Regent Street, London ©Rajesh Taylor
Regent Street London in 2018 ©Rajesh Taylor
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.

Charles Mackay

England was once known as a nation of small shop keepers. It is now a nation of cowering, feaf-led, indoor hermits. When or if the public are allowed out, they will very quickly, wonder why? London is dying. Families and businesses are moving out. There is no foot flow, no tourism. Restaurants duped into remaining open at 25% capacity have closed, permanently.

Claridge's Hotel, used to welcoming Royalty and Heads of States let go of 25% of its staff. Its Brook & Davies restaurant resorts to selling CFC's, a fast food idea of selling chicken with chilli-lime in a bucket, for £21.

Chicken with Chilli-Lime Yoghurt: £21

Claridge's. In Mayfair, for heavens sake.

Claridge's Hotel, Mayfair © Rajesh Taylor
Claridge's Hotel, Mayfair © Rajesh Taylor

The Exodus of London

London has been bled out. Inside 11 months. The financial district – the City of London has seen a 89% decline in footfall, the City of Westminster – 92%. Those who are travelling in are the civil servants, academics and lobbyists, the press corp and politicians.

These declines mirror the 96% percentage drop of overseas visitors recorded in April to July 2020, after which the ONS (Office of National Statistics) stopped counting. The numbers being so low and hard to measure.fn

Overseas Travel & Tourism 2015 to 2020. Source: Office of National Statistics
Overseas Travel & Tourism 2015 to 2020. Source: Office of National Statistics

Major High Street Shops Destroyed by Lockdowns

242 year-old Debenhams was sold for £55 million by Boohoo, an e-commerce website after the UK's third national lockdown. Debenhams was valued at £1.6 billion just 10 years ago. Boohoo will not take on any of Debenhams' 118 stores, including what was the flagship Oxford Street address or any of its 12,000 workforce.

Another fast-fashion, online platform, Asos is in talks to buy the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands out of administration. Like Boohoo, Asos wants only the stock, not their retail outlets, meaning another 13,000 people will lose their jobs. Asos has already acquired Oasis, Coast and Karen Millen.

Attempts to flatten the Covid-19 curve, have flattened the High Street. The consequences of the lack of real world social shopping will add to depression and suicide figures. For some reason, suicides rates in England are only publicly available 9 months the following year from the ONS.

I fear the UK's rates of anxiety and depression rates will be even higher per capita than America. Where States such as South Dakota and Florida at least remained open.

Source: Statista
Source: Statista

Anxiety and depression quadrupled since the lockdowns began. All to stop the spread of a virus with a survival rate of 99.98% – when infected. More people in the UK between the ages of 0–65 have died from falling down a staircase than Covid-19 in 2020.

The lighter blue line (you may have to zoom in) are recorded deaths from 0-59 year-olds who tested positive for Covid-19 using PCR tests. Between you and me it seems the aged seem to be affected. The average age of a Covid-19 death in the UK is higher than the average age of non-Covid-19 death. In 2021, facts like these don't matter.

The UK also uses a high Ct cycle threshold of 35 to determine whether PCR tests are positive for Covid-19. Switching to Rapid Antigen testing would immediately end lockdowns. But no Professor, sitting on the governments SAGE committee in their right, self-serving mind would advise pushing for this. You'll run the risk of losing your biggest donor's money. Other prestigious universities would be too ready to queue up for £76M worth of grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

I've observed those defending the destruction of the High Street are more likely to have a compromised immune system and suffered little financial impact? Granted they aren't allowed out to see it, but if they did venture out, they would see deep societal affects? They seem fine for the healthy to have their personal liberty taken and the sealing of one's mouth, in order to make it more difficult to breathe. Now it's double masking. It doesn't matter that the experiment was conducted on lifeless mannequins.

The absurd CDC "Mask Study", promoted by Twitter and legacy media claimed, without evidence, that the CDC has “confirmed” the efficacy of double mask wearing.

A frightened animal never has time to look at things logically.

I've resigned to seeing far less independent family businesses in London. And I will miss them. The risk of being locked down at a moments notice will also kill any dreams for those with ambition and dreams to start a brick and mortar business.

Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, home to many former bespoke craftsmen ©Rajesh Taylor
Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, home to many former bespoke craftsmen ©Rajesh Taylor

Lockdowns have killed many bespoke craftsman's careers. The Tailors and Shoesmiths in St James's and Mayfair have taken an awful hit. Small businesses with real relationships with customers going back centuries. Gone.

Why would anyone want to visit London, wearing a mask all day to shop on their day off? Foot and traffic flow's tell me very few. London, not just the High Street is dying.

The UK's Chief Medical Advisor Christopher Whitty doesn't even want the public to talk for a chat. American friends will appreciate we also have a lying fraud, with long standing connections to the Gates Foundationfn is in charge of dispensing health advice.

Source: Metro Newspaper

London will get accustomed to cheap rags made from fast fashion portals, no doubt. What choice is there? Even when they are caught using slave labour practices.

Lockdowns Enable Sweatshops Kill Independent Craftsmen

Boohoo, known for its ultra-low pricing is owned by Mahmud Kamani, had its reputation (apparently) badly damaged. Its suppliers used sweatshops in Leicester to produce cheap clothing during the UK's first lockdown. Despite the scandal, their profits increased to £68 million as shoppers only had enough disposable income to purchase their 6p bikinis.

Boohoo also owns the highly successful 'Pretty Little Thing' run by Mr Kamani's playboy son Uma Kamani. Get used to more of this. Tell yourself you are saving the NHS.

The result is only global enterprises such as Amazon will continue and sweeping up more market share. Communisim-lite. Businesses remaining will be websites with Shopify extensions. Likely run on Amazon Web Services (AWS). It spooks me how many just go along with this.

Do people realise governments now have a toolkit to close down society at any time?

Project Fear

Annual number of Deaths in England & Wales. Source: ONS
Annual number of Deaths in England & Wales. Source: ONS

Do you recall the 23 year lockdown in England from 1980 when deaths were much higher? Which included the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic? If Covid-19 deaths in 2020 doubled there would be almost as many deaths – as those that occurred in 2003.

Piccadilly, London 2015 © Rajesh Taylor
Piccadilly, London 2015 © Rajesh Taylor

I'm grateful I at least got to travel see family and made friends along the way. Hard to live a life, never mind a vacation, when instant lockdowns are enforced with non-peer reviewed scientific papers put on platforms funded by Chan & Zuckerberg and the Gates Foundation.

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