Where next?

I am not a fan of BBC News but on this occasion applaud them for this useful dataset.

I have witnessed many conversations with people sounding off about what ‘they think’ rather than ‘what they know’ about Covid-19.

So if you think the pandemic is over, or you think it is still very much alive, then you can check it out for yourself – where you live!

Here is the link to the article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274 and all you need is your postcode.

Results for my postcode show – I interpret – we are NO LONGER IN A PANDEMIC (defined as a global epidemic). I am not ignoring events in India and there are travel restrictions in place for good reason.

Compare this with historical data for death rates in Arun.

Arun’s population was 159,827 (2018; Source ONS).

Cyber Security

Now an industry with two opposing forces. One criminal, and if not criminal, then intent on disruption. The other set up to combat the other side. Who is winning?

How many cyber criminals are there? They are hardly going to declare themself. However, the extent of their activities is on record, here is a useful link https://www.comparitech.com/vpn/cybersecurity-cyber-crime-statistics-facts-trends/

How many cyber security professionals (the ‘good guys’) are needed to combat the other side. Do we have enough? No.

Click here for the full report.

How do you decouple?

I’ve noticed how Twitter has become a frenzy of finger-pointing, tongue-lashing, pit of venom with little consideration for thought. Read, point and shoot. I don’t like what you written – take that !

So I read an article which may help understand why there are so misunderstandings arising as people try to put their thoughts into 280 characters. OK, there are threads but who knows how to use them?

Q. Are you a low-decoupler or high-decoupler?

Read on https://unherd.com/2020/02/eugenics-is-possible-is-not-the-same-as-eugenics-is-good/

Now you probably want to be a high-decoupler?

Chumocracy

Image: Credit The Guardian

Are you out of work? Lost track of the number of job applications made with ‘no response’? Feeling the pinch financially? Well, thing is, you are not connected to the right people. You got to get in the Chumocracy Club.

Two qualifying criteria:

  1. You went to Eton
  2. You are chums with a politician, preferably a Minister.

No, not many people meet the criteria but if do, you are well lucky. You are gonna be rich.

The Chumocracy interview. There isn’t an interview you meet the criteria 1 and 2 and just wait for the job offer. Better qualified candidates are put through the mill just to make it look like it was all fair and above board. Honest guvnor.

The Good Law Project has exposed the government’s Chumocracy. Read on and get angry and let your MP know how shocked you are. My local elections are due and the Conservative candidate canvassed me. I told them I would not vote for a party that was corrupt and had removed our liberty and freedom in the manner of a dictatorship. He promptly left.

“We are pleased to announce that our judicial review with Runnymede of the Government’s practice of handing public sector jobs to its mates without open recruitment has been granted permission. We will have our day in Court.

The story we tell ourselves is that these things don’t happen here. That the handing out of important roles to friends, without competition, is something for abroad. But the pandemic has exposed that as a fairytale. In the real world, we are now a “chumocracy” where having the right friends matters as much or more than having the right skills.

Since the start of the pandemic, Government has created a number of new bodies whose leaders fall outside the usual public appointment regime. Many of the roles have gone to those personally connected to the Conservative Party. 

The most high profile was the appointment of Dido Harding as Chair of NHS Test and Trace. A sitting Conservative Peer, wife of a Conservative MP and friend of former Prime Minister David Cameron, Harding didn’t pip other candidates to the post at the interview. There were no other candidates. The Test and Trace programme – with a budget of a staggering £37bn – has consistently failed to meet its targets and is widely and rightly perceived as a disaster.

Harding is far from the only friend of the Conservative Party to land a top public sector job. Kate Bingham, wife of Tory MP and Treasury Minister, Jesse Norman and cousin by marriage of Rachel Johnson, was appointed Chair of the Vaccine Taskforce. The vaccine programme is a success but that no more vindicates the chumocracy than Harding’s failure damns it. 

The principle – that we should be appointing on the basis of talent rather than relationships – remains the same. Our public bodies perform vital functions. They must always be run by the people who are best placed to do the job. In response to our lawyers’ correspondence asking Ministers to reveal how and why certain individuals, including Harding, were chosen to lead vital public health bodies, Government has admitted the roles were not openly advertised. 

It’s hard to put it better than the Commissioner for Public Appointments: … some at the centre of government want not only to have the final say but to tilt the competition system in their favour to appoint their allies…

This is not the Britain we should be.

We will publish the date for our High Court hearing as soon as it is available.”

Thank you, 

Jolyon Maugham 
Director of Good Law Project

Like the work of the Good Law Project? If you can, and you value democracy, please consider a donation at https://goodlawproject.org/donate/

Pandemic rich or poor?

Are you among the lucky, perhaps connected to a high ranking person in government and now stinking rich? No. Neither am I.

This government is under duress and inspection for shady dealings that have made some people stinking rich out of the pandemic. Is that fair, with 250,000 SME business gone to the wall, countless households facing hardship and growing indebtedness? Ho hum, it just public money, chuck it on top of the huge national debt and no one will notice.

Thanks to The Good Law project the wrongdoing of this government has not gone unnoticed. Report as of 17 March 2021 all credit to Good Law Project. Read on and gasp! Better still, write to your MP and express your angry and horror.

So, is the government and its shady ministers off the hook? No.

In summing the Judge had this to say.

If you want to support the work of The Good Law project then head over to https://goodlawproject.org/

The government is elected to SERVE US, not profit FROM US!

No to vaccine No a la vacuna

The first legal challenge to mandatory Covid vaccination has been filed in Mexico.

Is your employer challenging you to declare if you have had the vaccine? This is happening in the NHS who keep records of those that are not vaccinated. It is happening in Spain see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55471282 How long before it becomes de facto here in the UK? Are you concerned?

Want to know more about the legal challenge then watch this YouTube video with the lawyer bringing the case. UPDATE: The so called ‘fact checkers’ took the video down. IMO this is a criminal activity by the fact checkers as I describe in my blog https://frankbennett.co.uk/fact-checkers-or-gatekeepers/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3P9CYGq9M4

Controversy

Do you avoid or engage in controversy?

Increasingly I engage and when it comes to the thing that is on everyone’s mind – I refer to Covid 19 – the controversy is over vaccines.

Do you take the vaccine or not?

Where do I stand? I am not saying Yes and I’m not saying No. I am waiting to see the data on it efficacy and, more importantly, the number of vaccine related injuries and deaths.

When that data is available I will make my decision. The thing is, it is my right to decide and I will not yield to any pressure or influence.

The Covid-19 vaccine has been developed in record time (months not years as is customary) and the usual trials to test efficacy and safety have been overridden. So, IMO, it is experimental and that points me to the safeguards of the Nuremberg Code see the British Medical Journal at http://www.cirp.org/library/ethics/nuremberg/. Read it so you know your rights!

The Council of Europe, and this is particularly relevant to every citizen of CoE member countries, has made an important statement about your rights.

The CoE published 22 January 2021 an important statement about Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations and you can read that here https://pace.coe.int/en/files/29004/html

The important things to note:

  1. Given the reports for vaccine injuries and deaths you would want to know that compensation was available if affected. The CoE publication above states CoE member countries, “put in place independent vaccine compensation programmes to ensure compensation for undue damage and harm resulting from vaccination.” The UK government has given full indemnity to companies providing the vaccine. If you do suffer a vaccine injury you may be eligible for a tax free payment of up to £120,000 under the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-add-covid-19-to-vaccine-damage-payments-scheme. Happy with that?
  2. If you have any uncertainty about whether or not to be vaccinated then be reassured by the CoE’s statement that: “citizens are informed that the vaccination is NOT mandatory and that no one is politically, socially, or otherwise pressured to get themselves vaccinated, if they do not wish to do so themselves AND ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated.”

You may come under pressure from family or friends – “we’ve had the vaccine, so must you it to protect us”. Let’s not forget – your body is yours and you are sovereign over it.

Brexit broke up friendships and families. The vaccine will be even more divisive. Troubling times ahead.

Tech or Oxygen?

Hardly a difficult choice given humans can not survive without oxygen. But, hang on, do you think you could survive without your tech? You misplace your mobile phone and all hell breaks loose in your urgency to find it. And the relief when you do. It seems that our dependancy and servitude to tech is as important as the oxygen that sustains life.

So, it has to be tech and oxygen.

Have you heard about Ozone? Maybe you have heard that the ozone layer protects us from the harmful effects of the sun (more at https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/ozone-layer/).

Do you know that Ozone is also effective in treating a range of medical conditions and alternative to medicines?

Is this important? YES for three reasons:

  1. It is cheap compared to medicine. The UK’s NHS budget for 2020/21 is £200Bn (see https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-in-a-nutshell/nhs-budget). And if you read mainstream media it is never enough to meet the demands on the service and with the national debt fast inflating due to Covid something is going to give. What is that something? A two-tier health system where the treatments available to you are dependant on your ability to pay? That already exists in the UK. A discriminatory system – come back when you have lost 30kgs and then we will consider treating you. That already exists. Treatments that are not life saving will be unavailable – IVF, boob job, sex change – unless you can pay. That already exists as NHS Trusts curtail treatments to balance the books.
  2. Spending on medicine is growing fast.Estimated total NHS spending on medicines in England has grown from £13 billion in 2010/11 to £17.4 billion in 2016/17 – an average growth of around 5 per cent a year. These figures are uncertain due to gaps in data, but the rate of increase is substantially faster than for the total NHS budget over the same period.’ Source: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/rising-cost-medicines-nhs. Antibiotic resistance is a major concern to quote the WHO: ‘Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.’ Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/antibiotic-resistance Is this growth is spend on medicine sustainable? Of course, your tax will be jacked up! Less money in your pocket but that’s OK your medicine is subsidised.
  3. Underfunded NHS. On a per capita basis the UK’s spend (what you government decides will be spent) on public health services ranks low against other OECD countries (last reported at 81% against OECD average spend). Why? Is there anything more important than the nation’s health? Read 1. above. The NHS is being progressively privatised – you pay! You may end up paying twice – tax and when treatment is not available to you from the NHS you pay to go private – if you can afford it.

Ozone – A hidden source of disease prevention and treatment.

What is a low cost alternative to prescription medication was available to treat a range of medical conditions? And more, that alternative was cheap and effective.

Who would want that? I put my hand up as someone who has received ozone treatment.

Would would not want that? Every pharmaceutical company as it is a threat to their profits. The largest drug company in the world has revenues of $82Bn and profit margin of $17Bn. The healthcare technology industry has a profit margin of 21% — making it the most profitable major industry in the world.

So, as all things in life, if YOU FOLLOW THE MONEY you will always uncover the agenda presenting (and sometimes inhibiting) your choices.

So, what to know more about Ozone? Run an online search. It remains controversial and you will find proponents and antagonists lined up to defend their respective interests. Work goes on to explore the potential of Ozone to combat disease and our desire for a health that is not so reliant on medication (see 2. above to understand why drugs are not always the answer).

Did you know that Italy who have one of the highest rates of mortality from Covid is using Ozone as a therapy? https://thepowerofozone.com/which-countries-use-ozone-therapy-for-coronavirus-infections/

My job here is not to attack nor defend any position, rather to open up discussion. After all, we don’t know what we don’t know.

You may know the George Bernard Shaw quotation, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” Thanks to Wikipedia.

I’ll take tech and oxygen and Ozone.

Real Social Responsibility

Over the last four years I have developed a good understanding of the role of charities. That understanding is a result of working with charities to develop their governance at thedigiboard.co.uk

When I ask people innocent questions like: How many charities are there? What is the annual income of the charity sector? What is the typical salary for the CEO of a large (>£100M income) charity? What is the role a charity trustee?

The answers to these are wildly inaccurate. How many charities are there? Typical answer: a few thousand. The UK has c.180,000 charities.

Food Poverty

The UK is the 6th largest economy in the world. The US is the largest economy. What do they both have in common? Food poverty. This has been exacerbated by Covid-19 that has had a devastating impact on jobs and food prices. This impact has fallen hard on those that were already in poverty. Food banks are now in every supermarket and demand has never been higher.

If this touches your heart then head over to Trussell Trust at https://www.trusselltrust.org/

Someone cares

It was a random find to locate Jack Monroe at http://jackmonroe.com/

Jack is a lady who is offering great advice on how to make your money spent on food go further.

I simply love this and had to promote Jack’s work.

Jack has good intentions and charity in her heart. IMO an outstanding person.

Tech rules

What presents did you get this Christmas? How many were technology toys? Tech is pervasive in our lives. Can you imagine 72 hours without access to the Internet? 24 hours without access to your mobile phone network? No Facebook, no Twitter, no WhatsApp, just silence. We might have to make conversation – how do we do that?

Now we are dependant on all our gadgets, what is next up?

What big changes are happening even though we might not YET be aware of their significance?

The eradication of physical coins and notes. How many establishments refused to take a coin or note for payment due to Covid-19?

No access to medical treatment. Unless you pay. The NHS will treat you as an emergency but otherwise take a look in the bathroom medicine cabinet. Want an appointment with your doctor – no chance. Send in a picture of your ailment and I will call you back. My true story! Tele-medicine and it is here to stay!

End of, just popping to the shops. Online won hands down. Social isolation for some. New friendships with delivery drivers (champions) for others. Dan at DPD watch out when emerging from behind your van for cyclists!

Let’s go out and eat. They are closed. Will have to be a take-away. UberEats saves the day.

It is the ‘New Normal’. For the savvy it is the ‘New World Order’.

Back to the tech angle.

Big under the radar tech that will shape our future lives.

Robots. This includes autonomous vehicles. Machines do the work of humans.

Blockchain. The infrastructure that will allow us to transact without the need for coins and notes and it is coming real soon. No more cards to lose! Bad news for fraudsters!

Artificial Intelligence. Frustrated that you can’t speak to anyone when you call a large business. That is only going to get more frustrating.

Put just these three things together and think about the impact on jobs.

We are heading into a society of have and have not. You have a job, you don’t have a job and there are no vacancies.

You happy with this scenario? Welcome to a new decade like no other!

Am I alone? No listen to this and make up your own mind. Not for the faint hearted!

OK so the video has been deleted by the Fact Checkers. Now, why have Fact Checkers been allowed to insert themselves as ‘censors’ and override our human rights of freedom of expression? Our weak government has allowed global (mainly mega US corporations) to trample over the rights of UK citizens. I ask you, who runs the world, the government we elect or mega corporations? You happy with that? I am not! Want to read more about your rights go to my blog at https://frankbennett.co.uk/fact-checkers-or-gatekeepers/

https://youtu.be/C1-0XKYAZII