A British journalist has been targeted by an angry online mob after pointing out that only a relatively small amount of healthy people have died from COVID, and suggesting that the complete destruction of our way of life is not an adequate response.
Talkradio host Julia Hartley-Brewer used the National Health Service’s own statistics to point out that “Just 377 healthy people under 60 have died of Covid.”
“That’s not a typo. There are no zeros missing,” Hartley-Brewer noted urging that while it is sad, it shouldn’t justify the shutdown of the economy and the house arrest of the entire country.
She further noted that pointing this out doesn’t mean she is saying “to hell with the old and sick”.
And for the hard of understanding virtual signallers, that doesn't mean "to hell with the old and sick". It means the Great Barrington Declaration was and is correct: help the millions of old & sick to shield while allowing the young & healthy (& our economy) to carry on living.— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) December 26, 2020
Some people just will not hear it, however, raging that Hartley-Brewer is a despicable human being:
These people are either totally disingenuous or wilfully stupid. It's hard to decide which sometimes. This one may be both. https://t.co/gvMartdvbw— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) December 26, 2020
No you didn't. My parents are in their late 70s and they're not expendable either. But the country shouldn't be locked down to protect them.— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) December 26, 2020
If I were playing full-twat-bingo, I reckon I'd be shouting "house!" round about now. Check out the Twitter bio hashtags. And the total absence of hate. 🙄 https://t.co/6CpqHUPHcj— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) December 26, 2020
So all those lonely Christmasses - with loved ones ruthlessly banned from enjoying celebrating with each other - it was all for nothing. But don't worry, the Covid lockdown fanatics will find a way to justify it all anyway. It's not science, it's a religious cult now. https://t.co/1hudE3lz8X— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) December 26, 2020
The radio host refused to back down, noting that she had become a target of the “lockdown fanatic rainbow crowd”:
Just woken to find I'm trending 😬. Apparently the lockdown fanatic FBPE rainbow crowd have decided to be even more wilfully stupid than usual 🤷🏻♀️. I'm off to enjoy breakfast in the sunshine before snorkelling with turtles in this gorgeous bay. Have a nice day, everyone.🏝😎🍹 pic.twitter.com/57TFrTEvXq— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) December 27, 2020
Others noted that some people are refusing to accept the horrible reality unfolding infront of their eyes:
Is this man the biggest fool on Twitter? Someone makes the point only 377 healthy working age people have died and he says we are not a fascist state! But 60 million people are locked in their homes and peaceful demonstrators are arrested. That feels quite fascist @NeilDotObrien https://t.co/6Odbqm9ozO— Hugh Osmond (@hughosmond) December 27, 2020