A glimmer of hope in repressive England

2021 Jan 25, 7:33pm   372 views  6 comments

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In many countries, the trend over these past years has been of introducing sometimes too broadly and poorly defined, and ever-more restrictive and stringent anti hate speech laws at the expense of freedom of expression.

This has been particularly noticeable in the UK, with a recent string of incidents encroaching on people’s right to free speech, sometimes involving police and judiciary intervention.

But now, MPs like Andrew Bridgen are warning that this practice should not be allowed to continue, for the sake of protecting free speech and democracy.

In an report for the Sunday Express, Bridgen mentioned a court case that involved a man first questioned by the police because of tweets about transgender issues, and eventually brought before a judge, who, however, threw out the case – and even compared the policeman acting on a report from “an offended citizen” to “the Gestapo.”

But Bridgen doesn’t think either judges or Big Tech should be deciding at their sole discretion on a subjective matter like “regulation of language” contained in current UK laws on hate speech, dating back to the Blair era. Instead, he thinks the laws, whose initial purpose was to deal with homophobia and racism, which define hate speech as anything perceived as such “by the victim” are bad and should be revoked.

“To protect free speech and democracy, this legislation must be repealed,” said Bridgen.

A new or amended law would probably be valid only in England and Wales, as Scotland marches on with its controversial legislation dealing with the same subject. There, the direction is opposite, with intent to make hate speech legislation even more restrictive.

The current legal solutions, said to be “fueling the woke culture,” are now being examined by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who is, according to her office, considering how they could be reformed.

But some MPs from the ruling Conservative Party want to see the law completely scrapped.

At the same time, experts worry that this would mean the police alone would be the ones to decide on what constitutes for hate speech.

All "hate speech" laws are immoral attacks on freedom of expression, and in the US, direct violations of the First Amendment.

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1   cisTits   2021 Jan 26, 12:13pm  

"Freedom of Speech isn't to protect your right to what you say but rather protects the right of the guy who says things you don't like." -- not sure who gets the attribution for this one.
2   Patrick   2023 Jan 16, 11:02pm  


Andrew Bridgen
(North West Leicestershire) (Con)
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Three months ago, one of the most eminent and trusted cardiologists, a man with an international reputation, Dr Aseem Malhotra, published peer-reviewed research that concluded that there should be a complete cessation of the administration of the covid mRNA vaccines for everyone because of clear and robust data of significant harms and little ongoing benefit. He described the roll-out of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine as

“perhaps the greatest miscarriage of medical science, attack on democracy, damage to population health, and erosion of trust in medicine that we will witness in our lifetime.”

Interestingly, there has so far not been a single rebuttal of Dr Malhotra’s findings in the scientific literature, despite their widespread circulation and the fact that they made international news.

Before I state the key evidence-based facts that make a clear case for complete suspension of these emergency use authorisation vaccines, it is important to appreciate the key psychological barrier that has prevented these facts from being acknowledged by policymakers and taken up by the UK mainstream media. That psychological phenomenon is wilful blindness. It is when human beings—including, in this case, institutions—turn a blind eye to the truth in order to feel safe, reduce anxiety, avoid conflict and protect their prestige and reputations. There are numerous examples of that in recent history, such as the BBC and Jimmy Savile, the Department of Health and Mid Staffs, Hollywood and Harvey Weinstein, and the medical establishment and the OxyContin scandal, which was portrayed in the mini-series “Dopesick”. It is crucial to understand that the longer wilful blindless to the truth continues, the more unnecessary harm it creates.

Here are the cold, hard facts about the mRNA vaccines and an explanation of the structural drivers that continue to be barriers to doctors and the public receiving independent information to make informed decisions about them. Since the roll-out in the UK of the BioNTech-Pfizer mRNA vaccine, we have had almost half a million yellow card reports of adverse effects from the public. That is unprecedented. It is more than all the yellow card reports of the past 40 years combined. An extraordinary rate of side effects that are beyond mild have been reported in many countries across the world that have used the Pfizer vaccine, including, of course, the United States. ...

In other words, the benefits of the vaccine are close to non-existent. Beyond the alarming yellow card reports, the strongest evidence of harm comes from the gold standard, highest possible quality level of data. A re-analysis of Pfizer and Moderna’s own randomised controlled trials using the mRNA technology, published in the peer-reviewed journal Vaccine, revealed a rate of serious adverse events of one in 800 individuals vaccinated. These are events that result in hospitalisation or disability, or that are life changing. Most disturbing of all, however, is that those original trials suggested someone was far more likely to suffer a serious side effect from the vaccine than to be hospitalised with the ancestral, more lethal strain of the virus. These findings are a smoking gun suggesting the vaccine should likely never have been approved in the first place.

In the past, vaccines have been completely withdrawn from use for a much lower incidence of serious harm. For example, the swine flu vaccine was withdrawn in 1976 for causing Guillain-Barré syndrome in only one in 100,000 adults, and in 1999 the rotavirus vaccine was withdrawn for causing a form of bowel obstruction in children affecting one in 10,000. With the covid mRNA vaccine, we are talking of a serious adverse event rate of at least one in 800, because that was the rate determined in the two months when Pfizer actually followed the patients following their vaccination. Unfortunately, some of those serious events, such as heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism will result in death, which is devastating for individuals and the families they leave behind. Many of these events may take longer than eight weeks post vaccination to show themselves.

An Israeli paper published in Nature’s scientific reports showed a 25% increase in heart attack and cardiac arrest in 16 to 39-year-olds in Israel. Another report from Israel looked at levels of myocarditis and pericarditis in people who had had covid and those who had not. It was a study of, I think, 1.2 million who had not had covid and 740,000 who had had it. The incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis was identical in both groups. This would tell the House that whatever is causing the increase in heart problems now, it is not due to having been infected with covid-19. ...
3   Patrick   2023 Mar 17, 6:19pm  


Andrew Bridgen: We have surely now sacrificed enough of our own citizens’ lives on the alter of ignorance
"Big Pharma have put profits before people. Governments across the globe have been their willing marketing agents."

Nicholas Creed
3 min ago

“I therefore call on the government to immediately stop the mRNA booster programme and initiate a full public enquiry not only into the vaccine harms but how every agency set up to protect to public interest have failed so abysmally”

The mere handful of other people present in the House of Commons speaks volumes to how entrenched this corruption goes.

Most of the UK’s politicians have been captured, bribed, bought off, compromised, and now serve their globalist and corporate masters.

They do not serve the people.

Thank you Andrew Bridgen.

Has a good video.
5   Patrick   2023 Mar 19, 8:01pm  


An historic speech in the House of Commons by Andrew Bridgen
"Mr. Deputy Speaker, if we were to perpetuate [the jabs] what we'll actually be doing is engaging in very expensive state-sponsored self-harm on a national level."

Transcriber B
3 min ago
New transcript, just posted:

Dr. John Campbell Presents Mr. Andrew Bridgen's Well Thought-out, Well-researched Speech
"The figures are stark, Mr. Deputy speaker. What I'm quoting from is the government's own published data... We have surely now sacrificed enough of our citizens on the lives on the altar of ignorance and unfettered corporate greed to satisfy anyone I therefore call on the government to immediately stop the mRNA vaccine booster program and initiate a full public inquiry into not only the vaccine homes but how every agency and institution set up to protect the public interest have failed so abysmally in their duties."— Andrew Bridgen, Member of Parliament, UK

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