- “Hundreds may be dying from heart problems at home because of NHS backlog” – A warning has been issued over the ‘time bomb’ of unidentified and untreated cardiac disease as data show weekly heart deaths are in excess of usual levels, reports the Telegraph.
- “Boys are 14 times more likely to have heart problem from Pfizer’s jab” – Boys are much more likely to suffer from myocarditis after a Pfizer Covid jab, according to data from Boston Children’s Hospital, reports MailOnline.
- “Gavin Williamson’s ‘Prizes For Everyone’ exam system has made a mockery of our children’s efforts” – The Education Secretary has now presided over two A level fiascos in two years, leaving students with grades that mean little to nothing, writes Allison Pearson in the Telegraph.
- “A level students have been failed again” – The A level algorithm was disastrous, but teacher-assessed grades are not much better, writes Samantha Smith in the Spectator.
- “PL announce distancing rules – with players allowed to celebrate together again” – Premier League players have been told to carry on social distancing before games – but will be able to celebrate goals, reports the Sun.
- “Risk assessments delay mass return of civil servants to offices” – Government departments may need to put limits on numbers in workplaces amid concerns over unvaccinated employees, reports the Telegraph.
- “Doom, gloom and the end of time – the apocalypse is always at hand” – Television news has become a gigantic on-air equivalent of the fire and brimstone prophet damning us all for our sins, writes Philip Johnston in the Telegraph.
- “Workspace provider IWG buoyed by boom in hybrid working” – Revenues from the hiring of meeting rooms and of day offices are up by 40% as businesses adopt home-office splits, reports the Guardian.
- “World’s Most Vaccinated Nations are Also Some of the Highest at Risk for Covid Surges: What Happened?” – Most of the countries ranked high on the Johns Hopkins list of the most vaccinated continue to be categorised by the CDC as “high” or “very high” in association with the risk of travel due to Covid, reports TrialSite.
- “Fauci says he supports mandates requiring teachers to be vaccinated” – Anthony Fauci says that he would support any local government that institutes vaccine mandates for teachers ahead of the new school year, reports MailOnline.
- “Germany to abolish free Covid testing in bid to get more people vaccinated” – New regulations are part of German Government efforts to incentivise those without jabs amid a rising case rate, reports the Guardian.
- “Goodbye to all that” – “These unexpected forced closures at a time of desperately high debts have pushed potentially viable businesses over the edge,” writes Alexander Adams in his latest column in Bournbrook Magazine.
- “Mob Morality and the Unvaxxed” – “Sure, we still engage in scapegoating and figuratively sacrifice people on the altar of public opinion,” writes Charles Eisenstein in his latest substack article: “But we don’t actually kill people in hope of placating the gods and restoring order. Or do we?”
- “A view of Covid and the left in 14 points” – “I have no time for Boris Johnson but had Jeremy Corbyn been in power, as likely as not he would have been given the same advice by the same advisors,” writes Mike Haynes in Left Lockdown Sceptics.
- “Podcast: The Covid Cure: A New Paradigm” – Omar Khan interviews Dr Shankara Chetty, a general practitioner with a natural science background in genetics, advanced biology, microbiology and biochemistry, whose “Eighth Day Protocol” deserves more widespread global attention.
- “An interview with Hatun Tash, the Christian preacher stabbed at Speakers’ Corner” – Hatun Tash, a Christian preacher who was stabbed at Speakers’ Corner, talks to the Spectator about the pain she has suffered simply to express her beliefs.
- “Letter in Support of Dr. Peter McCullough from Concerned Academics, Colleagues and other Supporters” – “Are the precepts of academic freedom and freedom of speech something Baylor University considers anachronistic? If so, then Baylor’s behavior is the antithesis of academic pursuit and the discovery of novel ideas,” write a group of academics in defence of Dr Peter McCullough.
- “Odeon owner AMC to accept payment in Bitcoin” – Cinemagoers will be able to buy tickets and popcorn using the cryptocurrency, says the U.S. chain, as reported in BBC News.
- “Acclaimed author Kate Clanchy to rewrite ‘racist’ memoir” – An author whose award-winning memoir depicted life as a teacher in state schools is rewriting the book after criticism that her portrayal of pupils was racist, reports the Times.
- “What’s the truth about the U.N.’s ‘code red’ climate warning?” – It is “code red for humanity”, according to U.N. General-Secretary Antonio Guterres. But is the United Nations’ report on climate change anything to worry about, asks Ross Clark in the Spectator.
- “Government climate tsar’s dirty secret: he still drives a diesel car” – Alok Sharma, the Tory cabinet minister and Cop26 Chief, says he drives a diesel car and vows his next vehicle will be electric, reports the Telegraph.
- “Furious Tory MPs say Boris will be hammered by Red Wall voters over eco plans” – Raging Red Wall Tory MPs are turning fire on ministers after shock polling revealed Tory voters will be hit hardest by Boris Johnson’s expensive green revolution, reports the Sun.
- “talkRADIO host Kevin O’Sullivan rips into Boris Johnson’s push for net zero carbon” – “When the cost of all this green nonsense eco claptrap comes home and people realise how much more expensive their lives will become, it will be a catastrophe for the Tories,” says Kevin O’Sullivan on talkRADIO.
Day: 10 August 2021
A panel of experts has told MPs that there is no way of stopping Covid from spreading through the entire population because the vaccines don’t prevent infection and transmission, especially given the Delta variant, adding that we should stop worrying about community testing. “What matters is the burden of patient hospitalisation and critical care,” says a Consultant Paediatrician at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. “And actually there hasn’t been as much with this Delta variant.” The Telegraph has more.
Scientists said it was time to accept that there was no way of stopping the virus spreading through the entire population, and monitoring people with mild symptoms was no longer helpful.
Professor Andrew Pollard, who led the Oxford vaccine team, said it was clear that the Delta variant could infect people who had been vaccinated, which made herd immunity impossible to reach even with high vaccine uptake. …
Speaking to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Covid, Sir Andrew said: “Anyone who is still unvaccinated will, at some point, meet the virus.
“We don’t have anything that will stop transmission, so I think we are in a situation where herd immunity is not a possibility and I suspect the virus will throw up a new variant that is even better at infecting vaccinated individuals.”
Until recently, it was hoped that increasing the number of Britons jabbed would create a ring of protection around the population. As late as last week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said one of the reasons it had advised that 16 and 17 year-olds should be vaccinated was because it may help prevent a winter Covid wave.
However, analysis by Public Health England has shown that when vaccinated people catch the virus they have a similar viral load to unvaccinated individuals and may be as infectious.
Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine at the University of East Anglia and an expert in infectious diseases, told the Committee: “The concept of herd immunity is unachievable because we know the infection will spread in unvaccinated populations and the latest data is suggesting that two doses is probably only 50% protective against infection.”
Professor Hunter, who advises the World Health Organisation on Covid, also said it was time to change the way the data was collected and recorded as the virus became endemic.
“We need to start moving away from just reporting infections, or just reporting positive cases admitted to hospital, to actually start reporting the number of people who are ill because of Covid,” he added. “Otherwise we are going to be frightening ourselves with very high numbers that actually don’t translate into disease burden.”
On Tuesday, Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, confirmed that third dose booster shots would be given from next month. However, Sir Andrew argued that, if mass testing was not stopped, Britain could be in a situation of continually vaccinating the population.
“I think as we look at the adult population going forward, if we continue to chase community testing and are worried about those results, we’re going to end up in a situation where we’re constantly boosting to try and deal with something which is not manageable,” he said.
“It needs to be moving to clinically driven testing in which people are willing to get tested and treated and managed, rather than lots of community testing. If someone is unwell they should be tested, but for their contacts, if they’re not unwell then it makes sense for them to be in school and being educated.”
Worth reading in full.
This is the 11th of the regular round-ups of Covid vaccine safety reports and news compiled by a group of medical doctors who are monitoring developments but prefer to remain anonymous in the current climate (find the 10th one here). By no means is this part of an effort to generate alarm about the vaccines or dissuade anyone from getting inoculated. It should be read in conjunction with the Daily Sceptic‘s other posts on vaccines, which include both encouraging and not so encouraging developments. At the Daily Sceptic we report all the news about the vaccines whether positive or negative and give no one advice about whether they should or should not take them. Unlike with lockdowns, we are neither pro-vaccine nor anti-vaccine; we see our job as reporting the facts, not advocating for or against a particular policy. The vaccine technology is novel and the vaccines have not yet fully completed their trials, which is why they’re in use under temporary and not full market authorisation. This has been done on account of the emergency situation and the trial data was largely encouraging on both efficacy and safety. For a summary of that data, see this preamble to the Government’s page on the Yellow Card reporting system. (Dr Tess Lawrie recently wrote an open letter to Dr June Raine, head of the MHRA, arguing that: “The MHRA now has more than enough evidence on the Yellow Card system to declare the COVID-19 vaccines unsafe for use in humans,” a claim that has been “fact checked” here.) We publish information and opinion to inform public debate and help readers reach their own conclusions about what is best for them, based on the available data.
- Public Health Scotland is reporting deaths (from all causes) within 28 days of a vaccine. So far, 5,523 deaths have been reported since February.
- The Times of Israel reports that 14 Israelis who have received both vaccines and a third booster shot have later been infected with Covid.
- Professor Peter Schirmacher, the Director of the Pathological Institute of the University of Heidelberg, has expressed deep concerns after conducting over 40 autopsies on people who have died within two days of their Covid vaccination. These concerns, particularly regarding damage to the brain and organs, are further echoed by pathologist Dr Ryan Cole in this presentation.
- The Jerusalem Post reports on a multicentre Israeli study led by Professor Zohar Habot-Wilner from Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center, which finds Covid vaccines may be linked to specific eye inflammation disorders, specifically anterior uveitis and Multiple Evanescent White Dot Syndrome.
- A study from the U.S. CDC shows 9,246 adverse events reported among adolescents aged 12 to 17, including 863 serious events, 14 deaths and 397 reports of myocarditis. Vaccine has published a report on six cases of myocarditis post-vaccination.
- Associate Professor Michael Palmer and Professor Sucharit Bhakdi explain the dangers of the spike protein in SARS-CoV-2 and its implications in the development of vaccines.
Summary of Adverse Events in the U.K.
According to an updated report published on August 6th, the MHRA Yellow Card reporting system has recorded a total of 1,120,009 events based on 337,064 reports. The total number of fatalities reported is 1,547.
- Pfizer (20.5 million first doses, 13.8 million second doses) now has one Yellow Card in 208 people vaccinated. Deaths: 1 in 42,803 people vaccinated (478).
- AstraZeneca (24.8 million first doses, 23.6 million second doses) has one Yellow Card in 110 people vaccinated. Deaths: 1 in 24,219 people vaccinated (1,024).
- Moderna (1.3 million first doses, 0.4 million second doses) has one Yellow Card in 118 people vaccinated. Deaths: 1 in 162,500 people vaccinated (8).
Another milestone has been reached in the U.K.’s Covid vaccine roll-out, with more than three-quarters of all adults having had two ‘jabs’. This comes less than a month before the offering of ‘booster shots’ to millions of Brits, which will likely change the definition of the term ‘fully vaccinated’. BBC News has the story.
A total of 39,688,566 people have now received both doses, while another seven million have only had a single dose, according to the latest figures.
Boris Johnson described the milestone in the vaccine roll-out as a “huge national achievement”. …
At the peak of the roll-out more than 752,000 jabs were given in a day on March 20th, although the rate has since slowed.
The U.K. reached the milestone of getting 50% of adults double jabbed on June 3rd and 25% of adults had received both doses by April 27th.
A further 32,250 first doses and 17,028 second doses were given across the U.K. on Monday.
The latest data also shows there were 23,510 new cases of Covid as well as a further 146 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
Worth reading in full.
Another cluster of fake scientific papers has been discovered, this time primarily about electronic medical devices and software. A group of three researchers has published an exposé of papers in which ordinary terms like artificial intelligence and facial recognition are replaced with bizarre alternatives auto-generated from a thesaurus. This appears to be an attempt to hide plagiarism, AI-driven paper auto-generation and/or “paper mill” activity, in which companies generate forged research and sell it to (pseudo-)scientists who want to get promoted.
|GENUINE TERM||AUTO-GENERATED REPLACEMENT|
|Big data||Colossal information|
|Facial recognition||Facial acknowledgement|
|Artificial intelligence||Counterfeit consciousness|
|Deep neural network||Profound neural organization|
|Cloud computing||Haze figuring|
|Signal to noise||Flag commotion|
|Random value||Irregular esteem|
Often these papers originate in China, where the CCP has mandated that every single medical doctor must publish research papers to get promoted (i.e. in their non-existent spare time). If you’re new to this topic, my previous article on Photoshopped images and impossible numbers in scientific papers provides some background along with an entertaining begging letter from a Chinese doctor who got busted.
Most of the bad science covered on the Daily Sceptic is of the intellectually dishonest kind: an absurd assumption here, ignored evidence over there. Sometimes professors – like those at Imperial College London – turn out to be incapable of using computers correctly and are presenting internal data corruption in their models as ‘evidence’, a problem I wrote about in my first article for this site. While these papers are extremely serious for public trust in science, especially given the huge impact they have had, there are even worse problems lurking in the depths of the literature. The biggest is probably 100% fake papers that report on non-existent experiments, often in obscure areas of Alzheimer’s research or oncology.
As much as some state leaders are attempting to stop the move to mandatory Covid vaccination for hospital workers (and for employees in other sectors), close to 25% of U.S. hospitals are requiring their staff to get ‘jabbed’ as a condition of employment. More than 96% of doctors have already been vaccinated, according to the American Medical Association, and 45% of those who have not plan to be. MailOnline has the story.
According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), around 1,500 hospitals have set vaccine mandates, reported CNN.
The vaccine requirements are controversial and have received backlash from employees, unions and even some governments.
Federally, it is legal for employers to demand their staff to get vaccinated, though individual states can – and have – passed laws banning vaccine mandates in the workplace.
The first major hospital system to institute this type of mandate was Houston Methodist Hospital system in Texas.
The hospital’s decision was met with backlash from employees, and 117 filed a joint lawsuit against the hospital.
Their effort was in vain with the lawsuit thrown out and more than 100 employees were either fired or resigned.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, in New York City, also set a similar mandate, giving all of its employees until September 1st to get the shots or be terminated. …
These types of mandates are not legal everywhere, however.
In seven states, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah, employers are not allowed to force their employees to get the vaccine to keep their jobs.
Advocates of mandatory vaccination for hospital workers employ the usual trick of comparing Covid to other viruses such as polio and smallpox.
“I cannot imagine passing any worse law than [banning vaccine mandates],” John Goodnow, CEO of Benefis Health in Great Falls, Montana, told CNN.
“Imagine if that would have been passed back when we were fighting polio, or smallpox before that.”
Benefis attempted to put a vaccine mandate in place in April, but its attempt was blocked by state legislators.
Worth reading in full.
We’re publishing an important piece today by Anthony Brookes, a Professor of Genomics and Health Data Science at the University of Leicester, in which he explains why the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads across different populations in waves separated by three or four months. His theory is similar to that put forward by Dr Will Jones, namely, that the overall immunity levels in most populations are quite high, but need to be ‘topped up’ each time a new variant appears, causing infections to rise and then fall. Importantly, the decline in infections has little or nothing to do with non-pharmaceutical interventions – which is why daily cases started to decline before the second and third lockdowns were imposed in the U.K. and why the easing of restrictions on July 19th hasn’t caused an ‘exit wave’ – or the vaccine roll-out, since vaccines don’t appear to have much impact on infection or transmission.
Here is the abstract of Prof Brookes’s article:
- A series of SARS-CoV-2 variants have arisen, many of which possessed a transient selective advantage that led to a wave of infection that peaked some three-to-four months later. Several such variants have spread globally, though different successful variants have arisen simultaneously in a number of countries. The result is a three-to-four month wave pattern per country, which is also apparent globally.
- Seasonality affects variant transmissibility. Colder seasons accelerate the growth and increase the size of waves, but the continually changing environment may also differentially affect the relative transmissibility of competing variants (i.e., negatively as well as positively), thereby helping to terminate previously dominant variants and promote the growth of new ones.
- Overall there is a minimal positive impact from quarantine policy, isolation requirements, Test and Trace regimes, social distancing, masking or other non-pharmaceutical interventions. Initially, these were the only tools in the tool-box of interventionist politicians and scientists. At best they slightly delayed the inevitable, but they also caused considerable collateral harms.
- Immunity created by SARS-CoV-2 infection, layered on top of pre-existing immunity due to cross-immunity to other coronaviruses, provides good protection against infection, severe disease/death, and being infectious. Immunity created by vaccination also helps protect against serious disease and death, but does little or nothing to provide protection against infection or being infectious (which completely negates the case for vaccine ID cards).
- Population immunity stems mainly from natural infections, with vaccines adding only slightly to this (and only in recent months). Population immunity is created by societal waves of infection and is somewhat variant-specific. An emerging new variant is able to infect (or re-infect) some fraction of individuals and this serves to top up and broaden the scope of our population immunity to also protect against the new variant.
- This empirical and data-driven understanding of the pandemic allows us to make predictions. Such predictions don’t look good for some of the U.K.’s new Green List countries. But in these and all other places the ongoing arms-race between viral mutations and growing human immunity will always eventually be won by the human immune system. The virus then becomes a low-level endemic pathogen in equilibrium with its human host species. If this were not the case all humans would have been wiped out by viruses eons ago!
Worth reading in full.
“Europe is enduring a grim spring,” said an FT article dated 4th April. “COVID-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths are rising in many countries,” it goes on to claim. The article presents data suggesting that March saw elevated COVID-19 death rates in a number of European countries.
This characterisation is borne out by Our World in Data’s chart of the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths for the European Union – which is shown below. (The chart for Europe as a whole is highly similar.)
According to the chart, there was a peak of mortality in the spring of 2020, corresponding to the first wave (which afflicted countries such as Italy, Spain and the U.K). Then there was another peak of mortality in the winter, corresponding to the second wave (when countries such as Poland, Czechia and Hungary were also afflicted).
And the chart indicates there was an additional peak of mortality in the spring of 2021, corresponding to the third wave. This peak is lower than the first two, but still quite considerable. On April 13th, there were more than 2,800 COVID-19 deaths in Europe (compared to just under 3,600 at the peak of the second wave).
Yet as I’ve noted repeatedly, “confirmed COVID-19 deaths” can be misleading, since some of the people who die of COVID-19 (either shortly after a positive test, or with COVID-19 on the death certificate) would have died anyway. Excess mortality provides a far better gauge of the pandemic’s impact.
Estimates of excess mortality for 26 European countries are provided by researchers at EuroMOMO. The chart below plots excess mortality z-scores (numbers of standard deviations above or below the average) from week 1 of 2020 to week 27 of 2021. I’ve omitted the last three weeks of data, as these are subject to revision.
The first and second wave peaks are clearly visible: the former can be seen at week 14 of 2020, and the latter at week 3 of 2021. By comparison, the peak of the third wave (at week 16 of 2021) is barely noticeable.
It does technically rise above the red line, which the researchers oddly classify as a “substantial increase”. However, increases of this magnitude are seen every few months going all the way back to 2017. Hence the third peak cannot be regarded as a major epidemic wave.
Part of the difference between the two charts may be due to the composition of countries. For example, EuroMOMO does not cover Poland, Romania or Czechia. Having said that, the countries it does include make up the vast majority of Europe’s population, so this probably can’t account for much.
The EuroMOMO analysis indicates that Europe has seen two mortality peaks, not three. In terms of excess mortality, the third wave was just a blip.
- “Government refuses to reveal how many times contact tracing turned off on Covid app” – DHSC admits it has data but is blocking release, prompting speculation that the figure is embarrassing, reports the Guardian.
- “Britons back Covid vaccines for 12 year-olds, poll shows” – Britons overwhelmingly supported Covid vaccines for children as young as 12, according to a poll for the Times.
- “Britain needs to stop counting Covid cases, expert warns ” – Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert at the University of East Anglia, says Covid will never be eradicated and will instead become endemic and circulate for generations, reports MailOnline.
- “Covid tests are five times the cost of a return journey to Europe” – Ministers face increasing pressure to cap how much British travellers pay for PCR tests and scrap VAT on them to stop would-be holidaymakers from being priced out of foreign breaks, reports the Mail.
- “Sunetra Gupta: have my Covid hypotheses held up?” – “When I look back at the first interviews I gave on Covid, it is plainly evident that I still had no idea how politicised and nasty this controversy would become,” writes Sunetra Gupta in UnHerd.
- “Face masks will be mandatory in Scotland until next spring, SNP warns” – The Deputy First Minister of Scotland says face masks will remain “a significant part of our lives” as the SNP is accused of clinging on to control of people, reports the Telegraph.
- “Premier League fans face spot-checks” – Premier League fans will face random spot-checks of their Covid status at grounds in the first few matchdays of the season, reports BBC News.
- “65% of Dems believe vaccination proof should be required to get inside” – The majority of Democrats believe that people should be required to show proof they were vaccinated before entering public indoor spaces, while only 29% of Republicans feel the same, reports MailOnline.
- “California mandates vaccines or negative tests to visit people in hospitals” – “Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors are eligible for indoor visits only if they can show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test,” reads a new notice from the California Department of Public Health.
- “Heavily Vaccinated and Masked Hawaii’s Pandemic the Worse Ever as Conventional Wisdom Out the Window” – Hawaii shouldn’t be suffering from Covid as badly as it is given conventional wisdom promulgated from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports TrialSite.
- “14 Israelis who got third shot later infected with Covid” – 14 Israelis have been diagnosed with Covid despite having been inoculated with a third Covid vaccine dose, according to Health Ministry data, reports Times of Israel.
- “A Closer Look at Germany’s Covid Mortality” – Covid has no influence on population mortality, writes Manfred Horst in Brownstone Institute.
- “Vaccine Passports in Church and Society – Church Leaders in Conversation” – Four church leaders discuss their opposition to the Government’s vaccine passport proposals in the latest episode of the Irreverend podcast.
- “The Totalitarian Ideology of Lockdownism” – Lockdown is looking less like a gigantic error and more like the unfolding of a fanatical political ideology and policy experiment that attacks core postulates of civilization at their very root, writes Jeffrey A. Tucker in Brownstone Institute.
- “Jabs stroll-out and extreme lockdown? Welcome to the land down blunder” – “As we return to near-normal, Australia is staying shut until eight out of ten are immune. At the current rate of vaccinations, that won’t be until next year at the earliest,” writes Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun.
- “Obama’s party wasn’t a Covid risk because crowd was ‘sophisticated,’ writer says” – A New York Times reporter has come under fire for suggesting that Barack Obama’s star-studded 60th birthday bash wasn’t a high Covid risk because of the “sophisticated, vaccinated” guests who attended, reports the Sun.
- “The politics of trends: Defund the Police UK” – “It is now the norm for contemporary political and cultural issues to become trends, usually acquired by the cultural centre which has its headquarters on another continent,” writes Luke Perry in his latest column in Bournbrook Magazine.
- “Team GB still too white and suburban, says Sport England board member” – “Team GB, Paralympics GB and their support teams do not look and sound like the whole population – that is absurd, but I think the challenge is that people don’t think it’s absurd,” says Chris Grant, as reported in the Guardian.
- “Revealed: The BBC guide for covering climate change” – BBC journalists are instructed to “build trust” with “disengaged battlers” by showing how “the benefits” of climate action will help “people like them”, reports ‘Steerpike’ in the Spectator.
- “‘Green’ Boris has betrayed Red Wall voters with his crass coalmines joke” – The PM is displaying a fundamental misunderstanding of former mining communities, writes Nigel Farage in the Telegraph.
- “Cop26 guests from Red List countries will be allowed into U.K.” – Surprise, surprise: travel rules will be relaxed for delegates of the U.N. conference, with vaccines offered to those who have not been inoculated against Covid, reports the Telegraph.
- “U.N. Has Been Predicting Planetary Disaster for 50 Years” – “Don’t believe the doomsters,” writes Guido Fawkes. “The U.N. has been predicting planetary disaster for decades, usually scheduled to happen in about a decade’s time.”
- “The U.N.’s hysterical language about climate change is designed to cause fear” – Talking on GB News, Dan Wootton slams the U.N. for their “dire doomsday predictions” about climate change.
In this week’s episode of London Calling, James and I have our usual argument about whether the mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis by the authorities is a conspiracy or a cock-up. I remain resolutely sceptical, while James is so far down the rabbit hole he thinks today’s anti-vaxxers who stormed the wrong BBC building are agent provocateurs sent into the field by a shadowy state agency to embarrass vaccine sceptics. In addition, we discuss my wildly ambitious plan to turn my substack newsletter about following QPR into a Fever Pitch-style bestseller and James’s brief career as the men’s fashion critic of the Times. (No, I couldn’t believe it either.)