I'd have no problem stripping Chris Whitty of his knighthood and throwing him in the Tower, says Patrick Christys

We were told we were following the science but in reality we were only following one version of the science

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All this partygate or Beergate stuff is just a distraction. The question shouldn’t be - who broke the rules? It should be - were the rules actually justified?

We were told we were following the science but in reality we were only following one version of the science, and that version was sometimes wrong.

The fact is, people like Chris Whitty were wrong more times than they were right.

Patrick Christys says scientists like Chris Whitty were wrong more than they were right.
Patrick Christys says scientists like Chris Whitty were wrong more than they were right.

In fact, he may well have been more of a hindrance than a help. I’d have no problem stripping him of his knighthood and throwing him in the tower. In any other walk of life or profession, if you got things wrong as often as the sage boffins did, you’d get the sack.

You may be wondering why I’m taking all this back up again, well, it’s because we’ve got an inquiry into our Covid response and I, for one, can’t wait for people to be held to account.

This inquiry, due to start in 2023, will look at the use of lockdowns and other "non-pharmaceutical" interventions, such as social distancing and the use of face coverings

* the management of the pandemic in hospitals and care homes

* the procurement and provision of equipment like personal protective equipment and ventilators

* support for businesses and jobs, including the furlough scheme, as well as benefits and sick pay

But, perhaps more importantly, it’s been expanded to include the impact Whitty and Co’s actions had on our mental health, and the mental health of our children.

Chris Whitty played a pivotal role in the UK's response to the pandemic.
Chris Whitty played a pivotal role in the UK's response to the pandemic.

I hope this inquiry exposes those responsible for exactly what they are.

Just think about this: shutting gyms in the name of public health. Turning the National Health Service into the National Covid Service - dropping everything to focus singularly on this virus, putting millions on NHS waiting lists, creating a situation whereby more being will die as a result of our response to the pandemic than died during the pandemic itself.

Patrick Christys says the mental health of many has severely suffered as a result of lockdown.
Patrick Christys says the mental health of many has severely suffered as a result of lockdown.

Completely sacrificing our economy. Ruining a generation of children’s education. Causing a national mental health crisis. A ruinous work from home culture. That’s lunacy. Utter, utter lunacy.

I’m absolutely convinced that the vast majority of extremely elderly people in care homes would have rather died from Covid than not be allowed to see their loved ones. The reality is we then sent people who were dying from Covid into care homes to infect them all anyway! So we might as well have just let them hug their grandkids!

I think there’s another really interesting element to all this as well: the reason why we blindly went along with Chris Whitty’s national hostage situation was because he’s a so-called medical expert. So we just trusted him. We put him on a pedestal.

And the irony is that, after doing that, right now in this country trust in the medical community has never been lower. You’d probably say that to your GP’s face but, of course, I bet you can’t get an appointment to see them.

There has to be some accountability for what went on. For the damage mentally and economically.

The Hippocratic Oath says first, do no harm. Well, did they stick to that oath?