“The aim seems to be to show the largest possible number of tests” – but BBC health correspondent waffles until presenter Derbyshire cuts through
The head of the UK Statistics Authority has issued a stinging put-down to Boris Johnson’s and Matt Hancock’s claims of large-scale coronavirus testing, slamming the government’s stretching and confusing of figures and what constitutes a test.
Sir David Norgrove has accused the government of doing everything to maximise the number it can report, while confusing people about what is actually being included as a test. The Tories have previously been exposed counting each test as two – and to create the impression of hitting 200,000 tests before the end of May, Johnson first moved the goalposts from actual tests to the unprovable ‘capacity’ and then added 40,000 new antibody tests that don’t seem to have any basis in reality.
Even so, the BBC’s health correspondent waffled around the issue, obscuring the severity of the government’s wrongdoing and the UKSA’s rebuke – until presenter Victoria Derbyshire cut through with a quote from the letter:
Derbyshire’s daily morning programme was cancelled by the BBC, in spite of representing most of the little frank scrutiny of the government that the BBC News channel puts out. She reminded viewers this morning why she frightened the BBC.
The SKWAWKBOX warned viewers on Sunday that the government was preparing fake news in order to claim Johnson’s 200,000 test promise had been met, including hiding for eight – now ten – days in a row how many people had actually been tested. And so it proved to be.
But now the UKSA has made it official. The government is stretching the truth in every direction it can to mislead and confuse the public about its abysmal performance.
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