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Media virus-vultures feeding on public fear


IN a damning article published on the Breitbart website, James Delingpole says only the Prime Minister can end a lockdown that may have been a terrible mistake. He explains that

‘ … in Britain, the U.S. and elsewhere, we are trapped in a vicious cycle from which our politicians are all but powerless to extricate us.’

He argues that what’s even more frightening is ‘the clear implication that none of this was really planned: It’s all the result of a terrible misunderstanding’.

We have consistently argued on this pages, as Will Jones does again today, that the ‘science’ justifying the lockdown is debatable to say the least, and that there is no hard evidence that it is responsible for ‘flattening the curve’. We have called for an end to the lockdown.

But the real barrier to this, Delingpole asserts, is less the scientists than a disgraceful and shameful media:  ‘Any sign of relaxing the stringent lockdown methods will be pounced on by the mainstream media and used to whip up public hysteria that human lives are being sacrificed on the altar of “the economy”.’

He continues: ‘I’m ashamed of my fellow journalists in the mainstream media for stoking up this panic.’

More scary you might argue, than anything the actual virus has managed, he says is ‘the effect the media-generated hysteria is having on a cowed, abject and compliant populace. Instead of resisting draconian constraints on their freedom, a disturbing number of people have welcomed them.

‘Not content with sheepishly doing exactly as they are told, they have even gone so far as to snoop and snitch on their neighbours for perceived infractions such as “taking more than one piece of exercise per day,” or buying non-essential goods in the supermarket.’

Finally, his worry is that ‘the Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020’ has been leapt upon as an excuse for a monumental power grab by the liberal-Left. You can read his full article here.

I recommend it.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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