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Hancock’s excuse for care home deaths changes with the wind – but doesn’t change the fact that HE LIED TO US

Smug little liar: when Matt Hancock opens his mouth to make a claim, it will probably be wrong – or irrelevant.

It should have been easy to demonstrate that Matt Hancock has been lying to Parliament.

This Site provided a handy guide for members of the Commons Science and Health committees, who questioned the Death Health Secretary for four and a half hours on Thursday (June 10).

But instead of catching him out over his old lies, committee members managed to let him tell some new ones.

And they don’t even excuse him from the accusation he faces: causing the deaths of more than 40,000 care home residents by failing to provide adequate protection against Covid-19 – and lying about it.

We know he told us on May 15 last year, “Right from the start we’ve tried to throw a protective ring around our care homes. We set out our first advice in February… we’ve made sure care homes have the resources they need”.

Would this be the advice from Public Health England that “There is currently no transmission of Covid-19 in the community. It is therefore very unlikely that anyone receiving care in a care home … will become infected”?

If so, then it is clearly that his “protective ring” claim was false. Clearly, one of the resources necessary to ensure that care homes are protected from Covid-19 is the testing of people going into those homes, to ensure they don’t have it. This testing was not carried out.

Nor were homes provided with equipment to protect care home residents, in case their neighbours returning from hospital might have the virus – or with advice on how to achieve such protection.

We know that government policy was to provide no protection at all.

This policy did not change, even though Covid-19 deaths were registered at care homes from March 2. So the Tories allowed those deaths – and the infections causing them – to go uncontrolled for 10 days (March 12 is when we understand the advice was changed) before taking any action at all.

Covid-19 testing did not begin in those homes until July last year, by which time more than 29,000 people had died there. At least a further 11,000 people died after testing began, bringing the total to more than 40,000.

Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that [bolding mine] “we brought in the policy of wanting to test everybody who went into a care home as soon as we had those tests available”.

That is not what he told us last May. He lied.

At the Science/Health committee hearing, he said the government had not changed its advice on routinely testing hospital patients before they were discharged into care homes did not change until April – because it was following scientific advice that the virus was unlikely to spread asymptomatically.

That does not make his “protective ring” claim any less of a lie. It doesn’t matter what the scientific advice was – he had claimed the government had been protecting care home residents since February when it hadn’t.

None of his witterings about the scientific advice changes this fact.

Here’s another howler:

Defending the government’s initial advice that all hospital patients did not need to be repeatedly tested before being sent to care homes, he said ministers had “followed the clinical advice” at all times.

Again, this does not excuse him from lying. He said the government had put a “protective ring” around care homes when in fact it had left them completely unprotected.

Why did the MPs grilling (if that’s the word) Hancock not point out that nothing he had said changed the fact that he had lied?

Were they protecting him, for reasons unknown to us? If so, that’s dereliction of duty.

Were they dazzled by the new set of excuses he put up to replace the debunked previous batch?

Or are they simply as stupid as Hancock himself?

He clearly thinks they are, otherwise he would have at least come up with lies that were more convincing.

If any other MP is reading this (I know many of you do), can you please point out that Hancock’s lie is obvious and proven – and that we, the people, want him to face serious and lasting consequences?

Source: Covid: Matt Hancock defends timing of first lockdown – BBC News

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Nearly 9,000 people died from catching Covid-19 in English hospitals. Comment, Matt Hancock?

Smug little liar: Matt Hancock defended himself with untrue claims after Dominic Cummings lambasted him for his many failures to tackle Covid-19. This was just one of them and it caused around 22,000 deaths.

So much for Matt Hancock’s “protective ring” around care homes.

Official NHS data shows around 8,700 people died of Covid-19 after contracting it while being treated for other conditions in English hospitals.

It seems logical to conclude that these include many people who Hancock then sent back to care homes, where inadequate procedures to shield vulnerable residents caused more than 20,000 deaths in total, unless I recall the figures inaccurately.

Fact-checking by The Guardian states that Dominic Cummings’ claim – that Matt Hancock had said a protective shield would be put around care homes but that this was nonsense – was true. That article states:

Cummings said: “We were told categorically in March that people would be tested before they went back to [care] homes, we only subsequently found out that that hadn’t happened. Now while the government rhetoric was we have put a shield around care homes and blah blah blah, it was complete nonsense.”

He went on to say the opposite occurred and people with Covid were sent back to the care homes.

Care homes and representatives of the sector have said the government “completely abandoned” them, while criticism of the handling of the care home issue has been voiced by the former health secretaries Andrew Lansley and Jeremy Hunt.

Though authorities in Britain are not alone in comparison with counterparts in other western states, in terms of failing to follow through on talk of shielding care homes, a study from the London School of Economics has put the number of Covid-19 deaths among care home residents in England and Wales at 22,000, more than double the official estimate.

We all knew Hancock’s silly talk of a “protective ring” around care homes was a lie – more than a year ago, as this article evidences.

How far did Hancock manage to spread Covid-19 through the UK, simply by allowing it to spread among people in hospital getting treatment for other ailments?

And when will he be forced to face justice for it?

(I think we all know the answer to that one, judging by what usually happens: we won’t have the facts until after he has died.)

And here’s the big question:

When with the people of the UK finally stand up and say we’ve had enough of a corrupt government that rewards people who have knowingly helped cause the deaths of thousands upon thousands of us.

Source: Up to 8,700 patients died after catching Covid in English hospitals | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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We all knew about Sajid Javid’s racism – this is more, SHOCKING, proof

It seems there are no racist depths to which Sajid Javid will not stoop.

We have already discussed his racism on This Site, here

And here.

Now, Mr Javid has hit a new low. Read:

“These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice. I want to commend the bravery of the victims. For too long, they were ignored. Not on my watch. There will be no no-go areas.”

He was responding to a BBC news report on the jailing of a paedophile ring in Huddersfield. It states:

“Twenty men have been found guilty of being part of a grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield.

“The men were convicted of more than 120 offences against 15 girls.

“Victims were plied with drink and drugs and then “used and abused at will” in a seven-year “campaign of rape and abuse” between 2004 and 2011.

“At Leeds Crown Court, the ringleader, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years.

“Other members of the gang were jailed for between five and 18 years but the court heard many perpetrators have never been identified.

“Details of the men’s convictions and sentences can only now be published after reporting restrictions on a series of trials were partially lifted.

“During the three trials, jurors heard how the men – who are all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage – preyed on young, vulnerable girls, one of whom was described as having the mental age of a seven-year-old.”

Maybe you think he hasn’t said anything wrong. The paedophiles concerned were Asian – in fact, they were of Pakistani descent, as is Mr Javid. But that’s not the point.

The point is that his words potentially endanger the innocent by stirring up hatred on the grounds of race.

Consider:

Mr Bastani was referring to this Tweet by Mr Javid:

So now it is not only racism but hypocrisy. Mr Javid was happy to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of anti-Semitism (falsely – Zionism is a political doctrine, not a race or ethnicity), and is happy to endanger Asians himself.

Still fuzzy about it? Here’s Ash:

Aleesha makes a good point:

But Seema nails it:

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053410321480716293

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053412358851383296

I know several people who have been abused by men who were not Asian or Muslim and can personally support Ms Chandwani’s guarantee. And by the way, the people I know did not get justice because the police blocked it.

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053415647210823683

Now Ms Chandwani moves onto a very important issue:

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053418173054238720

https://twitter.com/SeemaChandwani/status/1053420096830488576

On the subject of the far-right and sexual abuse, Saboteur Aesop makes the big point:

So Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) nearly caused the collapse of the Hudderfield paedophile case with live-streamed reports claiming to expose the crimes (but actually in danger of prejudicing justice), after making a speech about Muslims and “jihad rape gangs”.

And there is a disproportionate number of recent cases of child sexual abuse and grooming by men in the far-right. I can’t pin this on Mr Yaxley-Lennon because I don’t have any evidence, but there’s no better way to divert suspicion of a crime from oneself than accusing others of it.

And that’s exactly what racist Sajid Javid did when he attacked Jeremy Corbyn over his use of the word “Zionists”. Did he really think we would not recognise his attempt at deflection?

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‘Establishment’ tried to block Heath paedophile inquiry, says police chief who ran it

The police chief has called for an investigation into claims of a child-sex ring being covered up by the establishment [Image: Craig Hibbert].

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale is to be praised for refusing to give in to ‘Establishment’ bullying.

He is calling for an inquiry into allegations that there is, or has been, a Westminster child sex ring – claiming that strenuous efforts have been made to undermine his inquiries regarding former prime minister Edward Heath.

This Writer would say that indicates an inquiry should go ahead at the earliest opportunity.  Wouldn’t you?

In his first major interview since the release of a report which said seven child abuse allegations against Sir Edward – including the rape of an 11-year-old boy – would warrant questioning the former Prime Minister under caution were he still alive, [Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale has]

Called for a new inquiry to ‘lance the boil’ of ‘sinister’ claims that a Westminster child-sex ring was covered up by the Establishment;

Said he could have spent ‘two or three’ more years investigating Sir Edward if his officers had been allowed to dig deeper;

Attacked ‘sickening’ suggestions that the sexual abuse of ‘rent boys’ and those ravaged by drugs or alcohol was less serious than cases involving ‘wealthy people from Middle England’.

He says a ‘relentless campaign by the Establishment’ to undermine him over the Heath inquiry caused him ‘the most stress and soul-searching I’ve had in 30 years. There were some dark days’.

‘It can be quite sinister. I was told early on in Conifer, “You’ll lose your job, the Establishment will get you”. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t believe in Martians. I used to think, “What are these people on about?” ’

Asked if the Heath inquiry had changed his mind, Mr Veale replies in a flash: ‘Yes.’

Is he really suggesting allegations of a wider Westminster paedophile ring – dismissed as fantasy after a separate inquiry into ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan and others collapsed – could be true? Each word of his reply is delivered as carefully and as slowly as a PC stalking a burglar.

‘If any, if even one bit of this [Conifer] is true, what did the Government know, the Civil Service, the security services? Those questions need to be answered.’

Source: Ted Heath police chief calls for a new inquiry into a Westminster child-sex ring ‘covered up’ by the Establishment


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Botched VIP paedophile inquiry: peers demand release of unredacted report

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, an independent crossbench peer, took part in the emergency debate [Image: Rex].

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, an independent crossbench peer who had been removed as chair of the independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse, took part in the emergency debate [Image: Rex].

How interesting that the Guardian should run with comments by Baroness Butler-Sloss, who was de-throned as chair of the inquiry into historical child sexual abuse because of past associations with people she might have had to investigate.

I mention this merely because the Graun doesn’t.

Like the Lords, This Writer has an automatic suspicion of redacted reports. Who decided what should be hidden, and on what criteria? How tight an interpretation of those rules did they use? What do they have to hide?

And it is no surprise that the police were working on a presumption that the people who had been accused were guilty. It seems the legal presumption of innocence is put aside whenever child sex offences are investigated. I have experience of this myself, in a case here in Mid Wales.

There was no material evidence to prove that the defendant had committed any offence, but the prosecutor simply demanded that – if he wasn’t guilty – he demonstrate who else could be. I thought that was the job of the police.

So, despite there being no evidence against him, this man was imprisoned for six years on the basis that he could not prove he wasn’t guilty, which is not a valid way for the UK legal system to work.

In this light, it seems that sight of the full report is vital. These inquiries are all about the secrets that people try to hide – let’s see what the police are hiding too.

A judge-led inquiry which has severely criticised the police investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring should be released in full, peers have said.

A summary of the report by Richard Henriques into Operation Midland, which was redacted by senior Metropolitan police officers, was released on Tuesday. It found the inquiry was launched on the basis of a single witness and made 43 separate errors.

Officers from the Met misled a senior judge to obtain search warrants and seemed to set aside the presumption of innocence to traduce the reputations of former MPs and war heroes, the report found. But only a fraction of the original 493-page report by Henriques was released to the public – and that was redacted after being examined by officers and their legal representatives.

In an emergency debate in the House of Lords, the retired judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, an independent crossbench peer, said: “It is so patently unsatisfactory that the full report is not produced for the public to read. Could I ask the minister whether in fact the Home Office should be urging the commissioner of police to make this report public?”

Following the release of the key findings, the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said he “fully recognised” D-day veteran and former army chief, Edwin Bramall, former Tory MP Harvey Proctor and the late former home secretary Leon Brittan were all “innocent of the offences of which they were accused”.

Source: Operation Midland: peers demand release of unredacted report | UK news | The Guardian

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