The United Kingdom is never going to get to grips with Covid-19 if its government ministers continue to lie about it.
Grant Shapps – a man well-known for playing fast-and-loose with the facts – was up to his old tricks at a press briefing last week when, as Transport Secretary, he claimed trains were not overcrowded since the Tories ordered people back to work, despite numerous photos of overcrowded trains.
Let’s have a look, shall we?
That looks pretty crowded – and this was the Victoria Line. The Central Line at the height of rush hour must be a nightmare.
Bear in mind that social distancing rules still apply and we are supposed to stay at least two metres away from other people.
Shapps claimed that tube trains have been at just five per cent occupancy – which leads This Writer to wonder whether he has been averaging out usage over each 24-hour period, rather than examining the situation at times when people are most likely to be infected by close proximity to others.
He has announced that it will be mandatory to wear face masks on public transport from June 15, when the government intends to ease lockdown restrictions further and send more people back to work.
There is no justification for such easing; the nation remains at Covid alert level 4, meaning the virus remains at large and its reproduction rate is increasing.
But this is a government that won’t accept our truth; it is too busy pushing its own on us.
So snake-oil salesman Shapps told us, in very poor English: “In fact, there hasn’t been very much crowding situation going on.
“It’s not the case … that transport’s been overcrowded. We’ve been watching it very carefully.”
He continued to deny the facts, despite being shown photographic evidence of overcrowding on trains, taken on different days since the lockdown was eased:
“We tracked it on a day by day basis.
“I can literally tell you the trains where there was an issue, because the train was broken down, or Canning Town [in east London], where those pictures were shared very widely.
“But actually the broad picture is there have been one or two people sitting in carriages a lot of the time.”
What can you do, in the face of such blatant denial of the facts from a government minister who is hell-bent on exposing you to a killer disease?
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We’re appealing for information after a vicious and racially-motivated assault on the Central Line.
At around 3.45am on Saturday (7 April), the victim – a 24-year-old woman – was talking to some friends in Spanish.
Two nearby women heard her and started shouting at her, saying she should be talking English when in England.
They then grabbed her hair and pulled her around by her hair. This resulted in injuries to her scalp and cuts to her face.
The women were both black and had braided hair. They were believed to be in their late twenties and one was wearing a brown jacket, while the other was wearing a black jacket.
The train was travelling from Liverpool Street to Stratford.
Officers are currently making a number of enquiries, including looking at CCTV from the stations and would like to speak to any witnesses from the night. Were you in the carriage and did you see what happened? Likewise, do you recognise anyone matching the above description?
Please contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016 with reference 91 of 7 April.
Police investigations are ongoing at a property in Sunbury-on-Thames.
Now two people have been arrested in connection with the failed bomb attack at Parsons Green tube station – but This Writer is willing to bet that still isn’t enough to convince some of you that it was real.
The Vox Political Facebook feed is full of comments straight out of the tinfoil hat:
“This looks like a phones gone pop or laptop’s gone pop. English molehill mountain… No bomb damage just a burning bucket.”
That would be because the bomb didn’t explode; only the detonator. That’s why it only caused a fireball which swept through the train carriage and singed 30 people (some quite badly), rather than a conflagration that could have killed them all, along with many more.
“No scorch marks then? Handbag must be very strong to survive a blast that injured so many.”
This comment refers to the following image:
Of course the side of the handbag that would have taken any damage is facing away from the camera. Also, a fireball would have gone upwards and travelled along the carriage’s ceiling, not outwards. Finally, we have no idea when the handbag was put there; the image was clearly taken after the detonator had been triggered but beyond that we have no idea of the context.
“Gonna get a Lidl’s bag they are indestructible.”
This refers to the fat that the device appeared to be in a plastic bag from the Lidl supermarket chain. Look at the image, though – it clearly wasn’t indestructible.
“If this device sent a fireball down the length of the carriage I don’t understand why there are no signs of any scorch marks in the immediate vicinity, and the white plastic container is in pristine condition.”
Because the flames went upwards, not outwards, as stated previously.
Here’s an image typical of the kind of ‘false flag’ meme going around. They claim that we’re being misled but This Writer’s belief is that they have been created to mislead:
In response, I wrote: “No, it’s the aftermath of a FAILED bomb. It didn’t go off, remember? The fireball was from the detonator. If the bomb had gone off, there would have been a LOT more damage and your sarcastic little meme would be in extremely poor taste.
Seriously, have a think about what has actually happened before posting nonsense like this.
In response to the concluding question: No; it looks like the aftermath of a FAILED bomb.”
Another commenter pointed out: “Flammable gas tends not to burn a lot of things if its source it cut off before it can cause anything else to combust. That’s why it’s so widely used as a ‘safe’ flame source in film and TV production.”
The nonsense goes on and on.
One commenter compared a victim being walked away from the site with a bandage around her head with someone dubbed a “crisis” actress – but the resemblance was only superficial. It was not the same person.
But the boneheads were out in force. Here’s another one: “It doesn’t matter if they are crisis actors or not. If we don’t know by now that the security services are complicit in these false flags then we really need to knock our own heads – preferably with something hard!”
Of course we don’t know anything of the sort and there is no evidence to suggest that our own security services took part in an attack on innocent UK citizens, which would be a contradictin of their own purpose.
What do the people who were injured have to say?
Here’s some sense from another commenter: “I think the facts must come from the people who were there. There WERE some serious burns, one man lost hair from the top of his head and his scalp was burned, on the initial interviews there were people with bandages on their heads and hands and burned clothing. The flames travelled down the carriage at roof level according to what I heard, and a lot of people will have ducked down which would be the natural response and would have been shielded by others less lucky.
“My OPINION – and that of others I have discussed it with, is that the explosion was actually much less serious than it was intended to be, and fortunately for the victims, something went wrong with it resulting in only a small explosion when a much larger one was planned.”
This opinion is shared by another commenter who happens to be friend of This Writer and a former member of the armed forces: “The influencing factor in most IEDs is not the explosive used but the containment of the explosive to build pressure while it burns up. Contain the explosive pressure for just long enough and you have a powerful bomb. Contain it for too long and it doesn’t explode at all, don’t control it for long enough and you get the equivalent of a magnesium flashpot – a short but intense localised burst of heat and light that’s capable of causing 1st/2nd degree burns and loss of hair on people standing close to it but not enough to cause damage to sturdier materials like hard plastics. This is what appears to have happened here and if so, any shrapnel included in the bomb would likely not have been expelled.”
The overwhelming chorus from the ‘false flag’ brigade is that the attempted bomb was a bid by the minority Conservative government to attack what’s left of our civil liberties.
But there’s one big problem with that: We already know that the UK’s ability to detect planned terror attacks has been whittled away by Theresa May and the minority Conservative government. There should be no support for any attempt to remove our remaining civil liberties because it would be the wrong response by this government to a situation for which this government is responsible.
In short: It is irrational to support oppressive measures proposed by a government to stop an emergency that it has created.
The ‘false flag’ brigade should think about that before parading their ignorance across the Internet.
There is another aspect to this story that has been seized and perverted by the ‘false flag’ people – the claim that the first man to be arrested had formerly been fostered by a couple who had looked after hundreds of children, including refugees. The claim is that MI5 had radicalised this 18-year-old in some way.
This Writer is keen to know how that is supposed to work. It seems more likely that, as a refugee, this person was recruited after leaving the care of Roger and Penelope Jones, but I’ll stand corrected if I have to. I suspect I’ll be waiting for confirmation of the story for a very long time.
A second man has been arrested in connection with Friday’s attack on a London Tube train, police said.
The 21-year-old man was arrested in Hounslow, west London, on Saturday night on suspicion of a terror offence and is in custody in south London.
An 18-year-old man is also being held on suspicion of a terror offence over the Parsons Green explosion.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC that the second arrest suggests the attacker was not “a lone wolf”.
Police are searching a residential address in Stanwell, Surrey, in connection with the 21-year-old man’s arrest.
Police are continuing to search a house in Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey.
It is thought the 18-year old, who was arrested in the port of Dover on Saturday morning, lives there.
An image from a Twitter user of an alleged device on the train at Parsons Green tube [Image: @RRigs].
“Attack my arse. Mobile battery went pop.”
“No scorch marks then? Handbag must be very strong to survive a blast that injured so many.”
“Lidl bags are bomb proof wow who knew?”
“That “bomb” doesn’t seem real. Where is the burn damage to the surroundings. How come journalists ‘just happened’ to be there? This doesn’t feel right.”
“I think this bomb was nothing more than a firework that went off a little more vigorously than intended.”
The above are just some of the responses to This Site’s article on the alleged terror attack at Parsons Green tube station.
Fortunately, the police are taking the matter a little more seriously than the clowns mentioned above and have arrested an 18-year-old man in the port area of Dover this morning (September 16).
You can draw your own conclusions about why he was found there.
Here’s part of a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police:
“The 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover this morning, Saturday, 16 September, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.
“The man remains in custody at a local police station. He will be transferred to a south London police station in due course.
“Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are continuing to urge anyone with information about the terrorist attack to contact police.
“Thirty people are known to have been injured during the attack in which an improvised explosive device was detonated on a tube train at Parsons Green Underground Station at around 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September.
“So far, detectives have spoken to 45 witnesses and continue to receive information from the public to the confidential anti-terrorist hotline.
“The public has sent 77 images and videos to investigators via the UK Police Image Appeal website. Anyone with footage or images from the incident is urged to upload them at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk where they will be looked at by investigators.
“Anyone with information is urged to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or, in an emergency, always call 999.”
This Writer would urge anybody with information, who has not yet come forward, to do so via the avenues listed in the statement. Clowns need not bother.
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An image from a Twitter user of an alleged device on the train at Parsons Green tube [Image: @RRigs].
The question has to be asked: Would a terrorist have been able to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) on the London Underground if Theresa May had not cut the police’s ability to detect and prevent such attacks?
It seems highly unlikely that 22 people would now be receiving treatment for flash burns after the device partially exploded at Parsons Green station, if the ability of the police to gather intelligence about planned attacks had not been seriously hindered by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
But I wanted to highlight the words of Professor Michael Clarke of the Royal United Services Institute – an expert on the subject. Speaking in June, after the London Bridge terror attack, he warned that police were less able to detect terrorism than they had been in the past:
Expert Michael Clarke says terror attacks could have been prevented – intelligence services missed 'flashing lights' pic.twitter.com/8cH2X9PZiC
This is proof that Theresa May is a threat to our national security. But she is still sitting in Downing Street, pretending to be a prime minister. WHY?
An explosion that injured a number of people at Parsons Green underground station in west London was a terrorist incident, the Met police have said.
Commuters on a tube train reported hearing a bang and seeing a fireball flying down the carriage during Friday morning rush-hour. Pictures and video, purporting to be from the train carriage, were posted of flames coming out of a carrier bag containing a white bucket.
Police later confirmed the blast came from an improvised explosive device.
NHS England said 22 people were receiving treatment at three hospitals as well as an urgent care centre in Parsons Green.
None was thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition.
The incident is the fourth terrorist attack in the UK this year, following incidents at Westminster, London Bridge, Manchester and Finsbury Park in north London. The UK terrorism threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.
The London Underground is in a mess due to cut by the Conservative Government and poor management by Boris Johnson Conservative administration.
Sadiq Khan, the current (Labour, he says) Mayor of London appeared on Radio 4, to oppose the strike, but is arguments do not ring true.
His administration may be working to limit the damage but the service is suffering now, and changes imposed by Johnson and the Tories may be hard to reverse.
The strike was called because of ticket office closures and the loss of 800 staff members under Mr Johnson. Mr Khan could only say 200 jobs had been restored, and his comments about ticket offices were limited to saying he had accepted the findings of a review by Travel Watch. He did not say what those findings were.
Meanwhile, Tube staff are striking because the service is not safe. They say the cuts, along with “brutal” unilaterally-imposed changes to working practices that have been imposed by Transport for London (TfL) have led to “a further exodus of staff from the service”.
That is their right; anybody can walk away from a contract if the other side imposes unfair conditions.
And it doesn’t take genius to work out that they are right to do so.
The level of support for the strike among those who remain – only 10 stations are open, it has been reported – is evidence of this.
The Tube system needs restoration now – not talk about doing it tomorrow (maybe).
Claims that the strike is causing misery for a day show a lack of understanding that the aim is to prevent misery on a regular – or indeed permanent – basis.
They are the claims of the selfish, the narrow-minded, and the ignorant.
They are on strike to ensure stations do not have to close due to lack of staff and that 1m more people can travel comfortably on the tube
Some critics are even claiming that Tube workers have decent, well-paid jobs and should not, therefore, be striking.
The only reason any employee has a decent, well-paid job, is union action – including strikes. And in this case it is clear that striking remains the only way to protect pay and conditions that the Conservative Party has tried to erode.
It’s time some of the people catching a bus today also got a clue.
The UK has become less safe against Daesh/IS-related terrorist attacks after David Cameron was granted his wish to send warplanes to the organisation’s homeland in Syria.
At least, that’s the result for one UK citizen who suffered serious injuries in a knife attack at Leytonstone Tube station. The attacker is said to have shoute,d “This is for Syria”.
If it was a terrorist attack, if only on a small scale, then it has ruined the security services’ record of foiling attacks – seven are said to have been prevented in the last year.
The shouted words make a direct link between the knife attack and the decision to bomb Daesh in Syria. UK efforts in that respect have yet to harm any military target, despite two raids having taken place already.
Cameron’s claims have, so far, been wrong on every level.
Police were called to reports of people being attacked at Leytonstone around 19:00 GMT on Saturday. The knifeman reportedly shouted “this is for Syria”.
A man was arrested after being Tasered by police. One man suffered serious knife injuries while two others received minor injuries.
Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism detectives are investigating the case.
Downing Street said it was monitoring the situation closely.
The Met said the suspect was reportedly threatening other people with a knife.
Fellow passengers reportedly shouted at the man to drop his weapon and one person shouted “You ain’t no Muslim bruv,” a sentiment which has been picked up on social media by people trying to disown and sideline the attacker.
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