Three Boos for the Daily Telegraph
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA
These days I buy newspapers only to scrunch up for fire-lighting. I usually buy the broadsheets, particularly the Daily Telegraph, because you get more paper for your buck – though the price has gone up so much it now costs more than two weeks in a nice hotel in Bognor Regis.
Today, while doing my daily scrunching, I noticed, and couldn’t help reading, an article entitled `Covid has brought with it another fierce malady: motivated reasoning’, written by someone called Ryan Bourne. The article was illustrated, I was pleased to see, with a large photograph of a hand-made sign which contained the words `Distrust Government, Disbelieve Media, Fight the Lies’, which was close enough to my triptych mantra `Distrust the Government, Avoid mass media, Fight the lies’ to make me smile.
However, the article was, I thought, the most egregious example of how the mainstream media is manipulating the message, distorting the facts and misleading the public. I thought it was stupid, arrogant and wrong and Mr Bourne, whoever he is needs to be given a firm talking to by the headmaster and told to write out five hundred times `I must do better’.
Mr Bourne (I think he would have been described as Dr if he had any medical qualifications) is very critical of those who dare to question the covid-19 hoax and seem to feel that those of us who question the myth have been `exposed’ by the truths of the pandemic. Really? If he genuinely believes that then he must have been asleep for much of the last twelve months.
In order to attempt to sustain this unsustainable argument Mr Bourne makes a series of quite startling statements.
Here’s the first: `As deaths spiralled last spring, these hardcore sceptics suggested there was a big discrepancy between the number of people dying `with’ or `of’ covid-19 (there wasn’t.)’
That’s what he wrote. `There wasn’t’.
I found it difficult to believe anyone had published such nonsense.
Is Mr Bourne really suggesting that there is no difference between people dying with a positive test for covid-19 and those dying because of covid-19? He seems to be.
And yet, of course, there is a world of difference. If Mr A tests positive for covid-19 and then dies 28 days later, he will be put down as a covid-19 death even if he dies of heart disease, cancer or being run over by a bus. Far, far more people die with covid-19 than die of it and if Mr Bourne doesn’t understand that I don’t have much hope for him.
Next, here is Mr Bourne’s second blooper. `As cases picked up they claimed the uptick was being driven by false positives (it was not)’.
Once again, the clever little `it was not’ is put in brackets.
But the undeniable fact is that the PCR test as used by the NHS has been used fraudulently. If Mr Bourne doesn’t understand why, then he should watch my video on the subject entitled `The PCR Test is Useless for Covid-19 (But Useful for Crooked Governments)’. It’s fairly easy to understand and even someone working for Daily Telegraph should be able to see the problem with the way the test is being done by the NHS. Mr Bourne gives no evidence for his assertion – just says it as though he found it carved on a rock.
And here is his third piece of nonsense: `Now some of them claim the high excess deaths we’ve seen recently are primarily caused by lockdowns (they are not).’
Mr Bourne gives absolutely no evidence for this bald assertion. I would happily debate with him and prove him wrong. But naturally neither he nor anyone else will debate with me.
If Mr Bourne read the news pages of his own paper he would know that the WHO has said that what has happened in the last year has been nothing short of catastrophic and that the number of cancer cases diagnosed has fallen by as much as 90%. It is expected that there will be an increase in the number of deaths of colorectal cancer by 15% and from breast cancer by 9% – over the next five years. These are, I believe, massive under-estimates.
I firmly believe that the lockdowns will kill far more people than covid-19 and I’d debate that with Mr Bourne but I doubt if he would want to debate with me – no one ever does.
`Some people, unfortunately, never want to accept that they got it wrong,’ says Mr Bourne.
They don’t, do they?
The arrogant Mr Bourne is wrong, wrong, wrong and should be ashamed of himself. He is, I believe, listed as the holder of the R.Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics at the Cato Institute, but that may be a joke not only because the title manages to sound hubristic and silly at the same time but because the only Cato I know of is the little Chinese manservant who used to jump out of the fridge at Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies. I find it difficult to believe that he has now turned himself into an institute but odd things do happen.
Anyway, the Daily Telegraph should be thoroughly ashamed of printing this rubbish. When I used to write for it decades ago they were much fussier.
Like all variants of the mainstream media, the Daily Telegraph is suppressing our point of view, distorting the truth and refusing to allow space to those of us telling the truth about this fraud.
In the short-term, the Daily Telegraph is doing very well with government advertising (paid for by taxpayers) providing cash to replace the money that businesses are no longer spending.
But in the medium and long-term, the Daily Telegraph will, like other bits and pieces of the mass market die a rapid death. The readers and viewers have been treated with contempt and will not forget. There is no fair debate. Those who question the fraud are dismissed as conspiracy theorists and widely abused.
Meanwhile, please don’t buy any newspapers or magazines, especially the Daily Telegraph, abandon your subscription to Sky and do NOT pay the BBC licence fee – remember that the BBC, with financial links to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is simply a propaganda machine for the crooks who are promoting Agenda 21.
In future I’ll use something else to light my fires.
I know what: I can use the threatening letters the BBC licence fee collectors send me with ruthless efficiency. They’re very inflammatory and should burn quite nicely.
Copyright Vernon Coleman February 2021
Vernon Coleman’s book `Covid 19: The Greatest Hoax in History’ is available free as a pdf on this website, on the lightpaper.co.uk and on richieallen.co.uk Mr Bourne can download a copy free of charge and educate himself.