1/ Without bringing politics into it this is the danger of people with zero skills and qualifications in a subject area peddling #fakenews to fit a narrative. At least it isn't a fake NHS account this time!
2/ So should we carry out post mortems on every death to be sure? Or would that be a massive waste of resources? Should all fatalities be tested for presence of Covid-19 just to be sure? All reasonable questions in an idea world with limitless resources
3/ So if none of that is happening then how are the figures being calculated? Well every hospital death is tested so that stands at 21,000 and excess deaths calculations put the estimated total at around 47,000, so we have 26000 unproven ones in the mix.
4/ Even with an error rate of 20% of those 26000 that just reduces that figure to 20,800 on top of the 21,000 which is still just shy of 42,000 deaths directly related to Covid-19. Hardly a success story for the government!
5/ Even allowing for that level of error just the simple measure of excess deaths compared to previous comparable timeframes should be enough to make people realise that some anecdotal stories of death recording isn't the smoking gun that @EssexPR thinks it is.
6/ Yes a medical system under huge pressure, one which has been systematically under-resourced over many years is going to make mistakes when it comes to recording deaths, but this isn't the conspiracy that some would like to paint it as.
7/ The grim reality is that even if its 'only' 40,000 deaths and not 46,000 thats still a lot of grieving families and trying to pretend some conspiracy exists to inflate figures is the work of tin foil hatted conspiraloons, so remember, don't be that twat spreading this shite

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5 Feb
So this is a common comment from people who still seem to think that it would be business as usual at the Golf Club after you crashed the buggy into the water hazard and then took a dump in the middle of the pro shop after a skinful of stella, a thread 1/ #BrexitReality `
The single market is a trade bloc, a trade bloc is an area in which all participants agree to trade on the same terms with the same regulations which lessens the burdens of trading with different rules for each country. Bottom line standardisation reduces cost & friction 2/
The deal struck between the Johnson Goverment and the EU, which Lance voted for enthusiatically in the European Parliament ended all standardisation with the single market, this at a stroke threw up the same non tariff barriers experienced by North Korea. 3/ #BrexitReality
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22 Jan
Meet Ben everyone, he thinks that leaving the single market and the customs union, part of his Brexit plan, is not why fish exporters are facing massive challenges with exporting,so is he correct or is this a bit fishy? A thread 1/ #BrexitDeal
Well Ben is a huge fan of the UK exiting with absolutely no trade deal at all on WTO terms, this would of course mean that as well as all the customs and non tariff barriers to UK exports he would also be piling tariffs on top as well. 2/ #BrexitDeal
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Meet Tom everyone, Tom doesn't know the difference between production cost (farm gate) and shop price. So lets talk about why he remains consistent in being wrong on so many subjects, a thread. /1
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Sounds great doesn't it, back to 2004 levels per 100,000 people. Except this is a classic case of small meets big and why even though its measurable Ice cream sales do not cause sunburn......
In 2004 the UK population was 59.8 million people so having 877 per 100,000 die of 'all causes' meant you had (59.8 million/100,000) x 877 Deaths = 524,446

Now in 2020 we have 67.88 million people (67.88m/100,000)x877 = 595,307 deaths

Thats 70,000 excess deaths!
So whats this guy proven? (nothing but humour me)

Well, the excess death estimates from Covid at circa 70,000 fit the absolute difference between 2004 and 2020

And thats before you consider that 'all causes' has varied year on year, in 2020 less people died on the roads so far
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I then did the same in 1992 after leaving Liverpool Poly and 'getting on my bike' ala Norman Tebbit. I learnt French and how to herd thousands of confused tourists at Lyon and Chambery Airports.
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