Oh, and in all this there was some good news. The UK, as a far-right state, got nil points in Eurovision. You can be sure it only made the final because it is a large sponsor. Hungary and Poland, the EU’s most right wing states did not get to the final at all. Do I see that as coincidence? No, I don’t. The fascists will seek to spin this for their own nationalistic gains. But the truth is that the callous indifference of these governments towards humanity – including large parts of their own populations – is being noticed and Eurovision has always been deeply political. I suggest sense will prevail in the end. I just cannot predict how long and hard the journey to that endpoint might be.
There’s clearly a tinfoil shortage in Ely.
First, Eurovision. I watched it right through for the first time in many years.
That’s an alternative explanation. But it’s this that is truly barking:
And third, data on the effectiveness against the India variant of the two vaccines now in use in the UK was issued during Eurovision last night. The timing could not have been more cynical. Saturday night is not the moment for such releases. This was news manipulation par excellence. The reason is obvious: the news on Astra Zeneca is pretty grim. It is only 60% effective against the Indian variant whereas Pfizer is 88% so, and most of us have AZ. Sure, it’s better than nothing, but that’s very bad news. My optimism about a third wave being prevented has not increased.
As The Guardian says:
Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs are highly effective at protecting people from the strain of the Covid-19 virus first found in India, a study by Public Health England (PHE) has found.
The analysis, carried out between 5 April and 16 May, found the Pfizer vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the India variant two weeks after a second dose, compared with 93% effectiveness against the Kent strain. For its part, the AstraZeneca jab was 60% effective, compared with 66% against the Kent variant over the same period.