Letter to Barry Sheerman MP, 25/03/2020
Letter to Barry Sheerman MP, 03/04/2020
Letter to Barry Sheerman MP, 30/05/2020
I hope you remain well in these tumultuous times. There have been many developments in the weeks since I wrote to you last, and, as the coronavirus crisis quickly escalates, a situation which is being used to systematically erase our rights and freedoms, I felt I must write to you again.
The concerns I raised in my last letter of 3rd April. 2020 – that it would become incumbent on me to make public declarations about my private health status in order to continue to participate in society - have only intensified, with the introduction of the NHS tracking app, and the new “contact tracing” programme.
These services do not hinge on the informed consent of participants, but rather, to quote a recent Forbes magazine article: “Contact-tracing is not an opt-in Bluetooth app that might register your proximity to an infected person, under a very limited set of circumstances, including that you’re both fully running the app. No, contact tracing is a manually-intensive, surveillance-heavy, privacy-intrusive process where a combination of brute-force measures and meticulous attention to detail, under the purview of well-trained operatives, roots out the spread of infection.” - https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/05/22/contact-tracing-apple-google-coronavirus-security-update-android-iphone/?fbclid=IwAR0xyht-0YqqJGMs77d8gUb10pCdDjHOPtPjotj74NzFsrt-P0nb4aX-C0k#431b6ac81d59
Having worked in telephone-based roles for a number of years myself (including at [name redacted] here in Huddersfield, a position I have lost as a result of the current situation), I know how tightly guarded people’s personal information is, and that an organisation may not utilise personal information that has not been expressly and consensually obtained. Furthermore, if a person is contacted by an organisation and requests clarification on where that organisation obtained their details, the organisation is legally obliged to tell them.
Therefore, I fail to see how the NHS “contact tracing” programme is operating within the confines of the law. Rather, it appears this programme has plunged every citizen in the UK into a kangaroo court, whereby they may, at any time, be ordered into house-arrest by a complete stranger on the end of a telephone, having committed no crime, with no right to appeal, and on the say-so of an unidentified person, who is not required to provide a single scrap of evidence that their claims of “contact” are true. As the “accusing party” remains unidentified, the person being contacted is rendered completely unable to confirm or deny the claims of contact. This is a farce, and blatantly wide open to misuse and abuse. In addition, the conditions which qualify for “close contact” seem to have been invented entirely out of whole cloth, and I have yet to see a single piece of credible evidence that being around a person with a positive COVID-19 test for 15+ minutes, as opposed to any other time frame, is uniquely dangerous. If it is, then why do we need to “socially distance” from people we pass for only a matter of seconds on the street? The other qualifications for “close contact” appear equally arbitrary and inconsistent.
This house-arrest – which Matt Hancock has clarified will only be voluntary if you comply, and if you don’t, will be mandatory – is for a cold virus which has an extremely high recovery rate, and is effectively no threat at all to people under 40 with no comorbidities, such as myself. In addition, I have never signed any binding agreement with the government stating that my health is their responsibility, and nor has any other person in this country, so I do not recognise the authority our supposed democratic government has to impose this on its citizens at all. I reject the legitimacy of the “lockdown” in its entirety, as have many pre-eminent experts (whose testimonies I alerted you to in an earlier correspondence), and of course, the modelling by Imperial College upon which it was based has been rendered completely invalid.
If a person is concerned about their health, and feels self-isolation is the best measure to protect themselves, then they should be supported to do that. There was and is absolutely no justification at all for forcing it on the rest of us.
It is my contention that the coronavirus is being ruthlessly exploited by the British government, and by governments around the world, to create authoritarian technocracies where such concepts as rights, freedoms, and privacies are abolished, and we exist in a state of perpetual tyranny, where the government can dismantle our lives and throw us into house-arrest any time it pleases. Once under house-arrest, a person is only entitled to SSP, which is £95 per week. This could quickly and easily decimate a family’s finances, especially if an individual is repeatedly identified as a “close contact” of a COVID-positive person, which is entirely within the realms of possibility. If we do not comply with house-arrest, the unprecedented powers granted to the government under the Coronavirus Act allows it to forcibly quarantine us in its own facilities, where it can non-consensually administer any “treatments” it feels are appropriate, or section us under the Mental Health Act for an “initial” period of six months.
This situation is a profound outrage, and an insult to the rights and autonomy of every person in this country, as well as to the memories of our ancestors, who risked - and often lost - their lives, to allow us to live in a free country. They did not die so our governments could imprison us in our homes on the pretext of protecting us from a cold virus; they died to ensure our freedom.
I would like to register that I do not consent to any of these freedom-curtailing or privacy-invading measures, and, should an NHS contact tracer contact me, I will be taking their details and reporting them to the Data Commissioner, which is what I have been advised to do by a lawyer.
Please can you ensure the government is aware that large swathes of the British population do not recognise the legitimacy of the current measures and that we do not consent to them. Many of us are of the view that the government and its agents are acting illegally. You may be aware that the businessman Simon Dolan is in the process of taking the government to trial for illegally imposing "lockdown", whilst a campaign is currently underway to have the Coronavirus Act rendered null and void, as it is allegedly based on falsehoods.
Please can I seek your assurance that you will do everything in your power as a representative of the British people to ensure this country remains a free one, and that we do not descend into an inescapable Orwellian dystopia.