There has been an editorial written recently in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) by Dr. Kamran Abbasi, who considers the actions of the UK government as ‘social murder’. It isn’t the first time this term has been used. It was first used by the philosopher Friedrich Engels in 1845, in his work The Condition of the Working Class in England to describe how those who held power acted in a way that effected the early and unnatural deaths of working class people in Victorian England. The needs of business and industry were prioritised over the needs of people.
Indeed, Dr. Abbasi discusses this concept relating to the present day:
‘When politicians and experts say that they are willing to allow tens of thousands of premature deaths for the sake of population immunity or in the hope of propping up the economy, is that not premeditated and reckless indifference to human life?’
‘When politicians wilfully neglect scientific advice, international and historical experience, and their own alarming statistics and modelling because to act goes against their political strategy or ideology, is that lawful?’
Dr. Abbasi discredits the Big Lie that politicians are ‘doing all they can’: for how could they, if all of this was premeditated in order to support the economy. He calls politicians ‘gaslighters in chief’ for spreading this lie. He finishes the editorial by saying, ‘The “social murder” of populations is more than a relic of a bygone age. It is very real today.’
A damning piece of writing indeed, and there is no doubt in my mind that this editorial is aimed at and intended to eviscerate our own government.
And it’s about time.
~ L&A 11.2.21 ~
Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England, (Penguin Classics, 1845; reprinted 2009)
Kamran Abbasi, Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote – elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant, BMJ, https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n314, (Published 4th February 2021),