The term gaslighting is a colloquialism, loosely defined as manipulating someone so as to make them question their own reality. The term apparently derives from the title of the 1944 film Gaslight, though the term did not gain popular currency in English until the mid-2010’s.

Essentially it is seeking to make people doubt what they see as real and is often used as a deflection by those seeking to avoid responsibility for actions and /or blame others.

Hold that thought.

MEP Rob Roos is a Member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. He sits on numerous committees, including the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future.

In October his committee had the opportunity to question Pfizer representatives in Parliament. Mr. Roos asked a Pfizer director a very clear question, and in English to avoid any confusion.

“Was the Pfizer Covid vaccine tested on stopping the transmission of the virus before it entered the market? If not, please say it clearly. If yes, are you willing to share the data with this committee? And I really want a straight answer, yes or no? I’m really looking forward to it.”

Ms. Small responded thus –

“Regarding the question around did we know about stopping immunization before it entered the market?  Um, you know – No. We really had to move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market”

Subsequent to this, there have been ongoing attempts to gaslight the public with various officials and politicians claiming that the vaccine was never promoted on the basis of stopping transmission. The problem though is that words, both spoken and written are in ink on the internet.

This is a brief montage featuring President Biden and Anthony Fauci amongst others.

Below are three quotes from Australian Premiers and this article has many more from Premiers, health ministers and chief health officers.

Daniel Andrews (Victorian Premier) “…absolutely a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and we open everything up, it’s not going to be safe for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus”.

Mark McGowan (Western Australian Premier) on being unvaccinated “…you’re choosing to put the people around you at risk…”

Steven Marshall (South Australian Premier) “By getting vaccinated, she is not only helping protect herself, but is preventing others from suffering from this insidious disease.”

People lost their jobs on the basis of them being a risk to others. We were told that the vaccine mandates and passports were based on “the health advice”. This has never been made public. There was nothing in the product information about preventing transmission as Pfizer admits it did not have data. So on what basis or data was the advice given to politicians that it did.

If there was no such advice, then they have lied to the public.

Let’s be clear – the manufacturer made no claims about preventing transmission. Thus, any advice on this could not have come from the vaccine manufacturer. So where did it come from and/or on what basis was the health advise provided?  That is the question to be answered by an assortment of chief health officers, health ministers and premiers.

One could feel a bit like John McEnroe in his November 5, 1984, match when he famously said. “No mistakes whatsoever…?” “Answer my question. The question, jerk!”

It does appear that vaccination may reduce the severity of infection, mainly in those in high risk groups and that is good. There is also no data on whether it reduces severity in otherwise fit healthy people. It increasingly appears that the risk benefit equation does not stack up in those under 40 and maybe under 60. Denmark and Norway have already started targeting vaccination to those at risk rather than for all.

Readers will recall that Ivermectin was banned from use on the basis of it not helping treat covid. Meanwhile people have been encouraged to use antiviral medications including Molnupiravir which has been prescribed 237,000 time thus far in Australia.

The authors record “…we found that molnupiravir did not reduce already low hospitalisations/deaths among higher risk, vaccinated adults with COVID-19 in the community…”. Will it now be banned like Ivermectin?

It is important to move forwards in life. At the same time, people must be held accountable for their actions and lessons must be learned so that we never again see a repeat of what has happened to citizens in the last two years.

Citizens complied with what they were told to do. They trusted officials.   The feeling that many will now have is perhaps best summed up by John Lyndon (Johnny Rotten) at the end of his final concert with the Sex Pistols ‘Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?’