If you want to survive coronavirus it’s time to use your intelligence (and stop reading the Sunday Times)

Boris Johnson: people are calling for him to resign after the Sunday Times published an article. Why didn’t they make the same demand in their millions after This Writer published a piece with identical information, nearly three weeks ago?

This will be a short rant. Please indulge me.

It seems the Sunday Times is receiving a great deal of attention over a piece describing the failures of Boris Johnson and his government to address the threat of the coronavirus properly in the period between the end of January and the middle of March. People are treating it as brand-new information and behaving as though it is shocking knowledge that the public needs to know.

Some are also complaining that, in a time when newspapers are struggling, certain people have published snippets of the article when its online version is behind a paywall. “It’s not helping,” they say.


It’s not helping that the public ignored this information – that is freely available all over the internet, and that I collected and put into a single article myself, three weeks ago – until the Murdoch rag came along and made a fuss about it, too late to do any good.

Look on Twitter and there are at least three trending hashtags related to the article – #ResignBoris, #SundayTimes and #Cobra (because Johnson missed five meetings in Cabinet Office Briefing Room A; but he’s allowed to).

Why wasn’t there such a fuss when I published my piece?

The answer’s obvious: Because I’m a small online publisher and the Sunday Times has a history.

Trouble is, the history of the Sunday Times became extremely dodgy after Rupert Murdoch took it over. This is the hack-rag that published a smear piece calling me an anti-Semite – and plenty of people (wrongly) paid attention to that, too!

The moral of this story isn’t that we should be shocked about Boris Johnson and demand his resignation. We should – but the majority of the public could have known that since March 30 if they’d read my article.

The moral of the story is: Support your online sources – like Vox Political. If the Sunday Times is in trouble, there’s a reason for it.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.


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4 thoughts on “If you want to survive coronavirus it’s time to use your intelligence (and stop reading the Sunday Times)

  1. Neville

    The MSM have continually held back on the government’s awful response to COVID-19. Boris is still popular in the country unfortunately.

  2. itsjustclairey

    You know how it goes, the public are spoon fed by the major rags. And they eat up whatever they say. I would like to see anything Murdoch related go under. Keep up the good work!

  3. Chris Kitcher

    They’ll all be OK as long as Vera Lynn keeps singing and the Queen shows her loyalty to her.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’ve edited this for foul language. Would you prefer me to consign all your future comments to the bin or will you modify your verbiage and adopt a more acceptable tone?

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