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#EndTheFear Join the campaign to lead the UK out of Covid19 lockdowns and crisis, into a positive future through a rational, balanced response. #TimeForRecovery
16 Apr
#LockdownVoices

"I've gone from being a successful entrepreneur employing 120+ staff to practically bankrupt, and likely to lose my home.

There was little or no support for the company - furlough + bounce back loans nowhere near sufficient, + zero support for me individually...
"I was a major shareholder and director of a large Event Production company...

We had turned it from a loss-making £2 million turn over business in 2009 to a £45million turn over profitable business employing 120 permanent and many more part time staff...
"Inevitably the business hit a brick wall in March 2020.

We spent all last summer trying to save the company but when it was clear that there was going to be no recovery last Autumn, we were forced to close down making everyone redundant...
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6 Apr
👇STATE OF FEAR: "Ministers ‘used covert tactics’ to keep scared public at home," Daily Telegraph reports...

But "Govt's 'psychological strategies' to manipulate an unwitting public may backfire and lead to long-term damage..."

[Thread]
telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/0…
Anonymous SAGE insider told Telegraph: "The British people have been subjected to an unevaluated psychological experiment without being told.

This is about trying to steer behaviour in the direction an elite (wants), rather than deciding if it is right or ethical thing to do..."
"The curfew brought in last year was designed to 'send a clear signal to young people...'

...rather than because of any evidence it would cut infections," the SAGE insider also said.

The hospitality trade called the curfew a "crushing blow" at the time mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/c…
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27 Mar
👇NEW RESEARCH: 8 MILLION people in the UK suffered depression, anxiety, or fear as a *direct result* of Govt’s fear-heavy pandemic advertising, data suggests...

...as criticism of SAGE’s ‘unethical’ psychological-operations techniques mount... [Thread]

order-order.com/2021/03/25/new…
Reports @GuidoFawkes:

“When SAGE at the start of the pandemic recommended govt deliberately use psychological-operations techniques to change behaviour...

...the use of the media and advertising was advised to “increase the personal sense of threat”... Image
"...SAGE thought this would be highly effective, though warned there ‘could be negative spill-over effects’.

New survey data shows that negative spill-over effects have happened and have had a dramatic effect on the nation’s mental health...”"
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23 Mar
🎂1 YEAR OF LOCKDOWN: THE AWFUL COST👇

"Just 3 weeks to flatten the curve" today became ONE YEAR of Covid restrictions, and...

🧵 This thread reveals the shocking cost of lockdown to the UK's health, PLUS:

❓Did lockdowns even help the C19 picture?
❓Or in fact, make it WORSE?
🎂1 year of lockdown: NHS WAITING LISTS

As revealed in a @DailyMailUK report:

➡️ NHS waiting list has soared to a record high of nearly 4.6 MILLION

➡️ 300,000 now waiting more than a year for treatment

➡️ Up from just 1,000 when this is all started
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9…
🎂1 year of lockdown: CANCER

➡️ 400,000 fewer urgent suspected cancer referrals

➡️ 4.4million fewer life-saving diagnostic tests

➡️ 44,000 fewer patients started treatment last year

➡️ 3 million people missed out on screenings Mar-Sep 2020 alone:

standard.co.uk/news/health/ca…
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22 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"Lockdown triggered panic attacks in my 18 year old, she is now on anxiety medication…"

"My 18 year old has been massively impacted by the lockdowns.

My child has experienced immense anxiety and many panic attacks...
"...so much so she has been prescribed with anxiety medication and is now in private therapy because of long wait lists.

The uncertainty of what has been happening has been extremely hard.

During Sep 20 and Dec 20 she developed anxiety and the panic attacks...
"She got behind in her school work and there seemed to be no understanding or help and support until I demanded it.

Her college course should have been exciting and interactive with lots of team work (Film course) but it has become tedious and a chore as it is now all written.
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19 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"The fear and tension is all-pervasive... rather than schools protecting the children from it, in most cases they ramp it up..."

"We run a small but very successful school photography business that employs 2 people...

[Thread]
"Our turnover normally is around 130k.

Due to the 2020 lockdown, our turnover for the year was less than 60k...

Fortunately we managed to operate at most of the schools during the Autumn to generate that 60k...
"We would usually expect to be going back into schools to photograph class groups from the start of April.

Our feeling this year is that we probably will not be allowed in again until the Autumn.

Another 40% turnover year for us...
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16 Mar
👇"NUMBER THEATRE" 📈🎭

UK govt communicated Covid data "with apparent intention of creating a more favourable view of the Govt...

...or even to provoke anxiety rather than help people understand risk," says damning new Parliamentary report.

"This is not acceptable." [Thread]
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee also:

🎭 Complains of "serious concerns about the lack of transparency and clarity in decision-making" in Govt

🎭 Singles out Michael Gove: his "refusal to appear before this Committee is contemptuous of Parliament"
🎭 Complains of a "moving of the goalposts, which creates uncertainty, makes it impossible to see trends and therefore must stop..."

🎭 "Lamentable and unacceptable:" it is "deeply worrying" Ministers were unable to answer basic questions about lockdown lifting decisions
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12 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"I am one of the 3 million left out of all government support, they have told me I must close my business and I am entitled to nothing, this has left me worrying about the future, will they do this again?

[Thread]
"How can they do this to someone who has been a net contributor/higher rate tax payer into the system and never claimed a penny?

The fact that a government can do this with very little opposition is frightening, how would most of the population have coped in my position?
"How would they feel if they were left out?

We are certainly not all in this together.

Then they have the cheek to tell people to retrain, when all learning is virtual, how many years does that take...
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11 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"My husband, under immense pressure trying to keep 200 employees in work, suffered a stroke... our child became suicidal as a result..."

"Throughout lockdown my husband, who heads a family business, has been under immense pressure in...

[Thread]
"...trying to keep all his 200 or so employees in work, whilst keeping the business afloat in spite of decreased sales...

...and dealing with the impact of Covid measures on staff working from home and social distancing in the warehouse for key workers...
"This reached a peak around Christmas with the added impact of Brexit causing problems with imports and exports - an ongoing issue.

In early January, a week into Lockdown 3, my husband suffered a mild stroke which rendered him unable to work for around a month...
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9 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"Since early last year we’ve all been bombarded with negative fear-mongering and propaganda from nearly every media platform, and more concerningly, from our own Govt.

How can such a psychological assault even be legal?

What must this be doing to our children?
"It is utterly grotesque!

None of the messaging has been supportive, positive or hopeful.

It is a constant diet of doom and gloom with no hope in sight.

I must say it feels very much by design and very sinister!

Why would a Conservative Govt want to scare the public so much?
"One must conclude, it is done to achieve compliance and acceptance of every freedom and liberty stripped from us.

It is disgraceful.

When news of a virus started to reach us, it never crossed my mind that the UK would entertain such a draconian idea as a national lockdown...
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8 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"It was the first time in about 10 years that I have cried for a patient..."

"This is only partly my story, it belongs to an elderly lady really.

I looked after a 93 year old lady in my resus room this year on Boxing Day. Sadly, the main blood vessel...
"...in her abdomen was leaking.

Whilst taking a history, we talked about how she had felt yesterday.

She told me she had felt physically okay but very sad and angry...
"It was the first Christmas Day she could remember that she hadn’t been allowed to see her grandchildren or go to church.

She cried, I said that I was sorry.

She died about an hour later...
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5 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"Dad was basically told to put up with it... when finally sent for tests his cancer markers were off the scale and he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer..."

"A week before lockdown 1 in March 2020, my 80 year old Mum who had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma...
"...rang for an ambulance as she was getting weaker.
NINE hours later after several phone calls to hospital, an ambulance arrived.

They didn't want to take her in via A&E because of Covid + it took more calls to the hospital before they agreed to admit her directly to a ward...
"She died 36 hours later.

There were only seven of us at her cremation, not allowed to sit near each other or hug.

My Dad, also 80 years but didn't live with Mum, had been in pain for a nearly a year before the first lockdown and he was basically told to put up with it...
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3 Mar
#LockdownVoices

"I worry our lives will never be the same… I fear for the future of my children in this draconian existence we seem to be ‘living’ at the moment…"

"As a new business, I was without funding for 11 months.

Only now this month have I received £2000...
"I’ve developed anxiety because of the financial strain we’ve been under as family.

I’m anxious about the current response to Covid, not actually catching it.

I worry that our lives will never be the same, and it keeps me up at night...
"My two children have missed 9 months of school and they’re emotional, irritable and moody; they’re only 7 and 4.

It breaks my heart.

I fear for their futures in this draconian existence we seem to be ‘living’ at the moment...
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27 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"I’ve cared for a non-verbal man with learning disabilities for 28 years. His life was full, he was fun, all I see now is a broken man…"

"I locked down on 11 March 2020, shielding him from the virus. I was unable to wear a mask as advised, it scared him...
"...the man blows raspberries, unable to take him out we stayed at home.

He was a lively fella who enjoyed day centre activities, family, friends, holidays and all motorsports, and lots of fun, but as weeks went by I noticed a change...
"His daily routine trashed, not wanting to come out of his room, weeks went by and his mood was low, he would have a shower and back to bed, lunch was at a table in his room, I felt helpless...
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26 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"I’m at the point where I’d rather have Covid and die than carry on..."

"The last day I worked was March 23 2020. I was a taxi controller. A job I loved and suited me as I have disabilities...
"Unfortunately it’s a business that cannot function without people having a social life and holidays.

The owner couldn’t afford to furlough me so that was it. I was unemployed and only entitled to Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) at a grand sum of £300 a month...
"...meaning I was at least £500 a month worse off. I only got JSA for six months.

Then I went back to my job for September and October but only half the hours so that was a loss of £400 a month.

Then lockdown again and I’ve not worked November, December and January...
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18 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"I lost an uncle back in March, suffering dementia.

He was left alone to die in his care home.

They tried to say it was Covid so my mum (who had power of attorney) asked to see the test results from the autopsy, all of a sudden they said it wasn’t Covid and...
"...put it down as dementia.

Then in August I lost my Dad. He was a very ill man, six things named on his death certificate, he wasn’t allowed any treatment, if someone is terminally ill and you stop treatment what do you think will happen to said terminally ill person?
"12 days after my Dad died I had to sit in a blood stained room holding my neighbour’s neck together after he tried to commit suicide.

He stabbed himself in the neck...
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17 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"We are locking down but at what cost? What incalculable cost to an entire generation?"

I'm 55 and thankfully have never suffered from depression or anxiety before. Usually a glass half full person.

But lockdowns have pushed my mental health to an extreme...
"I am anxious and depressed a lot of the time. Lack motivation to work and carry out tasks and need 9 to 10 hours sleep just to function.

I was even suicidal last year and spent three nights working out how I could kill myself.

I have NEVER EVER felt like this before...
"I worry all the time for my young adult children and their futures.

The one that is working from home is under unprecedented pressure and has taken hardly any holiday so is burnt out.

With rising youth unemployment they know they are lucky to have jobs...
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16 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"Lockdown for me is a living hell. Monday before Xmas I tried to take my own life, mid January I tried again.

If this carries on much longer I can’t guarantee I won’t succeed in doing it...
"I’ve been a sufferer of anxiety and depression for many years, I went through lots of counselling and therapy but the way I handled it was having my friends around me and doing the things I enjoyed.

When I went through bad times I used the things I enjoyed as milestones...
"...to look forward to, to help me get through.

I’d have four music festivals a year booked which were my happy places, they were spread out between March and September meaning any time I struggled I only had a short while before I could be back in my happy place...
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15 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"My uncle - early 70s - found blood in his urine last Feb.

It was Oct before he was fully tested and diagnosed.

'Sorry, Stage 4, nothing to be done. We cannot say for certain that the delay made any difference.' I bloody can!"
Lockdowns cost lives:

▪️ 1 MILLION women have missed a breast cancer screening say @BreastCancerNow

▪️ 200k have spent more than a year waiting for an operation. It was 1,600 in Jan'19

▪️ 560k lives will be lost *because* of lockdown according to experts @BristolUni ...but...
...despite the harms, there's now very good evidence lockdowns do little or nothing to stop the spread of coronavirus - and may even make things worse.

inproportion2.talkigy.com/do_lockdowns_w…
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15 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"Let me begin by saying that I am considered one of the vulnerable.

Over the past nine months, I have felt more vulnerable to the restrictions imposed than anything else.
"The climate of fear has greatly exacerbated anxieties that I was learning to deal with, and the sense that there is no clear end to this fills me with dread.

Prior to the lockdowns, I was rearranging my life into something I loved, after years of difficulty with mental health.
"Although my access to work and therapy have been able to move online, this is a poor substitute for what I actually need.

The face to face social interaction is essential to me being able to engage well with these vital aspects.
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14 Feb
#LockdownVoices

"I'm a teacher… we can pretend otherwise, but the education of most of our kids is being severely hampered…"

"I teach in a state secondary comp. We are doing our best, and probably doing better than many local schools...
"In short, the quality of our online provision, the attendance of kids, the actual engagement of kids, the quality of education and progress, is woefully below face to face teaching.

We can pretend otherwise, but the education of most of our kids is being severely hampered...
"Those coping the best are only the most very able and most very motivated and supported.

I gather, from friends and colleagues involved in state primaries, that education there is virtually non-existent...
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