Updated: Dec 14, 2020
The good news is that we did not get arrested on Saturday 28th, which was the last Saturday of the ‘national lockdown’. This short video shows that we try to be creative and work around the 'regulations and that we also have a sense of humour about the whole thing, but did the authorities find it equally amusing? Who knows. Humour is now in very short supply in Covid Britain.
A police car drove past but did not stop. 2 police officers walked through Bonn Square later in the day but headed straight for 2 drunks who were making a bit of noise. And 2 more rode through on bikes later on but appeared to be chasing someone down a side street. We did advise people throughout the day not to gather in clumps in front of the gazebo, but to disperse throughout the square to chat. It does appear that ‘not all gathering is equal’ however, as the police are only concerned about obvious ‘anti lockdown gathering’ and ignore other groups of people who are not obviously engaged in discussing lockdowns and related issues.
This Saturday of course we were back to Tiers again, which means that the ‘rule of 6’ applies. However, we were still approached by the police on 2 occasions throughout the course of the day. 2 police officers asked us how it was going, as if they were actually interested. I gave them the most winning smile I could muster and we reassured them that we are providing the opportunity for the public to debate the key issues of the day, and that we deliberately avoid confrontational scenarios. They left, advising us to contact them if we had ‘any bother’. We were approached later in the day and we all dispersed to different parts of the square, leaving just one of our friends to chat to them. They wanted to know how long we were planning on staying and we gave them a very non-committal answer.
It was interesting to note that the Police did not show the same interest in interrogating the group of 7th day Adventists standing beside us.Again the take-away message seems to be that ‘not all gathering is equal’.
Can you make 'generalisations' about who is anti-lockdown?
I don’t like identity politics. I don’t like being pigeon-holed into a group just because I have a particular opinion on something. Or people making an assumption that I am going to think a certain way on an issue based on other things they know about me. So I never thought I would make a statement saying that you could guess what someone’s opinion might be on lockdown based on their background or profession or their age. However, you sort of can. There are lots of exceptions of course and I have to say that first as I want to make it clear that these are generalisations but they are based on actually talking to a lot of people over a period of months.
One observation we have made over the months that we have been engaging with the general public is that the more a person is afforded status by the system, the more likely they are to reject questions about official narratives. In general, we have found that students from Oxford University reject any questioning of the lockdown narrative outright. When we point out that Oxford Professors of relevant fields, such as Gupta, Heneghan and Jefferson also question the narrative, the students dismiss them. Other groups of people we have found to be averse to criticising the official narrative are scientists, immunologists, NHS workers and most people we have met who work at Oxford University. It is probably worth pointing out that none of these people have suffered hardship from lockdowns, and they are part of what you could call 'the system', where you are most likely to only hear 'pro-lockdown propaganda', which frequently passes as 'news' these days. You are also very likely to be criticised for speaking out,
So who is more likely to be anti-lockdown? People who do not have a formal education, anyone who likes going out on the town, Brexiteers and the older generation. And my postman, who I made friends with when I told him back in March that he did not really have to put my post at the top of the driveway but could just hand it to me in the normal way. Add to that a group of mixed eccentrics, critical thinkers, small business owners, whistle-blowers, naturopaths, chiropractors and people who have some sort of faith in a higher power and are not afraid of death. (Many of these people are delighted to discover that we have a presence in the centre of town. Some of them are very lonely and isolated and come back week after week to chat. If we achieve nothing noteworthy, we are at least providing a means of social interaction in an increasingly isolated world.)
I chatted to a group of four young men who were out drinking and I could hear them approaching the gazebo. “Are they anti-lockdown?’, I heard one of them saying as if he could not really believe it (this is quite common). We then had a chat about how ridiculous it is to have to order a full meal with a drink. It makes perfect sense that if your lifestyle is being negatively affected, you are more likely to question lockdown ideology.
Here's a very clumsy attempt at some generalisations regarding the two 'camps'. Can they ever see eye to eye or will we be forever divided?
Pro-lockdown: Guardian reader / BBC watcher / 'Remainer' / Collectivist (ie has fallen for the 'common good' propaganda / young so has no reason to be suspicious of government / young so a product of an increasingly 'politically correct' education? / part of the newly emerged 'authoritarian left', Labour supporters who have been convinced (again by propaganda) that an uncaring Tory government did not lockdown soon enough.
Anti-lockdown: Anyone and everyone who has lost faith in the political class / Brexiteers - already having an appreciation of freedom and democracy having studied the history of the EU / older people - they have an understanding of history and the importance of individual freedom / naturopaths etc - they understand the immune system so are naturally critical of masks and vaccines / small businesses - as their livelihoods are directly affected / 'ordinary people' - who seem to have a better BS detector than some highly educated individuals. And last but not least, the number of people who you could count on one hand who have a full understanding of what is the Great Reset and have heard of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Of course, we are unapologetically anti-lockdown. Nobody describes 'Why?' better than Tom Woods in this video entitled 'The Covid Cult':
Why do people wear masks?
That sounds like an easy question to answer. I thought they were mainly true believers in the possibility of asymptomatic spread. However, I went out for lunch a couple of days ago, and when we were leaving the restaurant, there were 2 people waiting to be seated, wearing masks. My friend said to them, 'It's a mask-free day', (joking of course, because we know, don't we, that there is no such thing.....).
However, surprisingly, the man said, 'really? Thank God for that', and immediately took his mask off!
And here was me thinking that everyone was wearing them to protect you and me from a deadly virus. I was also surprised at the fact that this man believed in the 'mask free day' without questioning it.
I wonder how many people are wearing masks because they are true believers, and how many are wearing them because they are afraid of social disapproval or being fined? It might be interesting to do a survey.....
'The Social Experimentalist' comes to Oxford
For anyone who has not heard of 'The Social Experimentalist', here's a short video of him in action in Oxford city centre:
He turned up again on Sunday, and Francis went to meet him. Here's what he had to say: "Yesterday I met a youtuber called the Social Experimentalist and filmed for him as he spoke to the public in Oxford using a megaphone. He asked people if they were happy about the vaccine and if they were going to take it. Many people answered yes and when he asked if their little children walking with them would have it too, the parents said yes. Sometimes the little children shouted "Yes!" expressing their conditioned delight about it before their parents had answered.
Thankfully this may not be indicative of a majority as most people did not answer him and some rejected the idea of having the vaccine outright.
Later he asked passers-by their opinions quietly one on one. When asked if there should be penalties for not taking the vaccine they often said yes. Some also said yes when asked if they thought the unvaccinated should be made to wear something that indicated their unvaccinated status. I was particularly struck hearing these opinions come out from behind the mask of one blonde girl in her twenties who had bright innocent eyes.
She had a South African twang to her accent so perhaps there was a cultural legacy in there. Make no mistake though, well meaning people are advocating horrors."
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