Alex Wickham - maybe not smiling now
The support for Bozo extended to Fawkes teaboy Alex “Billy Liar” Wickham, whose ability to talk well, but lie badly, verged at time on the heroic. This included excusing Michael “Oiky” Gove’s dislike of mere experts, which The Great Guido either backed, or claimed he didn’t really say. But that was then, and this is now: Wickham is now a supposedly respectable real journalist at BuzzFeed News, and the UK is in the midst of a crisis.
Politicians should be distrusted? Experts ignored? Brexit done, so lots of freedom and no need to pay attention to all that rotten bureaucracy? Wickham tried again. “Boris Johnson … Take this advice seriously. Follow it … Please follow the advice … Don’t feel that fresh air provides immunity … Stay 2 metres apart … We will bring forward further measures if we think that is necessary”. Not working, is it? You don’t ask nicely, you tell people.publishing results from a new study by the people at UCL, which contains the kinds of conclusions that Wickham and his pals might find less than totally palatable, the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr noted “Government’s latest strategy of partial suppression will lead to 35,000-70,000 additional deaths - UCL study claims. ‘The authors regard [this] as an unacceptably high number of excess deaths’”. Well, quite.
That’s another of those unintended consequences. Stop blaming others, eh Alex?
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