Saturday, 4 April 2020

UK ‘take it on the chin’ - historical precedence - understanding UK Government Corona Virus Policy : making sense of the insane.

Making sense of the UK Government Policy on SARSCOV-2 viral infection epidemic, and the COVID19 disease. Who's chin, and for what? Why did Johnson even mention that concept, a pseudo-scientific 'theory' except to put that into the mix? He can claim, of course, that he has not chosen that policy. However the effect of the ignoring best advice since January 24th is that the population will be forced, by circumstances the Johnson Government have created, to take it on the chin.

Fully aware, as he must have been at this date, of the implications of ignoring the best advice, look at this interview. What is going on here? Are we getting accurate and clear advice? The Government might not have stated the policy in public as such - take it on the chin - yet when we examine the time line of global awareness of a unusual form of pneumonia in emerging in Wuhan late November through to identifying a novel corona virus, in early January having sequenced it's genome and thus confirming the nature of a novel pathogen and the implementation of epidemiological protocols in January into February in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, then the British Governments lack of a response is at odds with the realities of the situation. Take note of the speed with which the Chinese and international medical, virology and epidemiological research community responded once they had identified that the virus was indeed a new virus for which there was no immunity, and the speed with which China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong implemented the correct protocols to stop the spread of infection. Contrast that with the lack of a determined response in similar fashion by the British Government and National Health England when they were categorically warned and alerted that serious and immediate action must be taken, to prevent thousands upon thousands of avoidable fatalities, the only logical analysis is that the policy was indeed to allow the infection spread across the population. "Take it on the Chin." Now, it appears that in mentioning it on live breakfast TV, Johnson put that policy aside - and offered a different policy as the way forward. But did he? Did the policy really change? If it had, then there is no evidence in material terms at that time, that it has changed. The lack of PPE, the lack of stock piles of kit and medicines, the lack of effective and clear public communication, the failure to introduce distancing policies, the lack of attention to detail and the wilful rejection of prior learned experience notably the contact tracing work carried our in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, amount to allowing the NHS to take it on the chin.

As a background to the rest of this piece I will set out a context, a psyche-sociological behavioural and historical context. The psychology of artificial power disparity and it's historical patterns.

We live within a social material system or culture of hierarchic power where a few hold the material power to affect the lives of many, many people for good or for ill.

This is not an egalitarian society, what we live in. Inequity is the normative dynamic we see everywhere. It is a power hierarchy. Even with 'democracy' as it is, it is a violent hierarchy.

A few principles of the behavioural dynamic of such a system must be understood in order to understand what is happening in the UK at this time, where we face an epidemic of a viral infectious disease for which we have neither immunity nor a vaccine.

This is an unprecedented situation, where the population as a whole is suddenly made vulnerable, not only by the virus, but by the behaviour and actions of people who hold power over the population.

This situation requires that we see the true material reality of power and behaviour in order to confront the situation in the best manner with regards to public health and the care of our most vulnerable people.

1. Bullies will always exploit any emergent vulnerabilities in any family, community, organisation, institution or population where they gold a power disparity. It is a behaviour pattern, a psychology - it is not a conspiracy as such, even though bullies in a position of power will conspire within it...

It is a core behaviour pattern within hierarchy cultures.

Egalitarian cultures do not do this, ever. Ever.

Good decent people will never behave in that way.

Hedge funds do. Tyrants do. Predatory Corporations behave this way

2. The UK establishment/Government policy from day one was, as I have laid out above, in effect if not in publicly declared name, to "let the population and the NHS take it on the chin, in order to protect the Economy" (code for protect our Wealth and Power)

The British Government ignored warnings from expert communities, international epidemiologists, clinical practitioners and public health officials and workers. They adopted a policy of isolating the elderly and the vulnerable away from contact with the rest of the population, to allow the infection to spread through the fitter, younger population who would experience 'mild' symptoms.

This was a policy based on bogus pseudoscience,  "data modelling and behavioural sciences"  rather than virology, epidemiology and best public health protocols and practice.
Every push back exposing the flaws in that and subsequent policy decisions of the British Government, from the epidemiological, medical and public health experts has been carefully  co-opted with that in mind. 

Even the policies on protecting income are in real terms a wealth grab.

The media are refusing to call it like it is, and are protecting the Government/Establishment by portraying  this event as an unforeseen (lie) and difficult situation (true), or by claiming Government incompetence rather than the actuality, which is deliberate mediated negligence of the public's health, driven by a desire to protect the Wealth.
There is, of course, some genuine incompetence involved. But much worse than that is repeatedly not admitting errors and carrying on as if they (the government) have addressed their previous errors, whilst continuing with the original policy.
2.a There is an historical precedent for what we are seeing.

The British Government behaviour : their actions and and the outcomes during the Irish Famines (mid 1800s) and the Indian Famines (late 1800s) are instructive of the attitude we are seeing today.

Bear in mind the Eton/Harrow public school background and education of the main players of the British Government and the Establishment, their links to investment banking, their desire for a deregulated corporate environment, their protection of Tax Havens. A plutocratic ruling class. Priti 'No Potatoes' Patel
"Tory MP Priti Patel has told the paper that these *warnings should have been used as leverage against Ireland to encourage them to drop the backstop.
“This *paper appears to show the government were well aware Ireland will face significant issues in a no-deal scenario. Why hasn’t this point been pressed home during negotiations? There is still time to go back to Brussels and get a better deal.”
Using food shortages as a political leverage. https://www.thejournal.ie/brexit-threat-food-shortages-ireland-4381228-Dec2018/
People educated in a sense of entitlement to Rule, a sense of genetic and intellectual superiority to the general population, and an historic loyalty to the Crown and The Establishment above all else, the Power.
Sir Charles Trevelyan one of the British politicians charged with managing the response to the famine echoes the words of Iain Duncan Smith, who rejected the idea of applying Universal Basic Income as a short term solution to help workers and employers bear the burden of a shut-down during the looming crisis :
Sir Charles Trevelyan: his wiki page
"If the Irish once find out that there are any circumstances in which they can get free government grants, we shall have a system of mendicancy [begging] such as the world never knew”.

“The great evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people"
Iain Duncan Smith : source
"One proposal being pushed around at the moment is the redundant idea of a Universal Basic Income. Let me say now, it’s un-affordable, impractical, produces massive disincentives for people to work and most importantly won’t make any difference to poverty in this country. And even if that weren’t enough, this would not be the moment for such a massive upheaval of our welfare system."
Update - The post-Covid-19 war on the working class has begun early. Rishi Sunak wants to wind down the Job Retention Scheme, which has paid 80 per cent of the wages up to £2,500 a month of 6.3 million people, in July. “People are addicted to the scheme,” a senior government source briefed the Times: with a current price tag of £8bn a month the policy has been deemed not “sustainable”.

It appears that it was not Rishi Sunak who uttered those words - it was some other high official, who is remaining coy. Nonetheless, the pattern is clear and continuous. No mention of the upheaval of a tsunami of COVID 19 cases across the country, and the potential for tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of fatalities, logn term chronic health impacts and the disruption of cycles of shut-down, open up, next wave, shut down etc.. So there it is, the repeated behavioural dynamic, across 100's of years.

I think it's worth mentioning in passing this website which record the details, of British Empire sentiment, action and rationalisations of policy as recorded in Hansard, the Parliamentary record, in news media of the day, and in private archives.
Late Victorian Holocausts is another go to text on this. This book examines in detail the British Empires attitude to famines across the empire.
Quite complex, yet not at all complicated once you understand what is happening and why.
3. Have you read the WHO final report on Wuhan, written  by a team the visited Wuhan for a week, speaking to those who had the experience, in February 16 -23? Have you read original sources, or what others have written about those materials, giving their perception rather than relaying the pertinent information.
If not, you know nothing other than what others are saying about it. You are rendered blind, and trusting. In such a severe situation, that is unwise.
4. Get up to speed, seek accurate,  original sourced information in order to protect your family and loved ones.
4.a  Doctor John Campbell, a British Accident and Emergency Veteran and Epidemiology doctor and a senior Nursing Trainer, is a really good source on Youtube. 

He has been vlogging on this since early January.


4.b Mother Jones is a reliable independent news source on-line from the US... 
Superb article on examining the lessons learned by the Chinese Health System and  theirNational Government.
4.c Democracy Now, honest reporting, useful, US based video and transcript.

4.d The Real News, independent viewer funded reporting, Canada based.

4.e Google 'lessons learned' and 'China' or 'Korea' or 'Taiwan' or 'Hong Kong' - seek out source info.

5.  My top tip Advice - make no more assumptions, work off the available evidence, evidence, evidence!

There is so much information available - explore with google scholar for papers on any specific subject you want. 

It's all there, and there is shed loads of really good science done and dusted, and presented in clear language..

We are all indoors, we have time to peruse the real papers and our growth in knowledge will help dissipate the fear of the unknown.-

6.  Please study the experience of Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore - they know what they are doing because they had already experience with SARS in 2003, and they applied those learning's to this outbreak of the new infectious virus SARSCOV-2. They have managed to control the spread of infection, though they will remain, as we all will, vulnerable to further outbreaks. The thing is that precisely because of having successfully deployed the best epidemiological protocols, they are ready to respond rapidly to any new out breaks, and limit the harms caused..
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/3/taiwan_coronavirus_response - short, informative video segment on what Taiwan did that helped stop the spread of the infection.
7. In terms of how food can help support your immune system, and your bodies defences, it's fever dynamics, I present for your use a web page with nutrition advice, from the American Nutrition Association. Personalised Nutrition and the COVID-19 Era..
"At the moment, the nutritional strategies to deal with this infection are only supportive. In the absence of large-scale and long-term data, there is insufficient understanding of the subtle differences of specific nutrients on outcomes for individuals and populations. This task force of ANA nutrition scientists and clinicians has gathered to share collective expertise towards the potential supportive role of personalized nutrition during this challenging time for our society and our healthcare systems."
Has links to  research papers supporting the various bits of information, which is to say, proven efficacy, not theory or hope..
8.  Arm yourself with accurate, verified information that you can check.

Helpful tips on caring for relatives at home.





Dr. John Campbell, UK - I highly recommend his channel as a way to access grounded information that is presented calmly without diluting it's seriousness.
No need for fear, or belief, or assumption or fantasy. 
9. We will get through this, in spite of the British Government, Conspiracy Theories, UK Column  and the misinformation industry, the BBC and British Media in general.
Kindest regards
Corneilius
"Do what you love, it's Your Gift to Universe"



Thank you for reading this blog. All we need to do is be really honest, responsive to the evidence we find,and ready to reassess when new evidence emerges. The rest is easy.

3 comments:

Mark TESOL said...

I might have read, instead of skimming your post but for the poor grammar. You should proofread any work you publish.

What are your views on vaccinations, by the way?

Atomic33 said...

-This was a policy based on bogus pseudoscience, "data modelling and behavioural sciences" rather than virology, epidemiology and best public health protocols and practice.-
For 'bogus pseudoscience' read Dominic Cummings whose ideas are based on Behavioural Economics and 'Nudge Theory'.

-Every push back exposing the flaws in that and subsequent policy decisions of the British Government, from the epidemiological, medical and public health experts has been carefully co-opted with that in mind. -
Well, we are starting to hear real pushback from true experts that contradict the pseudo-science. and where the Gov't can they are silencing those voices like the NHS Staff instructed not to speak publically.

More than a decade, (since Thatcher) of cuts and restructuring have exposed has also exposed the neoliberal lie that small gov't and 'leaner, fitter, more efficient' businesses are better able to cope and respond to the virus.
In fact, we've seen the opposite with the 'leaner' NHS, Police, Fire Services, Ambulance Services having no stockpile of extra resources to fall back on.

What are we left with? Tax cuts for the rich being a false economy and Transnational Corporations to one person small businesses subsisting by mendicancy on Gov't handouts of taxpayers money.
Yep, a mendicancy like never before from a turbulent and chaotic Free-Market Capitalist Businesses

The Lazy-Faire economics of the Priviledged is shown for the inadequate failure that it is.

Atomic33 said...

-This was a policy based on bogus pseudoscience, "data modelling and behavioural sciences" rather than virology, epidemiology and best public health protocols and practice.-
For 'bogus pseudoscience' read Dominic Cummings whose ideas are based on Behavioural Economics and 'Nudge Theory'.

-Every push back exposing the flaws in that and subsequent policy decisions of the British Government, from the epidemiological, medical and public health experts has been carefully co-opted with that in mind. -
Well, we are starting to hear real pushback from true experts that contradict the pseudo-science. and where the Gov't can they are silencing those voices like the NHS Staff instructed not to speak publically.

More than a decade, (since Thatcher) of cuts and restructuring have exposed has also exposed the neoliberal lie that small gov't and 'leaner, fitter, more efficient' businesses are better able to cope and respond to the virus.
In fact, we've seen the opposite with the 'leaner' NHS, Police, Fire Services, Ambulance Services having no stockpile of extra resources to fall back on.

What are we left with? Tax cuts for the rich being a false economy and Transnational Corporations to one person small businesses subsisting by mendicancy on Gov't handouts of taxpayers money.
Yep, a mendicancy like never before from a turbulent and chaotic Free-Market Capitalist Businesses

The Lazy-Faire economics of the Priviledged is shown for the inadequate failure that it is.