Nadine Dorries was caught out claiming that the Liverpool Echo had produced a ‘fake news’ story. STEVE ANGLESEY picks his Brexiteers of the Week.
‘Liverpool Echo, I’m gutted. I thought better of you. This is a classic fake news story,’ tweeted the health minister (yes, you didn’t dream it, she really is one) in response to the local newspaper’s report that the contract signed by Deloitte to carry out coronavirus tests in England did not require them to share results with national or local health bodies.
Where should such a fanciful idea have originated? The answer turned out to be, erm, Nadine Dorries who a couple of days earlier had told the Commons: ‘Deloitte’s expertise is being used to supplement in-house resource to deliver significant programmes of work, which currently includes the national response to Covid-19. The contract with Deloitte does not require the company to report positive cases to Public Health England and local authorities.’
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The Kylie Minogue songwriter apologised after appearing to taunt a Remainer who is battling stage four bowel cancer. After musician Greg Gilbert tweeted that new treatments might be denied him after we leave the EU, Stock posted: ‘You’re still here? Stage 4?’ He also said of Gilbert: ‘The new world of Brexit and Donald Trump will bite him on the bum.’
The 68-year-old later wrote: ‘I never intended to mock his illness’ Not very Respectable, but it gives us a chance to repeat Mitch Benn’s joke in TNE after a 2017 encounter with the Brexiteer hitmaker: ‘I did ask Mr Stock to give me one good reason for leaving, in return for which I would give him ten good reasons to stay, but he didn’t seem to get the Jason Donovan reference.’
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