Peter Hitchens: This Won’t End – Freedom Is Dead

Peter Hitchens: This Won’t End – Freedom Is Dead

From the beginning of the lockdown in 2020, Hitchens warned about the authoritarian nature of what was happening, but then he decided to take the vaccine. Commentators over at the YouTube platform argue that because he did that, he has undermined his own position.   Are they right?  And is HE right to say that once freedom dies, it dies?  IS freedom dead in the UK?

If so, why are the Catholic bishops not speaking out, leading us in a resistance movement?

Comments (27)

  • Andrew Q

    Hitchens has always been good at drawing attention to the problem but not at offering any solutions or effective strategies. For nearly 2 years his only tactic has been to advise writing to your MP. Most of them gave up replying with anything other than boilerplate years ago (if they can be bothered to reply at all).

    The Together Declaration week of action against vaxx passports has started. I phoned my MP and was given the usual “can’t comment” from a flunky with the suggestion I write in. We all know that’s the easy option for those facilitating the coming tyranny. I’ll be at his surgery on Friday (but he “may not be present”). Democracy, apparently.

    December 6, 2021 at 6:11 pm
    • Lily

      Andrew Q,

      I agree about Hitchens. He was very vocal early on, pointing out that he had the advantage of having lived under Communism in Soviet Russia, so we should all be warned, and then he said he was taking the vaccine so he could see his family. He took stick for it on social media and quite right, too, IMHO. You can just hear people saying, well, Communist government can’t be all that bad if Hitchens is happy to go along with it, since he’s already experienced life in Soviet Russia. I’ve not bothered about him ever since.

      I do think that freedom is dead and gone, though. We’re not getting it back, definitely not any time soon. I always allow a caveat because I know that some day Russia will be consecrated and we will have a period of world peace and presumably then we will get our liberty back. Until then, though, no, freedom is gone. The restrictions will tighten and we’ll be in more lockdowns, camps etc. I think that is the way things are going.

      December 6, 2021 at 7:57 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Andrew I actually EMAILED my S.M.P. about 6 Months ago about Abortion. I was put through to Her Assistants Assistant believe it or not ,because She was extremely Busy. She works from Home and from Photos of Her am sure She doesn’t leave the Kitchen. I then Emailed Her and said that I understood How busy She must be and it’s a Miracle that She can fit in Approximately 20Weeks Holidays a Year . Not bad work if you can get it .
      To sum them up . Their worse than a Man Short . Or Woman in Her case .

      December 6, 2021 at 8:16 pm
    • Josephine

      Andrew Q,

      You won’t get in if you just go along to the MP’s surgery. I made an appointment once and it was a rigmarole even then, years ago. I had to make the appointment through the secretary and tell her what I wanted to see the MP about! I think it’s outrageous,. So, I don’t think you’ll get anywhere by just turning up.

      December 6, 2021 at 9:45 pm
      • Bernie


        I had the same experience. I was really angry at having to say why I wanted to speak to my MP. That was also years ago but I think it’ll be the same, even tighter now, since there have been attacks on MPs, threats etc. I can understand the need to be able to monitor people asking for appointments but not to the extent of having to give information about the reason for my visit.

        Having said that, there was another occasion, again years ago, when I rang my MP at the Westminster Parliament with a complaint and to my amazement, he phoned me back not that long afterwards! I couldn’t believe it. I doubt if that would happen these days but it shows that there are two sides to the story – these were two different MPs, BTW.

        TBH, I don’t see any point in contacting any MP about the Covid restrictions. They’re never going to be on our side (unless your MP is Sir Desmond Swayne, LOL!) It would only be a sounding off exercise, nothing else, IMHO.

        December 6, 2021 at 9:52 pm
      • Andrew Q

        Hi Josephine. I phoned my MP’s assistant. The MP doesn’t offer appointments. The only way to see him is to turn up at the open surgery held each Friday. They make no promises he’ll actually be there…. It’s a system intended to put you off but there’s no other option with this particular joker.

        December 7, 2021 at 9:53 am
    • mary

      I used to be a fan of Peter Hitchens but that ended when he stated he’d had the jab; although he was quick to add that in so doing he was waving goodbye to his liberty. If he’d been foolish enough to have it, why announce it publicly unless he wanted to influence the rest of us?
      And I wish he’d shave off that beard !
      I too emailed my MP today (Together). (hard of hearing so couldn’t phone). I had an instant fobbing off reply paving the way for supporting it ( which he will do, for he never rebels against the Tory party) saying he didn’t like the idea but wouldn’t rule out supporting it on a temporary basis if the circumstances warranted it in the future. This is nonsense: would Governmrnt carry out the colossal logistics of creating an embryonic universal digital ID then discontinue it? I am mulling over a suitable reply.

      December 6, 2021 at 11:08 pm
      • editor


        You got that right – no Government will hand back power they grabbed in a supposed “emergency”. Whoever your MP, he’s a career politician. About as much use as a snowman in summer.

        December 7, 2021 at 12:04 am
    • editor


      I hadn’t heard of the “Together Declaration” so I search and read about it, then signed here

      December 6, 2021 at 11:17 pm
  • Josephine

    Peter Hitchens is definitely right about freedom being dead and gone in the UK. That’s really becoming clearer by the day. This video report about a man in Manchester questioned by the police for not wearing a mask, is an example, and when you read the comments on social media of people who think the police are right on this, and the man is wrong, you see how quickly people have come to not value freedom any longer.

    December 6, 2021 at 9:43 pm
    • editor


      Although it’s disgraceful that the police are still doing this sort of thing – I thought the mask nonsense was in the past – I do think the man should have avoided being so rude in his manner. There’s nothing to be gained by reacting as he did – it’s perfectly possible to remain calm and say the same thing, make the same point, refuse to wear the mask.

      After watching that clip, I decided to go to the Scottish Government website and print off that part of the webpage which says that nobody should ask for details about the exemption. If I find myself questioned by the police on the matter, I thought, I’ll produce that page. Very worryingly, that statement is no longer there, or if it is, I can’t find it. I’ll be very happy to be corrected on this. Instead, I was truly shocked to read the following – it made me think of George Orwell’s warning that “All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.” See if the same thought strikes you…

      The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2021

      PART 4


      Enforcement of requirements

      15.—(1) A relevant person may take such action as is necessary to enforce any requirement imposed by these Regulations.

      (2) A relevant person may give a notice to a person if the relevant person reasonably believes that—

      (a)the person is contravening a requirement in these Regulations, and
      (b)it is necessary and proportionate to give the notice for the purpose of preventing that person from continuing to contravene the requirement.

      (3) Where the person contravening a requirement in these Regulations is a child accompanied by an individual who has responsibility for the child, that individual must, so far as reasonably practicable, ensure that the child complies with a direction or instruction given by the relevant person to the child.

      (4) Where a relevant person has reasonable grounds to believe that a child is repeatedly failing to comply with a requirement of these Regulations, the relevant person may direct any individual who has responsibility for the child to secure, so far as reasonably practicable, that the child complies with that requirement.

      (5) For the purpose of this regulation, an individual has responsibility for a child if the individual has—

      (a)care or control of the child for the time being, or (b)parental responsibilities, within the meaning of section 1(3) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995(13), in relation to the child.

      (6) A relevant person may only exercise a power in paragraph (4) if the relevant person considers that it is a necessary and proportionate means of ensuring compliance with the requirement.

      (7) A relevant person exercising a power under paragraph (4) may give the person concerned any reasonable instructions the relevant person considers necessary.

      (8) For the purpose of this regulation, a “relevant person” means—

      (a)a constable, or (b)subject to paragraph 9, a person designated by a local authority.
      (9) A local authority may only designate a person for the purpose of this regulation in relation to the requirements in—

      (a)regulation 3, and (b)Part 3.

      Remember, folks, children have caused scenes on ‘planes in the USA, refusing to wear masks.- I saw a report earlier this evening on Newsmax (YouTube) where an officious air stewardess rudely commanded a parent to make her child wear a mask, and this was witnessed by a Congress-woman who happened to be on the same ‘plane, and managed to cool things down. Think, if this happens in Scotland, according to the above “legislation”, the child could be removed from the parent(s) and taken into State care.

      Remember, too, that Scotland has been a more or less openly Socialist country for decades – it’s only now that (speaking for myself) the reality of what this means, is hitting home. We have no shortage of evidence that State control of the family, with special “care” for children which amounts to an erosion/removal of parental rights and authority, has been a feature of the SNP Government in Scotland. Think [the notorious] Named Person Scheme. It’s not gone away – it’s still in the works.

      So, I fear that we are about to move into the phase of which George Orwell warned – the violent stage where the Government will force us to comply with whatever they choose to do to us… To quote Orwell once again: “All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.”

      Welcome to the New Normal…

      December 6, 2021 at 11:40 pm
      • editor

        Further to my above comment, I have now, today, a few minutes ago, emailed my MSP as follows…

        I have copied Part 4 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 from the Scottish Government website, for ease of reference [below]. I would be grateful for your clarification on the meaning of “enforcement” in this legislation.

        Is it an accurate interpretation to see #15 (1) as permitting “a relevant person” (including police, as specified) to use physical force to make someone comply with the rule about wearing face-coverings?

        Thank you.

        [Name & Address]
        I’m not vaccinated. I am trans-vax. I identify as a vaccinated person. Please respect my choice. Thank you.

        December 8, 2021 at 2:36 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Why are the Catholic bishops not leading a resistance movement? Simple: because they don’t resist, they surrender – to a dictator Pope, and to the dictates of human respect. They are just bureaucrat functionaries shuffling papers.

    I hope Hitchens’ immune system doesn’t get destroyed by the spike proteins he’s allowed to be injected into his body. Very foolish decision!

    December 6, 2021 at 11:03 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Correct. I would add to that one more possibility, and I’ll put it no stronger than that… is it possible that the bishops are under the all-but overt control of the devil? Are they “just bureaucrat functionaries” or – more – are they men operating under Satanic influences?

      I wouldn’t have dreamt of even asking such a question at one time, but given their 18 months deafening silence throughout the national and international introduction of whole peoples to authoritarianism, it’s time to call a spade a demon, so to speak.

      The bishops have been unwaveringly complicit in the evil-doing of politicians, presidents and princes throughout this period of lockdowns and restrictions to a level that indicates, surely, more than a “human” mindset at work.

      We know already that they have been spiritually blind for almost as long as I can remember now (and yes, I don’t have a great memory any more so that’s maybe not saying much, but you’ll get the idea…) Still, they are proving to be negligent pseudo “shepherds” on a scale which is way beyond mere incompetence and/or diminished Faith.

      “Diabolical” is the word which springs to mind.

      Am I wrong? Yes? No? Maybe? Sure thing?

      December 7, 2021 at 12:01 am
      • RCAVictor


        Just to follow up on the bishops possibly being controlled by the underworld, let me add this: the practice of homosexuality certainly would open them up to demonic control, or at least undue influence….

        Said practice also leads to blackmail, which would also explain their silence.

        December 7, 2021 at 3:08 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Yes, there’s no question about it, the link between homosexual activity and demonic influence/control is clear.

        December 7, 2021 at 8:28 pm
  • westminsterfly

    I think freedom is dead (or at least dying) but if Peter Hitchens has taken the vaccine, then he may be dead even sooner, according to this report:- Most of the bishops, like the Pope, are either in cahoots with, or frightened to challenge the satanic New World Order, and its project, the Great Reset.

    December 7, 2021 at 9:12 am
    • westminsterfly

      P.S. Best way to get your freedom back? DO THE FIRST SATURDAYS. AS A MATTER OF URGENCY. AND GET AS MANY OTHERS AS POSSIBLE TO DO THEM. Our Lady said regarding Herself in Fatima ‘Only She can help you now’. The next First Saturday is on January 1st 2022. Don’t forget that you don’t have to make the Confession on the First Saturday itself – Sister Lucia clarified what should be done if Confession cannot be made on the first Saturday of the month: She asked Our Lord: “My Jesus! Many souls find it difficult to confess on Saturday. Will Thou allow a Confession within eight days to be valid? Our Lord replied: “Yes. It can even be made later on, provided that the souls are in the state of grace when they receive Me on the First Saturday and that they had the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Sister Lucia then said “And those who forget to form this intention?” Jesus replied: “They can form it at the next confession, taking advantage of their first opportunity to go to confession. (February 15, 1926)”.

      During a revelation by Our Lord on the 29th May 1930, Sr Lucia clarified what one should do if all the conditions for the devotion, like the receipt of Holy Communion, could not be fulfilled on the First Saturday. Our Lord said: “The practice of this devotion will be equally accepted on the Sunday following the First Saturday, when, for just reasons, My priests will allow it.” In other words, permission to do this has to be sought from a priest, if you genuinely can’t get Mass on a Saturday, or if it would be extremely difficult.

      Our Lady promised that She would “assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation” the souls who make the first five Saturdays. However, it is important that the desire to console Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart by making reparation and growing in holiness is the main motivation for the practice. To underline this fact, Our Lord told Sr Lucia: “It is true, my daughter, that many souls begin the First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do complete them do so in order to receive the graces that are promised thereby. It would please me more if they did Five with fervour and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother, than if they did Fifteen, in a tepid and indifferent manner…” (15th February 1926)

      An intense living of the Fatima message in all its aspects is the only way we’re going to get out of this fix, and as you can see above, the First Saturday devotion has been made as easy as possible for those with difficulties. Heaven never asks anything unreasonable. Only Our Lady can help us now.

      December 7, 2021 at 9:36 am
      • Josephine

        Westminster Fly,

        I think you are absolutely right – if we want our freedom back, we need to live out the Fatima message, including the First Saturdays. That’s clear when we were told the unless the Consecration of Russia is done, as described by Our Lady, Communism will spread which means end of personal freedom and government tyranny.

        December 7, 2021 at 10:01 am
    • Michaela

      Westminster Fly,

      That article is flabbergasting. It means the government are deliberately encouraging us to take these vaccines knowing perfectly well that they are unhealthy for us. There’s no knowing how this is going to end.

      I’m grateful to you for also reminding us about Fatima all the time. I have made the First Saturdays but I think I will make them again.

      December 7, 2021 at 9:50 am
      • Josephine


        That article is shocking and it goes to prove that what the governments of the world are doing by using this virus to tyrannise us, is a crime against humanity. I can’t wait to see all those involved in the dock.

        December 7, 2021 at 10:03 am
      • westminsterfly

        Sister Lucia did the First Saturdays her whole life. Easier for an enclosed religious, but even so, a great work of charity which undoubtedly has benefited so many. She said that she was never so happy as when the First Saturday came round, because she knew she could make reparation to Our Lady. We should follow her example, where possible.

        December 7, 2021 at 11:04 am
  • Michaela

    This is a really interesting conversation between a GB News presenter and Neil Oliver, where Neil is the most outspoken I’ve seen him, saying we have no obligation to obey immoral laws. He speaks about Christmas being “sacred” saying that literally.

    December 7, 2021 at 9:46 am
    • Josephine


      Again, we see Neil Oliver speaking out in a unique way – nobody else, even at GB News, says it all so clearly and fearlessly.

      December 7, 2021 at 10:04 am
  • Laura

    Sir Desmond Swayne is going hammer and tongs on Talk Radio – he has a go at the “experts”

    December 7, 2021 at 8:42 pm
  • Athanasius

    Peter Hitchins is wrong – it will end and very soon!

    I have thought about how state-sponsored evil, including the COVID lie, is spreading rapidly across the world at a pace unheard of in the past. This is because Satan knows his time now is very short and he’s trying to cause the loss of as many souls as possible in the short period remaining to him before the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

    Listening to Fr. Karl Stehlin’s excellent sermon the other day, on devotion to Our Lady and the Miraculous Medal, he said exactly the same thing. It is also Fr. Stehlin’s conviction that Our Lady’s triumph is not far off and that the evil we see racing across the globe is Satan’s last hoorah before she crushes his head. The greatest sadness in this “final battle” between Our Lady and the dragon is that so many prelates and priests have turned away from the Traditional faith to such an extent that they think nothing now of closing churches to souls in the name of the health of the body. Only loss of supernatural faith can explain their actions. They are that great number of ordained represented in Apocalypse as “stars in heaven” being dragged down to earth by the dragon’s tail. Tragic indeed!

    In case there is no separate thread, I wish everyone a happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception and urge all to wear the Miraculous Medal as a sign of Our Lady’s special love for us and as a weapon against every assault of the evil one. There are so many miracles attached to the wearing of this armour of Our Lady that they are impossible to quantify.

    Here’s just one example for our edification:

    December 8, 2021 at 12:51 am
    • editor

      Thank you for that, Athanasius. It would have been great to hear Fr Stehlin’s sermon, but thank you for re-posting Fr Clovis’s Miraculous Medal miracle talk – it led the thread on the Feast of the Miraculous Medal thread, if you recall.

      Just for the record, the Immaculate Conception thread had been posted around half an hour before your comment 😀 But, no problem – repetition is the mother of education AND we can never get too much of a good thing 😀

      December 8, 2021 at 9:58 am

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