When lockdown sceptic, Dan Hannan claimed that the lockdown policies of Western governments were inspired by China’s illiberal response he was accused of political point-scoring. But in an interview to The Times, Neil Ferguson has let the cat out of the bag. He revealed that China’s lockdowns in January inspired him to push for more draconian measures to destroy the UK than he had initially thought possible. The creepy, Fabian bastard has confirmed the degree to which he believes that imitating China’s lockdown policies at the start of 2020 changed the parameters of what Western societies consider acceptable.
“I think people’s sense of what is possible in terms of control changed quite dramatically between January and March,”
So they now believe that their dream of a global communist state is more achievable than they believed before.
Professor Ferguson said that when the SAGE government observed the “innovative intervention” out of China, of locking entire communities down and not permitting them to leave their homes, they initially presumed it would not be an available option in a liberal Western democracy:
But they found out that with the help of their socialist allies in the media scaring the population with a reign of terror, they could acheive the destruction of liberty.
“It’s a communist one party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with it in Europe, we thought… and then Italy did it. And we realised we could.”
He almost seems at pains to emphasise the Chinese derivation of the lockdown concept, returning to it later in the interview:
“These days, lockdown feels inevitable…. If China had not done it, the year would have been very different.”
To those of us who still object to lockdowns on civil liberties this is a chilling reminder of the centrality of the authoritarian Chinese model in influencing global policy.
A joint investigation by the New York Times and Politico has revealed the extent of China’s efforts to censor social media at the beginning of the pandemic, hoping to conceal its role in triggering the global crisis. Were the left wing architects of the West’s lockdowns inspired by that policy too?
More here on Lockdown Sceptics.
Lockdown Sceptics also has a peice called “When Did Scientists Turn Into Lobbyists?” about the ‘open letter’ that circulated in mid-March, supposedly by scientists (but mainly signed by mathematicians), urging the Government to go for a full lockdown Here. The author is an academic scientist who doesn’t want his name to be published.
How have the likes of Ferguson got away with it? What should be done to Ferguson and his comrades once their plan fails?