covid statistics had been falsified by Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge by inflating the numbers.And now we have the revelation of over 100,000 Whatsapp messages from former British Health Minister, Matt Hancock. The British “Daily Telegraph” has put them online as "The  Lockdown Files.From all these revelations, it has been shown time and again that the coronavirus was no more deadly than other cold and flu viruses. As we know from flu and colds, these can be fatal to vulnerable, very old people. For anyone under 80, these viruses are almost never fatal. So it was with Covid-19. It was a common cold virus.Minister Matt Hancock had a discussion with then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, via Whatsapp about this low mortality rate. He wrote that this was a problem because it meant that vaccination targets would not be met.The Lockdown Files also show that in addition to the vaccines, other Covid measures were mainly intended to instil fear of the virus into the population.The revelations in Germany, the Netherlands and now especially in the United Kingdom show that the same Covid policy was deliberately followed in all these countries – policy which had nothing to do with the nature of the coronavirus. The Lockdown Files show that no special measures were needed, given the low mortality of the virus. The British government switched from publishing mortality rates to publishing the number of infections. The entire EU then switched and reported on Covid in the same way.Pushing through the vaccines and introducing the corresponding digital Covid pass was the real goal. For this, no means were shunned.Unvaccinated people were not simply portrayed as irresponsible but as anti-social, dangerous enemies of the state. There were threats of incarceration and forced vaccination. Unvaccinated people were fired. People were locked in their homes via curfews. Hospitals and nursing homes prohibited partners and children from visiting their sick spouses or parents, even when they were dying.From the beginning, there were medical experts who scientifically argued that the imposed measures were futile and warned against the vaccinations.Doctors who protested were silenced on social media. Doctors who prescribed effective drugs were punished with heavy fines and the revocation of their licence.The Lockdown Files show that the unvaccinated and Covid-critical doctors were right – and that there was absolutely nothing right about government policy.What also emerges from the Lockdown Files is the involvement of Bill Gates.  Matt Hancock literally messages about Bill Gates, "He owes me one." In other words, Bill Gates owes me one because Hancock had millions of his vaccines injected.This so-called philanthropist bought shares in Big Pharma for $50 million and after the Covid hype was over sold those same shares for $500 million.The contracts with huge sums of money signed by governments with the pharmaceutical multinationals are still not public. The correspondence between Pfizer and EU President Ursula von der Leyen is still secret. The messages between Dutch minister Hugo de Jonge and Prime Minister Mark Rutte about Covid have supposedly been erased.It looks like the European Commission and the governments of EU member states were as aware of Covid’s low mortality as the British government. Their policies were almost identical, the flawed PCR test was accepted EU-wide, the Digital Covid pass became an international travel document, even the wording was almost identical. Several countries started using the same phrases at the same time: “from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, from house to house, from arm to arm.”The measures lacked any reasonable ground yet they violated basic human rights and fundamental freedoms. Physical and mental integrity were violated without justification.There must be government accountability for this in every state. As a Member of the European Parliament, I demand that the European Commission come to Parliament to account for this.Therefore, I ask the President of the European Parliament urgently to put on the agenda for the next Strasbourg session a debate on the Lockdown Files with Ursula von der Leyen.We will see whether the European Parliament wants to take up its controlling task or whether it is complicit in the biggest scandal of the century.Marcel de Graaff

Michael Brown ● 38d2 Comments ● 35d

So the Govt is now consulting on wet wipes.  We've discussed them before and Fleur Anderson MP has spoken about them in Parliament calling for these wipes containing plastic to be banned.  There have been petitions because they cause sewer blockages and overflows. These often happen causing blockages and overflows all the way down a street.For years these wipes containing plastic have been heavily marketed with little acknowledgement of their effect on the environment.  I remember Thames Water taking a well known company to court and winning.  There have also been huge campaigns for years to Bin it don't Flush it.Yet when these are flushed and mixed with all the fats and oils which should not be poured down the drains they cool and congeal into fatbergs.  Some of these fatbergs in the sewers are the size of double decker buses and they have to be drilled out.  There is part of one in the Natural History Museum and in the Museum of London.Volunteers with the charity Thames 21 have spent year after year cleaning the Thames and have been counting the number of wet wipes collected from the foreshore.It is definitely not at all pleasant when toilets back up and overflow into your home or office.  Yet this will continue while unflushables are flushed - so don't believe the packaging - and don't do it!

Philippa Bond ● 46d5 Comments ● 40d

Calling All Cat Lovers!🐈🐈‍⬛

No apologies for this long post.  If you are not interested in cats' welfare don't bother to read it or post negative comments; jog on.  The video is eye opening and explains the desperate plight of rescues that are trying but sadly failing to rehabilitate 1000's of abandoned and feral  cats.  They are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and unable to cope and the situation is now reached crisis point.  Nobody is asking for donations, just a few minutes of your time to sign the petition. Thankyou.** PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE **There has never been a more important petition regarding cats. Owners are not educating themselves before getting cats or simply just don't neuter them. Under age kittens are given to children to play with like toys. At 4 mths when no longer small & cute they are abandoned & start breeding by 5 mths.  Kittens are dumped in dustbins, cats thrown out of cars. This has to stop! Every minute rescues all over the UK get a call about strays, no one can help anymore, not even mums and kittens can be saved. Please share this with EVERY single person you know. 10,000 signatures we get a response,  100,000 it's debated at Parliament.  This winter millions of strays will freeze to death, how as a nation of supposed animal lovers do we let this happen.In answer to the concern we will run out of kittens these are the facts.We have no choice but to do this due to the out of control cat population and no one neutering. There are large colonies all over the UK females have litter after litter.Owners call rescues daily demanding rescues take their cats or kittens and threatening to dump them. Rescues cannot help as no space.I strongly suggest if opposed to this petition you try taking phone calls for your local rescue. Hundreds of cats on a waiting list more and more phoned in all day every day.  Breeding must be regulated going forward it is totally unacceptable to allow so many cats to keep suffering.  **************Calling all animal lovers please sign and share to stop cats and kittens suffering

Sue Hammond ● 60d14 Comments ● 46d

PM speech on Net Zero: 20 September 2023

There’s been surprisingly little comment here on last night’s speech by Sunak, and what there is, is buried in other threads. Whatever you think of it, it was significant and it deserves to be discussed properly (the text can be found here:, to initiate this, my view is that it was one of the most disgraceful, dishonest exercises in political rhetoric that I can remember. Sunak starts off by claiming that he has spent his first year as Prime Minister “bringing back stability to our economy, your government, and our country,” a dubious enough claim already, given the chaos of the school RAAC fiasco, to give only one example. But he goes on to say he wants to change the way our politics works: “Can we be brave in the decisions we make, even if there is a political cost? Can we be honest when the facts change, even if it’s awkward? And can we put the long-term interests of our country before the short-term political needs of the moment, even if it means being controversial?” He then said that “I have made my decision: we are going to change. And over the coming months, I will set out a series of long-term decisions to deliver that change.”I’ve no idea what these decisions might involve, but his announcement last night of the U-turn on reaching net zero is not a promising beginning. He claims to accept that the climate emergency is serious, yet he puts off (to the dismay and fury of manufacturers) the changes to vehicle engines and home heating under a confected concern for the cost to families; it’s an absolutely blatant, cynical move to scrabble for some votes for his failing party. In other words, he has put his and the Conservative party’s interests above the country’s, the very short-term approach that he claims to be against. If his concern were genuine, why would he be scrapping the requirement for homeowners and landlords to meet energy efficiency targets? Why will he not take forward policies to encourage more sustainable behaviour, such as taxing airlines properly and informing the public of the carbon footprint of meat? Why does he boast about scrapping the proposal for government to interfere in how many passengers you can have in your car – when there was no such proposal in the first place? The speech was riddled with such inconsistencies, all with the aim of propagating the straight lie that he was thinking of the country in the long term instead of dishonestly trying to rescue his miserable government from the fate it so clearly deserves.Anyway, this post has gone on long enough: it’s your turn.

Richard Carter ● 70d36 Comments ● 58d

Random pic 30 September 2023

French art at the Courtauld: Édouard Manet (1832-1883), A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882          I hadn't registered the bottle of British Bass beer in the bar at the Folies-Bergère. Bottled Bass seems to get everywhere, some UK friends and I had to explain to a barman in San Francisco that it wasn't pronounced by spelling it's letters as "B-A-S-S" but as one word "Bass" to rhyme with "ass". Édouard Manet (1832-1883)
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882
Oil paint on canvas This celebrated work is Édouard Manet's last major painting, completed a year before he died. At one of the bars in the Folies-Bergère- a popular Parisian music hall - wine, champagne and British Bass beer with its red triangle logo await customers. A fashionable crowd mingles on the balcony. The legs and green boots of a trapeze artist in the upper left hint at the exciting musical and circus acts entertaining the audience. This animated background is in fact a reflection in the large gold-framed mirror, which projects it into the viewer's own space.
Manet made sketches on-site but painted this work entirely in his studio, where a barmaid named Suzon came to pose. She is the painting's still centre. Her enigmatic expression is unsettling, especially as she appears to be interacting with a male customer. lgnoring normal perspective, Manet shifted their reflection to the right. The bottles on the left are similarly misaligned in the mirror. This play of reflections emphasises the disorientating atmosphere of the Folies-Bergère. In this work,
Manet created a complex and absorbing
composition that is considered one of the
iconic paintings of modern life. Samuel Courtauld gift, 1934
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Michael Ixer ● 61d0 Comments ● 61d

Angertainment is a handy word for it

"Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says Rupert Murdoch’s ‘anger-tainment’ damaged the democratic world""On Friday Turnbull said that Murdoch left a “hell of a legacy”, arguing that without Fox and News Corp, Britain probably would not have exited the European Union and Donald Trump would not have been president.“He’s built a vast global media empire, and no doubt the business pages will give him credit for that,” Turnbull told ABC News Breakfast.But Turnbull argued the media empire “sought to enrage Americans, divide Americans, and divide them against each other, and it has knowingly – and Murdoch had a personal hand in this … it has knowingly spread lies, most consequentially the one … where Donald Trump claimed to have won the 2020 election.“And, of course, that created the environment which made the January 6 insurrection possible.”In April, Fox and the voting equipment company Dominion reached a US$787.5m settlement in a defamation lawsuit, ending a dispute over whether the network and its parent company knowingly broadcast false and outlandish allegations that Dominion was involved in a plot to steal the 2020 election.Turnbull said Murdoch’s companies “will continue in much the same vein” without him as chair. “They have become more propaganda than news.”Sky News, like Fox, has been commercially successful because it “kept people engaged – in other words, watching their platform, their channel – by riling them up, by creating division and anger and resentment, and, you know, stoking that”, he said.“But the problem there is, while it might be good for Fox’s ratings or Sky News’ ratings, is it leaves you with a society that is incredibly divided, that’s increasingly polarised, that struggles to work together to meet common challenges, and so is therefore weaker.”""Pouring oil on troubled fires" seems to produce profit, at least in the short term.

David Ainsworth ● 69d0 Comments ● 69d

25 Sept, 7.30pm, Port of London Authority talk on the Thames in Putney and beyond

If you walk by the river, drink by the river, row or sail on the river, travel on a river boat, are keen for more freight to go on the river rather than by road, are worried about pollution, then here's your chance to find out more. Do you know that all these issues come under the responsibilities of the Port of London Authority (PLA) who operate between Teddington Lock and the North Sea?If you care about any of these things then come along to the Putney Society meeting and hear from Jim Trimmer, Director of Planning and Development at the Port of London Authority. Monday 25 September at 7.30pm at the Community Church, Werter Road, Putney [opposite Sainsbury’s].Topics he is likely to cover include: progress on Thames Tideway; the proposed new Putney pier and ways to increase passenger and leisure use of the Thames; river pollution – do you realise it’s the PLA and not the Environment Agency who have responsibility for monitoring this issue in the Thames? He will also discuss their plans to encourage more freight to be carried by river and off our roads. And he is also happy to cover items pertinent to us such as the towpath and the maintenance of trees along the river banks and how the PLA prepare for major events such as the boat race. You can attend virtually by registering at £3 donation from non members of the Putney Society is welcome.Refreshments availableDisabled access

Victoria Diamond ● 78d1 Comments ● 71d

20 mph speed limits

Personally I’m pleased that many London councils (but not, as yet, Wandsworth) have adopted 20 mph as the default speed limit on their roads, as is the whole of Wales, on the basis that it improves safety for all concerned and reduces fuel use.This, of course, has drawn criticism from all the usual suspects, but the most extreme I've seen is from Penny Mordaunt, quoted in The Times today as saying (about the Welsh policy) that it is not just "insane" – that would have been bad enough – but "absolutely insane." She goes on to say “More disturbingly, it is going to increase individuals’ fuel bills considerably and actually be harmful to the environment.” She also claims that it will cost the Welsh economy £4.5 billion.All of this is nonsense, especially the extraordinarily extreme language about the policy’s supposed insanity, but the claims that it will increase fuel bills and harm the environment are quite simply wrong: "Reducing peak road speeds in areas where people live, work or play saves energy and cash. Research into typical stop/start urban traffic by Future Transport reveals fuel efficiency peaks with speed capped at 20mph. Drivers benefit from up to 10p per mile in fuel savings without trips taking longer. That’s a 30 per cent saving in urban fuel costs." ( And the £4.5 million claim is, unsurprisingly, made without the benefit of anything as trifling as evidence.What's disappointing about this stuff is that until now, Mordaunt had seemed one of the more reasonable members of our benighted government. What on earth has got into her?

Richard Carter ● 76d38 Comments ● 73d

Here we go again

"Susan Hall is not fit to represent London.On Wednesday 19 July, the Conservative Party announced that London Assembly Member and Harrow councillor Susan Hall would be their candidate for London Mayor in 2024. Having faced some criticism for controversial social media posts in the past, Hall has made an effort to tidy up her social media in recent years, including deleting every tweet sent prior to December 2017.However, a review of Cllr Hall’s social media output – and in particular the posts she has “liked” on X (previously Twitter) – reveals alarming views and behaviour from someone seeking high office. Hall has repeatedly endorsed Enoch Powell, abusive posts aimed at politicians and journalists, including some directed at Sadiq Khan that have clear Islamophobic undertones.Hall has twice appeared to endorse the legacy of Enoch Powell, the Conservative MP best known for his racist Rivers of Blood speech.""It is worth noting that Powell bitterly opposed allowing Uganda’s Asian population to come to the UK after their cruel expulsion by Idi Amin in 1972, and a significant proportion of Hall’s home borough of Harrow are descended from those who were thankfully permitted to make their home here.On 5 November 2020, as votes were still being counted for the US Presidential Election, Hall quote-tweeted an article alleging a conspiracy to steal the election from the notorious right-wing misinformation site Gateway Pundit. The post remains live on Hall’s account." will be a close-run thing, apparently. I could despair, so I have decided not to care. Much, anyway.

David Ainsworth ● 75d8 Comments ● 73d