Colossal scepticism tends to be the soundest response whenever a new 'pandemic' is announced, especially when the headlines...
How swine flu could be a bigger threat to humanity than nuclear warfare
...are so utterly at odds with what the people who know what they're talking about are actually saying:
"If the avian flu H5N1 virus had spread from human to human like this then I would be extremely worried. It would be top of my Richter scale.
But this swine flu worries me less because as a population we have a basic immunity to H1N1. Outside of Mexico there have been no deaths, so it doesn't seem so aggressive.
And not only are we coming up to the summer, which makes it less likely for these viruses to spread as well, but Britain has enough antiviral drugs for half of the population.
So we should not panic in any way."
(Prof. John Oxford)
Mishearing the advice to "not panic in any way" as "panic anyway", the press are telling us that swine 'flu will kill up to 120 million people.
A 2006 report in The Lancet predicted that a future 'flu epidemic will kill 62 million, including up to 700,000 in the UK. Good news for the in-no-way sinister Optimum Population Trust if it happens, but, as Spiked have pointed out, that is not very likely (Leg-Iron begs to differ). The chances are that swine 'flu will kill a few hundred people, with tequila-drinking pig-fuckers at most risk, and then fizzle out.
Or so I had thought, but Gordon Brown's worryingly familiar response to the threat has sent a chill up my spine:
"Swine flu is an international problem..."
"Britain is among the best-prepared countries in the world..."
"We will all take action to ensure that these fears are allayed..."
See? No need to worry. Gordon the warden is going to take whatever action is necessary, Britain is best prepared to weather the storm, and anyway it's a global problem.