Thoughts for the week – 8th January 2022

Free speech votes with its social media feet

As Twitter’s high profile cancellations of those with whom their “algorithm” does not agree continues unabated, its share price continues to decline, closing at just under $40 a share on 7th January 2022, a fall of over 40% in the last 6 months.

As their market capitalisation is just over 1% of Apple’s, the company is extremely vulnerable to takeover.

Conversely, GETTR, which has positioned its platform as the bastion of free speech, has added over 1M new accounts and breached the 4M user mark, including a significant number of UK Twitter users, despite rumours of Chinese Communist Party investment.

Twitter moved some time ago from being a “free speech” platform and its terms and conditions are increasingly skewed towards “appropriate speech”.

Twitter is within its rights to act as it sees fit but given the Taliban remain live on their platform and their cancellation strategy appears to be skewed against conservatives and those who dissent from national governments’ position on COVID-19 (so accused of spreading misinformation), expect to see their share price remain under pressure as it is increasingly seen as a left wing, groupthink echo chamber.

Colston trial verdict sets mob rule precedent

The not guilty verdict in the trial of 4 Black Lives Matter activists who admitted removing the statue of Edward Colston from its plinth and rolling it into the harbour is provisionally at least, a thumb in the eye for criminal justice.

Bristol has a reputation for embracing so called progressive values, not least through the views of its Mayor. However, the law must be upheld.

5 others who admitted their roles in the events that day accepted police cautions. The 4 defendants, as is their right, opted for a jury trial at a cost of £50,000 to the taxpayer.

The activists did not deny their actions but their Defence QC argued that their actions were justified as the statue remaining in place, of itself, represented a crime, urging the jury not to be “on the wrong side of history”.

At the time of writing, the Attorney General, Suella Braverman, has confirmed she is considering referring the verdict to the Court of Appeal. We can but hope that common sense prevails.

COVID-19: hypocrisy and totalitarianism continues despite JCVI booster scepticism

For libertarians, it has been another alarming week as the political class continues to use emergency measures to control their populations and the COVID-19 narrative.

In France, (absolutely not because there is a presidential race in April), Emmanuel Macron has admitted he wants to “piss off” his country’s 5M unvaccinated, exacerbating the divide between the jabbed and the unjabbed.

In Canada, infamous repeated user of “black face”, Justin Trudeau accused the unvaccinated of being racist and misogynist.

In Australia, Novak Djokovic was detained in a hotel on arrival in the country, accused of not complying with local entry restrictions (arguing that he tested positive for COVID-19 on 16th December 2021 and so has natural immunity to further infection).

In the United States, firebrand Democratic congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was accused of rank hypocrisy for attending a party in mask free Florida, despite the President’s draconian beliefs on mask wearing.

The banning by Twitter of the eminent virologist, Dr Robert Malone pointed to the continuing pattern of suppression of free speech and open debate on COVID-19.

In the United Kingdom, Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (“JCVI”) has stated “we cannot vaccinate the planet every 6 months”, suggesting that beyond the existing booster programme, further jabs must be targeted at the most vulnerable, opening up the debate on the efficacy of continually vaccinating the population.

Sir Keir Starmer contracted the virus again and has now missed over 60 days through self isolation in the last 12 months.

Our world in data excess mortality data confirmed that the UK is running at around 70,000 excess deaths a year from non-COVID-19 related causes since the start of the pandemic, almost equivalent to the number of deaths attributed to the virus since it arrived here.

The Online Safety bill, which may well be largely laudable in its intent, further threatens free speech around COVID-19 by facilitating the cancellation of dissenting voices that are perceived to be “legal but harmful”.

Almost 2 years on from the first official infection in the UK, with over £400Bn of taxpayers money expended, COVID-19 continues to loom large over sustained economic recovery.

Whilst there are green shoots such as the removal of the need for PCR tests for British nationals returning home, the government’s propaganda machine remains in full flow, with millions of pounds a week being spent on an advertising campaign advocating vaccination on broadcast and static media.

Whilst new infections remain high, hospitalisations and deaths resulting from COVID-19 remain relatively flat. As over 95% of the population now has antibodies, it is time to see the lifting of all restrictions, including face masks and vaccine passports and the demonisation of the unvaccinated.

Devolution will almost certainly mean that England will see the lifting of restrictions before other nations. It is for those living under the devolved administrations to determine if their governments are acting in their best interests.

BBC accused of anti-semitism by Queen’s favourite rabbi

Rabbi YY Rubinstein, a staple of the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme’s “Thought for the day” and openly highly regarded by Her Majesty The Queen has parted company with the state funded broadcaster, accusing it of being riddled with woke, left wing, Guardian reading bias.

Rubinstein was specifically critical of the BBC’s reporting of a hate crime incident in London’s Oxford Street, in which a group of young Jews were verbally abused by a group of Muslim men.

The BBC had asserted that the Jewish group had made offensive statements towards the Muslims but this was later dismissed once audio recordings were analysed.

Rubinstein’s decision is based on his belief that the BBC is anti Semitic, pro Palestinian and has an endemic anti Israeli bias.

This is a damning indictment of the licence fee funded broadcaster by a rabbi who has appeared on the BBC for over 30 years. Will it make a difference to their future direction? In a word, no.

Boswell’s school succumbs to woke elephant trap

The decision by Boswell’s school to rename one of its houses from Rowling to Holmes smacks of misguided virtue signalling.

The ongoing attempts to cancel JK Rowling, who is falsely accused of being “anti-trans”, led to the school choosing the surname of Dame Kelly Holmes in substitution.

This however is problematic. Whoever made this knee jerk decision appears to have overlooked Holmes’ previous concerns over trans women competing with biological women and calling for a separate trans olympics.

It will be interesting to see if Dame Kelly is the next victim of the school’s virtue signalling cancellation.

Rotherham child abuse scandal – high profile conviction (for once)

Former Lord, Nazir Ahmed’s conviction for the attempted rape of a girl below the age of consent and serious sexual assault of a boy under 11 is a small but high profile victory for the 1,300+ victims of child sex abuse in Rotherham.

Both offences occurred in the 1970s and the trial process was hampered persistently by attempts to claim testimony for offences that old was unreliable and the failure to disclose evidence.

Ahmed, who was appointed to the House of Lords by Tony Blair, resigned his title in November 2020 rather than face the ignominy of expulsion. He had denied the charges forcing a jury trial.

In a further blow to Blair, Geoff Hoon, (who admittedly has a book coming out), Defence Secretary at the time of the Iraq War alleged he was told to “burn” a memo that questioned the veracity of claims that Saddam Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction.

Blair, whose proposed knighthood has attracted over 1M online signatures opposing it, has had better weeks but being Teflon Tony, will no doubt brush it off as he has for the last 39 years in public life.

© justchrisdavies 2022

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