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Britain’s drastic lockdown policy may be based on a flawed and unreliable model devised by a scientist with a track record of failure.
Professor Neil Ferguson, director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College, London, is the scientist behind the doomsday report that terrified Prime Minister Boris Johnson into imposing sudden and radical lockdown measures across the United Kingdom.
The report apocalyptically predicted that coronavirus could kill as many as 500,000 people in Britain if nothing was done to stop the spread of the disease.
Ferguson has since substantially revised down his death toll, saying it could be “substantially less than 20,000”. Colleagues at Imperial, however, have at times predicted a death toll even smaller than that — as few as 5,700 fatalities if the lockdown continues.
Rival scientists are increasingly critical of Ferguson’s original doomsday predictions, noting that his previous modelled forecasts have been found severely wanting.
I realise this isn’t exactly front-page news but every now and then he reminds you what a low-grade, puffed-up, bloviating poltroon he truly is. Most recently he did so on his breakfast TV show Good Morning Britain in an interview with the German climate sceptic Naomi Seibt.
Seibt – whom I was lucky enough to meet at the last UN climate conference in Madrid and interviewed here – is a very brave, very admirable 19-year old German climate sceptic.
She is known as the Anti-Greta — a nickname I believe I may have coined myself in this article — because, unlike the feted Ms Thunberg, she believes that catastrophic man-made climate change is a politically motivated, scientifically baseless scare story.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is just about the only proper Conservative within the Boris Johnson administration — so naturally, the left-leaning Remainer Deep State is trying to destroy her and claim her scalp.
All week, the media has been full of stories — leaked, of course, by her Deep State enemies in the Civil Service — about what an awful, useless minister Patel is. One egregious rumour claimed that MI5 officials were withholding intelligence from her because they did not trust her. (MI5 has robustly denied this). Other reports have claimed that she is a workplace bully in the habit of “swearing, belittling people, making unreasonable and repeated demands”.
Dr Freeman Dyson, one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, mathematicians and public intellectuals, has died aged 96 but the mainstream media doesn’t want to know.
Dyson, though a naturalised American was born British. Normally, this would have been an excuse for endless eulogies on the BBC, which treats even quite minor scientists with the kind of veneration once reserved for popes, cardinals and saints.
Instead, so far as I can ascertain, the BBC has ignored the great man’s death completely. What on earth did Dyson do wrong?
Almost two-thirds of Conservative activists in Britain believe there is no ‘climate emergency.’
This is bad news for Boris Johnson whose government’s hugely expensive, disruptive and damaging Net Zero policy — costing the equivalent of one £100 billion HS2 project every year for the next 30 years — is based on the (demonstrably false) notion that there is a climate emergency.
The most nauseating phrase in the English language is “I’m not against free speech but…”
That’s because it’s always followed by a weaselly exegesis in which the slippery, disgusting, and borderline fascistic user explains why, actually, they don’t believe in free speech — and here are their crap reasons.
Usually, the excuse given is that there’s this thing called “hate speech” which should never be allowed because it’s so hateful.
By this token, leading liberal-left Establishment lawyer Helena Kennedy QC — Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, as she is now known — ought never to be permitted to open her highfalutin Scottish gob again, except maybe at weekends when, in a spirit of mercy, she might be allowed out once to order a deep fried pizza and a bottle of Buckfast tonic.
That’s because pretty much everything she says is the purest, sanctimonious liberal-left poison which undoubtedly, in my view, makes the world a worse place and is therefore hate speech in excelsis.
Extinction Rebellion, the eco-fascist protest group, has successfully duped the BBC into believing that miners in the north of England support its campaigns to close down their pits. It did so by dressing up its activists in cardboard miners helmets.
‘Woke’ is not a dirty word but a moral duty, says a senior BBC editor, defending the corporation’s decision to ‘repurpose’ classic novels by giving them more black, female and Asian characters even when this is historically inaccurate.
The remarks, by the BBC’s head of drama Piers Wenger, will confirm what many viewers have long suspected: that the BBC isn’t interested in making quality programming any more – only in enforcing the politically correct obsessions (equality, diversity, etc) of the narrow, metropolitan liberal elite.
Wenger was speaking at the launch of the BBC’s new drama season, whose highlights include an adaptation of Black and White, a novel for teenagers by Malorie Blackman about a world where the ruling class is black and whites are the victim of racism.