Monthly Archives: December 2021

The evils of the latest COVID measures cross a line

It seems that every Christmas letter I get speaks of these “strange/confusing/uncertain times” before telling me how the family managed to have a get together between lockdowns, or not. But all confusion and uncertainty is quickly dispelled when one understands that the times are simply evil. Once you appreciate that, the nature of your round robins probably changes. With the latest restrictions, the UK government has crossed a line from incompetence, ineffectualness and harmfulness to pure evil. Which is interesting since a majority support them unthinkingly, even in the churches.

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The mysterious origin of Omicron

As Boris Johnson’s new baby conveniently arrives so he can take time off from defending his accumulating scandals to be with his family, despite the “national emergency” requiring Plan B, our government remains in full totalitarian mode. As the Mail headline says: “Ministers draw up plans to bring back masks in ALL indoor spaces, scanning at pubs and restaurants and vaccine passports for more venues in New Year.” And this, as I wrote yesterday, whilst nothing actually bad is happening due to COVID. The WHO has yet to report a single death from the Omicron variant.

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Press button B

Another day, another doom and gloom TV conference and another set of COVID restrictions. The press today is full of that news, of “Partygate,” and of the connection between them. There is much talk in the news of the restrictions being another Boris Johnson “Dead Cat” strategy to get his own and his government’s cynical disregard of the devastating and useless regulations, which they themselves imposed on the rest of us last Christmas, off the hook.

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Rules are there to break us

We had an excellent pub lunch on our daughter’s birthday yesterday. A lovely warm and cosy thatched village hostelry, with a log fire. It was obviously very popular because every table was full. We spent a couple of hours there over an excellent meal and their home-brewed bitter. And the only masks in sight were on a few of the newcomers sporting their cosmetically-compliant face-rags as they came through the deserted lobby to the sparsely-occupied bar, before being ushered to their convivially-packed tables and removing the masks.

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The evolution of British primary health care

Back in the days of Richard Baxter, George Herbert or John Wesley, medical care was part of the remit of the church minister. Whilst physicians balanced the humours of the rich in cities, out in the sticks the poor could seldom afford their fees, and the pastor, as the most educated member of the community, made it his business to know some herbal cures and folk remedies. How effective they were – other than by demonstrating compassion, not to be denigrated in these days when the suffering are left to die alone – is hard to say, but then the same is true of the professional bleeders and purgers of … Continue reading

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Old views on biology tested empirically

With biology nowadays so focused on evolutionary theory (“nothing makes sense” etc – Dobzhansky) it’s easy to forget that the predictions of older theories about the living world can still be tested against the wealth of modern data. Sometimes, they do surprisingly well: sometimes they don’t.

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