IN CASE you missed any of our ten most read blogs of last week, here they are for you again – and well worth the read. At number one:
Chris McGovern: Slavery, statues and the ignorant leading the ignorant
Andrew Devine: The black conservatives the mainstream media ignore
Edmund Fordham: The Lancet and the trashing of a cure for Covid
Gary Oliver: Kneeling Old Bill’s sickmaking servility to the mob
Karen Harradine: Biden’s threat to Israel and us all
David Keighley: Deluded BBC’s mission to mislead
Paul T Horgan: Politicised policing is a deadly mistake
My pick from outside our top ten posts is yet another hard decision to make. I am torn between the inimitable Jane Kelly and a new ‘science’ writer to TCW’s pages – the brilliant Edmund Fordham, a physicist, not a physician, with a level of scientific literacy and knowledge that would the authors of any scientific study nervous. He takes no hostages. His article on ‘The Lancet and the trashing of a cure for Covid’ was followed by a second exposé, this time of the withdrawn and very doubtful Oxford trial of hydroxychloroquine, ‘The Marx Brothers do science’.
These are absolute must reads. Both articles bowled me over for their forensic attention to the detail of the published data and studies and their impressive grounding in his deeper scientific knowledge. Look out for further revelations on what looks to be a concerted attempt to repress the wider use of an anti-malaria drug for the effective early treatment of Covid19. It’s a scandal that is still unfolding.
Jane Kelly quite simply is an original. Her eye for detail and her marvellously idiosyncratic and wry take on the sheer mundanity of life going on around her is second to none. Her posts this week did not disappoint. Her ‘Facts Don’t Matter in the new world order’ commentary earlier in the week was followed by her prediction, ‘Nature nullified, Greta grating again … here comes the New Normal’. Don’t miss them. She is a delight to read.
Margaret’s pick from outside the top ten was Tal Tyagi’s ‘I’m begging you – don’t sign up for a politics degree’, a heartfelt expression of regret for three wasted years at university studying a non-subject.
He wrote: ‘There are reasons you shouldn’t study politics which matter more than the money you won’t earn. In your twenties, your brain is believed to undertake its second (and final) growth spurt. University makes and shapes who you are. The time you can devote purely to pursuing knowledge is something you’ll never get again. Don’t waste it studying something that doesn’t teach you tangible skills. You’ll pay over £9,000 a year for eight to ten hours of teaching a week, and reading books and articles you could have read at the public library for nothing.’ There are plenty of graduates searching for decent jobs who will agree with him.