Mark Dolan: The Omicron variant has all the makings of an omni-con and an omnishambles

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if it wasn’t being threatened with being taken away

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Welcome to hell.

Another gloomy press conference in that £2.6 million studio that you and I paid for. It was all very familiar - a tired and defeated looking Prime Minister, back in the pocket of the sage scientists and the professors of gloom, Whitty and Vallance, the worst double act since the Crays, serving up their usual recipe of apocalyptic predictions and worst case scenarios.

Surprise surprise, in the run-up to Christmas, a new variant of concern has emerged. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, if it wasn’t being threatened with being taken away. Well I'm not concerned, about this new variant of concern. Because we are done now. With just a few weeks until Christmas, this goose is cooked and it’s time for this turkey to get stuffed. In my view, a failed attempt to control this virus for over a year and a half has done more than enough damage to this country, and yet we are now back on track for many more months, if not years, of the same. One of the most respected medics in the world, Professor Jay Bhattacharia, Head of Stamford medical school in California in the United States, has described lockdowns as the “biggest public-health cock up in history”. This is a globally respected scientist, not a swivel eyed nut job tweeting from his mother’s bedroom.

If we are going to talk about variants of concern, I'm more concerned about cancer, I'm more concerned about heart disease, I’m more concerned about mental health, I’m more concerned about Type II diabetes and I’m more concerned about dementia. I'm more concerned about kids and their education and their quality of life. I'm more concerned about the long-term health of the economy which pays for the NHS, schools, policing, welfare, defence, housing and more. I'm more concerned about a budget deficit, in which more is going out than is coming in, and I'm more concerned about over two trillion quid's worth of national debt, currently running at 103.6% of Gross Domestic Product. Which means the debt is now bigger than the economy itself. Well done everyone.

If we are going to talk about variants of concern, I'm more concerned about the lasting societal damage of Covid passports, which predicates certain rights and access to services, based upon your health status. I'm more concerned about the crushing of scientific debate around Covid itself and the vaccine. For example it has been little reported that the diagnosed cases of the new variant were reportedly among vaccinated patients. How inconvenient for the jab-happy narrative. Fabulous though the vaccines are against severe illness and death – and I’m double jabbed and will get the booster - they don’t stop transmission and I’ve got questions about their side effects. Who cares if those side effects are rare. If you are not in a vulnerable group, why pressurise people to have it, with the threat of losing your job for non-compliance? Children, for example. They should not be jabbed in my view. But don’t take my word for it, that was the view of the JCVI – the organisation that advises the government on vaccines - and I stand by their decision. The government didn’t. I'm more concerned that we seem to have ignored the principle of natural immunity. Study after study demonstrates that if healthy people get Covid and recover, their protection surpasses that of any vaccine, by an order of magnitude. I'm more concerned about almost everything except Covid, because we’ve had nearly two years of this and it’s got to stop. We have sacrificed so much for this nasty virus and yes, we all hate it and we’ve lost too many but it is a virus non-fatal to almost everyone, and it’s a virus which a third of population have been advised, to pretend they've got. Act like you've got it. Remember that? Dance like no one’s watching, sing like no-one’s listening. And I’m concerned about this press conference today, because it takes us back to the cosy Covid consensus, the old narrative – lock down, mask up and remove liberty - it takes us back to square one. It starts with masks, but social distancing, work from home orders and lockdowns are lurking around the corner. Because that’s the script. A script religiously followed by most of the media today, pushing for more measures.

Let’s talk about this mask mandate, in which incredibly the state decrees that we should cover our noses and mouths, without compelling, overwhelming evidence that they have any effect. What about the economic impact of masks – retailers have told me it dents sales. What about the social impact, the impact on small children’s view of the world, on the visually or audibly impaired, what about the impact on your health of covering your cake hole and breathing in your own crap all day? What about the environmental damage – the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign told me we chuck away forty million of these rags daily, to go into landfill, or worse the sea, where via fish they will ultimately enter the food chain. Well done everyone. Don’t take my word for it. Former SAGE advisor, Dr Colin Axon, who’s been on this show, told the Telegraph newspaper in July that masks are nothing more than a security blanket and he does not recommend them at all.

In the interview he warned that some cloth masks have gaps which are invisible to the naked eye, but are 5,000 times the size of viral Covid particles.

"The small sizes are not easily understood but imagine marbles fired at builders' scaffolding, some might hit a pole and rebound, but obviously most will fly through."

Dr Axon said that medics were "unable to comprehend" the minuscule elements at play, adding: "A Covid viral particle is around 100 nanometres, material gaps in blue surgical masks are up to 1,000 times that size, cloth mask gaps can be 5,000 times the size." He acknowledged as we all do that masks will stop saliva flying out of your mouth but added "Not everyone carrying Covid is coughing, but they are still breathing. Those aerosols escape masks and will render the mask ineffective."

"The public were demanding something must be done, they got masks, it is just a comfort blanket," Dr Axon noted. "But now it is entrenched, and we are entrenching bad behaviour. "All around the world you can look at mask mandates and superimpose on infection rates, you cannot see that mask mandates made any effect whatsoever. "The best thing you can say about any mask is that any positive effect they do have is too small to be measured."

Wow. Even though the scientific case for masks is flaky at best – we were told early on by government advisors not to wear one - the damage is beyond doubt. And yet they are making an unwelcome return, like a particularly stubborn case of chlamydia. So why do we see the reintroduction of these measures? In my view it's politics not science. With a new variant upon us, the government are indulging in their favourite pastime – being seen to do something. Window dressing. We are covering our faces, so that they can cover their arses. We’ve spent almost two years on an expensive and damaging rollercoaster, powered by debatable science. Why does freedom-loving Florida have a lower per capita death rate from Covid, than lockdown loving California? No one will answer that question, because there is no answer to it.

Virus gonna virus.

Now we are being softened up for more of these questionable measures. This new variant with the fancy name of Omicron, has all the makings of an omni-con and an omnishambles. With the vulnerable and anyone else who wants it triple jabbed, it’s time to restore personal choice and individual judgement of risk and learn to live with this virus.

Now we must follow the law at all times, absolutely. But make your voices heard, peacefully and democratically, via platforms like this brand new television network, GB News. Chris Whitty said this week he feared people will no longer comply with future measures. And who could blame them? The cruel irony, is that we comply to make this end, but our compliance means it never does