Lockdown Files: BBC Plotted With Government To Scare Public

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Simon Case, the UK Cabinet Secretary, wrote to Matt Hancock that “the fear/ guilt factor” was “vital” in “ramping up the messaging” during the third national lockdown in Jan 2021.

During the pandemic, the British Government was accused of scaremongering but it was denied, with Mr Hancock’s department saying such accusations were “misleading”.

Psychologists have already warned that Government messaging during Covid, including using alleged “fear tactics” in poster and health campaigns, were “grossly unethical” and that inflated fear levels contributed to excess non-Covid deaths and increased anxiety disorders.

The exchange was not the only time the former health secretary and other senior officials discussed tactics to frighten the public into compliance.

In response to a text message from Hancock, UK Cabinet Secretary Simon Case wrote:

“I agree – I think that is exactly right. Small stuff looks ridiculous. Ramping up messaging – the fear/guilt factor vital.”

The Cabinet Secretary then suggested the reopening of a Nightingale hospital in London – used as an overflow facility for non-Covid patients – would be a “big public moment”. In reality, only a handful of patients were ever admitted. Case also suggested imposing more mask to further increase fear among the public.

“More mask-wearing might be the only thing to consider. Effectively free and has a very visible impact? Wear masks in all settings outside home and in more workplaces?” (Source: stopworldcontrol.com)