My name is Ian Usher. I was born in 1963 in the UK.
One of my major passions is travel. I’ve visited over 60 countries, and lived in several, including Australia, Canada, Panama and Mexico.
As I write this I am living in France, since being locked down here for a month in November of 2020. I have decided to stay on here for a while.
I have published a couple of other books about earlier parts of my life, and had no plans to write anything else.
But the things I saw happening around us, as one by one our freedoms were taken away, made me question the narrative around the coronavirus, and the speedy vaccine roll-out.
Full disclosure about the author and the book:
- I have no medical qualifications whatsoever... I imagine most people reading this don’t either. But I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I only have to work on a part-time basis. This gives me the time to research, to consider, to question.
- I don’t have any answers for you. The choices you make for yourself are yours and yours alone. Your circumstances are undoubtedly different to mine, and will therefore shape your decision-making process in a very personal manner.
- I can’t give you any “facts” and I don’t know “the truth”. All I can offer are some thoughts, some questions, and my own opinions based on information available to all of us, albeit it at times requiring some deep searching to unearth it. In fact, I’ll go as far as to suggest that you should have a healthy degree of scepticism for anything presented to you as “the truth” or “the facts”. As we’ll see in the book, truth can be a very slippery concept these days.
- I am not an anti-vaxxer. I have had vaccinations in the past, first of all as a child growing up in the UK, then later as a young adult I had a couple of booster shots. The last vaccine I was given was in 2010 when, to be allowed to enter Brazil, I had to have a Yellow Fever vaccination. The choice was either accept the jab and get the certificate, or forget “bucket list” plans to go to Carnival in Rio.
- I have no political leanings. I am generally uninterested in politics, and firmly agree with George Carlin, who is quoted in the book, when he says, “Forget the politicians, they’re irrelevant.” Unfortunately, in the situation we currently find ourselves in, we do have to pay attention to their decisions, as they are having significant impact on our daily lives. However, for example, when I mention Donald Trump or Boris Johnson, I don’t intend to imply either support of or criticism for any particular side of the political divide.
- Finally, it’s quite possible that this book will earn me (and possibly you too for reading it) the label of “conspiracy theorist”. We’ll look at the subject of labelling in the book, but again, in the spirit of full disclosure, my personal decision (for now) is not to be vaccinated.