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Delingpole – back on the box and caustic as ever

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UNTIL last week, a rerun of Jim’ll Fix It seemed more likely than the reappearance on my TV of James Delingpole. Now a valued occasional contributor to TCW, James once was a regular presence on screen and in print but during the past two years has elsewhere been largely shunned.

Even for GB News, which happily platforms various contrarian commentators, Delingpole’s doctrines seemed to have become too strong meat. It therefore was a pleasant surprise when he popped up on the channel as one of the three panellists on last Thursday’s Dewbs & Co.

This rare invitation to James presumably was because he has become known – Delingpole’s critics would say notorious – for his inculpatory invective on the first item under discussion. The topic was the Government’s shameful unwillingness to acknowledge harms caused by the Covid jabs, plus the authorities’ flagrant disregard for the bereaved and injured whose claims to the UK’s Vaccine Damage Compensation Scheme have been stymied, in some cases for over a year – a scandal which has been both reported from the start and pursued by TCW.

Kudos to host Michelle Dewberry who began flagging this national disgrace during 2021 and was not deterred by the initial hostile reaction from some of her audience.

It is also to the credit of GB News that it has broadcast Mark Steyn’s brave and stalwart support for vaccine victims on his weeknight shows. Mark’s prolonged and persistent campaign was surely a factor in this week’s gratifying news that the first compensation claim has belatedly been approved.

The section of last week’s Dewbs & Co. on the injurious injections runs from 09:00 to 30:00.

It was a good halfway through the segment before James Delingpole was called upon, by which point his impatience and anger at his fellow panellists was palpable. When he did speak, if the producers’ reason for inviting him had been to provide caustic commentary, he did not disappoint: ‘The issue has been pretty much covered up by the media for the last two years. The media seems to have acted in cahoots with the Government. Partly it’s been frightened by Ofcom regulations but mainly the media has been bribed to push these experimental gene therapies which have been rushed out, which haven’t been given proper safety testing.’     

Alongside him were Joanna Williams, author of the recently released book How Woke Won and a regular contributor to Spiked, and Peter Edwards, former editor of Labour List. Williams and Edwards have frequently appeared together and often bicker (when this happens, Joanna is invariably the one talking sense); on this occasion, however, the adversaries had declared a truce and were united in their cheerleading for the jabs. ‘For millions of people it’s been safe and it’s actually saved a huge number of lives,’ averred Williams.

This claim is highly contentious and unfalsifiable. She also accused Delingpole of being ‘very conspiratorial . . . you seem to be second-guessing what’s in the minds of the people who are running this compensation claim scheme . . . I think you’re going down a very dangerous path’.

After Williams rejected Delingpole’s characterisation of her as a government stooge, James’s withering put-down was: ‘A useful idiot, then.’ Williams was also taken to task on Twitter by, amongst others, Beverley Turner who has guest-hosted the same show.

In fairness to Joanna, though her dismissing of Delingpole as ‘conspiratorial’ was a weak ad hominem, she does not dispute that there are indeed vaccine victims in need of recognition and assistance; she ascribes their neglect to nothing more sinister than the ingrained incompetence and inefficiency of the British state. While one can certainly disagree with that complacent viewpoint, her perspective of ‘c**k-up rather than conspiracy’ is similar to the stance of Toby Young, James’s ‘very good friend’ whom he nonetheless derides as a ‘cuck’ whenever the pair squabble during their weekly podcast London Calling.

Though most of James’s ire, and that of his supporters, was directed towards Joanna Williams, she does at least acknowledge the suffering and agrees that ‘it’s outrageous that these payments haven’t been made’. More contemptible was the apathetic attitude of Peter Edwards, whose malevolent mindset previously was evident in his partisan promotion of vaccine mandates (which Williams opposed on principle). Here he is on the same show last November.

During last week’s debate, host Michelle Dewberry lamented: ‘One of the things that upsets me greatly about this topic is people just seem to be so dismissive.’ Peter Edwards promptly proved her point.

Normally eager to let everyone know what he thinks on matters under discussion, on this occasion Edwards evidently wished for a change of subject. Other than a cursory expression of sympathy for ‘those who have lost loved ones’, on the number of injurious jabs he offered nothing except to ‘put it in context’ as a proportion of the total administered. Edwards’s insouciance was summed by his lofty declaration: ‘I want to support public confidence in the vaccine, not undermine it.’

In other words, the Covid complainants should shut up and stop making waves. One does not need be fully down James’s rabbit-hole to concur that ‘there is a reluctance on behalf of the state to pay out because they know that by paying out it’s going to crystallise in many people’s minds that vaccine injury is a problem and it isn’t going to go away’.

The hapless victims are hitherto healthy people who had no need for injections which have proven much less effective but far more dangerous than had been promised. Yet still Peter Edwards and other zealots obstinately hail the unnecessary mass vaccination as having been for the greater good, with the resultant deaths and disablements blithely brushed aside as collateral damage.

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Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver is an accountant who lives in East Lothian.

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