New Study Ranks UK 102nd Out of 191 for Excess Covid Deaths

Lancet study has revealed Britain’s Covid death rate is much better than previous statistics have suggested. A new analysis of global excess deaths – a measure the Office for Statistics Regulation told MPs last week is a more accurate count than total deaths – finds the UK is actually a middle-ranking country with an excess death rate of 126.8 per 100,000, almost identical to France’s 124.4 and just ahead of Germany’s 120.5. Anti-lockdown Sweden? 91.2…

The news is set to deal a crushing blow to political point-scoring lovers on social media who enjoy claiming the UK had a particularly awful pandemic compared to similar western countries.

The global average excess death rate from the pandemic has now been calculated at 120 per 100,000, putting Britain only slightly ahead and roughly in the middle of the 191 countries included in the study, placing 102nd. This is much more positive than if measured by total deaths, which suggests Britain had the 24th worst pandemic of any country. The Lancet also finds that many countries have been under-reporting deaths to a mass extent, meaning the global death toll may be three times higher than the official figure…

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Cadwalladr’s 1,200 ‘Experts’ Still Waiting on Post-Unlocking End-of-the-World

Now we have passed the 14 day point after July 19 we can review if Freedom Day has been the disaster that so many media-amplified experts warned us about. Predicting the future is a sport best reserved for the bookies, though the Covid data continues to disprove yet more prophesies of doom and gloom from these so-called experts. Two weeks ago, 1,200 “international experts” came out with the prediction that Boris’s plan to end lockdown in July was a “threat to the world”. And the left still think Gove must regret his anti-experts moment during the referendum…

Among those ringing the alarm bell included government advisors in New Zealand, Israel and Italy, along with 1,200 signatories to a letter in The Lancet. The piece – pompously entitled “The Declaration” – claimed that Freedom Day was “dangerous and premature”, and cited the 100,000 cases a day figure.

“We believe the government is embarking on a dangerous and unethical experiment, and we call on it to pause plans to abandon mitigations on July 19, 2021.”

They must have been really sure to make such a bombastic statement…

And who was behind this letter? None other than Carole Cadwalladr. A week after it was published she took to Substack to boast about the effort:

“For weeks, they were seen as fringe voices. At the Citizens we have done everything we can to amplify them. This week, we finally succeeded. It’s just far, far too late.”

Carole’s The Citizens group then went on to host an “emergency summit”, broadcast three days before freedom day. Again she was delighted at the raft of international ‘experts’ lining up to slam the government’s strategy. She described the epidemiological circle-jerk as “an intervention: Britain is the reckless addict endangering not only its own health but that of the world”

“This summit was the equivalent of friends and family coming together to tell us that we can’t run away from this virus. That our denial is only making it worse. That this is “murderous”, “diabolical”, “reckless”.”

As she accurately observed, the press – i, Guardian, Independent and FT – lapped it up…

Yesterday’s Covid stats saw yet another fall, now down to below 22,000 – a 12% drop on last Monday.

Guido can’t remember a time 1,200 so-called experts were proven so wrong in one fell swoop…

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One Metre vs Two Metres

The front pages of the Guardian and the Mail could lead readers to believe there have been two new competing studies on the merits of one verses two metres of social distancing. In fact, both stories are reporting on the same study published yesterday in the Lancet. The research shows that infection risk is reduced by 82% with one-metre social distancing, and two metres of social distancing halves the risk again. The difference is a reduction of 82% vs one of 91%…

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The WHO states that one metre is enough, advice followed by France. Germany on the other hand, opts for a compromise position of 1.5 metres. The UK is currently one of only two European countries to enforce the two-metre rule. The study broadly concludes the obvious: the more metres the less risk. It’s up to politicians to decide when the law of diminishing returns kicks in…

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Lancet Editor Slams Government for Listening to his Advice

A Question Time rant from Lancet editor Richard Horton is doing the rounds this morning after he savaged the “national scandal” of “being in this position. We knew in the last week of January that this was coming – the message from China was absolutely clear that a new virus with pandemic potential was hitting cities.” Hindsight is a wonderful thing…

Richard claims the message by the end of January from China was absolutely clear – why then, in late January, did he Tweet:

The WHO at the time downplayed the possibility of Coronavirus becoming a global pandemic, and parroted the Chinese authorities ‘findings’ that there was no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission. Something Horton called “clear and confident”…

Richard’s own journal, The Lancet, included a report on the effects of Coronavirus in China published weeks later in the February edition, which said “2019-nCoV still needs to be studied deeply in case it becomes a global health threat” – implying they did not, at the time, see the virus as a global health threat. Richard is arguing that governments around the world should have seen what he, the editor of one of the world’s premier medical journals, only sees in retrospect…

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NHS Brexit Scare Report Written by Diehard Remain Campaigners and Former Eurocrats

Fresh from publishing their mad new diet calling for people to eat only one-tenth of a sausage and a quarter of an egg a day – which naturally turned out to be authored by people who didn’t follow the diet themselves and funded by a globe-trotting billionaire with a private jet – once-esteemed medical journal The Lancet has done it again with a new Brexit scare paper this week. It just so happens that almost every author is either a diehard Remain campaigner or has extensive professional links with the EU…

  • The lead author is Nick Fahy, now a researcher at Oxford but who previously worked for over a decade in the European Commission. Naturally…
  • Next is Tamara Hervey, an EU-funded Jean Monnet Professor of European Law who amusingly describes herself as living in “Sheffield, Europe” on Twitter. Don’t tell her Sheffield voted to Leave…
  • David Stuckler is a committed anti-Austerity campaigner who authored a book subtitled “Why Austerity Kills” and has even blamed the rise of the Nazis on austerity. Cuckoo…
  • Mike Galsworthy will be familiar to most people as one of the prolific and obnoxious Remainiacs on Twitter, he is effectively a full-time commentator and campaigner and has founded Scientists for EU, Healthier IN the EU, Scientists for Labour and NHS Against Brexit. Literally the last person you would go to if you wanted a balanced and impartial view on Brexit…
  • Martin McKee is another full-on Remainiac, his Twitter account is festooned with #FBPE and a giant low-res EU flag. McKee is also a member of the European Commission’s ‘Expert Panel on Investing in Health’ and until recently was President of the EU-funded European Public Health Association. He co-founded Healthier IN the EU with Galsworthy, and to top it off was also a co-author on Stuckler’s paper blaming the Nazis on austerity. Full house!

Naturally this hasn’t stopped the media and smug Remainers like Peston from seizing upon the report like it is gospel truth. It might as well have been a European Commission press release…

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Mad Academics Call for Whole World to Eat Only 1/10th of a Sausage Per Day

A group of deranged dieticians have done their best to cut through the Brexit noise by publishing a tyrannical new diet that is so extreme that people have had no choice but to pay attention. In order to ridicule it…

Incredibly, the farcical proposal has been launched in the medical profession’s most prestigious scientific journal, The Lancet. If so-called “experts” want to understand why the public so often fail to take them seriously, their answer is right here…

Their bonkers plan insists that people cut their daily intakes to:

  • No more than seven grams of pork a day (about 1/10th of a sausage).
  • No more than seven grams of beef or lamb a day.
  • No more than 29 grams of chicken a day (one and a half nuggets).
  • No more than 28 grams of fish a day (a quarter of a fillet).
  • No more than one and a half eggs per week (under a quarter of an egg a day).
  • No more than one quarter of a baked potato.

The “panel of experts” are calling for the entire world to indulge their lunacy, even though predictably none of the nonsensical nutritionists are actually following the diet themselves. The Lancet’s Charlatan-in-Chief Dr Richard Horton admitted “I’m close, but I have two eggs for breakfast every morning, so I’m already having too many eggs.” That’s not “close”, that’s a staggering NINE times his daily acceptable intake of eggs. Some people just want to watch the world burn…

Back on Planet Earth, the IEA’s Chris Snowdon has produced an excellent series of cookery videos to explore the fantastic culinary opportunities that await us under the new regime. Bon Appetit!

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