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It’s amazing what you can find if you look closely!
(Video & artwork by @rokubunnnoichi)
It’s amazing what you can see if you look close enough (artwork by @Coldwar_Steve)
#NigelFarage #DonaldTrump #ThisIsNotADrill #NeoNazis #Fascism
It’s amazing what you can see when you look closely

The NHS = the most trusted brand in the UK

Cambridge Analytica = the least trusted

And yet #Palantir & #FacultyAI who run our #COVID19 data store, rprtdly have links with #CambridgeAnalytica

#GenomeUK #PalantirPlan #Genomics
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Hmm. So the shadowy #JBC, a part of @UKHSAgovuk (which is, I note, still answering #FOI requests as @PHE_uk 🤔) is now hiring *permanent* staff:

jobs.ac.uk/job/CHZ649/nhs…

HT @samdownie
Noting that neither @UKHSAgovuk OR the #JointBiosecurityCentre were listed as official @DHSCgovuk agencies in its latest update...

gov.uk/government/pub…
...and that, after months of delay, @DHSCgovuk FLAT OUT DENIED #JBC needed any official establishing documents, framework agreements, MoUs or data sharing agreements - and that, despite saying it "ensured robust privacy standards", it had done no #DPIAs:

whatdotheyknow.com/request/joint_…
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1/. Starting today, the most important courtroom drama the UK has ever seen

The PM challenged on grounds of national security following the findings of the #RussiaReport by
@BenPBradshaw @RhonddaBryant @CarolineLucas @LordStras @AlynSmith & @PJWheatcroft
2/. Last July - after much delay - the #RussiaReport was finally published

It’s findings were truly terrifying

It revealed the govt & intelligence agencies had actively avoided looking for evidence that Russia interfered in the Brexit vote

Self-sabotage
3/. The implications of the #RussiaReport fed into my ongoing investigation into what appears to be a global #DataGrab for population-wide genomic data

I’d already traced the plan back to 2015

Russian interference in the 2016 #Trump election & #Brexit vote made perfect sense!
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“We were guided by the science. We didn't always follow the science" @MattHancock

So @BorisJohnson was lying when he said “we stuck to the science like glue”

Were they following the cod behavioural science of Halpern’s Nudge Unit & the ‘data science’ of #Palantir & #FacultyAI?
2/. On 13/5/20, I broke the #CareHomeScandal

On 2/4/20 the govt had INSTRUCTED hospitals to send people “who may have #COVID19” to care homes WITHOUT TESTING

The govt KNEW about asymptomatic transmission in Jan/Feb 2020

The question is which Minister signed off this directive.
3/. Hancock claims that no one knew about ASYMPTOMATIC SPREAD

This is not true

The govt knew asymptomatic transmission of #COVID19 was likely in Jan & had this confirmed in Feb

SAGE minutes on 28 January 2020 state that early indications suggest there was asymptomatic spread.
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Tweet from 8 months ago👇on how the govt was sharing our private NHS health data for “life science research” (genomics) with private companies

Now, NHS Digital is “refusing to rule out #Palantir being involved in the datastore from the GP data grab"

I call it the #PalantirPlan. Image
2/. The NHS is the most trusted brand in UK

#CambridgeAnalytica is the least trusted

Yet #Palantir - who rptdly taught Cambridge Analytica how to scrape data - run the NHS #COVID data store along with #FacultyAI, a company that worked for LeaveEU/Cummings & also has links to CA
3/. A year ago, Blair’s ex-Chief of staff – someone who knows about political skulduggery – wrote:

“This looks like the beginning of a rolling coup. It starts with the civil service then moves on to the judiciary & the media”

A coup for health data?

A coup for genomic data?
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1/. All the claims about our preparations & how everything was in order were basically completely hollow, but we didn’t figure this out until the back end of February”

#Cummings claims he was lied to by Hancock & others about the preparedness for COVID

These were not “mistakes”
2/. “Lots of COBRA meetings are just a bunch of PowerPoints & not very useful”

#Cummings explains why he didn’t bother to attend any of the 5 Crucial COBRA meetings in Feb 2020 & didn’t advise @BorisJohnson to attend either

He sent ‘his friend’ 33-year-old Ben Warner, instead.
3/. #Cummings has referred to Ben Warner a dozen times

Ben isn’t an epidemiologist, virologist or public health expert

His 2014 thesis was “Engineering the properties of magnetic molecules through the interaction with the surface

#Cummings has now mentioned his brother, Marc👇
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1/. We know SAGE recommended a circuit-breaker lockdown on 21 Sept

We know that on that day, the PM & @RishiSunak met controversial anti-lockdown scientists Anders Tegnell & Prof Heneghan & Prof Gupta

Now we know Prof Gupta advised a full #HerdImmunity strategy. #DISPATCHES
2/. We know that the PM did NOT “stick to the science like glue”

Every epidemiologist & virologist will tell you #HerdImmunity is an ‘outcome’ never a ‘strategy’

And yet the govt briefed @Peston that it was their ‘strategy’ on 12/3/20 & it appears the strategy didn’t go away. Image
3/. Could it be these repeated blunders were not really ‘mistakes’?

@sarahkendzior writes of the Trump admin:

“They cover up crime with scandal & cover up malice with incompetence. They want to project an image of being inept, instead of as having a cruel & well-defined plan.”
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1/. Excuse me, but I’m confused

On 5 March 2020, @BorisJohnson told @Schofe on @thismorning:

“One of the theories is we could take it on the chin...allow the disease to spread through the population”

14 months & 150,000+ deaths on, WHY are the media shocked by these comments?
2/. The #TakeItOnTheChin clip I dug out on 8/3/20 went viral (2.5m views in 48hrs)

But incredibly it was ignored by the media

At the time, I thought the PM was floating the theory as a rhetorical device - a straw man he could tear down later - but I was wrong

He was serious!
3/. Not only did the mainstream media fail to report on #TakeItOnTheChin, but some tried to brand it “fake news”

“Fake news merchants on the cesspit that is Twitter are distributing a clip of the PM!!!” screamed @TheSun

The PM wasn’t “advocating” it, but he had clearly said it.
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1/ SAGE minutes still redact names of attendees (including a scientific adviser)

But since July, it’s been the #JointBiosecurityCentre that shapes #COVID19 strategy

Run by Tom Hurd (MI6) then Clare Gardner (GCHQ), the #JBC hasn’t released ANY minutes or named ANY of its members
2/. SAGE’s advice is fed to the secretive #JointBiosecurityCentre who often seem to ignore it

In Sept, SAGE’s call for a circuit-breaker lockdown was ignored

SAGE has been sidelined since the took over #COVID19 strategy

Why are It’s membership & it’s discussions kept secret?
3/. The #JointBiosecurityCentre, was launched as a £9 billion directorate of @DHSCgovuk, on 1 June 2020

According to sources, there is no actual ‘centre’. Instead the #JBC is spread across Whitehall offices

There is much speculation as to its membership
researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-news-uk-pol…
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Oh boy! We're gonna have some fun with this one 🤣

@DHSCgovuk finally responded (after FOUR delays) to my #FOI request about the #JointBiosecurityCentre 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

TL;DR: Contradicting its own published statements, official procedures & Codes, #DHSC says it doesn't hold anything...
Here is @DHSCgovuk's response:

whatdotheyknow.com/request/696875…

and, for reference, here is a snapshot of the GOV.UK page about #JBC, taken 4 days after #DHSC's reply:

web.archive.org/web/2021040210…

So, what did DHSC say? I asked for a copy of the "establishing document"...
...for the #JointBiosecurityCentre, a £9 BILLION* new directorate** of @DHSCgovuk, and...

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*According @CMO_England's evidence to Parliament last July:
researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-news-uk-pol…

**According to its webpage, "#JBC was established as a new #directorate within DHSC on 1 June 2020".
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1/. The PM claims that the govt “stuck to the science like glue”

But this is not true

At crucial times they ignored the science or concocted pseudo-scientific justifications for their actions & inaction

This thread, & the embedded threads, set them out
2/. “BEHAVIOURAL FATIGUE”

A key justification for delaying lockdown was that “if we do it too early people will get bored”

The paper-thin reasoning of this claim was apparent at the time

But it was repeated by the PM, Ministers, @uksciencechief & Whitty
3/. The concept of "lockdown fatigue" had no basis in behavioural science

On 14 March, 700 behavioural scientists published an open letter stating this

So where had the idea come from?

How had it been allowed to shape govt policy at this crucial time?
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1/. On 5 March 2020, the PM was asked why Britain hadn't locked down

He replied saying "one the theories is that we could #TakeItOnTheChin"

A year ago today - briefed by No.10 - @Peston revealed the govt strategy was to “allow the virus to pass through the entire population”. ImageImage
2/. It was clear that @Peston & his “senior No.10 source” had not understood #HerdImmunity which - as every virologist will tell you - is an OUTCOME never a STRATEGY

Allowing #COVID19 to spread
without a vaccine would be madness & result in mass deaths.
3/. Rather than correct @Peston & his “senior No.10 source” @uksciencechief came out publicly to defend “the strategy”

#HerdImmunity without a vaccine is, by definition, not a preventative measure

What was going on?!!

The was no lockdown & the #CheltenhamFestival was starting! Image
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Ten weeks ago, Sage warned No.10 about mutant #COVID19 strai

Three weeks ago, @YvetteCooperMP asked @BorisJohnson what the UK was doing to stop the #SouthAfricanVariant

The PM didn’t have an answer

We need answers from the secretive #JointBiosecurityCentre
On 21 Sept, SAGE warned UK faced a “very large epidemic with catastrophic consequences” without immediate action

But PM & @RishiSunak weren’t at that meeting

Instead, they were meeting anti-lockdown scientists Anders Tegnell, Prof Heneghan & Prof Gupta! dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8…
In December, the PM was asked why the country wasn’t in lockdown

“The Tier decisions aren’t for me,” Patrick Vallance replied

In a system seemingly designed to ensure the buck stops with no one, decisions are made by the secretive #JointBiosecurityCentre
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"The govt assured us that the #COVID datastore would be unwound at the end of the pandemic & the data destroyed. They also said any extension would go out to public tender.

All of that has now turned out to be false"
@maryftz & @cori_crider #PalantirPlan.
opendemocracy.net/en/ournhs/cont…
2/. The #PalantirPlan was first properly revealed after another legal challenges by @openDemocracy & @Foxglovelegal in the UK & @nytimes in the US

They revealed that Palantir ‘won’ contracts at the same time to run #COVID19 data stores for the NHS & HHS
3/. Unfortunately, the detail of how much of the UK’s ‘health data’ is being collated by #Palantir has been redacted from the contract

What possible reason could there be for wanting to keep these hidden?

The answer lies in the #PalantirPlan.
#COVID19 #coronavirus #COVID20 ImageImageImageImage
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1/. Extraordinary!

Sir Patrick Vallance yet again washes his hands entirely of any responsibility

Here, @PippaCrerar asks why the whole country isn't in lockdown

“The Tier decisions are not for me,” he says. Really?!

It’s a system designed to ensure the buck stops with no one
2/. I’m not a body language expert, but @uksciencechief’s habit of adjusting his glasses, looking away & um-Ing & ah-ing whenever he’s asked a penetrating question is getting wearily familiar.

Here is Vallance being questioned by @Jeremy_Hunt in May.
3/. In July, Vallance claimed he couldn't remember which date SAGE called for lockdown!

"The 18th or the 16th, I don't remember” he said

SAGE’s @JeremyFarrar says it was 13th

If these people’s memories are so bad now, imagine what they will be like in 2022 at a Public Inquiry!
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Wow!!!
Since July, the UK’s #COVID19 response is run by the secretive #JointBiosecurityCentre

The #JBC doesn’t share the science that leads them to take decisions

They haven’t released any minutes in 8 months

This lack of transparency makes proper scrutiny of govt decisions difficult
Decisions on UK #COVID19 response are formulated by the #JointBiosecurityCentre in Silver meetings

Recommendations are then made in Gold meetings & implemented by the govt

No minutes
No scrutiny
No transparency
No accountability

Who is in the #JBC?

Cummings?
Warner brothers?
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“There is no point having a merry Christmas then burying friends & family in January.”

Director the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre & @IndependentSage member,
@GabrielScally #COVID19 #Thanksgiving #Thanksgiving2020 #holidays #coronavirus
‘I don’t think it will do that.’

Hancock says he doesn’t think allowing families to gather at Christmas will lead to deaths

We don’t care what @MattHancock thinks

We care what experts & scientists advise

Why hasn’t the govt published any #JBC minutes?
Since July, the UK’s #COVID19 response is run by the secretive #JointBiosecurityCentre

The #JBC doesn’t share the science that leads them to take decisions

They haven’t released any minutes in 7 months

This lack of transparency makes proper scrutiny of govt decisions difficult
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#BREAKING: England to enter second national lockdown for a month from Thursday 5th November

Hear the details from @BorisJohnson here. #CovidUK #Lockdown2 #lockdown #coronavirus #BreakingNews #BorisJohnson
This is terrifying!

#BorisJohnson says even if the NHS had DOUBLE the capacity it still wouldn’t be enough

The NHS has 150,000 beds & with the Nightgale Hospitals there is even greater capacity

Its biggest weakness isn't space, it's staff shortages.
#Lockdown2 #covidbriefing
The reality of “Yo-Yo” #lockdown has been known about since May👇

Govt scientists have modelled for 2nd, 3rd, 4th waves etc. but this modelling was not shared publicly by the secretive #JointBiosecurityCentre running the UK #COVID19 response.
#lockdownUK
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1 - The fact that the govt ignored SAGE's advice on #circuitbreaker lockdown doesn't come as a big surprise as SAGE has been increasingly sidelined since the setting up of the #JointBiosecurityCentre in July

The JBC is part of the "NHS" Test and Trace Service run by @didoharding
2 - The #JointBiosecurityCentre runs the govt's #COVID19 response

Set up in May, it was originally headed by Tom Hurd (MI6)

He was replaced by Clare Gardiner (GCHQ)

This suggests it sits within UK intelligence structures

Over the last 6 months, the JBC has released no minutes ImageImage
3 - Whilst little is known about the staffing & membership of this body, sources suggest that there is no "centre"

Instead, they say, the #JBC is scattered across offices in Whitehall & beyond, including intelligence agencies & research institutes

See: gov.uk/government/gro… ImageImage
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1. “Why were we faffing around with Excel when the scientists were telling us not to?" @skynewsniall

“The system was designed in conjunction with our scientists... at PHE & the JBC they're all scientists who have been involved in this." @RishiSunak
2. “Scientists” didn’t decide on using Excel. It’s a reporting/admin tool

The scientists would have told IT what info the database needed to hold. The IT team should have designed a database fit for that purpose rather than using an old version of Excel.
3. Sunak is also allowed to claim: “We are now testing 250,000 people a day”

That’s the figure for tests “processed” NOT people tested

When @MattHancock claimed 226,000 people were being tested on 21/9, the actual figure turned out to be around 82,000.
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“A great journalist puts into words the things people feel. They seek truth & speak truth & are never seduced by the gilded strumpet of power”
Emerson Warner

Poppy Harlow gives a masterclass in how to interview someone who doesn’t want to answer questions
Here’s another masterclass, this time by @TovaOBrien
“Good journalists know balanced reporting is not as simple as providing both sides of the story. You have to squash falsehoods.” @TovaOBrien
#COVID19 #coronavirus #Corona
theguardian.com/world/2020/oct…
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#BREAKING: @IndependentSage issue an emergency 10 point action plan to avoid a second national #COVID lockdown

The document says that "the govt has abdicated its responsibility to provide such a plan. @TheLancet @devisridhar @bmj_latest @HSJnews #COVID19
independentsage.org/wp-content/upl…
Apart from the Harries, Vallance & Whitty govt scientists have disappeared

SAGE > #JointBiosecurityCentre run by Clare Gardiner, GCHQ

PHE > #NIHP run by Dido Hardy

@B_I_Tweet run by Rachel Coyle, ex-MOD (Tom Hurd MI5)

Lord Guthrie, ex-SAS/MOD, Palantir
Despite claiming to be "guided entirely by the science”, it’s now clear that crucial decisions did not follow the science.

Warnings from WHO, @IndependentSage, public health experts & even SAGE members were ignored.

In July SAGE was sidelined altogether.
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Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries says the is of your child dying in a road traffic accident “is probably higher than their risk from #COVID”.

Especially if Dominic Cummings is behind the wheel!
#schoolsreopening #Corona #COVID19 #BackToSchool
It’s extraordinary that the same govt scientists who got it wrong on lockdown, testing, screening etc are still in charge

12/3 - Contact tracing halted
26/3 - Harries says community testing is “not an appropriate mechanism”
5/5 - Harries changes her story
In answer to @Jeremy_Hunt, Jennie Harries told the @DHSCgovuk Select Committee that the govt had abandoned test, track & trace strategy due to lack of capacity NOT because it was “an inappropriate mechanism”

But the govt had claimed otherwise for 6 weeks!
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PHS to be replaced with new body run by Dido Harding

SAGE replaced with #JointBiosecurityCentre run by Clare Gardiner (GCHQ)

Behavioural Insights Team now run by Rachel Coyle (MOD)

NHSX joint-run by Palantir. Lord Guthrie ex-head of UK armed forces is a shareholder in Palantir
Despite apparent attempts to brush their role under the carpet, the Behavioural Insights Team (Nudge Unit) seems to play a in central part in the govt’s #COVID19 response.

Why has the Nudge Unit & JBC both appointed senior cyber security experts as heads?
https://t.co/kLY21juCFT
Despite attempts to down play their role, the Behavioural Insights Team (‘Nudge Unit’) apparently plays a central part in the govt’s #COVID19 response.

But why has the Nudge Unit & the #JBC both appointed senior military cyber security experts as heads?
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