26.4.08

Swine Flu: The Great Diversion

On 26 July 2009, Jade Sermon said this in The Sunday Express:

"The panic over swine flu has left a bad taste in my mouth. There’s too much hype, too much scare-mongering and, for me, it has all been overblown. Why would anyone overstate the prevalence of such an illness? The answer is clear. SOME INDIVIDUALS AND SOME ORGANISATIONS BENEFIT FROM SCARING THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF US.

So who could those individuals and organisations be? Well, let me see, THE GOVERNMENT AND DRUGS GIANTS ROCHE HOLDINGS AND BRITISH-BASED GLAXOSMITHKLINE SURE DO, while the public are just left to panic. I cannot help thinking THE POLITICIANS AND DRUG MAKERS ARE TAKING US ALL FOR A RIDE. I simply do not believe swine flu is going to kill 65,000 of us as Government advisers predict. I do believe getting us all in a tizz about travelling on public transport and having us all obsess about how we can get hold of Tamiflu and being first on the list for the forthcoming vaccination is simply A MAGNIFICENT DISTRACTION FROM THE REAL ISSUES OF THE DAY.

I am not usually one for conspiracy theories but what it is, if you really want to know, is one big con...

Think about it. THERE ARE TWO FABULOUS REASONS WHY SWINE FLU IS BEING TOUTED AS A FORTHCOMING ARMAGEDDON. First, IT IS A GREAT DIVERSION FROM THE DEBACLE OF MPS’ EXPENSES, THE RECESSION AND THE ABJECT FAILURES OF GORDON BROWN’S TAWDRY EXCUSE FOR A GOVERNMENT... CREATING PANIC AND CONFUSION IS A CLEVER POLITICAL MOVE FROM BROWN’S POINT OF VIEW AS IT ALLOWS HIM A SLIVER OF A CHANCE OF RETAINING HIS JOB COME NEXT SUMMER’S GENERAL ELECTION; ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY, THE MUNIFICENT BROWN WHO HAS SAVED US ALL FROM THE DREADED CLUTCHES OF SWINE FLU.

Second, there’s Swiss group Roche (Tamiflu) and Glaxo (Relenza) the makers of swine flu vaccines. THERE’S NO BETTER WAY FOR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO GET THROUGH THE RECESSION THAN TO CREATE A PANDEMIC. THE BIGGER THE PANDEMIC, THE BIGGER THE DEMAND FOR THEIR DRUGS AND THE BIGGER THEIR PROFITS.

I just wish I had bought Roche shares before the World Health Organisation panicked itself into declaring a global pandemic; they are up 25 per cent since swine flu fever first hit, while financial experts predict Glaxo will profit to the tune of £1billion from its swine flu drug sales.

The fact that THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL INDEMNIFY ROCHE AND GLAXO AGAINST PROSECUTION IN CASE THE HASTILY PRODUCED VACCINE CAUSES NASTIER SIDE EFFECTS THAN EXPECTED DOES NOT EXACTLY FILL ME WITH CONFIDENCE. You will not catch me or my family rolling up our sleeves for a fast-tracked vaccination, not with girls falling ill left right and centre after the introduction of Cervarix, the HPV vaccine that many experts feel has not been given adequate testing.

And that’s not to mention the fact that we have already been here before. If you do not remember back to 1976 then let me remind you; PANIC BROKE OUT IN AMERICA WHEN THE GOVERNMENT PREDICTED A SWINE FLU EPIDEMIC AFTER THE DEATH OF ONE SOLDIER.

Well, the epidemic never materialised but THE FAST-TRACKED VACCINE THAT WAS INJECTED INTO 46 MILLION PEOPLE RESULTED IN LITIGATION FROM THOSE WHO SUFF­ERED SERIOUS SIDE-EFFECTS TO THE TUNE OF £3.5BILLION. THE VACCINE WAS ALSO BLAMED FOR 25 DEATHS. TWO-THIRDS OF THE CLAIMANTS SUFFERED SEVERE NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE AND MANY WERE LEFT PARALYSED FOR MONTHS, NEVER FULLY RECOVERING…

Look at it this way, since January swine flu has claimed 429 lives worldwide, REGULAR FLU HAS KILLED 13,000 IN AMERICA ALONE…

The words ‘swine flu‘ are almost never heard on American television now that the initial predictions of worldwide calamity have proved false. Perhaps they have learned from past mistakes but it is telling that a country with a population five times as large as Britain, dozens more densely populated cities and bordering Mexico where it all began, is not worried, is not panicking. Then again there are more than three years to go to the next general election so no need for President Obama to create a panic.

Conspiracy theory? Maybe I’m wrong but I am more than confident that NEXT SPRING THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE CLAIMING ITS ACTION BEAT SWINE FLU AND PREVENTED A DEVASTATING LOSS OF LIFE; THAT THAT HUGE LOSS OF LIFE WAS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE WILL BE LOST IN THE POLITICAL SPIN.”

Have you noticed how the journalists are telling a whole lot more truthful tales on the politicians than they used to?

“Next spring the Government will be claiming its action beat swine flu and prevented a devastating loss of life”, says Jade, with some considerable insight, methinks.

Watch out for the bull in April and May 2009, folks.

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