The emerging problem with this argument is with those making it e.g. Brendan O'Neill, James Delingpole, Paul Embery, Hitchins....
I see a pattern. https://twitter.com/rolandmcs/status/1241603205773082624
Godfrey Bloom, Tim Martin....
Aaaannnd we're off again.....
Usual suspects joining in....
Like moths to a flame. Or maybe like flies to sh!t....
Are you seeing the pattern yet?
Others in the Brexit bubble are now drawing themselves in on the back of the Young article e.g. Roger Helmer; the Reynolds posse; assorted others.
They always start from a position of "no one else in the 'establishment' can see what we see; no one else has considered this angle. They're all just lemmings/sheep. Whereas we are the seekers and knowers of REAL but hidden truths."
Fertile ground for conspiracists.
Interesting that Brexiters are now calling for the deaths of their own elderly voters because they're deemed not economically worth saving.
Meanwhile, Carswell weighs in with his usual, predictable and tiresome routine against "pundits" while nodding in the direction of O'Neill, Delingpole, Young and the rest. (Yes, those pundits are just fine.)
I missed this tweet from Hitchens which sent various 'frothy fools' into spasms about the Nightingale never being used and becoming a white elephant. Let's see how that turns out.
And there it is. As planned. (Which I happened to know in advance from a senior nurse in a major London hospital. But Hitch knew better.) https://twitter.com/lewis_goodall/status/1247624245414375425?s=19
But still they keep going, even as the first patients arrive at the Nightingale. And when that fact is highlighted, there is of course an explanation.
Veronica, who learns from Hitchens, gets retweeted by assorted twits. In this case, Delingpole.
Here's another one involving a regular cast of muppets - Reynolds, Forman and Veronica - bemoaning the British state's avoidance of Hydroxychloroquine [this is another 'big conspiracy', by the way].... just after the British state launches a big trial of it in NHS hospitals.
Tice tries to invent the word 'Lexit' as the identifier of those wanting to exit the lockdown (and think it was unnecessary in the first place).... https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/08/need-know-risks-rewards-ending-coroanvirus-lockdown-soon/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw
Which draws in a few more....
Simplism is at the heart of much of this.
Most issues/debates are multi-layered in their complexity with each deeper layer adding a different angle to the issue. Simplists rarely get beyond the first few layers, and *can* construct a superficially coherent argument from that.
So they do. If they can deliver it with a very solid self-confidence, it can be undeniably powerful. The privately educated tend to be very good at this, many of whom received their inoculation against impostor syndrome at an early age.
I guarantee the lockdown deniers will be quietly thinking it's all a grand exercise in "virtual signalling over common sense; of the NHS religion over hard economics; a product of every-life-must-be-saved-no-matter-the-cost fascism".
That "NHS religion" thing rears its head.
Mervyn King also fits the pattern. Slightly oddly in my opinion, but there you go. https://twitter.com/GuidoFawkes/status/1249263978288644096?s=19
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