The Government Have Become Cult-like; Censoring Any Opinion That Isn’t Their Own.
The government are censoring opinions and repressing experts. Oh, how far we’ve fallen.
Words by William Cooper.
Hypocrisy and corruption are two human traits that are integral to civilisation. From the empires of old, to Western democracy today, both are bound by the existence hypocrisy and corruption. Someone is always trying to contradict the other, either to improve their personal image or to make financial gain. Therefore, the stench of hypocrisy and corruption that has wafted its way through the nation this week, is nothing that should be surprising. But what people are surprised by more is not the smell, but the fact that the culprit has been caught red-handed and still point-blank refuses to admit to it, or to even acknowledge the stench at all.
Of course, when I give this analogy, I allude to the Dominic Cummings scandal that has encased itself around the government this week. Cummings has been nowhere to be seen since he gave his press conference on Monday evening. Government ministers, including the Prime Minister himself, have said little on the subject, hoping that in time, the scandal will fade away. Of course, they are correct in this mindset: the scandal will not remain prominent forever and by this time next week, a new story will have unfolded to inevitably enrage the public and condemn the government.
No drama, just Starmer.
However, I know of one man that is responsible for prolonging the scandal: for making the government squirm and fester in their own faeces. That man in Sir Kier Starmer. The Labour leader’s refrainment from openly jumping on the bandwagon with other opposition parties and attacking Cummings as a collective, has been a stroke of genius in itself, whereas at the onset it was deemed to be a weak position.
This decision that Starmer has taken is wise. By not forming an ‘alliance’ of all the opposition parties, Starmer refrained from turning the scandal into a full-fledged political war, which ultimately would have happened if he had formed such an ‘alliance’. The government however have been begging for an ‘alliance’ to be formed. This, they recognise, would move the spotlight away from the actual issue at hand, and instead place it on to the conflict that would ensue between the government and the opposition parties. This is something that the government would have revelled in and been extremely efficient in waging.
Starmer would have therefore been the government’s saving grace, by loosening the rope around its neck and giving it a chance to fight again. Johnson indeed was most likely praying for a public statement to be made by the Labour leader, which would have given him the ammunition he needed to start a war, and hastily redirect attention.
What Starmer has done however, is say very little. He has not made any grand public statements; instead, he took to social media to give his opinions and criticisms. However, a post on social media is not adequate ammunition to justify an attack, and the government recognise this. Consequently, Starmer has left the government to fester in its own mess, and indirectly forced (through non-action) the Prime Minister to bear the brunt of his own decision making. Starmer has not thrown Johnson a rope in the form of a political air war, but instead watched from the side of the lake as the government’s boat slowly sinks deeper into the water.
With no other option available, the government have been forced to commit two forms of political oppression: media censorship and repression of expertise.
Censorship and repression.
The censoring of Emily Maitlis from BBC Newsnight after her condemnation of the Cummings scandal in her opening remarks (which I have spoken about in a previous article), was the first sign that the government were not going to play a fair game. Maitlis was removed from Newsnight on Wednesday night and replaced by reporter Katie Razzall. There has been little to suggest that she will return before this scandal settles down.
The repression of expertise occurred last night at the daily press conference, when the Prime Minister himself restricted both the Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA), Sir Patrick Vallance, and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Chris Whitty, from answering any questions regarding the Cummings scandal. In their first appearances since the scandal arose, the two advisors were completely controlled by the Prime Minister.
The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg asked the two civil servants what they thought of the investigation conducted and concluded by Durham Police concerning the Cummings scandal, in particular the trip to Barnard Castle. The CMO and CSA were not given any chance to respond to this, as the Prime Minister came in to “interpose” them both. Kuenssberg was then cut off before she could ask a follow up question.
All the journalists that followed thereafter: Robert Peston from ITV, Sam Coates from Sky, and Jonathan Reilly from the Sun, all asked similar questions, and all were stone-walled by the Prime Minister. Sam Coates in particular asked the CMO and CSA whether they were comfortable with being repressed by the Prime Minister. Both answered, almost in tandem, that they did not wish to be dragged into politics.
This act of repression has now marked a new low point in British politics. When the CMO and CSA are no longer allowed to answer questions freely, the press conferences lose their importance and are not even worth conducting. The government are now seeking to repress all opinion regarding the Cummings scandal, in hope that by silencing the matter, it will fade away.
The state of British politics this week has reached surreal and terrifying depths. The government are acting almost like a failing dictatorship, trying to survive whilst acting as if they are in complete control. They are repressing and censoring any opinion that is not their own and are de-platforming and de-grading those who manage to speak out against them.
James O’Brien, journalist and LBC radio presenter, tweeted that “we’ve moved squarely into cult territory now. It’s utterly tragic”. The government have become a cult of people who convince themselves of something that is utterly false and ridiculous. Anyone who still believes in this government and this Prime Minister are automatically given access. But once you’re in, its incredibly difficult to escape.
Words by William Cooper- CEO and Founder of VeritasMedia.