Sunday July 26,2009
By Jade Sermon
THE panic over swine flu has left a bad taste in my mouth. There’s too much hype, too much scare-mongering and, for me, it has all been overblown. Why would anyone overstate the prevalence of such an illness? The answer is clear. Some individuals and some organisations benefit from scaring the living daylights out of us. So who could those individuals and organisations be?
Well, let me see, the Government and drugs giants Roche Holdings and British-based GlaxoSmithKline sure do, while the public are just left to panic. I cannot help thinking the politicians and drug makers are taking us all for a ride. I simply do not believe swine flu is going to kill 65,000 of us as Government advisers predict. I do believe getting us all in a tizz about travelling on public transport and having us all obsess about how we can get hold of Tamiflu and being first on the list for the forthcoming vaccination is simply a magnificent distraction from the real issues of the day.
I am not usually one for conspiracy theories but what it is, if you really want to know, is one big con. It is only my opinion and I have no advice for pregnant women, who were last week sent into apoplectic fear following cruel and contradictory Government advice, but I suspect many of you out there are thinking along the same lines as me and someone needs to come out and say it.
Think about it. There are two fabulous reasons why swine flu is being touted as a forthcoming Armageddon.
First, it is a great diversion from the debacle of MPs’ expenses, the recession and the abject failures of Gordon Brown’s tawdry excuse for a government. In times of panic we traditionally allow nanny, or nanny state, to take care of us, just as we do in times of joy. So creating panic and confusion is a clever political move from Brown’s point of view as it allows him a sliver of a chance of retaining his job come next summer’s general election; all hail the mighty, the munificent Brown who has saved us all from the dreaded clutches of swine flu.
Second, there’s Swiss group Roche (Tamiflu) and Glaxo (Relenza) the makers of swine flu vaccines. There’s no better way for pharmaceutical companies to get through the recession than to create a pandemic. The bigger the pandemic, the bigger the demand for their drugs and the bigger their profits.