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Following an earlier article in the Mail (only slightly provocatively entitled "What they DON'T tell you about Covid and how the facts can be twisted") the Dept of Health and Social Care took to Twitter to contest the DM's message:

"This article is misleading. This is a global pandemic . . . "  (etc - I'll save you the rest as it's entirely unoriginal)

Haven't they heard that they can just ring up Twitter and get them to brand it as "misleading"?  That way they can avoid any repercussions, such as righteous indignation from many quarters, by deflecting them onto someone else.

Ah well, maybe next time.

As it is the Mail was able to publish a follow-up, ramming home the message from their original article and pointing up the absurdity of the government setting up a tweet that was certain to attract many cogent and indignant replies:

"Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Tories 1922 backbench committee, signalled that it was not the Department of Health’s job to stifle debate on tackling the virus. ‘Our British tradition is that the people tell government what it can do – not the other way round,’ he said"

Quite so. And seemingly in grave danger of being forgotten (or worse) by our government.

Read the whole article.