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

They’re lying to save their careers as the corpses mount up.

At every stage in this crisis we have been guided by the scientific advice and have been making the right decisions at the right time.There is often a wrong time to put certain measures in place, thinking about sustainability and everything else, and at all parts of this we have been guided by that science. We’ve been guided by making the right decisions at the right time, and I stand by that. [1]

Rishi Sunak – Chancellor

In the same piece the government’s deputy Chief Scientific Officer told the press that it would be “interesting” to explore the connection between the deaths from covid-19 in Liverpool and the decision to allow fans from covid-19 infested Italy to attend the match in Liverpool on 11 March (about 6 weeks after the WHO put out an alert about a serious health problem of international concern). Continue reading “They’re lying to save their careers as the corpses mount up.”

Still they lie through their teeth

This is someone called Professor Paul Cosford. He is Emeritus medical director of Public Health England. And Emeritus professor in lying.

Everybody involved is frustrated that we haven’t got to the position yet [on testing] that we need to get to… You’ve heard about the 2,000 yesterday  [NHS staff tested] – nowhere near where we need to get to but it’s a good start.

No. 2000 is not a “good start”. It is a dismal place to be in more than 8 weeks after the WHO announced an imminent global health emergency in connection with coronavirus.

I know 2,000 doesn’t sound a lot compared with the many hundreds of thousands of NHS staff that we’ve got but that is now ramping up quickly …  This is an incredibly complex operation to put in place in a very short period of time.

If only that were true. Again – 8 weeks is not a very short period of time. The reason there is a short period of time is because Public Health England did not start on this in February. They missed the boat. Stop lying.

End Notes (which show Professor Cosford is lying)

Editor of The Lancet explains why there is no valid reason for the delay. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30727-3/fulltext

Guardian article explaining that the reason for the delay in sourcing tests is that the effort to source tests was delayed while the government pursued the now abandoned “herd immunity” scheme https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/fall-in-covid-19-tests-putting-lives-at-risk-critics-claim

 

 

 

UK government cover-up goes into overdrive

The UK government’s actions, that is inactions, on coronavirus have undoubtedly cost hundreds of lives. That this is so has been explained by senior epidemiologists and scientists and medical journal editors time and time again in the last few days. This site has reported on some of these criticisms.

The UK Government – Cabinet Ministers, The Prime Minister and senior advisers, will at some point have to face some kind of reckoning, hopefully in the form of a public inquiry, for their lunatic and unscientific “herd immunity” plan and for their lack of preparedness. (E.g. the WHO was warning of a global health emergency as far back as 31 January but it has only been in the last two weeks that it has occured to UK.gov to try to order some more ventilators – and then they seem to have allowed an ideological preference for UK manufacturers to dictate their buying decisions). This should be a matter of criminal charges but of course it won’t come to that.

Now in a truly disgusting diversion tactic they are getting their defence in early and trying to blame China for “cover-up and delay”. This is pure diversion. China has its own case to answer no doubt but this is just a PR strategy cooked up by some consultant in Downing Street to try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Maybe even the same one who came up with the criminal “herd immunity” scheme in the first place?

When Gove says “As a result of Beijing’s cover-up and delay, global health experts are convinced the rest of the world had insufficient time to prepare for the pandemic, which means the effect of the outbreak has most likely been worse” people should be aware that this is sheer lying. The WHO was warning of a global health emergency on 31 January. The UK had weeks to prepare. It is fully the fault of UK government that they did not use February to prepare – as the editor of prestigious medical journal The Lancet, explains here. Mr Gove is lying through his teeth on a matter which affects the lives of countless British citizens.

This is truly truly sickening.