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Lancet Editor Exposed As Incompetent Liar

March 27, 2020

By Paul Homewood

Notalot has highlighted in the past how the Lancet has lost all scientific integrity and objectivity when it comes to climate change.

Now its far left editor has been exposed as a liar by Guido over the Coronavirus:


A Question Time rant from Lancet editor Richard Horton is doing the rounds this morning after he savaged the “national scandal” of “being in this position. We knew in the last week of January that this was coming – the message from China was absolutely clear that a new virus with pandemic potential was hitting cities.” Hindsight is a wonderful thing…

Richard claims the message by the end of January from China was absolutely clear – why then, in late January, did he Tweet:


The WHO at the time downplayed the possibility of Coronavirus becoming a global pandemic, and parroted the Chinese authorities ‘findings’ that there was no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission. Something Horton called “clear and confident”…


Richard’s own journal, The Lancet, included a report on the effects of Coronavirus in China published weeks later in the February edition, which said “2019-nCoV still needs to be studied deeply in case it becomes a global health threat” – implying they did not, at the time, see the virus as a global health threat. Richard is arguing that governments around the world should have seen what he, the editor of one of the world’s premier medical journals, only sees in retrospect…

  1. Joe Public permalink
    March 27, 2020 10:09 pm

    Perhaps he still believed WHO & the Chinese

    This advice is still up at WHO’s website:

    WHO continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.

    In general, evidence shows that restricting the movement of people and goods during public health emergencies is ineffective in most situations and may divert resources from other interventions. Furthermore, restrictions may interrupt needed aid and technical support, may disrupt businesses, and may have negative social and economic effects on the affected countries. However, in certain circumstances, measures that restrict the movement of people may prove temporarily useful, such as in settings with few international connections and limited response capacities.

  2. JimW permalink
    March 27, 2020 10:10 pm

    I recommend readers study the attached from EURO MOMO who study mobidity across Europe. To date this year there is no increase above trend of deaths in Europe. Indeed the UK is below trend. The only country above trend is Italy, but even here it is well below the levels seen over the same period in 2016.
    Looking back at the Lancet’s reaction to covid-19 and other leftish media, it seems to me that it is rather obvious that there was a turning point when the Dems in the US decided to weaponise the virus against Trump. The media hype and the pressure on governments to react has been relentless. The aim is to create a no-win situation, summed up by the ‘war’ on death. the cratering of the US and most other western economies is a byproduct of a campaign about power.
    Obviuously the same people wanting to change society with ‘green power’ have used this virus as a means to an end.

    • Tonyb permalink
      March 27, 2020 11:11 pm

      There are 600000 deaths a year in the UK of which some 48000 in 2014 for example were from flu. There are some 140 ,000 avoidable deaths per year.

      Flu has been quite light this year and it is quite possible that overall deaths from flu and covid 19 will be no greater than a bad flu season which doesn’t close down our economy and help to incarcerate us

      • Steve permalink
        March 28, 2020 7:29 am

        The problem is that the epidemic is suddenly increasing the need for treatment and the death rate is going to be very high over a short period, peaking in 6 weeks and reducing over another 6, then bursting out again in minor peaks over the next 18 months, with local suppression. See the Imperial College report. During the first peak, hospitals will not be able to cope, even for the young sometimes and with patients who are older left to die. This can be seen in Italy and Spain, where their health services are better equipped than in the UK and US. The likelihood of the NHS finding sufficient protective equipment, ventilators, drugs, tests, beds and trained staff in the initial part of the epidemic is very low. Korea had prepared and we didn’t even place order until March. Korea tested 20 times more and had clever tracing and quarantine. We asked people do do it themselves. If they had not started the lock down then the number of deaths would have peaked higher at maybe half a million.

        The fact that the heir to the throne the Prime Minister, the Health Minister and the Chief Medical Officer who advised them have all caught the disease and isolated in one day surely indicates the running of the measures to combat the epidemic in the UK is a shambles. The best thing for Boris to do is to guzzle quite a lot any remaining tonic water over the next week. And forget the gin.

      • Teddylee permalink
        March 28, 2020 10:53 am

        A recent video of a patient being wheeled out of an ICU to rapturous applause from medical staff would suggest ICUs are not that effective.He was the first to make that journey!A rarity! Shown on UK tv this week. Stay well!

      • Teaef permalink
        March 28, 2020 7:43 pm

        Italy or Spain, not UK

    • Up2snuff permalink
      March 28, 2020 9:05 am

      Jim, would that Winter 2019/20 fall in UK morbidity be due to some of that there Global Warming in the locality of the UK that some people would like to prevent? 😉

      • March 28, 2020 1:32 pm

        And somewhat oddly now we are in lockdown in the UK, I see from our government website that as of 19 March Covid-19 is no longer considered a High Consequence Infectious Disease HCID
        Also the mortality prediction is down to under 6,000 today. Social distancing the reason says Imperial who, I believe, were originally predicting a quarter of a million mortality rate.

      • bobn permalink
        March 28, 2020 6:07 pm

        Imperial College have come up with mortality predictions ranging from 6,000 to 250,000 – all based on MODELLING. In other words – they haven’t the faintest idea but are scare-mongering. No doubt they’ve got their hands out for bigger computers and more grants so they can produce more computed hypotheticals.

        Look to Japan. They got the virus earlier than UK, controlled it, havent shut their restaurants and economy, 46 deaths as of 27 march.
        Therefore no proof the UK shutdown has changed UK virus mortality, as the Japanese non-shutdown control group disproves it.
        Why are we not studying and following Japan’s actions????

  3. It doesn't add up... permalink
    March 28, 2020 12:49 am

    I noticed that the BBC decided to give Horton prominence. It seems to be part of their campaign of support for XR, for which Horton is a strong sympathiser at the least. These people are far more dangerous than the virus. You have to wonder whether Horton actually wanted the virus to spread when he was downplaying it earlier. It would be consistent with his beliefs. Try this for a taste of his Lancet editorials (this from last October):

    An unprecedented social and political disruption is about to take place. Nothing like it will have been seen for a generation. The outcome could be transformational.

    In London, Doctors for Extinction Rebellion is “a collective of health professionals who agree with Extinction Rebellion’s call for urgency and non-violent direct action”. With their focus on planetary health, they will play a prominent part in the forthcoming protests. It might be an exaggeration to say health workers have 14 days to change the world. But not much.

    His appearances on TV should be accompanied by a health warning. An appearance in the stocks to be pilloried might be more apt.

    • Joe Public permalink
      March 28, 2020 11:10 am


    • March 28, 2020 2:37 pm

      Nice editing there:
      “The outcome could be transformational. …” It then continues with “Or it could be met with indifference.” and gives examples

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        March 28, 2020 6:31 pm

        There is surely no doubt in your mind that Horton is in favour of it being transformational. You will note I provided the link for you to read the whole thing, so if you wish to argue that he is merely reporting rather than supporting please provide more evidence of that.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    March 28, 2020 12:51 am

    Ex-presidential candidate and billionaire Tom Steyer has issued this warning:

    “The stimulus packages that Congress passes to address this crisis will influence our economy and our country for many years, so we have to prioritize sustainable recovery. We cannot allow responses to the COVID-19 pandemic accelerate the climate crisis or worsen environmental injustice — we must not only provide immediate relief, but also plan for a better future.”

    Accelerate the climate crisis? The virus is rapidly lowering CO2 emissions in world-wide transportation Tom. Isn’t that what you promote, along with other ‘green’ politicians? Environmental injustice when economies go under? Lower carbon footprints to zero!…no virus needed for a better future?

  5. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    March 28, 2020 3:18 am

    Horton isn’t the only “nut” in the world, but he is a good example of those that have lost all perspective {see tonyb’s comment above}.
    Most common folks have a much better grasp of reality.

  6. Eliza permalink
    March 28, 2020 5:20 am

    This virus is an internet one a complete furfy nothing burger biillions have been wasted and debt imposed upon future generations. Britain from being one of the smartest intelligent nations has now become a fourth world country mentally in my view of course. Paraguay lifts all restrictions Sunday isolates over 60.s and Positives keeps borders closed for another few weeks Wake up Britannia!

  7. Bill permalink
    March 28, 2020 8:23 am

    This story was on BBC R4 this morning. He warned us apparently but no mention of his Tweets downplaying it

    • March 28, 2020 10:09 am

      Heard that and am afraid I believed it until now. Suspect the Beeb is going to treat this virus as they did climate change, don’t let the truth spoil a good story. Haven’t heard anyone downplaying the current emergency and doubt if we will; anyone who tries will be banned. Not saying the virus isn’t serious but endless panic doesn’t help anyone, nor does changing their schedules so those of us self-isolating who want to escape for a bit find our favourites replaced by more virus news.

      • Nessimmersion permalink
        March 28, 2020 11:58 am

        Steve, it all depends on whether the Imperial College catastrophist model or the Oxford model is correct.
        Fergusons crew are already doing a reverse ferret as they’ve realised their figures were nonsense on stilts, unfortunately the govt had entered panic mode by that point, based on their initial forecasts.
        Any slight surge in the need for ICU can be dealt with by firstly not taking asprin / nurofen type painkillers and then using Chloroquine to keep people out of ICU in the first place. ( Uk has banned export since 19th Feb so we either have lots or the medical establishment has fumbled this as well)

      • mwhite permalink
        March 28, 2020 12:04 pm

        Tomorrow Never Dies

        “Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a rich press baron, attempts to start World War III by convincing the British and the Chinese that they are making hostile advances towards each other.”

        Who needs a war to get ratings?

  8. David Allan permalink
    March 28, 2020 12:49 pm

    Being wrong is no barrier to further advancement as proven by the IPCC et al. One must the continued reliance on Imperial College and Professor Neil Ferguson whose past studies on FMD and BSE were widely peer-criticised but they are still relied on for determining UK’s COVID-19 response.

    • Steve permalink
      March 28, 2020 1:43 pm

      As far as I can see, the Imperial study was a quickly put together number crunch using the latest information from Italy and China. This results in various rates of increase and a choice of actions. The latest information on chloroquine was obviously not included and it is doubtful whether the medical establishment in the UK will allow its use in new circumstances without a trial, by which time the epidemic will have run its course. It’s called defensive medicine. The only way to take it may perhaps be to drink a lot of tonic water?
      Dr Horton was not wrong to say that the response to the epidemic in the UK is late and with inadequate planning. It is just that he was part of the shambles himself, evidenced by his earlier articles.

  9. David Allan permalink
    March 28, 2020 12:56 pm

    Re my above post: should read ….”one must question”…..,.


  10. March 28, 2020 1:38 pm

    My sister-in-law is a nurse in Intensive Care, she told me that the situation is dire with healthy people suffering permanent damage to their lungs by fibrosis caused by CV. in Newcastle is overwhelmed. I have no reason to disbelieve her! I walk my dog in the countryside and see very few people, when I do we give each other a wide berth. Personally I think that this virus is so infectious that either a significant minority or possibly the majority of people in the UK have experienced mild or sub-clinical symptoms and are immune to it, unless of course it mutates!

    • Steve permalink
      March 28, 2020 1:50 pm

      If the wind is blowing towards me with people in front, I keep more than two metres away. The rules are suspect and to stay in a queue for an hour only a short distance from hundreds of others who may be showing no symptoms but infectious seems foolhardy.

    • Nessimmersion permalink
      March 28, 2020 1:57 pm

      In which case, allowing people to choose the option of having a (non UK approved but efficacious in a dozen other 1st world countries) course of Hydroxy-chloroquine + Azithromycin.
      Although the establishment may wish to wait a couple of years, patients should be able to choose their own cures, they don’t have a couple of years to wait.
      It’s one of the reasons Trump is popular, the perception in the states is that he is pushing for a therapy that works against the wishes of some of the establishment.

    • March 28, 2020 9:23 pm

      You have no reason to disbelieve your Sister in Law because you are an idiot! You are one of those scum that makes stuff up, lies and tries to impress others. Your are an insignificant human being and should stick to conversing with your dog. Then you can blame the dog for telling you all this!

  11. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 28, 2020 1:57 pm

    I see that Horton is not alone in this.According to the DT:

    “Neil Ferguson, the scientist who convinced Boris Johnson of UK coronavirus lockdown, criticised in past for flawed research
    Professor Neil Ferguson predicted Britain was on course to lose 250,000 lives during the coronavirus epidemic”

    Seems that he was over-reliant on his computer models and was the same guy who gave the rationale for the slaughter of so many million cattle in 2001’s F&M outbreak. Maybe the distrust in computer models may just get enough traction for people in higher places to question the climate modelling.

  12. Thomas Carr permalink
    March 28, 2020 2:04 pm

    Anyone know who owns The Lancet – the shareholders not the corporation ? They need to explain why they are content to provide a platform for a muddled propagandist.
    As for the BBC they give the unfortunate impression of indulging in a C-fest which achieves worthwhile savings on the cost of reporting non C news from around the world. Nevertheless the news from Syria has been given some air time today and it is desperate.

  13. jack broughton permalink
    March 28, 2020 5:00 pm

    The Lancet has a climate change action committee that is another lobbying group with no accountability for its junk-science output. The committee is formed of climate activists without any critical overview. I have written several letters criticising their outpourings but there is no chance of them being published of course.

    • Steve permalink
      March 29, 2020 4:09 am

      The Lancet needs to be lanced.

  14. Andrew permalink
    March 30, 2020 8:58 am

    I’m watching Question Time right now and Horton is unbelievable. Can the Government force his resignation?

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