26 thoughts on “Thursday’s Papers

  1. Charger Salmons

    Charger’s Jab Jibber-Jabber™
    ( Loadsavaccines edition )

    As Mehole creams himself in excitement at securing an extra 46,500 vaccines from the EU there’s news the UK has taken delivery of up to 10 million extra jabs.

    Boris’s government has always refused to publish updates on vaccine supply – far be it from him to upset those fragile egos at the EU …
    But the Scottish Government says it now has access to around 900,000 unused doses.
    And because doses are allocated to each nation according to its share of the UK population, that suggests the number of jabs available for the country as a whole is around 10 million.
    That will allow the NHS to reach all over-50s and those with underlying health conditions by the end of this month.
    If supply holds up throughout the spring, all over-40s could get a jab in April with the 30-39 age group being vaccinated towards the end of the month and 18-29-year-olds called up from May.
    Another great exclusive from Hugo Gye on the front of tomorrow’s inews.

    https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/covid-vaccine-uk-has-up-to-10-million-extra-jabs-as-surge-in-supply-means-nhs-can-ramp-up-second-doses-908118

      1. Charger Salmons

        Grateful for what ?
        The UK, USA, Israel and many others put their orders in months before the EU got around to it.
        And now they’re desperately trying to save face because of the disaster on their hands.
        Don’t just take my word for it.
        Here’s curtain-haired EU slimeball Guy Verhofstadt.
        https://euobserver.com/stakeholders/150931
        Mind you, I am enjoying a frission of schadenfreude as they might say in Europe.

        1. Papi

          Or anything not bigoted.
          Or females.
          Or black people.
          Or any kind of coloured people.
          Or basic human decency.
          Or not excusing other racists, filthy bigots and vermin.
          You know, the ones just like him.
          Huzzah!

  2. Charger Salmons

    Meanwhile you can always rely on the Irish Times to come to the EU’s rescue in its hour of need.
    Apparently the reason why Ireland doesn’t have enough vaccines is not because of the EU’s lamentable vaccine procurement programme.
    It’s all the fault of the British media for blaming the EU.
    And the Irish people shouldn’t even be questioning their government’s performance.
    Contemptible but predictable stuff from their EU stenographer in Brussels.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/there-are-no-spare-vaccines-available-for-ireland-to-lobby-for-1.4506889

    1. Brother Barnabas

      very interesting – more of a free ride from JR than an actual debate, though. despite JR’s own views, should surely have put some of the specific criticisms of IC’s data analysis to him

      particularly galling when IC (a biochemical engineer and YouTuber as far as I know) dismissed his critics on the basis that some had no expertise in the area of virology and immunology… eh, what?!

      he also criticised his critics for not always declaring their ‘conflicts of interest’, making the point that these conflicts don’t necessarily negate their views but should be declared. the obvious question to ask IC at this point – what about your own conflict of interests? how much £ is streaming in through patreon? isn’t this a great gig you’ve stumbled upon? maybe not… but ask the question

      1. ian-oG

        Ivor made his play last year to become a big noise in the midst of a global pandemic.

        In this he was moderately successful, much the way a held in exhalation of air from your behind in a lift might be construed as being ‘successful’.

        That is all.

  3. Stella

    Pretty sure YouGov posted something similar when Brexit was happening saying more people wanted to stay in the EU than leave. Tight polls cant be trusted. The UK is doomed. It is an empire dissolving at such a slow rate its unbearable to watch. I do applaud their vaccine rollout but Astra Zeneca has a lot to answer for and will not be trusted in the future.

    1. Charger Salmons

      Charger’s Law™(*) in action early today.
      But your post begs the question that if AZ can’t be trusted why is the EU so desperate to get hold of it ?
      Those countries which concluded legally binding contracts with the company are delighted with it.
      Unfortunately AZ don’t market a drug to counter the effects of sour grapes.

      (*) All posts from Irish people about Brexit, Boris or Brits invariably mention the Empire even though it pretty much ended more than half a century ago.

  4. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    Ivor’s main driver is $$$. He is still spouting garbage. He says Ireland should follow Sweden, even after Sweden knows they are wrong. The bad flu fills the hospitals and lots of people get long Covid. Please do not have that eget on. Criticism of an eget preying on the vulnerable is justified.

        1. Charger Salmons

          Ooh controversial.
          You know the Usual Suspects on here are not mad keen on Gript.
          Who on earth would want to read right wing propaganda …?

        2. Brother Barnabas

          i didn’t read that at all the same as IC and JR – specifically the line “Let’s also consider the possibility of a set up with a rigged presenter etc”

          this was ger killeen – who i don’t know from adam – discussing his reluctance to debate with IC. the stated reason for his reluctance was that he doesn’t have “the skills to deal with all the statistical smoke and mirrors” that IC would throw at him. and then the next line is “Let’s also consider the possibility of a set up with a rigged presenter etc”

          key here is the adverb “also”

          he’s not suggesting they get a rigged set up – he’s further listing his concerns that, in addition to being bombarded with “statistical smoke and mirrors”, there is also the possibility of a “set-up with a rigged presenter”

          there is further credence to this interpretation in the next line where he expresses concern that he may be “exploited”

  5. Joe

    Ivor is a big boring yawn.
    His non scientific and entirely discredited musings have been discredited on multiple occasions. His utterances on Covid are as valid as perpetual motion.
    Broadsheet would have more scientific validity if they had Mystic Meg review the papers instead of Ivor .

    1. Broadbag

      Ivor is a snake oil salesman preying on the easily led for personal gain, he has been proven wrong time and again with his nonsense predictions and only the most dim-witted continue to follow his guff spoutage.

  6. Johnny

    …..say someone had something you wanted.
    -would any rational normal person do this-shame is a irish negotiating strategy,great that’s gonna be fun to watch.
    -just beg Stephen,what’s the difference ?

    “This is not true, AstraZeneca is missing its targets”, he said.

    Mr Donnelly said that over a seven-day period last week, AstraZeneca revised down their deliveries “at the very last minute, three times”, citing problems around production.“

    If he was ceo or even a small team leader,he’d be fired in states for this,I’m not responsible THEY are….he’s simply not up for the job,never was.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2021/0311/1203364-coronavirus-ireland-politics/

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