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In response to the 2019 and 2020 spread of the CORONAVIRUS PNEUMONIA, one of the world’s largest players in online education – ALISON – offered a free basic course on the virus in February 2020, based on WHO (World Health Organisation) advice/guidelines, with instructions on how to prevent the virus from spreading. The course was advertised by Alison’s founder and CEO: MIKE FEERICK, a ‘social entrepreneur’ regarded as a pioneer in the modern online education industry.

He wrote in one UK related advert: “As of Feb 10th, the deadly coronavirus disease has infected 40,574 people and has claimed the lives of 910 victims globally. As the number of cases in the UK doubles, the UK Government has declared coronavirus as a serious and imminent threat to public health. This move gives the Government additional powers to fight the spread of the virus.”

Feerick had an indirect connection to the famed Microsoft co-creator and philanthropist BILL GATES, who in turn had a significant link to the virus. Feerick set up the precursor to Alison, an e-learning sub-contracting business for MICROSOFT, called ADVANCE LEARNING. Feerick explained: “I owned a number of companies at the time including one creating content for Microsoft. I owned seven courses where we’d charge people to learn Excel, Word – local governments, schools. Then I decided I would put all that content online for free.” (quoted in “SmartInvestor.in”, June 12th 2016).

Bill Gates’ links to the corona virus included: 1) In a 2019 Netflix documentary Gates had predicted that a killer virus could originate in China’s wet markets to rapidly infect the world. 2) The coronavirus strain that spread from China was a patented virus that was owned by The Pirbright Institute, which was partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Alison developed a significant presence in China, as described in Feerick’s Linkedin article: “Alison in China: Taking on the Chinese Learning Dragon Differently” (February 12, 2019). He wrote: “Just a few short months after launching Alison in April 2007, I received a curious email from China. It was from a professor at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities (Xi Jinping, the current Chinese leader, went there). The professor was excited by the launch of Alison and was an early user. He made an exciting proposal: If Alison would fund the purchase of a trophy cup, he would assign his students the task of developing a “Market Entry Strategy for China” for which the best business plan would win a competition.”

Alison became a noted global provider in the educational technology community, receiving an Honourable Mention Award in information and communications technology from UNESCO in 2010.

Early in his career, Feerick gained an internship with philanthropist and early mentor CHARLES “CHUCK” FEENEY, the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the largest private foundations in the world. As a rich philanthropist, Feeney became a signatory to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s “The Giving Pledge”. In his letter to Gates and Buffett, Feeney wrote, “I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living—to personally devote oneself to meaningful efforts to improve the human condition. More importantly, today’s needs are so great and varied that intelligent philanthropic support and positive interventions can have greater value and impact today than if they are delayed when the needs are greater.”

Warren Buffett said of Feeney, “[he’s] my hero and Bill Gates’ hero. He should be everybody’s hero.”
Feeney had made his fortune as a co-founder of the “Duty Free Shoppers Group”, which pioneered the concept of duty-free shopping.

Feeney graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and was a brother of Alpha Sigma Phi and a member of the Sphinx Head Society. The largest single beneficiary of Feeney’s giving was his alma mater Cornell University, which has received nearly $1 billion in direct and Atlantic gifts, including a donation of $350 million enabling the creation of Cornell’s New York City Tech Campus.

In 2013, Alison was a winner at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) awards, an initiative of the QATAR FOUNDATION, which had been founded by the Royal ruler of QATAR, the EMIR Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Qatar in the early 21st century had a strong anglo-american influence. For example, the Emir had graduated from the British Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England.

The Qatar Foundation partnered with the American RAND CORPORATION (2003 –2013), resulting in the formation of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute.

The Emir established the Qatar Investment Authority; by 2013, it had invested over $100 billion around the world, most prominently in The Shard, Barclays Bank, Heathrow Airport, Harrods, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Volkswagen, Siemens and Royal Dutch Shell.

Feerick was an ASHOKA Fellow. Ashoka was an international organization that promoted ‘social entrepreneurship’ by affiliating individual social entrepreneurs into the Ashoka organization. Their stated mission was “to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers”.
Ashoka supporters included:-
1) ARIANNA HUFFINGTON (“Huffington Post” founder; 2) ex-UNICEF Executive Director CAROL BELLAMY; 3) FORBES magazine.

Ashoka Partners included:- UNESCO; ROTHSCHILD & CO; DISNEY, FORD FOUNDATION; HSBC BANK; NESTLE; UBS bank.

Ashoka was started in 1981 by BILL DRAYTON, a social entrepreneur with a long record of founding organizations and public service. As a student, he founded organizations ranging from Yale Legislative Services to Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an inter-disciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. After graduation from Harvard, he received an M.A. from Balliol College in Oxford University. In 1970, he graduated from Yale Law School.

March 2020 was the month when the global response to the Corona virus escalated, but was that month chosen because it would cause the least damage to business profits? March is one of the quietest months for the business community, e.g. not Christmas; not the Summer holiday season; no major sporting events. That said, there is already (in March 2020) speculation that the Summer Olympics and European soccer championship will be postponed/cancelled.

In the year prior to the 2019 outbreak, the BBC broadcast a documentary on a possible outcome of a flu pandemic: “Contagion! The BBC4 Pandemic” (BBC4, 22nd March 2018). Associated with the programme was a BBC website app based on research in 2017 and 2018 that they conducted. They wrote:

“The government rates the global outbreak of a deadly flu virus as a major threat to the UK. It could happen at any time. To predict the impact of the next pandemic more accurately than ever before, new data is needed – and lots of it. Dr Hannah Fry is on the case. She sets out to recruit the nation to download the BBC Pandemic app in a ground-breaking experiment to help plan for when the next deadly virus comes to the UK. How quickly will it spread? How many could it kill? What can we do about it? The BBC Four Pandemic experiment will find out.”

“BBC Pandemic could be key in preparing for the next pandemic outbreak. In order to better understand how an infectious disease like flu can spread, researchers need data about how we travel and interact.”

“The data collected between September and November 2017 was used to simulate the spread of a highly infectious flu across the UK and predict how many of us might die – the results are revealed in “Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic”. The data collected between December 2017 and December 2018 will contribute to this new gold-standard set for use in future simulations and in wider Pandemic research.”

“This project has been commissioned by the BBC, and is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.”

The LSHTM (LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE) is significant because it is a major research body that originated after the ATHLONE Committee recommended the creation of an institute of state medicine, which built on a proposal by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a London-based institution that would lead the world in the promotion of public health and tropical medicine. By 1926, the LSHTM had secured financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation in the amount of two million dollars for the building and equipment of the new school.

The LSHTM website currently (2020) read: “Research income has grown to more than £180 million per year from national and international funding sources including UK government and research councils, the European Union, the Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation and other philanthropic sources.”

A former LSHTM graduate and Honorary Fellow was the WHO Director-General during the corona virus outbreak: TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, who was criticised for chosing President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to serve as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador to help tackle non-communicable diseases for Africa. In his home country of Ethiopia, Tedros had been a high-ranking member of the militant left wing TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), which had helped overthrow Ethiopia’s Marxist dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam.

From 2009 to 2011, Tedros Ghebreyesus was also Chairman of the Board of the UN inspired GLOBAL FUND, a program to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Global Fund originated in 2001 when the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan made the first explicit public call by a highly visible global leader for a new funding mechanism, proposing “the creation of a Global Fund, dedicated to the battle against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.” Secretary General Annan made the first contribution to the Global Fund in 2001. Having just been named the recipient of the 2001 Philadelphia Liberty Medal, Annan announced he would donate his US$100,000 award to the Global Fund “war chest” he had just proposed creating. In June 2001 the UN General Assembly endorsed the creation of a global fund to fight HIV/AIDS.

The Global Fund was formed as an independent, non-profit foundation and hosted by the World Health Organization in 2002. In January 2009, the organization became an administratively autonomous organization, terminating its administrative services agreement with the World Health Organization.

Ghebreyesus was a member of the Board of the GAVI Alliance for Immunization. Gavi’s core partners were the WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. GAVI’s CEO during the pandemic was SETH FRANKLIN BERKLEY, a global advocate of the power of vaccines. He was the founder and former president and CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation created IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative).

IAVI had many donors including: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Ministry of Finance of Japan in partnership with The World Bank; the UK Department for International Development, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Berkley worked for the Rockefeller Foundation, initially as program scientist and finally as associate director of the Health Sciences Division. During his eight years with the Rockefeller Foundation, Berkley managed programs in epidemiology, public health, medical and nursing education, vaccination, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

From 1984 to 1986, Berkley worked as a medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Berkley was a Fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel assisting the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention.

When Tedros Ghebreyesus worked in Ethiopia as its’ Minister of Health, he worked indirectly with the former US President Bill Clinton, via the CLINTON FOUNDATION and the CLINTON AIDS Initiative (CHAI). The CHAI and Yale University joined forces with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to launch an initiative designed to boost treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Tedros said: “The agreement with the Clinton Foundation is also unique in that it includes capacity building of the health system which is very crucial in sustaining the fight as indicated in our strategic plan. I would like to use this opportunity to thank President Clinton for his commitment to fight HIV/AIDS.”

Ghebreyesus and Bill Gates shared an ally in the prominent American physician in President Trump’s coronavirus task force: Dr. ANTHONY FAUCI, the Director of the US Government’s NIAID (National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases), who had once worked with Bill Gates on the WHO’s “Global Vaccine Action Plan” (GVAP). GVAP involved the collaboration of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIAID, GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and WHO.

Fauci publicly praised Ghebreyesus, saying: “Tedros is really an outstanding person. I’ve known him from the time that he was the minister of Health in Ethiopia. The WHO has done very well under his leadership”. Tedros and Fauci in 2018 signed a memorandum of understanding between NIAID and WHO to enhance future collaborations on research activities conducted in response to emerging infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

Fauci’s wife CHRISTINE GRADY had a similar background. Combining her experience working with AIDS patients and bioethics, Grady wrote the 1995 book, “The Search for an AIDS Vaccine: Ethical Issues in the Development and Testing of a Preventive HIV Vaccine”. Christine Grady and Anthony Fauci have been married since 1985. They also have a professional partnership, having worked at the NIH together and published research together.

In the late 1980s, Grady served on President Ronald Reagan’s “Commission on the HIV Epidemic.”

Grady joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to treat AIDS patients when the epidemic was spreading rapidly. Grady was the Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center (2012 –2020 at least). From 2010 to 2017, Christine Grady was a Commissioner on the President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Another former LSHTM student was the GAIA theory creator, JAMES LOVELOCK.

The LSHTM Director during the corona virus outbreak was PETER PIOT, a microbiologist known for his research into Ebola and AIDS. After helping discover the Ebola virus in 1976 and leading efforts to contain the first-ever recorded Ebola epidemic that same year, Piot became a pioneering researcher into AIDS. He held key positions in the United Nations and World Health Organization involving AIDS research and management. He was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He was a Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A day after the British government imposed new restrictions (a partial lockdown) on March 23rd 2020, Channel 4 broadcasted an episode of “The Simpsons” in which Mr Burns decides to implement a drill at his nuclear power plant, and chooses a fire drill (“Mountain of Madness”, 24th March 2020).

David Icke’s old forum, which had remained available (but only for reading), became unavailable just before the partial lock down (March 23rd), showing an Error message (502, Bad Gateway). It was still unavailable in May 2020.

A few days before the partial lockdown (19th March), the British government downgraded the threat of the COVID-19 virus, removing its’ HCID status (High Consequence Infectious Diseases), despite going ahead with restrictions.

In the 1st week after the partial lock down in Britain, there was an out-of-the-ordinary week of sunny weather for much of the country. Coincidence? There is a theory that the sun’s ultraviolet light can help destroy viruses.

On 26th March 2020, the British TV channel, ITV2, controversially broadcast the movie “Contagion” (2011), about the spread of a virus; the loss of social order in a pandemic; and the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread. Suspiciously, the movie shows the virus originating with a bat in China – similar to one way that COVID-19 might  have spread, according to some ‘experts’. Not surprisingly, one of the characters is a conspiracy theorist spreading misinformation. The movie’s screenplay was written by SCOTT Z. BURNS, who consulted with representatives of the World Health Organization as well as medical experts such as W. Ian Lipkin and Lawrence “Larry” Brilliant.

Dr. Lipkin had advised the Chinese government and the World Health Organization (WHO) during the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak.

Larry Brilliant was previously GOOGLE’s Vice President and the inaugural Executive Director of GOOGLE.ORG, the charitable arm of Google. He was Senior Advisor to JEFF SKOLL, the eBay inaugural President. Brilliant was the first CEO of SKOLL GLOBAL THREATS FUND, established in 2009 to address climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation, and conflict in the Middle East. Brilliant was Chairman of ENDING PANDEMICS, and was also on the board of the SKOLL FOUNDATION. From 1973 to 1976, Brilliant participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program.

Scott Z. Burns co-produced AL GORE’s global warming documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth”, of which one of the production companies was Jeff Skoll’s PARTICIPANT PRODUCTIONS.

Another medical expert consulted for “Contagion” was a former CFR Senior Fellow (for Global Health) – LAURIE GARRETT, author of the 1994 book on epidemics, “The Coming Plague”.

Was pneumonia (which has numerous possible causes) confused with the COVID-19 virus? A British patient who had been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus and who had made national headlines in March 2020 – DAMION BROWN – posted a Facebook video on March 29th in which he described his condition as “pneumonia”, whereas previously he had referred to it as Covid-19.

The aforementioned BBC documentary on a hypothetical pandemic (“Contagion!”) drew a revealing response in the BBC’s TV listing magazine, “Radio Times”, in April 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown. A reader’s letter read: “…it was incredible to see that this documentary was ahead of its time.” In reply, the “Radio Times” editor (I assume) wrote: “The chilling thing is that Dr Fry launched the experiment in Haslemere, Surrey – which is where the first case of Covid-19 caught in the UK was reported.” (“Radio Times”, 4-10th April 2020).

A BBC TV news presenter during the virus lockdown was CARRIE GRACIE, who had numerous links to China. A fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese, she has two children from her previous marriage with Chinese rock drummer Cheng Jin. In 1985 she went to China to teach English and Economics at Universities.

She became Beijing correspondent for BBC World Service in 1991.

In 2013, she was appointed BBC News’ first editor for China based in Beijing. She resigned from this post at the end of December 2017/beginning of January 2018, citing pay discrimination over gender for the BBC’s international editors.

Gracie was the daughter of an oil executive and studied at Oxford University.

Bill Gates and bats and the coronavirus all came together in a report that suspiciously predated the Covid-19 pandemic by 2 months. Published on October 18th 2019, “Event 201: A Global Pandemic Exercise” was produced by a trio of organisations:-
1) the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
2) Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security;
3) the WEF (World Economic Forum).

The report “…simulates an outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people that eventually becomes efficiently transmissible from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic. The pathogen and the disease it causes are modeled largely on SARS, but it is more transmissible in the community setting by people with mild symptoms…The scenario ends at the 18-month point, with 65 million deaths.”

The WEF President during the actual ‘pandemic’ was a member of the BILDERBERG GROUP steering committee: BORGE BRENDE, who served as Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development from 2003 to 2004. Brende had a link to China, because in 2005 he was international vice chairman of a Chinese government backed organisation: the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (Brende on the advisory board to the State Council).

Event 201, they said, was supported by funding from the OPEN PHILANTHROPY PROJECT, of which a co-founder was a FACEBOOK co-founder: DUSTIN MOSKOVITZ, who had met Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University (both Jewish). Facebook banned numerous postings/videos that contradicted the official, ‘scientific’ advice on COVID-19 and its’ origins. Moskovitz signed up to Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s THE GIVING PLEDGE (for rich people to donate much of their wealth to philanthropy or charity).

The Open Philanthropy Project and the BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION were the main financial funders of a Malaria ‘think tank’ called TARGET MALARIA, which worked in Africa and which ran a medical trial in the African country, BURKINA FASO, in 2018/2019 in which genetically modified mosquitoes were introduced in order to reduce the natural mosquito population. Fulfilling this kind of genetic engineering has been organisations such as OXITEC (originally Oxford Insect Technologies), a British biotechnology company that developed genetically modified insects to assist in insect control. The genetically modified populations act as a “living insecticide”.

Oxitec established partnerships with large agricultural industry leaders and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Oxitec was founded working with Oxford University’s ISIS INNOVATION. Oxitec’s CEO GREY FRANDSEN was also the chairman of the board of directors for PILGRIM AFRICA, an NGO implementing malaria control programs in the African country, Uganda, that were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Pilgrim Africa was headquartered in Seattle, where Bill Gates grew up and still has a home there because Microsoft is based there.

Frandsen got a Masters of Arts degree at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he was graduate student president. Johns Hopkins were involved with Event 201.

There was controversy in Germany during their lockdown when BEATE BAHNER, a German medical lawyer and prominent critic of Berlin’s coronavirus lockdown policies, was committed to a psychiatric institution, unfairly according to some. Bahner said that she was forcibly taken by police to a psychiatric clinic. Bahner, a 25-year veteran in her profession who had previously won three cases in the Federal Constitutional Court, and written five books on German medical law, issued a number of public statements decrying the Bundesregierung’s handling of the Covid19 pandemic.

During the lockdown in Britain, the “Horror” channel aired the 2015 film “Maggie”, about a deadly viral pandemic that turns people into zombies. Broadcast date: April 16th 2020.

An apparent consolation during the lockdown was the unusually pleasant weather in Britain and northern Europe during late March and April, historically associated with ‘April Showers’. The weather was mostly dry, sunny, not too hot nor cold – perfect weather for walking or just queuing outside the shops. Of course, it could have been pure coincidence (climate change?), but if you believe in artificial weather modification it is possible that the weather was deliberate. If so, a possible reason is that it pacified those who were outdoors (less likely to rebel), but frustrated those stuck indoors, so they would be more likely to get ill due to psychosomatic illness.

One of the ‘experts’ consulted for the aforementioned 2011 plague movie, “Contagion”, was a CFR member and Pulitzer Prize winner, LAURIE GARRETT, who was the subject of a flattering “New York Times” article during the corona virus pandemic in May 2020, entitled: “She Predicted the Coronavirus. What Does She Foresee Next?” (by FRANK BRUNI, May 3rd 2020).

Garrett was prescient not only about the impact of H.I.V. but also about the emergence and global spread of more contagious pathogens. Garrett warned about — in her 1994 best seller, “The Coming Plague,” and in subsequent books and speeches, including TED Talks — a pandemic like the 2020 one.

“We need either a cure or a vaccine”, she said of the 2020 pandemic in that “New York Times” interview, adding: “I’m quite certain that this is going to go in waves…It won’t be a tsunami that comes across America all at once and then retreats all at once. It will be micro-waves that shoot up in Des Moines and then in New Orleans and then in Houston and so on, and it’s going to affect how people think about all kinds of things.”

Garrett was a Member of the WEF (World Economic Forum) Global Health Security Advisory Board. The WEF and the Gates Foundation had, of course, both participated in EVENT 201, a pandemic exercise just prior to the official outbreak of COVID-19.

Garrett wrote a revealing 2003 private email (reproduced here with her spelling mistakes) about a visit to the WEF annual DAVOS meeting:
“Inside the World Economic Forum. Hi Guys. OK, hard to believe, but true. Yours truely has been hobnobbing with the ruling class. I spent a week in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum. I was awarded a special pass which allowed me full access to not only the entire official meeting, but also private dinners with the likes the head of the Saudi Secret Police, presidents of various insundry countries, your Fortune 500 CEOS and the leaders of the most important NGOs in the world. This was not typical press access. It was full-on, unfettered, class A hobnobbing.”

Garrett rejected conspiracy theories, as her email reveals:

“Watching Bill Clinton address the conference while sitting in the hotel room of the President of Mozambique — we were viewing it on closed circuit TV — I got juicy blow-by=blow analysis of US foreign policy from a remarkably candid head of state. A day spent with Bill Gates turned out to be fascinating and fun. I found the CEO of Heinekin hilarious, and George Soros proved quite earnest about confronting AIDS. Vicente Fox — who I had breakfast with — proved sexy and smart like a — well, a fox. David Stern (Chair of the NBA) ran up and gave me a hug. The world isn’t run by a clever cabal. It’s run by about 5,000 bickering, sometimes charming, usually arrogant, mostly male people who are accustomed to living in either phenomenal wealth, or great personal power. A few have both. Many of them turn out to be remarkably naive — especially about science and technology. All of them are financially wise, though their ranks have thinned due to unwise tech-stock investing. They pay close heed to politics, though most would be happy if the global political system behaved far more rationally — better for the bottom line.” (her email published online by RAN PRIEUR).

Were her spelling mistakes deliberate? To make us believe that she’s one of the plebs?

Garrett was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1996 for a series of works published in the New York newspaper, NEWSDAY, chronicling the Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire. She left Newsday to join the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), where she created its’ Global Health Program and served as the program’s Senior Fellow from 2004-2017.

Laurie Garrett wrote her bestselling book, “THE COMING PLAGUE: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance”, while splitting her time between the Harvard School of Public Health and the New York newspaper, Newsday. Garrett was a Fellow at Harvard, where she worked closely with the emerging diseases group, concerned with the surge in epidemics of previously unknown or rare viruses and bacteria.

She worked on a broad variety of public health issues including SARS, avian flu, tuberculosis, malaria, shipping container clinics, and the intersection of HIV/AIDS and national security.

The old maxim, ‘The ends justifies the means’, summarised the behaviour of the WHO and many national governments throughout the pandemic. It was appropriate then that March 2020 saw the release of a biography of the notorious, influential Italian diplomat, NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, famed for his ‘ends-justifies-the means’ advice for rulers of kingdoms. Written by ALEXANDER LEE, “Machiavelli: His Life and Times” made the point that Machiavelli’s infamy is undeserved. Seemingly sharing that opinion was the lead book reviewer for the centre left political magazine “New Statesman”: JOHN GRAY, a former Oxford University Professor and LSE Professor. Gray reviewed Lee’s book in his “New Statesman” article, “How Machiavelli was misunderstood” (May 6th 2020), saying:
“Machiavelli did not revel in tyranny. Instead, quite calmly, he observed that Christian virtues have no place in politics. Machiavelli’s unpardonable sin was to reveal that, if they are genuinely practised and not just hypocritically professed, Christian humility, loving kindness and trust bring ruin to any state that honours them. In contrast, what Machiavelli called virtù – a pagan resolve “to do whatever may be necessary for the attainment of civic glory and greatness” – enables the state to achieve republican self-government, which he considered the supreme political good.”

Gray had expressed similar views back in 2013 in another “New Statesman” article on Machiavelli: “What Machiavelli knew” (July 18th 2013). Gray wrote: “It’s a delusion to believe, as the western powers do, that law can ever supplant politics. And in politics, achievable and worthwhile ends justify the means.

“In the view of most liberal thinkers today, basic liberties and equalities should be embedded in law, interpreted by judges and enforced as a matter of principle. A world in which little or nothing of importance is left to the contingencies of politics is the implicit ideal of the age.

“The trouble is that politics can’t be swept to one side in this way. The law these liberals venerate isn’t a free-standing institution towering majestically above the chaos of human conflict. Instead – and this is where the Florentine diplomat and historian Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) comes in – modern law is an artefact of state power. Probably nothing is more important for the protection of freedom than the independence of the judiciary from the executive; but this independence (which can never be complete) is possible only when the state is strong and secure. Western governments blunder around the world gibbering about human rights; but there can be no rights without the rule of law and no rule of law in a fractured or failed state, which is the usual result of western sponsored regime change.”
“The true lesson of Machiavelli is that the alternative to politics is not law but unending war. When they topple tyrants for the sake of faddish visions of rights, western governments enmesh themselves in intractable conflicts they do not understand and cannot hope to control. Yet if Machiavelli could return from the grave, he would hardly be annoyed or frustrated by such folly. Ever aware of the incurable human habit of mistaking fancy for reality, he would simply respond with a Florentine smile.”

Gray’s 1998 book “False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism” was praised by GEORGE SOROS as “A powerful analysis of the deepening instability of global capitalism. It should be read by all who are concerned about the future of the world economy”.

Gray supported ‘green’ ideas, drawing on the Gaia theory of James Lovelock. Gray made several broadcasts for BBC Radio 4’s programme “A Point of View”. Gray’s links to the New Statesman and the LSE are not surprising as both organisations were started by Fabians.

On May 16th 2020 there were public protests in Britain opposing various aspects of the pandemic: the lockdown; proposed vaccination, etc. But were those protests – organised supposedly by the mysterious UK FREEDOM MOVEMENT – actually organised by the UK government in order to lure protesters out into a controlled environment? At the same time, the David Icke website was ‘hacked’/attacked repeatedly in a sustained attack that lasted at least a week.

Bill Gates and the British NHS linked indirectly during the pandemic via the American health care company UNITEDHEALTH GROUP, of which a former senior executive was the NHS CEO during the pandemic, SIR SIMON STEVENS, who during Tony Blair’s premiership had been the Government’s health policy adviser. Stevens knew Boris Johnson when they were students at Oxford University. UnitedHealth Group R&D partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others to conduct a study that claimed to demonstrate that a simple, self-collected test was as effective in identifying COVID-19 infections as the then current clinician-collected test. Widespread adoption of this less invasive test would reduce exposure for health care workers and improve overall testing efficiency across the country, they claimed.

The UnitedHealth Group President during the pandemic was an adviser to the Gates Foundation: SIR ANDREW WITTY, who in April 2020 assisted the World Health Organization in developing a vaccination for COVID-19. Witty had been previously CEO of the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. He served as an economic adviser to the Governor of Guangzhou, China from 2000-02. Witty was on the IMPERIAL COLLEGE Commercialisation Advisory Board.

More to come…