Track a SpAd
As predicted, Rishi Sunak is our new Prime Minister. As quickly as the revolving doors of Downing Street spin, so do the ‘spin doctors’. Has anyone heard of a SpAd? Although I had heard of a ‘special advisor’ and I had met a few, I didn’t really understand what they were. So I decided to dive down a rabbit hole to find out more.
During my term as a Government Advisor for the Department of Health, I couldn’t help but notice the youngsters who always accompanied ministers to meetings. They were always very smart and used to scuttle around in the background ensuring that the minster they were assigned to was where he needed to be, at the right time and with the right people. This clipboard-carrying role is the first stage in becoming a ‘special advisor’. Members of the public may be able to identify with the term ‘gopher’, meaning a dogsbody who runs errands, learns to do basic tasks and is sent to fetch items for seniors. It is an unglamorous foot in the door that presents an opportunity to ascend to the heights of being a junior special advisor.
Special Advisors are a critical part of the team appointed to support secretaries of state and junior ministers. I am sure most remember the infamous Dominic Cummings. SpAds are paid very generous salaries by the Government, and some senior advisors can expect a remuneration in excess of £140,000. Co-dependent, they rely on each other for both their credibility and their jobs.
So who is behind Rishi Sunak? Given his history of enjoying a moody photo opportunity, I now refer to him as a ‘smooth operator’. I seem to remember John Travolta in Grease being one too. How fortunate, then, that we have our very own ‘Travolta of Downing Street’, in the shape of Liam Booth-Smith. Forgive me for coining that epithet, but he had already earned a version of it from others as ‘Travolta of the Treasury’. I merely moved him next door. Liam Booth-Smith earned that title after arriving at the British finance ministry in an open-buttoned shirt and leather jacket. He is a protégé of Dominic Cummings, and one may be forgiven for thinking that he has not strayed too far from Downing Street after all. The apple never falls far from the tree.
The links between Sunak and Cummings don’t stop there. Rishi Sunak’s best friend and best man is James Forsyth, Political Editor of the Spectator. James Forsyth is married to Allegra Stratton of Number 10 Partygate blooper fame. Coincidentally—or perhaps not so coincidentally—Dominic Cummings’ wife, Mary Wakefield, also works in the editorial department at the Spectator. The Forsyths and Sunaks are godparents to each other’s children.
The Spectator is a very cosy London media setup, with Sarah Vine as a regular columnist. You may remember her as the ex-wife of Michael Gove and sister of Jeremy Vine. We should remember that it was Gove who took Dominic Cummings under his wing as his advisor during David Cameron’s administration in the early 2010s. Gove was keen to call Cummings a ‘man of honour’ when defending him during Durhamgate, the scandal in which he proffered the least plausible excuse in history for driving the length of England—to test his eyesight.
Another SpAd just appointed by Rishi Sunak is journalist Amber de Botton, ITV's Head of UK News. Having achieved a glittering career working for Sky's and ITV's news operations, she is known as a seriously talented political operator.
To conclude this section on our new Prime Minster, this report came to my attention. It would appear that Sunak was a founding partner of Theleme Partners (a variant form of thelema, the Ancient Greek word for 'willpower' that became the name of Aleister Crowley's occult religion), and is also a major investor in Moderna. Despite his having left the firm in 2013 to pursue his political career, there are reports that he may retain some investment in Theleme, which is registered in the Cayman Islands (a British offshore tax haven) and which never makes its company records public. Rishi Sunak declared in his entry in the Register of Ministerial Interests that he was the beneficiary of a ‘blind trust’, whose identity has never been disclosed to members of the public.
So we have a new UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The last time I visited the Department of Health was when it was situated at Richmond House, which conveniently had two revolving doors, one for staff and one for visitors. As Barclay's predecessor, Dr Thérèse Coffey, takes up the Environment portfolio, we note that her ABCD strategy for the NHS appears to have gone up in proverbial cigar smoke. Her big push on Ambulances, Backlog, Care, Doctors and Dentists will probably be replaced by huge public spending cuts affecting the NHS and, in turn, will potentially every one of us. The NHS is in utter collapse and we now see plainly that Build Back Better means ‘Deliberately Destroy, Demolish’.
Mr Barclay is no stranger to the Department of Health, but many might have forgotten his previous terms of office. They were unremarkable and unmemorable, for all the wrong reasons. Dynamism is a quality that Mr Barclay appears to lack. He lacks personality or any leadership qualities and, when challenged by members of the public, can look quite alarmed and taken aback. I well remember when a member of the public confronted his deer-in-headlights persona about the situation with ambulances.
After officer training at Sandhurst, Mr Barclay’s army career was short-lived and he pursued a fresh start as a solicitor. From there, he went on to work as a company lawyer for Axa Insurance, as a regulator for Financial Services Authority, and as a Director of Regulatory Affairs—and later head of Anti-Money-Laundering and Sanctions—at Barclays Retail Bank. A very experienced man in knowing how not to ‘cook the books’!
What health cuts can we expect to be announced in the Chancellor's autumn budget? Firstly, we can expect to see a huge hike in prescription charges, with an increase in charges for each item to a possible £13. We can also expect that the exemption criteria will be changed, and that over-60s who currently receive free prescriptions will now not be exempt until they reach the retirement age of 66 years. This will claw back approximately £2 billion.
As our new Prime Minister has alluded to previously, it appears he will be instructing Mr Barclay to produce policy to fine people for any non-attendance of NHS appointments. This has been criticised by the British Medical Association as making matters worse and punishing the most vulnerable. The NHS, having always been free at the point of delivery (that was its very slogan in the first generation), all of a sudden takes on a completely new lease of life.
Mr Barclay has not had a lot of success in either of his previous stints as Health Secretary, and it certainly doesn’t appear that it will be third time lucky. As he is a previous Parliamentary Whip, I am sure his ‘whipping’ of the NHS budget and services will not go down well. Perhaps Amanda Pritchard, CEO of NHS England, has a crystal ball: she has embarrassingly been caught out using the F-word when describing the state of the NHS. She has put on her wish list a further £7 billion for the NHS budget next year. That is an awful lot of prescriptions.
Of course, Mr Barclay could try to claw a bit more money back if he jettisoned a few more of those encumbrances known as staff and patients. Who needs a hospital and doctors anyway? The exodus from the health service is, in my opinion, engineered, manipulated and planned. Hospital at home is here to stay. Remote care, autonomous ambulances, robotic nurses are what is on offer. The days of hospitals being safe places to go to when you need help are long gone. Safety becomes surveillance, which in turn becomes for your security.
Once the longest-serving Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is now in charge of the country’s economy. Will we see him prioritising the vulnerable and sick? The NHS budget as it stands, even without cuts, will be under massive strain. Where can savings be made that won’t put patient safety (if there is any of that left) at further risk? I see little chance of any more pay awards being made, so I am preparing for strikes throughout the winter, usually the busiest time for the NHS. The situation is so dire that even the BMJ has published a paper on it, while the little-known senior NHS body called the NHS Confederation warns that slashing NHS budgets will endanger patients' lives. Jeremy Hunt is the founder of Patient Safety Watch, but how will he prioritise patient safety in his Autumn Statement on 17 November?
Despite all these warnings that the NHS and British social care can take no more cuts, it looks inevitable that the cuts will be severe and will only serve to swell the number of the seven million people (roughly 10% of the population) already on the waiting lists. A hard winter appears to be an understatement. If you plan on relying on the NHS, I would urge everyone to have a plan B. Mr Barclay is going to have his work well and truly ‘cut’ out for him; pardon the pun. Is the NHS in safe hands? In my opinion, no.
MHRA confirms Covid-19 is man-made
The Exposé features an amazing string of e-mails revealing that the mRNA injections are man-made:
In layman’s terms, their admission is the smoking gun which proves that the Covid-19 pandemic was man-made. SARS-CoV-2 was synthesised according to the MHRA. It was not isolated from nature
UK CV Family — Jab victims' support group
UK Column recently interviewed (for the second time, but now in one-to-one format) Charlet Crichton, who became desperately ill after taking the AstraZeneca Covid-19 injection. Charlet, along with a number of others, founded UK CV Family to support others who were suffering from a serious adverse reaction after having an injection. Today, there are over 800 members of the UK CV Family support group, and the numbers are growing.
Many in the group have lost their jobs and businesses, or are unable to work. They struggle to access any support or help and have to rely on their own savings and the good will of others. The NHS continues to fail many of them, and we have heard shocking accounts of parents unable to get their children the tests they need as a matter of urgency. Some are having to wait eight months before their child is even scanned for myocarditis. To access a private MRI costs in the region of £1,000, and most of the vaccine injured have spent all their savings already. I would like to draw your attention to the GoFundMe page on the UK CV Family website. The group never asks for anything, and I only discovered this page because I went looking.
Many of those in the group are not used to asking for help, least of all to help being afforded by complete strangers. It is hard to ask and harder to accept. Should you feel led to make a donation at the above link, I know that every penny will be used wisely. Thank you very much for your support.
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the vaccine-injured
In September 2022, Sir Christopher Chope had arranged a meeting with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for those who were vaccine-injured after accepting the Government's offer of a Covid-19 vaccine. Originally, there were 70 vaccine-injured people due to attend, and many plans were made in order to get them all to Westminster safely. However, this was cancelled due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and it was rescheduled at short notice for a couple of weeks later in October.
Sadly, this meant that many of those with vaccine injuries did not have enough notice to reschedule their previously-organised travel plans, due to their many needs. It should be noted that those with vaccine injuries live with unpredictable conditions. Each day is different: for some, just getting out of bed is impossible at times. The effort required is immense, not to mention the costs and logistics involved in getting to London from as far afield as Wales and Scotland.
Despite all this, Wayne Cunnington, who was recently interviewed by UK Column in the same Vaccine Damage—Real People format as Charlet, was determined to attend. Here is his account of what happened on the day he hoped would shine a light on the plight of those who are vaccine injured. This is how Wayne felt after spending a few hours in Parliament:
The online petition for a Vaccine Inquiry seemed to finally get greater coverage by MPs in the House of Commons on Monday 24 October. However, in my eyes, it was constantly hijacked by a number of those who repeatedly pushed the idea that the vaccines are safe, effective and rigorously tested. But we know for a fact that they are still in trials until next year. They did not go through years of testing before being rolled out to the public.
I was heartened by Sir Christopher Chope and all those who appeared at the Vaccine Injury APPG session to speak on behalf of all who have been harmed and killed by the Covid shots. They presented evidence on the deaths and on the lack of effective testing having been carried out, as admitted by a Pfizer director at a European Parliamentary hearing recently.
None of the rebuttals was acknowledged by the pro-pharma team, and indeed they claimed those proven pieces of information were irrelevant. Those reporting adverse reactions to the Yellow Card scheme were then smeared as lying by Elliott Colborn. What we were subjected to was a pro-sales event for Pharma instead of an actual statement for investigation.
I feel that from the start, the Petitions Committee were not even looking to take the statements given to them seriously. Comments such as “I’m not an expert”, uttered by Elliott Colborn repeatedly, should mean that all his evidence stated should never have been included, as it was deliberately inflammatory; and although he and Caroline Jackson argued that no independent Inquiry should go forward as it would be “wasting taxpayers' money”, I don’t think it should be squashed into the other Covid Inquiry chaired by Baroness Hallett, because there the real answers would never be given for those affected by excessive injuries and deaths.
Quaddemic? You heard it here first — Norovirus is Ingredient 4
Just last week, I was warning of a tripledemic of flu, Covid-19 and Respiratory Synticial Virus. This week, there is a new kid on the block, one that appeared to go missing during the lockup (sic). You may know it as Norovirus or the winter vomiting bug. Strangely, it appears to have come back with a vengeance, and we are to expect an outbreak.
We are no strangers to Norovirus in the South-West of England. Often, hospitals have to close wards, as both patients and staff become ‘infected’. For those readers who are now yelling at the screen Terrain theory versus germ theory!, yes, I know, it’s a topic everyone would like to cover. For the record, I am a terrain theory advocate. Norovirus is highly contagious and can be picked up from surfaces that someone infected has touched. The UK Health Security Agency has issued a warning to expect cases to increase.
Norovirus is a pretty miserable condition. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature, aching and headache. Most people will make a smooth recovery in a couple of days if they keep rested and well hydrated. On the other hand, for those who are already ill, elderly or vulnerable or those in a hospital environment, it can be much more serious. I should note that whenever I have experienced Norovirus in a hospital, the ward affected will immediately go into lockdown and no one will be allowed in or out without infection control procedures in place. Sound familiar?
You will be relieved to know that the pharmaceutical companies are working hard and luckily appear to have anticipated the need for—drum roll, please—a vaccine especially designed for Norovirus. The Age of the Jab is upon us.
Britain's ambulance situation is not improving. Severe delays, followed by queues of ambulances parked outside hospitals, have become a familiar site; in fact, we have almost normalised it. I heard a gentleman praising Accident & Emergency for reducing the wait from 18 to 10 hours! I don’t feel very grateful. The good news is that there are ten new ambulances now on the road in the East Midlands. What I don’t understand, though, is that they are neither autonomous nor electric, as had been proposed for the solution to the shortage.
These ten new vehicles are designed to take very heavy patients, up to 50 stone (700 lb / 317 kg), and have a couple of modifications that personally I wouldn’t get too excited about. What good is it to have new vehicles if the time waiting for an ambulance is—in the worst case I have heard of—29 hours?
We are hearing that paramedics who have been in their role for many years are now finding themselves trapped within a service that is not fit for purpose. Many wish to leave, but have no other training or skill that will afford them enough salary to meet their bills. Many are not sleeping at night and are dreading going to work. More to come on this story in the future.
Third dose of Covid-19 mRNA vaccine offers cirrhosis patients strong protection against the ‘virus’
As if things couldn’t get any worse, it appears the ‘scientists’ are getting desperate. With low uptake of the jab, why not persuade and coerce already very sick people to take an experimental injection where there is contradicting evidence? This report claims that a third injection will afford patients with cirrhosis better protection against Covid-19.
I am scratching my head, wondering how the third jab can protect you when we have already been told that taking the jab neither protects you from catching it nor transmitting it (by ‘it’, I mean the SARS-CoV-2 virus). However, many are still buying into the narrative, hypnotised and seduced by the ‘science’. In this paper, we read of a drug-induced injury to the liver following Covid-19 injection. The gift of discernment is more precious than ever.
GPs sounding the alarm over unregulated over-the-counter blood tests
It was never going to be long before the very same people who wanted us to look after our own health and be master of our own destiny started complaining that some over-the-counter blood tests (which can cost up to £800) are inaccurate and difficult to interpret, leading to overwhelming of the NHS. How many of us are seeking alternatives to the NHS? Whether it be allopathic or naturopathic remedies, the majority of people are having difficulty accessing NHS treatment and are forced to seek alternatives. Currently, as the MHRA itself has bewailed, one in ten British people are buying their drugs on line.
Many of the tests you normally used to access through your GP are no longer available, and patients are turning in desperation to alternatives. Products which are being sold as ‘predictive’ tests to eliminate or spot genetic abnormalities, while screening for a full range of conditions, are causing concern among GPs and the NHS. The NHS advises people to use ‘trusted sources of information such as the NHS website’. But they would say that, wouldn't they? If the choice is an £800 dodgy blood test or the NHS, I will decline both.
Deadly rise in fungal infections
New reports are showing a sharp rise in fungal infections associated with Covid-19. Are we to be surprised that yet another condition is being billed as a result of Covid-19? I am beginning to think we will be induced to blame Covid-19. According to the Telegraph, the Covid pandemic has sparked a rise in deadly fungal infections. Known as ‘black fungus’, the condition can spread into the sinuses, bones, brain and eyes, leaving people blind—and that is if you manage to survive it at all.
Experts appear to be blaming this surge on an increase in drugs which dampen the immune system, such as chemotherapy for cancer. Even climate change has been mentioned as a cause of the rise in ‘harmful fungi’. No one appears to have asked whether those affected have been given Covid-19 injections and whether this may be a causal or contributing factor.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first-ever list of species that pose the biggest threat to health. Regular readers to my blog and viewers of UK Column News will recall that we have been reporting on the disappearance of antibiotics as we know them, and the rise of anti-microbial resistance. We even have our own AMR Envoy in Britain, Dame Sally Davies. Antibiotics will effectively disappear; however, I am sure the pharmaceutical companies will have some novel experimental anti-virals on the way.
Finally, thanks to everyone who e-mails me news, memes and wonderful words of encouragement; it means the world. UK Column is very fortunate to have such a clever and well-informed audience. Many eyes make for light work.
Question everything, and whilst we just give our readers some signposts, it is important that everyone join their own dots and come to their own conclusions. Until next week, Debi.