As the British government struggles to get to grips with the country’s escalating coronavirus crisis, there are growing signs and indications the establishment wants to open a propaganda war with unfriendly foreign states by way of a distraction.
The propaganda effort is led by armed forces minister, and Conservative MP for Wells (Somerset), James Heappey.
Heappey, who is a former army officer, has been using his tweeter feed to fight what he calls “disinformation” on the deadly COVID-19 disease.
Thanks to @BuzzFeedNewsUK for debunking this. The only soldiers on the streets on London are guarding Buckingham Palace. https://twitter.com/josephmdurso/status/1240363853059407875 …
✔@josephmdursoReplying to @josephmdurso
There is always crap circulating online so when you debunk something you always have to calculate how big it is and not just give one idiot oxygen…
But *loads* of people sent our team this. It’s huge. And on WhatsApp, which is so hard to track.https://www.buzzfeed.com/joeydurso/army-lockdown-london-coronavirus-fake-news …
But some of what Heappey calls “disinformation”, notably plans to potentially deploy the army on the streets of London, are in fact plans drawn up by the British government and the armed forces.
In a sign that a faction of the ruling Tories – in tandem with their allies in the military – are in fact more interested in creating disinformation of their own (as opposed to fighting it), Heappey appeared on Sky News today to give credence to unsubstantiated allegations that the Russians are orchestrating a coronavirus-related propaganda war against the UK.
Some people just get wrong end of stick, some are (annoyingly) sharing ridiculous stuff to extend social media following, & others are doing it to deliberately sow disinformation. Good piece here from @haynesdeborah.
And if you want the truth, check out http://gov.uk https://twitter.com/haynesdeborah/status/1241352175823003656 …
Be aware of accidental misinformation and deliberately harmful #disinformation (by pro-Kremlin media and others) about #COVID19.
Britain’s armed force minister @JSHeappey shares his thought on the #coronavirus information battle
The propaganda war is deemed useful at a time when Britain appears to be sliding into chaos – as evidenced by panic shopping and a general sense of anxiety – in the face of the ruling Tories inability to contain the crisis.