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Great Britain can no longer bear it, writes RICHARD LITTLEJOHN


Like Peter Finch's insane newscaster on the 1976 Film Network, Shelley Tasker is damned insane and won't take it anymore.

When England became embroiled in another debilitating lockdown, she put an amplifier on the steps of Truro Cathedral, grabbed a microphone and told passers-by what was really going on at the NHS. Within a few minutes she had drawn a small amount.

Shelley has resigned in disgust from her job as a health worker at Treliske Hospital and wants the world to know why.

The idea that the NHS is overrun is a pack of lies. “I can tell you now that at the height of the pandemic, I had no job because there were no patients.

On Friday in Treliske, three people were with Covid. We closed Cornwall because three people are in the hospital. "

She also claimed that patients who died of flu were dishonestly registered as Covid victims on death certificates.

Pictured: Students protest where the University of Manchester put up fences around student accommodation on their Owens Park campus on the first day of a national coronavirus lockdown in England

Some may dismiss their tirade as the insults of a woman distracted by the pandemic. On the other hand, haven't we all gone a little crazy in the last eight months? Her characters may be purely anecdotal, but she doesn't seem that far from the brand.

Yesterday, the executive director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust confirmed that only seven patients at the county's main hospital have coronavirus, three of them in intensive care.

Because of this small number of cases, a district with 565,000 inhabitants will be closed. Companies are closing their doors again and many will never open again. Cornwall, like the rest of the country, is poised for a job bloodbath.

Lockdown enthusiasts in London can dismiss Cornwall as a distant county that we know little about and that is hardly representative of the entire nation.

But even in London, infection rates fell before a decision was made to plunge England back into a suspended animation.

The picture is similar in many parts of the country. Several cities in the north and the Midlands saw a significant drop in cases in Covid in the last week of October, suggesting precautionary measures in place have been effective. The infection rate has decreased in five out of seven English regions.

But the lockdown zealots have found their way – thanks to a fraudulent series of projections from "Science".

In all honesty, I believe more in the word of a nurse like Shelley Tasker than in the horror stories of government advisors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance – The Two Ronnies of Doom. The graphics they presented on Halloween that prompted Boris Johnson to order another lock were grossly exaggerated and then corrected down under cover of darkness.

Or as Shelley Tasker would say, "All lies."

This news shouldn't come as a surprise. The two Ronnies tried from the beginning to scare us to death with their blood-clotted "projections" and "models". Your figures are supposed to bobble up and create a climate of fear.

You speak of an explosion of "cases" without explaining exactly what that means.

Thousands of patients die "with Covid" – not because of – because of the strength of a positive test within the last 28 days.

It was also previously announced that "with Covid" could even apply to someone knocked down by a bus.

What we do know is that the average age of those dying with Covid is 82.5 years – one year older than average life expectancy. Most of them have other serious underlying illnesses that would have killed them sooner or later anyway.

It is a fact, not a "projection," that 99.5 percent of people who contract coronavirus will recover from it. Many don't even show symptoms.

Still, the two Ronnies and their government scammers continue to pretend we are all in mortal danger. Even the UK official statistics agency has confirmed that we have been deliberately misled.

“The use of data was not consistently supported by the timely provision of transparent information. As a result, there is a possibility of confusing the public and undermining confidence. "

All lies.

In Greater Manchester, police chief Ian Hopkins appeals to people to berate their neighbors if they suspect they have family friends during the lockdown, writes RICHARD LITTLEJOHN

In Greater Manchester, police chief Ian Hopkins appeals to people to berate their neighbors if they suspect they have family friends during the lockdown, writes RICHARD LITTLEJOHN

And for this the government is closing the country again, a desperate move that will destroy countless companies and cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. I warned you last summer that as soon as the politicians and workers were allowed to impose new restrictions after the lockdown, they would carry out a frenzied takeover.

You have proven to be true to form. Although we have now entered Lockdown Lite and allowed schools, colleges and stores selling "essential items" to remain open, we have unleashed a Kafkaesque world of madness.

First, there was the animal system, where practically no one really understood what they could and couldn't do.

Now we've started a month-long "breaker" or other euphemism they named today.

The list of allowed and prohibited things is a catalog of madness.

For example, you can shoot ducks but not feed them. You can sleep with your wife or husband, but you cannot play tennis with them.

You can buy a beer to go with an app on your phone, but you can't drink it inside or immediately outside a pub.

Marks & Sparks can sell you a shrimp sandwich but not a pair of socks. Knickers are “not essential” on the high street but are freely available on the internet.

You couldn't make it up.

We are all urged to do sports and stay fit to strengthen our immune system and fight Covid. But gyms and swimming pools are closed by law.

Needless to say, the Boys in Blue enforce the rules with a Stalinist zeal.

Police forces constantly advocating poverty and not having the trouble to patrol the streets or respond to break-ins seem to have no problem summoning the heavy mob with a helmet to confront Covid violators.

In Suffolk, police toured golf courses to make sure no one was teeing off. Essex Police Department sent 13 police officers – yes, thirteen – to shut down a gym in Harlow.

When the owner refused to cooperate, she was arrested and fined £ 10,000.

In Greater Manchester, Police Chief Ian Hopkins is appealing to people to scold their neighbors if they suspect they have family friends during the lockdown.

This uncanny abuse of power is reminiscent of life in the communist GDR controlled by the Stasi, which is terrifyingly portrayed in the film The Lives Of Others.

This is how freedom dies.

At the University of Manchester, students tore down fences that were erected overnight to house them on campus. Good for you. The London Underground was busy yesterday with tens of thousands of people going to work while it was taking

At the University of Manchester, students tore down fences that were erected overnight to house them on campus. Good for you. The London Underground was busy yesterday with tens of thousands of people going to work while it was taking

Fortunately, however, it appears that this time around many of us are refusing to meekly submit to these ridiculous, illiberal restrictions on our freedom.

Across the country, all types of shopkeepers have vowed to stay open even if they are believed to be selling non-essential items. Like the lady in Harlow, gym owners are also resisting the ban, even though they face seriously disproportionate fines.

At the University of Manchester, students tore down fences that were erected overnight to house them on campus. Good for you. The London Underground was busy yesterday with tens of thousands of people going to work while it was taking.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the vacation program to March. My suspicion is that this is just as motivated to bribe people to stay home and watch the lockdown as it is to support business and employment.

He just postpones the inevitable. We are well on the way to four million unemployed, far more than in the darkest days of the 1980s.

Rishi cannot borrow and print money indefinitely. There will be a day of reckoning.

Worst of all, Boris betrayed the trust he placed in him last December and broke the social contract that should exist between the government and the governed.

From the start of this pandemic, British business and the British people played their part. We followed the rules, changed our behavior, observed social distancing, and wore masks despite the conflicting evidence.

When the three-week suspension turned into three months, we accepted the promise to beat Covid and get back to normal life.

When the lockdown was lifted, companies moved heaven and earth to become Covid compliant, which had a detrimental impact on their bottom line.

The stores introduced disposable systems, hand gels and plastic strainers, and limited the number of customers they could serve at the same time. Hairdressers and beauty salons removed chairs and took on masks, dresses, and visors.

It all hit their winnings, but at least they were back in the game.

Littlejohn: Honestly, I believe more in the word of a nursing assistant like Shelley Tasker than the horror stories of government advisors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance - The Two Ronnies of Doom

Littlejohn: To be honest, I believe more in the word of a nurse like Shelley Tasker than in the horror stories of government advisors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance – The Two Ronnies of Doom

The hospitality industry alone spent a staggering £ 900 million adapting pubs and restaurants to make them safer.

Just as things were returning to a semblance of normalcy – and after we were all encouraged to eat to help – the government went back to full Corporal Jones mode and pulled the plug again.

The high street is life sustaining. This week, Sainsbury and John Lewis announced thousands more layoffs. The shops are finally closing.

Some self-employed people and small business directors have been left to their fate by a supposedly pro-business Conservative government.

Despite the much-touted vacation program, hundreds of thousands have had no income since March and no prospect of earning a penny in the near future.

On a human level, families are torn apart, separated by panes of glass from elderly relatives in nursing homes, and learned that adult children are prohibited from visiting their parents' homes or they can expect a dawn raid from the Old Bill.

There is a mental health epidemic and suicides are rising in record numbers. And shamefully, patients with other life-threatening diseases such as cancer and heart disease are sentenced to premature and preventable deaths due to the monomaniac obsession with Covid.

Yesterday's numbers showed that more than 3.5 million people over 50 have been canceled by Our Amazing NHS 'scheduled surgeries.

We have been told a lockdown is necessary to keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. However, they had eight months to make sure this didn't happen.

Increasingly, it appears that politics is not being driven by the need to protect the NHS but rather to protect ministers and their advisors from the inevitable public inquiry allegations that they have not done enough to save lives.

Boris complains that there is light at the end of the tunnel and promises that we will enjoy a “normal Christmas”. Do the "New Normal" at best. And what if the light at the end of the tunnel is another painful freight train coming our way?

With Chancellor Sunak extending the vacation until spring, it doesn't feel like it's all over by Christmas.

And for every Shelley Tasker howling at the moon in Truro, millions of us simmer quietly over the institutionalized inability to have this government put another ruinous lockdown.

We're fucking crazy and pretty soon we won't take it anymore.