Andrew Neil backs Rod Liddle’s furious anti-vaxxer rant ‘brains removed with a soup spoon’
Mark Drakeford hits out at coronavirus restrictions in England
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Mr Liddle launched a scathing attack on those who refuse to have the Covid vaccine. He claimed anti-vaxxers are “obsessive in their fury, unshakeable in their certitude” after the journalist received his booster jab.
In his latest column in the Times, Mr Liddle wrote: “One of the greatest incidental pleasures of this Covid pandemic has been the profusion of private messages I receive on social media, often typed in capitals, from people who seem to have had their brains removed with a soup spoon and replaced with crushed Ranch Dipped Hot Wings flavour Doritos. Yes, of course, it’s the antivaxers.”
Now, broadcasting veteran Mr Neil has backed Mr Liddle’s description of anti-vaxxers after they have been “piling in” on him this weekend.
Mr Neil tweeted: “Rod Liddle on anti-vaxers: ‘people who have had their brains removed with a soup spoon and replaced with crushed Ranch Dipped Hot Wings flavour Doritos.’
“They’ve been piling in on me this weekend so I can confirm that definition.
“Some v satisfying blocking sessions. Next please.”
His comment about those piling in on him could be in reference to a recent tweet by GB News presenter, Calvin Robinson.
On Saturday, Mr Robinson tweeted a picture of an article written by Mr Neil back in December.
In an article published in the Daily Mail last month, the broadcasting veteran said those who refuse to be vaccinated are putting the rest of the country “at risk of more restrictions”.
He suggested Britain follow the likes of France and punish those who refuse the Covid jab.
In his article, Mr Neil said: “Young French people, previously sceptical of the need to be jabbed, have rushed to get vaccine passports so they can go out at night with their friends.”
He argued Germany was also “considering mandatory vaccination”.
Tweeting the article, Mr Robinson wrote: “What if Andrew Neil was an establishment stooge all along?
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“What if he was an attempt to control the opposition?”
Following the tweet, Mr Neil faced a barrage of abuse on social media as people urged the former BBC journalist to “stay in France”.
One Twitter user, named Rob (@Scally_Lewis), wrote: “If @afneil (Andrew Neil) feels so strongly he should just stay in France and enjoy the way they’re living with lockdowns and protests.”
As of December, adults in England must show a Covid pass to enter nightclubs, big sports matches and other large events.
The new rules require proof of double-vaccination or a recent negative test to enter certain venues.
Last week, French MPs approved a new COVID-19 vaccine pass after three days of debate.
The measures will now be examined and voted on in the Senate next week.
If approved, the new measures would mean people aged 12 and over would have to show proof of being full vaccinated in order to use public transport and enter bars or restaurants.
A negative Covid test will no longer be sufficient except for access to health facilities and services.
These measures were further fuelled by Emmanuel Macron’s remarks he wanted to “p*** off” the unvaccinated.
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