Covid-19 fatalities: Are the Tories trying to confuse us to death?

Perhaps readers of Vox Political can help me with this: According to an article in the Mirror on July 31, the number of Covid-19 deaths in hospitals rose by 13, bringing the total to 33,945. This is just deaths in hospital, I’m assuming, as the most recent figures I had seen were nearly double as many. Right? But the article does not provide any UK-wide figure at all. Why not? I turned to the National Audit Office for help. Its most recent figures ran only as far as July 17 – and…

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Statistics supremo slams misleading Tory Covid-19 test figures

Next time you watch a news report showing Tory statistics on the number of Covid-19 tests published out per day, bear in mind that the numbers are deliberately wrong – and that comes from the highest authority in the United Kingdom. The Tories are hiding the facts about Covid-19 testing by blurring their definition of  test, in order to maximise the number of tests they can report. This comes from Sir David Norgrove, chair of the UK Statistics Authority. This Writer has corresponded with the UKSA on several previous occasions…

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Coronavirus: UK government death figures are FALSE

The Tory government has been providing false death figures since the start of the coronavirus crisis, according to the Office for National Statistics. ONS figures released today (March 31) show that the government has been ignoring any deaths that took place outside hospital. So by March 20 (the cut-off date for the ONS figures), the total number of known coronavirus deaths was 210, not 170 as the government had claimed. That’s around 23.5 per cent more. Today’s official death figure stands at 1,408. But if the proportion of deaths outside…

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The power of suggestion: Jewish Chronicle poll shows public has been misled about anti-Semitism

Yet again, the Jewish Chronicle has turned the Labour anti-Semitism story backward. The paper has trumpeted the results of a poll carried out by Survation, showing that more than 85 per cent of British Jews think Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite. We all know he is nothing of the kind. In contrast, the poll also indicates that only 98.3 per cent of British Jews think Theresa May – a genuine racist and anti-Semite, judging from her party’s support of the anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Hungarian regime in the European Parliament – has…

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BBC gets the Ralf Little – Jeremy Hunt debate completely backwards

Note to the editors of the BBC’s Newsbeat: It’s Ralf Little who has challenged Jeremy Hunt to a debate, not the other way around. And Mr Hunt’s claim that he’s waiting for Mr Little to “show the evidence” is arse-backwards – all the information was put to the world in a mammoth Twitter thread by the actor/footballer, weeks ago. This Writer recorded the whole thing for posterity and you can read it here. Mr Hunt responded with his own version of the facts – that thread is here. Finally, Mr Little made a…

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Ralf Little v Jeremy Hunt round three: Let’s have that live TV debate

If Jeremy Hunt thought he could get the better of Ralf Little with a belated barrage of warmed-over statistics from several years ago, he now knows otherwise. After waiting more than a week for a reply to his challenge to the Health Secretary, Mr Little wasted no time showing the politician how it’s done. Here’s what he had to say: https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/933051665795731461 https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/933052048735637504 https://twitter.com/RalfLittle/status/933052747808759809 Mr Little’s words raise a couple of issues: Firstly, it was always going to be impossible to prove that Mr Hunt “knowingly” lied in his Andrew Marr Show…

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Jeremy Hunt responds to Little’s lesson on mental health – but is he credible?

It is hard to give any credence at all to Jeremy Hunt’s Twitter thread on his claims about mental health care in the National Health Service. The current debate started when the health secretary failed to respond positively after Professor Stephen Hawking challenged him to a live television debate. The issue then was Professor Hawking’s claim that Mr Hunt cherry-picked statistics to suit his narrative – for example, with his claim that a “weekend effect” caused an increase in the number of NHS patient deaths. This claim was subsequently proved…

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Actor Ralf Little’s lesson for Jeremy Hunt on mental health provision

It seems clear our entertainers are sick of sharing the media with lying Tories. Here’s Ralf Little, reminding Jeremy Hunt of the facts about mental health in no uncertain terms – and not only does he put the Health Secretary firmly in his fact-doctoring place, he goes on to propose that he accept the challenge Mr Hunt laid down to Professor Stephen Hawking, for a public debate on the subject. What a put-down! See, by issuing the challenge, Mr Hunt was claiming he knows better about science than the man we…

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Actor Ralf Little schools Jeremy Hunt on mental health provision

It seems clear our entertainers are sick of sharing the media with lying Tories. Here’s Ralf Little, reminding Jeremy Hunt of the facts about mental health in no uncertain terms – and not only does he put the Health Secretary firmly in his fact-doctoring place, he goes on to propose that he accept the challenge Mr Hunt laid down to Professor Stephen Hawking, for a public debate on the subject. What a put-down! See, by issuing the challenge, Mr Hunt was claiming he knows better about science than the man we…

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This is Theresa May’s excuse for saying unemployment is at an all-time low

The only reason Theresa May was able to say unemployment was at its lowest since the mid-1970s, as she did in Prime Minister’s Questions today (September 13) is this: The Department for Work and Pensions has been forcing jobseekers to take work on zero-hours contracts, meaning they may be employed for only three hours a week but would still be off the benefit books. This means the government is pushing vulnerable people into debt, with the attendant problems of stress and ill-health that come with them – storing up problems…

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