The latest on UK gov. strategy for covid-19 – Guinea Pig UK

Sorry. Very short of time but check this:

Sir Patrick Vallance, said he thinks coronavirus is likely to become an annual virus.

The chief scientific adviser told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the government’s approach wass about lowering and extending the peak of the epidemic and developing immunity among the population.

“What we don’t want is everybody to end up getting it in a short period of time so we swamp and overwhelm NHS services – that’s the flattening of the peak,” he said.

“You can’t stop it, so you should end up with a broader peak during which time you’d anticipate that more people would get immunity to this. That in itself becomes a protective part of this process.

“This is quite likely, I think, to become an annual virus, an annual seasonal infection.” [1]

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More war delirium in the Guardian

This is an “RAF saves Britain from Russian bear” type story which is all too familiar  from the tabloids. Slightly weird to see it in what purports to be a credible newspaper.

The piece is credited to someone called Lin Jenkins. Judging by the list of articles credited to her on the Guardian website she is a general purpose journalist writing on many topics (e.g. sex education) and is not specifically a political or defence correspondent. Even so it is surprising that her grasp of politics and international affairs is quite so grounded in phantasy. Continue reading “More war delirium in the Guardian”

Fake news on the Guardian


The Guardian has claimed that Trump “claimed that outbreak [of coronavirus] is a hoax”.

The claim that Trump called coronavirus a hoax is itself a hoax. The transcript of his original remarks can be checked. They are:

The Democrats are politicising the coronavirus…They’re politicising it. One of my people came up to me and said: ‘Mr President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. This is their new hoax.

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Dots and lines – delusions about Russia

I’ve tagged this piece to link it to my series on Anti-Russian propaganda in the UK press. But really it belongs in a special category of its own devoted to the ravings of Guardian journalist Luke Harding. Harding – who was once posted to Moscow (and whose tenure ended when the Russians declined to renew his Visa – a matter which he depicts as being ‘thrown out’ of Russia) – is notorious for his “join the dots” journalism on Russia. (His words). For Harding “joining the dots” means inventing all sorts of stories which – for Harding at least – must be true because they are the only possible explanation which connects some dots. He shows you the dots – simple facts in the public domain – and then claims that the dots prove the lines – his stories which “connect the dots”.  He is informing us about the lines which must be there because of the dots. The alternative explanation is that the lines are purely in Harding’s own head.

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