Frederick Forsyth wrote a scathing letter – posted in Tuesday Telegraph – link fear tactics employed to scare East Berliners by supporting the Berlin Wall with those employed by the UK government to ensure compliance with Covid regulations. His letter is written in response to an article published by the Telegraph last week on “secret tactics” used by the government to get the public to stay home.
Kudos to The Telegraph and Gordon Rayner for revealing that the mass fear campaign that reduced a once brave nation to shaking terror was deliberately organized to gain obedience to the lockdown policy.
I have only seen something like this once. This was when I was posted to East Germany in 1962. Such a brainwashing tactic was employed to scare East Berliners into believing that the Berlin Wall was a defensive measure to protect them from tiny West Berlin, and that the Stasi was their guardian. The wall was of course an instrument of enslavement.
I never thought that the government of a country whose uniform I once wore so proudly would fall so low. Those responsible must be identified without delay and removed from any office on us.
In the Telegraph article published last week, a retired NHS consultant clinical psychologist reportedly said “there is growing concern in my field about the use of fear and shame as a driver of behavior change”.
Gary Sidley… said: “It’s like there is a small industry around managing the pandemic and that rules out alternative voices.” …
Mr Sidley was so concerned that he and 46 colleagues wrote to the British Psychological Society (BPS) expressing ‘concerns about the activities of government-employed psychologists … as part of their mission to gain respect. massive public with the current restrictions on coronaviruses ”.
The letter added: “Our view is that the use of covert psychological strategies – which work below the level of people’s consciousness – to ‘push’ citizens to comply with a controversial and unprecedented public health policy is raising deep ethical questions.
The Telegraph has learned that the BPS ethics committee will discuss the matter at its next meeting on June 21 – coincidentally on the same day all lockdown restrictions will end.
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