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As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.

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Freedom is slowly beginning to break out again in the Western democracies.

Not all of them of course, but let’s start with Britain from January 19th.

“Next week mandatory [vaccine] certification will end… We will end the compulsory use of Covid status certification in England… From now, the government is no longer asking people to work from home and people should now speak to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office… [T]he government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere… we will trust the judgement of the British people and no longer criminalise anyone who chooses not to wear one [mask]… There will soon come a time when we can remove the legal requirement to self-isolate altogether – just as we don’t place legal obligations on people to isolate if they have flu… We will set out our long-term strategy for living with Covid-19, explaining how we hope and intend to protect our liberty and avoid restrictions in future by relying instead on medical advances…”

The thing is that Johnson made this seminal declaration at the height of the flu season during which Britain has been posting record numbers of Covid cases: 92,000 per day, with 266 deaths per day, the highest daily rate since March 2021. Yet he just up and cancelled the “pandemic”.

Forget his argument about the booster shot program; compared to the double-dose campaign we’re not going to see 90% rates of the eligible population (translating into 70-80% total population) or anything close to that.

Admittedly Boris is in deep shit over his 2020 parties, held when everybody else was locked down, so desperately seeking a circuit breaker that will get him onside with the public again. But Ireland is on the same path too:

Ireland is to scrap almost all its COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday after coming though the storm of the Omicron variant that led to a massive surge in infections, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said in a national address.

However, we appear to have created a class of people who wish to live with lockdowns, restrictions and endless boosters forever. The following is from the USA but I see no reason why it would not equally be the case in most other Western democracies.

In the USA it’s causing a fight on the Left, with Bill Maher and guest Bari Weiss – no friends of the Right who have been scathing about those fighting against lockdowns, masks and the General Tso Sickness vaccines – starting to get red-pilled on the issues. Maher even compares Florida to New Jersey / New York, asking why the former has done so much better than the latter despite having a huge population of elderly people and not following the Blue State path of restrictions.

Two years late but I’ll take it

This did not sit well with the ladies of The View. Now normally I wouldn’t reference this show because it’s one of the lowest IQ things on TV and has been for two decades: dumb does not even begin to describe it. Yet a few months ago I found out that a person I know, a woman who has always seemed fairly intelligent, gets all her information about the US from the show. Check it out for yourself.

FFS. These woman actually think it will be a repeat of what happened post-9/11 world (which brought us the kabuki theatre of TSA checks in airports among other things), and they want these new restrictions to be permanent.

One last example of such people. Some Canadian reporter from Quebec – where they’re using security guards to escort the unvaxxed into stores for food and pharma only – decided to escape for a holiday. He went to Florida and reports back that, Florida feels like another planet compared with Quebec.

Except he doesn’t mean that as a compliment! It’s incredible, but having soaked up the freedom and the sun he does nothing but bitch about it.

While Quebec is in full confinement mode, Florida is Cowboyland, where you barely know COVID is happening, despite much higher new case and hospitalization rates than ours .

It’s lunacy by Canadian standards, but an eye-opening experience. For starters, everyone’s out and about, filling bars, restaurants, movies, gyms, and jam-packed sports arenas.

Stores and supermarkets don’t require masks but some cashiers and customers wear them, though often under their nose or chin — Florida-style. It seems a way of announcing: “Look — I’m masked!” when they’re not.

The Horror. The Horror.

You can see the difference in the media, too. In Quebec, COVID totally dominates the news, because there’s almost nothing else happening. In Florida, it’s the reverse.

Oh Noes! There are many LOL moments in the piece but I’ll leave you with this:

It’s easy to spot Canadians at restaurants, as we’re the ones properly masked and nervously sitting on the terrace, even in the rain.

We Montrealers live in a tense, depressing pandemic bubble — all-COVID, all the time — which is why many people avoid following the news.


Though perhaps I should give him credit for going to Florida. Most of New Zealand would be too terrified to do so.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 28, 2022 at 8:09 am

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  1. This whole masks etc c19 response is like food for the crazies.


    January 28, 2022 at 8:39 am

  2. I’ve been making the following point about all these mandates for some time (Political Science), but now here’s the US edition of The Spectator with, The COVID 180 to Come?:

    A politically astute friend of mine presented me with a theory a couple of days ago I’m starting to think might be prescient.

    “Late this spring or early this summer at the latest,” he told me, “you’re going to see Biden and his people dump all those restrictions and mandates and COVID will be over. Mark my words.”

    His expectation was that Team Biden will be in such political trouble and things will be so tough for the president and his party with midterms looming that they’ll have no choice but to fold.

    Tom Hunter

    January 28, 2022 at 10:24 am

  3. The mask is a symbol.
    It is the moronic and insane left’s way of shutting us up and shutting us down at the same time.


    January 28, 2022 at 10:31 am

  4. In the US, the Dems are desperate to drag Covid past another election cycle . . . unsolicited mail-in ballots, drop boxes, no signature authorization or postmark etc.

    Porky Roebuck

    January 28, 2022 at 11:05 am

  5. Ok, Mr Letitrip.
    Can you please go back and add up the number of times you’ve claimed the pandemic is over, almost over, in the rear mirror or in the home straight? And the number of times you’ve said it’s largely harmless and everyone has over reacted? That would be really funny.
    Probaby around 10 million deaths now BTW.

    Judge Holden

    January 28, 2022 at 11:13 am

    • Judge Holden on November 17, 2021….:

      Meh. We’re nearly out the other side.


      Could probably go back to 2020 and find Sludgy crowing about how the virus has been stamped out by Jacinda’s lockdown.

      Go get your second booster shot – before the Omicron gets you. Not that you’re in much danger, lonely shut-in that you are.

      Tom Hunter

      January 28, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    • Elon Musk has pointed out something interesting today

      Lucia Maria

      January 28, 2022 at 12:56 pm

  6. This will be the thing to watch

    Lucia Maria

    January 28, 2022 at 11:29 am

  7. Florida’s death rate from Covid is 3 and a half times Canada’s and 300 times ours, and is on a par with Eastern Europe. This is why no one takes you seriously

    Judge Holden

    January 28, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    • The constant mention of COVID cases ignores the fact that Quebec actually has a higher death rate currently. While Florida, with 21 million residents, has a seven-day average of 86 COVID deaths. In Quebec, which only has eight million residents, they are averaging 68 deaths over that same time period.

      Yet the Canadian reporter “escaped” (his words) to Florida.

      It’s called freedom. You wouldn’t understand. To be fair, most Kiwis apparently don’t either.

      Tom Hunter

      January 28, 2022 at 2:48 pm

      • What’s called freedom? The glorious liberty to be unnecessarily killed by a virus because some fuckwit refused to wear a face mask and is scared of needles? Go Florida!

        Judge Holden

        January 28, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      • Jeez, you’re even slower than usual Sludgy.


        Even the CDC are ditching the cloth mask BS, although their suggestion of N95’s for everybody isn’t much better, and that’s only if they’re worn correctly. Good luck with that on little kids, although you have suggestions for dealing with small children I’m sure.

        Canada is far more vaxxed than Florida so if that was the answer Florida would be showing worse stats right now, but they’re actually better.

        You need to let go of your totalitarian thinking. It makes you look like a very ugly human being.

        Tom Hunter

        January 28, 2022 at 3:32 pm

      • The hypnosis is strong in some

        Lucia Maria

        January 28, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      • Florida’s overall death rate is among the worst in the world. Three and a half times that of Canada. A snapshot on any given day is meaningless, but you’re a propagandist not a serious commentator, so whatever suits your ends right?

        Judge Holden

        January 28, 2022 at 3:58 pm

  8. You really are just a shrieking hypochondriac, Sludgy….


    A snapshot on any given day is meaningless ….

    You do know these are called graphs and they show trends as well as snapshots? The trend in Florida has been down for weeks now. The trend in Canada up sharply in the same time frame, even with all their vaccinations, masks and Stasi lockdowns using Sludgy enforcers.


    Florida’s overall death rate is among the worst in the world.

    Florida’s 18th out of the 50 US states – and with vastly more freedoms than those others, including your fave Euro states (except for the good guys, Sweden). Obviously even your soulmate, the poor, sad, grim little bastard from Quebec, escaped to Florida. So much fear!

    Shrieeeekkkk… this thread…

    Probaby around 10 million deaths now BTW.

    Not even close. 5.66 million.

    Or this the other day when you babbled about the US having 900,000 deaths, followed just a few comments later by an immediate upscaling to …almost a million. Now that’s inflation.

    You really do just pull stuff out of your ass to keep a fight going. Hence the projection of …not a serious commentator…

    Tom Hunter

    January 28, 2022 at 8:34 pm

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