Covid-19 and care homes: why we can’t wait for an inquiry

We are reproducing this Twitter thread with the kind permission of investigative journalist and campaigner Stefan Simanowitz so that it can be read beyond the twittersphere.

A year ago today, I broke the #CareHomeScandal

The reason so many had died in care homes was because the government had INSTRUCTED hospitals to send people “who may have #COVID19” to care homes WITHOUT TESTING.

The guidance was issued on 2 April 2020; yet NO journalist had reported it

As I’ve been doing since March 2020, I shared this widely.

15 days later ITV reported it

Whilst I may have “broken” dozens of #COVID19 scandals, I no more “discovered” them than Cook discovered Australia; but by asking WHY these scandals happened, I did make a BIG discovery.

The govt STILL claim that they put “a protective ring“ around care homes

The 2/4/20 guidance proves that, despite knowing about asymptomatic spread, the government did the opposite.

Who issued the instruction?
Was it approved by a Minister?
If so, which one?

Ministers saying things on #COVID19 strategy which are the opposite to the truth, is a familiar one.

At crucial times they ignored the science or concocted pseudo-scientific justifications for their actions/inaction.

The question is WHY they did this?

The reason for the government’s deadly choices – not “blunders” – is fairly well known: they were following an #HerdImmunity strategy (i.e. letting #COVID19 spread)

But all scientists know herd immunity is an OUTCOME, never a STRATEGY

So why did they do it?

@nytimes journalist @sarahkendzior writes of the Trump admin

“They cover up crime with scandal & cover up malice with incompetence. They want to project an image of being inept, instead of as having a cruel & well-defined plan”

So what’s the plan?

So it appears that #HerdImmunity strategy wasn’t an accidental mistake that the government “pivoted” away from, but part of a deliberate plan

It appears that the plan centres around genomics & central to its operation is the data firm, Palantir, that runs the NHS Covid Datastore👇

The NHS is the most trusted brand in Britain.

#CambridgeAnalytica is the least trusted.

Yet Palantir, who reputedly taught Cambridge Analytica how to scrape data, run the NHS data store with #FacultyAI

Faculty AI worked on the Leave EU campaign which also reputidly had links to CA

There’s a LONG list of urgent unanswered/unasked questions

Revealing things that were done in the past will help expose what’s planned for the future.

We can’t wait for an Inquiry conclude in 2025 that “mistakes were made & lessons will be learned”.

These weren’t “mistakes”.

Originally tweeted by Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) on 13/05/2021.