Low trust in UK government: Debunking needed

Note: this is about right now. This is not to say that I applaud this government and its approach, not at all.

The UK government has lied a lot in the past ten years and also often sucks at communicating well. That is causing some problems now, I noticed on Twitter.

There are 12,000 ventilators” followed by “8,000 within the NHS” does not by definition mean that the government is lying but may mean that its communication skills are not up to par.

It could mean:

  • 4,000 on the way to the NHS;
  • 4,000 within the Navy, Army, Air Force, private facilities and also some on the way to the NHS;
  • etc.

Something similar is going on with COVID-19 tests and reagents. It is very hard to find info in the UK as it is a low-transparency country. (I for example found detailed information about a local water treatment facility (Budd’s Farm) in the Netherlands some years ago, but was unable to find much about it in the UK.)

I looked into it, found some info on the CDC site, spotted the name Roche, and remembered something I had read in the Dutch news. The Netherlands is much more transparent than the UK, so I looked into that angle.

It may also be helpful to keep in mind that the Netherlands is a highly egalitarian country. A lot of the wheeling and dealing that goes on in the UK would not be permitted in the Netherlands. (I am not saying that none goes on there.)

Roche makes a lot of the equipment needed for the tests and that equipment requires certain chemicals to run. Roche also manufactures the required lysis buffer and was briefly not able to keep up with global demand.

It initially was not willing to share the secret “recipe” either. It did later release it after all, but it is actually not that easy to make so it cannot simply be made by anyone and has to involve certification of the labs who make the stuff. Roche currently is able to keep up with demand again, so I understand.

In addition, the Dutch health minister, too, mentioned shortages in other test-related materials on 27 March.

(The UK government specifically mentioned a shortage of swabs.)

Main source (a reliable Dutch newspaper): https://www.trouw.nl/zorg/farmaceut-roche-deelt-toch-het-recept-voor-coronatests~bdb6a844/

I am assuming that the UK is using the same test as the Netherlands or a very similar test (which is also likely the same as the US is using). (I have a report – collection of international information – from a Belgian university in my pc that probably has details on that; I will see what it says and add that info later.)

Conclusion: The UK government for once appears to be NOT LYING.

The information given by the UK government appears to match the information available in the Netherlands.

(The – possibly inadvertent – spin in the UK currently appears to be coming from… Labour?, I say tentatively, on the basis of the tweets that I saw.)

(As I have posted some tweets from Tory MPs in the past, I should also do it with tweets from other MPs. I have no idea what was said during Newsnight)


From the “living paper” report in my pc (“Overview of information available to support the development of medical countermeasures and interventions against COVID-19” by Martine Denis, Valerie Vandeweerd, Diane Van der Vliet, version 23 March 2020):

“Testing methods
A list of assays commercially available for diagnosis of COVID-19 is updated by FIND (https://www.finddx.org/covid-19/). Assays that are still in development stage are also presented.”

The report has a lot more information on testing, but does not state details on which country is using which tests and protocols. If you click on the above link, however, you’ll find a lot of information that indicates that Covid-19 testing requires rigid procedures to be able to work. In other words, ramping up capacity is likely not as simple as some MPs think it is.

(For comparison: You wouldn’t want a sloppy pregnancy test that is often wrong either.)

How can you survive when politicians feed everyone lies about you?

British politician Michael Gove  – that’s the one who looks like Goofy – has cranked up the hate narrative to win the hate vote for the Conservatives in the coming election. He’s openly saying that EU citizens living in the UK do not pay taxes, hence do not contribute financially to the NHS, ergo to the UK as a whole – and that we get preference over UK citizens at hospitals.

Matt Hancock was seen supporting this, on Twitter, when David Lammy stood up for the truth. (Thank you, David.)

That’s sickening.

  • EU citizens make a substantial contribution to the UK (over 20 billion in the past decade). We do pay taxes and we do help keep the NHS alive.

  • See https://angelinasouren.com/2018/01/29/filthy-migrants-contributed-over-20-billion-pounds-to-britain-in-past-decade/
  • UK citizens are a net draw on the UK.
  • Non-EU citizens are a net draw as well, but nobody is suggesting an exit from the Commonwealth. Why is that?
  • (By the way, Commonwealth citizens can become MPs here, but EU citizens cannot. Why is that?)
  • UK citizens living in other EU countries have access to healthcare too, in those other countries.

When James O’Shaughnessy was health minister he pulled the same stunt, twice. And the Evening Standard and The Guardian let him get away with it because he did it very sneakily.

See https://angelinasouren.com/2018/02/05/james-oshaughnessy-has-done-it-again/

I find this very worrisome.

  • Gove’s shite resembles the Nazi-style narrative about Jewish people in the run-up to the Second World War.

  • This shite comes from the same brand of politicians who occasionally suggest that poor Brits should be sterilized, such as MP Ben Bradley. Councillor David Smith added that they should be washed, too. Toby Young, in addition, attended a secretive old-style eugenics conference.

  • It comes from the same brand of politicians who claimed that the American professor who specializes in human rights… was saying this for political reasons… when he concluded that the UK government is screwing its own citizens to hell and back after he investigated the situation in the UK where he talked with lots of people. (Philip Alston)

  • And in spite of this, many British citizens gobble up this shite that people like Michael Gove and Nigel Farage spoon-feed them. Because they find the idea that their own politicians are screwing them too hard to accept, and that is understandable. It is too uncomfortable.

    Your government should be looking out for you, after all, and you should be able to rely on that.

    So, it’s much easier and more logical to blame everything on EU citizens (certainly when politicians tell you that you should), even if it’s actually the result of what UK politicians do to their own citizens.

  • Conclusion? EU citizens are a threat to the Conservatives and also to UKIP and to other political extremists because we are empowered citizens who come from countries with much less inequality, higher levels of education, less poverty and higher wages, and we tell it like it is. 

Guy Verhofstadt and others have stood up for us too.

(Have you ever seen a Tory politician stand up for his or her own citizens?)

https://infacts.org/eu-citizens-arent-scrounging-on-the-nhs/

First, we were all thieves, liars and drug addicts with fake passports and fake university degrees. (I have been getting that shite thrown into my face for 15 years.) And we only came to the UK to claim the UK’s lavish benefits that they don’t have in other countries (yeah, right), even though EU citizens can’t claim benefits until they’ve been living and working here for several years, but politicians never correct their own lies, do they? And as you saw in the graph above, even then they don’t but contribute and contribute and contribute.

Now this again. Shut up, shut up, shut up! Enough with the lies. Enough!

 

Why Brexit is a good thing

It is exposing flaws. It is shining a very bright light on all areas in which there has been room for a lot of improvement for a long time.

 

That improvement is only possible through major changes, and the halting of Brexit.

There is nothing new about the “mess” that Brexit has turned into. This situation, of British politicians making an ass of themselves, of the UK government thinking in “us” and “them” terms, and being unable to conduct negotiations at the international level has been in existence for many years. David Cameron was no better at it than Theresa May.

  • Want to recite another poem, Mr Johnson, and talk about a few more dead bodies that need to be moved out of the way?
  • The EU is the “enemy”, Mr Hammond? Really?

The Brexit mess shows very clearly that most British politicians lie all the time, that they are not striving to unite, but to divide and how they use humans to get what they want.

Most British voters believe the lies their politicians tell them. Because why else would they deliberately have voted for the destruction of their own future?  (Okay, some did that because they thought they would have no influence on what would happen next as the referendum was a non-binding one.)

The poorer and more powerless the masses are, the more power governments have.

In other countries too, many people are appalled about how the British government is currently using the three million Europeans – and other foreigners – in Britain as bargaining chip. But Britain doesn’t treat its own citizens any different.

The root cause of all the misery in the UK is a whopping degree of inequality, coupled to the fact that upward mobility is very limited here.

Class thinking lies at the base of all of this. The idea that there are “lesser” and “higher” humans – and the idea that your degree of humanity is measured as “net worth”.

How do we turn this class nonsense upside down?

Probably through a mass movement that consistently ridicules and devalues it.

By the way, where does Theresa May get her ill-fitting jackets from? This one seems to be missing one or more buttons. Did she dig it out of a tip somewhere?

Oh wait, the British have already been doing that for many years too…

Okay, I may have a better idea.

If you believe people are worthless, you make them worthless. If you believe someone cannot be trusted, you make that person untrustworthy. If you believe some people are powerful, you make them powerful.

Start every day with one thought. “Today, I am going to do at least one thing that will make someone else happy.” Regardless of who or what he or she is.

You won’t know what that one thing is until it happens.

 

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Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, a prime minister grabs his bicycle and rides it to the King’s palace to discuss the country’s new government.

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