Russian disinformation

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There is another round of hysteria in the Western press at the moment about Russian “disinformation” and “meddling” in Brexit.

The Guardian published a survey showing that 49% of voters believe that Russia “meddled” in the Brexit referendum. Strangely, the report doesn’t mention how Russia meddled. In fact it isn’t strange at all. The fact is even when it is mentioned it turns out, invariably – in all cases, not just this one, that the “meddling” amounts to an editorial line on RT and Sputnik – two very obviously Russian state media outlets, and a handful of social media posts or reposts (which can more or less be attributed to “actors close to the Kremlin” – or something like that).  The Guardian article is accidentally revealing. It doesn’t in fact matter what Russia did; all that matters is that people believe that Russia “meddled”. So – people will believe that they are under threat and need to be defended. All this is a campaign by NATO linked actors to sow in Western brains the idea that the West and ‘democracy’ is under attack. Continue reading “Russian disinformation”

The UK’s Covid-19 care home scandal

20,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Care Homes. [1] (The official figures are massaged; so this is based on ONS data analysed by academics at the LSE).

There are two important articles in today’s Guardian. The first shows how the Government explicitly rejected a radical lockdown of UK Care Homes. It is specifically this radical lockdown that would have saved the 20,000 people. We can note that even now there is no lockdown of Care Homes. Elderly people continue to die needlessly. Not even to protect the economy. Just pointlessly. For example; there was a proposal by Public Health England on 28 April (2 months too late but better than nothing) for Care Home staff to move into Care Homes – so as to isolate them (this would be the “protective ring” that the Health Minister said had been implemented but existed only as a piece of spin). The government rejected this on the grounds that not all Care Homes can accommodate staff. This is pathetic. A practical difficulty that could easily have been solved. For example; those Care Homes that could implement this should have done. In other cases there are different options; put temporary living Units for staff on site (caravans); people in many industries work like this – it is nothing unusual. Move residents from homes where this can’t be done to where it can be, and so on. As one Care Home operator reported on in the article points out if staff had been offered 24 hour pay there would have been no shortage of volunteers. And money can hardly be an issue – hundreds of billions have been spent on furloughing healthy adults whose risk from Covid-19 is comparable to flu. There is no valid reason not to have done this. It is inexplicable that this hasn’t been done. The only possible conclusion is that the government has deliberately decided to let thousands of old people die needlessly. It is as if it is some kind of primitive sacrifice to the Gods. Maybe, the magical (pre-rational) thinking goes; if we offer the Gods these 20,000 people we will be spared. I cannot see any rational explanation. Continue reading “The UK’s Covid-19 care home scandal”

Real journalism on Covid-19

I don’t know anything about Piers Morgan (other than he is a controversial media figure). But, anyway, this short video extract which I’m posting a link to from the Metro shows that he is a real journalist. He marshalls the necessary points and presents a challenge to those in power (at least an MP) in a clear and systematic way and nearly manages to keep his cool while doing so. He tries to break through the evasions and spin and ask the questions the government is trying to avoid. Excellent stuff. All too rare these days.

Piers Morgan launches tirade at MP Andrew Bridgen after he’s accused of ‘diatribe against Boris Johnson’ amid lockdown rules confusion